Thursday, September 18, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation review, before & after photos

After my horror with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, I've been keeping fancy schmancy foundations at arm's length until I get over shelling out €40 for something that made me look rubbish.  So I'm back in my comfort zone today with a great little drug store foundation - L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation.

Before we go anywhere, I have to address the 24 hour thing.  If you wear foundation for 24 hours, what are you doing where you need a full face of makeup for that long and second of all, you'll wake up the next day with a big scaldy face on you for having makeup on for that long!  But seriously, let me know if you've ever worn foundation for that long and not removing it before going to bed doesn't count!

Back to the Infallible 24H foundation.  It promises to hide the appearance of fatigue and blemishes and since I've been working 50 hours a week for the past 2 months while trying to keep the blog and YouTube going, I need all the help I can get in the fatigue department!

Out of the 8 shades on offer, I was sent the 4th lightest (140 Golden Beige), so it was way too dark for me as you might imagine.  But I still tried it out to see what it was like in terms of coverage and finish.  After the first use, I knew I'd be buying a lighter shade because the finish was fabulous.  Medium coverage with a radiant finish while still feeling lightweight on the face.  I'm all about that coming into the colder months.  You can see the finish in the photo below and while it looks warm on my skin there, in real life it was way too orange for me.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 140 Golden Beige
So off I went to search for a lighter shade and found that the lighter shades still ran very warm.  So I did a proper swatchfest and ended up going with the lightest shade, Porcelain.  At the moment, it's slightly too light for me, so I've been mixing the two shades, using a pump of each to make my own personal shade.  (In reality I could've just bought the second lightest shade and saved myself the hassle, but shhh, I feel very makeup artist-y when I'm mixing).

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 015 Porceline
One of my favourite things about this foundation is the finish.  I've mentioned the glow it gives, but even better is that you can't see it on the skin at all, as shown by the photo below, carefully cropped so that one cannot see my ronnie.  Now, I have an oily t-zone, the likes of which puts a foundation like this to the test, especially one that claims 24 hours of wear.  And I have to admit that without a primer or setting powder, this slides off my schnoz in about 4 hours.  But am I going to let my big ole honker ruin things for the rest of my face?  No way Jose.  A quick layer of primer and a dusting of powder and I get to look airbrushed, slightly more awake (even if I've learned that I can type really well with my eyes closed at work) and ready if my day takes a different turn and I'm out for the next 24 hours... A bridie can dream...

I'm very impressed with this little star from L'Oreal and not to sound too YouTube-y, but it looks amazing on camera.   So my advice?  If you're an oily bridie, then prepare to use a primer with this, but if you've dry skin, then your face will love this.

€14.99 is the damage and it's well worth checking out.  Now, the next thing is, how can I make myself stay up and really test out the 24 hour claims?!


  1. oooh you have me excited about this! I usually use Inglot foundation in the day time, and my trusty MAC at night, but Im running out of daytime foundation, and was contemplating a drugstore foundation!
    This looks flawless on you. :-) ..... my foundation is always a shade or 2 darker than my skin colour because I always have my cocoa brown on (I hate my pasty Irish skin! ) and the golden beige looks gorgeous, and since tormorrow is PAYDAY, I think I'll pop into boots for some retail therapy!
    Is it weird that I get MORE excited about makeup shopping, than I do about clothes shopping!!!!!!!

  2. I got my hands on this ages ago and I just realised I rarely ever use it! This post reminded me about it and now I'm determined to use it more often! Mixing the shades yourself will really get you the perfect match (I love doing that) x

    Beauty with charm

  3. That looks like a properly pale shade, woo hoo!

  4. Looks lovely on you missus; I thought this was a bit drying on me but will give it another go x

  5. SOLD! This looks fab, I really want to try it. Also you're a total ledge for working as much and having such a fab blog, well done!

  6. Oh that Porcelain - it looks perfect! Gorgeous finish on the skin :)


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