I got very excited when I saw L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation (Shade 150 Radiant Beige) at Watsons (P700). It’s rare to find a matte super yellow olive-toned drugstore foundation locally.
I liked this foundation the first few times I used it. But I was applying it sheer and buffered with sunblock. It doesn’t look bad as a wash of color-type of base. It can even out my skin tone but it doesn’t do much for skin texture problems. I guess I initially liked it because it’s yellow AF.
As for the claims…
No Transfer: Not True
It’s “infallible” in the sense that most of it stays on the face by the end of the day, but there is definitely some transfer. It transferred on to the sleeve of my white shirt so be careful when you’re wearing this.
No Visible Imperfections: Skin texture-wise – Not True
One pump gives medium coverage, enough to hide redness and faint acne marks. I don’t usually care for coverage. What I look for in foundation is its ability to diffuse my pores and make my skin look like skin but better, which this foundation doesn’t do :(
When I first applied this foundation sans primer, I got introduced to the pores, itty bitty hairs, fine lines and dry patches that I didn’t know I have.
It doesn’t look that bad, but I want my skin look a little bit smoother.
It also doesn’t sit well on my nose and it emphasizes sebaceous filaments.
Texture problems can be fixed by primer, but when I do use primer, the foundation tends to pool into deep pores.
No Visible Shine: After the 2nd Hour – Not True
Upon application, yes. But I start getting shinier by the 2nd hour. I reach the need-to-blot point by the third hour. That is with no primer and no setting powder. With Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer, I can go the whole day without blotting.
After 3 hours, this is me (without flash) —
This claim could probably be true only for normal and dry skin types.
No Mask-Effect: True
This is what I love most with this foundation next to being a very good shade match. It’s not mask-like and ashy as most long-wear-type of foundations tend to look on me. Despite the fact that it oxidizes to a shade darker, it still doesn’t look totally off against my neck and chest.
No Dry-Out: True
Freshly applied, it kind of makes my skin look drier but it doesn’t actually dry my skin out.
If this is the only foundation I own and I don’t get an itch to buy foundations every now and again, I think I can finish it considering that it is almost an exact match (my #1 requirement!). But since I own other foundations that I like more, I’d have to let this go. I can imagine this foundation working great for people with normal to moderately oily skin and not a lot skin texture issues.
Left to Right: Koh Gen Do Aqua (Old Formula) – OC2 [This is my exact match and I’m sad that KGD no longer carries this shade]; LOreal 24H Stay Fresh – 150 Radiant Beige; Inglot YSM Cream Foundation – 50
This is a more accurate shot of the how yellow the shade is. I haven’t figured out white balance yet when I took photos of my face. My face looks a lot more neutral-toned in the photos above.
First published on August 2016