Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation isn't quite infallible, but it is matte. The silicone-rich formula dispenses as a creamy fluid and quickly sets to a powder-like finish ideal for normal to oily and breakout-prone skin.
This fragrance-free foundation holds up well throughout the day (not 24 hours' worth, but who wants to sleep in their foundation, anyway?) and keeps skin shine-free for about six hours. It feels really lightweight and offers medium coverage.
The fallible part? Topping our list is how much this pools into and exaggerates pores. You really have to be swift with blending (this has a near-immediate dry-down), and if skin isn't moisturized, this foundation will draw attention to dry patches.
The shade range is also a tad tricky to navigate. Although the packaging has a see-through section to display the foundation's color, the way it actually looks on your skin can be lighter, darker, or warmer than it appears in the tube. We recommend holding on to your receipt in case you don't get the right match.
This is a love it or hate it type of foundation. If you need shine control and have super-smooth skin, then you'll likely be pleased by Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation. If you have dry skin or dry areas, large pores, or flaky areas, however, this ends up being more trouble than it's worth given the wealth of great foundations on the market.
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 minor—if 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'Oreal’s 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 drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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