Ok people, I have a new favourite affordable foundation and I'm not going to lie, it's giving my Estee Lauder Double Wear a run for it's money! After the great success of the Infallible foundation from L'Oreal last year, they've released a matte version for us oily bridies who like to give shine the aul heave-ho without leaving our skin looking flat.
I give to you the L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation. (Ignore the 24 hour claim please because firstly, who leaves foundation on for 24 hours and secondly, I won't be doing any kind of testing in that capacity at all at all!)
I was sent the second lightest of the six shades available and it's perfect for my skin tone. This foundation promises to keep your foundation in place while keeping you shine free for up to 24 hours thanks to their "ultra-absorbent perlite mineral technology" which simply put means it has tiny particles that act like sponges and absorb four to five times their weight in oil and water. Better sucked up by them than on my face thank you very much! This sounded brilliant and too good to be true when it first arrived here at Lovely Girlie Bits. A base that would stay put while keeping me shine free all day? I couldn't wait to get stuck in.
The first time I used it, I applied it with a buffing brush and found that while it went onto my cheeks and forehead nice and smoothly, it looked a bit cakey and flakey on my schnoz. Funny that as that's the oiliest part of my visage, but also the flakiest, but I loved the finish it gave on the rest of my skin enough to keep trying until I found the perfect application technique. Turned out I only needed to whip out my trusty Beauty Blender to achieve the perfect level of even coverage (medium but is buildable to full coverage) while avoiding any cake or flakage.
One layer of the foundation applied with said Beauty Blender gives this finish. Oh yes, and what I find works for the most flawless finish is to use the rounded end of the dampened Beauty Blender to press the foundation into the skin and then use the side of the Beauty Blender to go over everything to make sure it's all in place and blended out seamlessly.
I know. Not only does it even out my complexion, but it covers the redness on my cheeks, hides blemishes and makes my skin look pretty flawless, all while feeling super lightweight on the skin.
Now, I've been testing out a new setting powder that I'll be telling you about on the blog very soon, but let me tell you that the Infallible Matte foundation and this powder is absolutely complexion perfection! I've never ever had products that work so perfectly together that when I apply them in the morning at 6am, my skin looks the exact same at 4pm. EXACT SAME. No fading, no shine, and if this doesn't convince you of it's staying power, let me tell you that last week I was heading out after work and didn't need to touch up my base at all. This is unheard of as I usually have to do a bit of touching up (that sounded rude) between work and going back out. Without the powder, the foundation still looks flawless at home time, so this has become my go to foundation when I need something to last and last and last!
I do find that if I haven't moisturised properly and have some dry skin on the nose that it can cling to that, so those with dryer skins might need to go for the original Infallible foundation, but if you've oily skin, then definitely give this one a go! It retails at €11.99 and is on L'Oreal counters now.
True love for a foundation that stays put, doesn't suck the moisture out of my face, keeps me shine free and is easily available for just over a tenner! Yes, I think I'm going to have to show you this in action in a video soon!