Summer is finally here, although you wouldn’t believe it if you looked out of your window today. British summers are bipolar but I have to admit that the better end of that spectrum is “like B-bados” . Awesome as that sounds, the heat and humidity forces us, avid make-up wearers, rethink our make-up choices, especially foundation which is why I decided to do a #SummerFoundationGuide series.
L’Oreal released the Infallible Total Cover Foundation a few months ago (in the UK) with 9 shades, of which only ONE of them is dark-skin friendly. This is extremely disappointing considering that they have 23 shades of the True Match Foundation. The one dark shade they have, 33 Cappuccino just happens to be a good match* for me and I tried it out over 10 days.
Some key points on the formula itself:
- it is full coverage
- the texture is very moose-like and airy
- easily blends into the skin without much effort at all
- no SPF which isn’t ideal for summer but good for flash photography. You would need to use an SPF under it if you were to wear it out in the sun.
- gives a completely matte finish; ideal for oily skin but does not cling to dry patches so also works for dry-combination skin
- feels much lighter on the skin compared to Estee Lauder’s Doublewear, which gives the same level of coverage, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is weightless. There are lighter foundations out there.
The foundation looks really dark in the tube and also when you squeeze it out. However, when you spread it and blend it out, it is at least two shades lighter which is a little strange. The mousse-like texture and looks very airy which reminds me of Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mouse, just a helluvalot better and more transfer-resistant. The coverage is very good, so you could forgo the concealer/corrector for normal day-to-day wear.
The foundation applies easily and evenly and you don’t need a lot of product to cover your whole face. What I didn’t like is how is settles in fine lines. I have smile lines around my mouth and during the course of the day, it did sink into them and made then appear more prominent. Because of that, this foundation is probably better suited to the young-ish women who perhaps have blemishes to cover from acne or a breakout, or just prefer that level of coverage.
The biggest down side is the shade range. This is a great foundation but the shade range is so poor that a lot of people just won’t get to use it, which is a massive shame because it is a really good, affordable, matte, long-wearing foundation. The lack of SPF is probably what makes it so light but I’m not too worried because noone should rely solely on the SPF in their foundation; it’s never enough. I really hope they make this part of their permanent line-up and add a few more shades to it too. It is available in the bigger Boots and Superdrug stores and online for £9.99.
* For Reference, I am a MAC NW45, Loreal True Match 08 Cappuccino, Lancome Teint Idole 13 Sienne, Estee Lauder Doublewear 5C1 Rich Chestnut and Revlon Colorstay Cappucino.