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L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

L’Oreal came out with a new Infallible foundation a couple of months ago and everyone has been trying to get their hands on it. So when I saw it at my local Wal-Mart for $11  I decided to grab it and give it a try. As it is I’ve been looking for a drugstore foundation to fall in love with because my Too Faced Born This Way is a bit expensive for everyday use. I would rather have to buy something in a $6-15 price range every few months, rather than shill out close to $40. Considering I do really like the Infallible Matte foundation I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give one of the other foundations in this line a chance. I found that Wal-Mart and Amazon sell this for the cheapest price at about $11, while everywhere else sells it for $13. Keep that in mind when you are looking for it. Now for the actual review.


One of the first cons I have with this foundation is the packaging. I don’t mind that the tub is different from the other Infallible foundations, though I’m not sure why they would do that I actually prefer this style to the flatter ones. What I do mind is that you can’t actually see the foundation in the package. The shade color is actually part of the plastic/painted on packaging so you aren’t getting a true representation. I wanted to grab shade #302 but when I looked at the packaging it seemed far too dark so I went with #301. It is wayyy too light, as you will see in the photos. I look clownish. I can make it work with bronzer (again I’m super crazy looking in the photos because I didn’t bronze in them) but it is still a pain in the ass. After looking online at the shades I’m not even sure that #302 would be a good match and may have to go a shade darker. I would have a better idea if I could actually seethe fluid in the package at the store, but I can’t. In regards to the shade range there are currently 12 shades, which in typical drugstore format, really isn’t enough. There is no way they are hitting even the majority of skin colors, let alone tones, with just 12 shades. However, that does seem to be a trend in drugstore foundations regardless of what brand it is.

As for the formula it is a mousse consistency. I wasn’t expecting that, as my Po-Matte is a very runny liquid but it made me happy. I actually prefer a mousse consistency. One of my favorite drugstore foundations is the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse, but that is neither here nor there at this point. Typically when I apply foundation I put it on the back of my hand and then pick up the product with a brush or Beauty Blender, but I found this was a bit too thick to do that with so I had to put it on my face first, then blend it out. It worked fine with both a brush and a Beauty Blender but I preferred the way it looked with the blender, as it appeared a bit more natural and less cakey.

Total Coverage Foundation mousse texture seen without flash on top and with flash on bottom
Now L’Oreal makes some big claims with this foundation and I would like to get into if it lives up to them or not. This is how L’Oreal describes the foundation:

Get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! L’Oreal’s Infallible Total Cover Foundation blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion. The foundation is formulated with highload pigments for full coverage and is enriched with Alliagel. The formula glides on and feels fresh all day. It will create the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

Lets start wtih the lightweight feel and natural finish. This I actually agree with. Upon initially putting this foundation on I loved the way it felt. It was like I wasn’t even wearing foundation. I also loved the way it looked. It definitely has a gorgeous, natural finish. It didn’t look too matte, or too dewy. It just looked like skin. Evened out skin. Though, they also claim that it will cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation. I call bull shit. It does even out complexion and cover redness but it definitely did not cover up the hormonal acne I currently have on chin or the few dark spots I have either. Considering the name is Total Cover I expected this to be the one claim it could actually meet, but alas no.

 

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Total Cover Foundation on the left half of my face in the photo. The top is without flash and the bottom is with.
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Here is a close up of the Total Cover on some of my blemishes. The top is directly after application, the middle is five hours, and the bottom is ten.

The other big claim they make is that it lasts 24 hours. This is also a blatant lie. At least on my skin tone, but based on the other reviews I’ve read I’m not the only one who had short lived coverage. I would say this lasts closer to 5 hours. It may be a decent foundation for a work day if you are in an office, or other jobs with a fairly even weather environment. If you do something such as waiting tables where you will likely sweat and be around grease, it may break down even quicker. If you want the wear time to be longer than 5 hours, then I wouldn’t even go with this foundation. As you’ll see in the photos around that 5 hour mark it was already really breaking down on my nose and chin, as well as patching up on my cheeks where my skin is drier.
 

At the 10 hour mark it was in full blown melt down mode. It was patchy all over, though it was again most noticeable on my nose and chin. I have issues with foundation breaking down on my nose no matter what, but this was easily one of the quickest foundations to do so. I even tried setting my oily areas, using different primers, using no primer, using Marula Oil as a base (I know that sounds weird combating oily skin with oil but I’ve been loving this lately and will do a full review on Marula Oil sometime soon) but everything ended up with the same result, around the same timing.

 

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Total Cover right after finishing my full face of makeup. The top is without flash and the bottom is with.
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Total Cover five hours into wear time. You can see it breaking down on the nose and chin, and starting to get slightly patchy in places.
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Total Cover 10 hours after wear. You can really see where it has broken up on my nose, above my mouth, and on my chin. My forehead has also grown increasingly shinier.

Overall I did not love this foundation. I will use up the bottle, though it is going to take a lot of work to warm it up on my face and get it to a decent color match, but I definitely will not be repurchasing it. It feels nice on the skin, but it really isn’t worth even $11 if it isn’t going to have some lasting power to it. I’m also a bit more bitter about that than I typically would be because they claim it will last 24 hours. There is just no way that is happening. At least, not with my combo skin.  Have you tried this foundation yet? Were you able to get longer wear out of it?

3 thoughts on “L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

  1. I’m avoiding this foundation because I’ve seen nothing but negative reviews. I liked the Infallible Pro-Matte for awhile, but then it started looking splotchy & cakey on me. So I’ve put it aside. Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay or Rimmel Lasting Finish foundations? Those are my 2 faves from the drugstore. Both give me medium buildable to full coverage and are long lasting. I have oily/combo skin and I can get 12-15 hours out of both of them consistently.

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    1. I haven’t tried either of those. I’ve been trying the Maybelline Dream Cushion for about a week now and love it but it is a bit pricey so maybe I’ll pick one of those up the next time I’m at the drugstore!

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