At the end of August, I went to Philadelphia for a conference. Naturally, I was insanely excited for US makeup. One of the things I was excited for was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, which we totally have in Canada, but Canadian drugstores do not carry the darkest shade of this foundation, which I thought was closest to my match. (Because, y’know, Black people don’t live north of the border. 🙄)
Anyway. I picked up the shade is 112 Cocoa and wore it out to dinner at the end of August, which was about a week after I’d spent the day in the sun at a waterpark. At that time it matched me fairly well – it was a little rich or red, but in terms of depth it was looking pretty ok.
There are, however, two major cons to this foundation. One is the shade range. My summer tan is fading, and without a doubt 112 Cocoa is too red for me (especially the centre of my face – see photo above). I can apply this foundation to my whole face and it’ll look fine, but then face looks about three shades darker and redder than my chest. This would be fine if they had a better shade range and I could go down and find a shade that matches me. But after taking these photos, I bought 111 Soft Sable, and it is undeniably too light for most of my face. My only solution is to mix them, or to use 112 on the perimeter and 111 on the centre of my face.
The other con is how quickly this foundation sets. It’s quite a thick and almost moussey texture, and it sets down at lightning speed. If I dot the foundation all over my face (the way I usually apply foundation) and go to blend it, by the time I get to the last dot, it’s reluctant to blend because it’s already set. Again, a relatively easy fix: apply the foundation and blend as you go.
Here’s how the foundation looks after 8 hours of wear, no blotting and a long walk to and back from a movie theatre. Artemis isn’t impressed, but I am.
I like the fact that gives pretty decent medium coverage, but I was most impressed by the oil control. It delivers the promised demi-matte finish initially, but it wears beautifully on oily skin. Philadelphia was hot, even at night, and after maybe 7 hours’ wear I was left with a naturally luminous finish that totally didn’t look like I could fry an egg on my face. (That sounds sarcastic, but it’s not.)
Overall, it’s a stellar foundation and stacks up well against some of my high end foundations. It’s one of the few at the drugstore that’s especially good for oily skin. If you can find your shade, I recommend you pick it up, and if you can’t, it’s still worthwhile as a mixing foundation for the formula alone!