Infallible Total Cover Foundation
For some people, the idea of full-coverage makeup brings to mind cakey formulas that don't appear natural. Not so with L'Oreal's Infallible Total Cover Foundation; it's one of the better full-cover options you'll find at the drugstore!
This cream-mousse formula is fragrance free and comes in a squeezable plastic tube with a needle-nose dispenser. For the most part it's easy to blend, though it applies better with a foundation sponge or brush, as it drags a bit when you use fingers alone.
As advertised, this is a highly pigmented formula that effectively covers redness, dark circles, and blemishes. Its finish is demi-matte though not cakey, and is best for those with normal to combination skin.
Once set, it does a great job holding up throughout the day without creasing, fading, or emphasizing imperfections (like fine lines or pores). L'Oreal claims this can last as long as 24 hours, but you definitely shouldn't be wearing it that long! (Sleeping in makeup isn't good for your skin.) When it comes time to take this off, you'll want to use a waterproof makeup remover as this is quite tenacious!
Infallible Total Cover Foundation comes in a good range of natural-looking shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones. Well done, L'Oreal!
- Effectively covers dark circles, redness, and blemishes.
- Natural-looking demi-matte finish.
- Wears well without creasing, fading, or emphasizing imperfections.
- Fragrance free.
- Drags a bit during application with fingers.
Get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish. Infallible Total Cover Foundation blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion. The full coverage foundation is formulated with highload pigments for total coverage and is enriched with Alliagel. The formula glides on and feels fresh all day. It will create the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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