The new L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation has been all the rage all over YouTube and Instagram lately. I literally went to a dozen different stores trying to find it locally, and I couldn’t find it on any store shelves yet (including Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and CVS). I finally gave up and ordered it online from Ulta. I ordered it in 2 shades since I wasn’t quite sure what color I needed. L’oreal did a great job of making a variety of shades that should fit most skin tones, light and dark. On a side note, I also ordered the Infallible Matte foundation since I haven’t tried that one yet, but this review will focus solely on the Pro-Glow version.
The L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation is advertised to be a foundation that lasts “up to 24 hours.” It contains an Octinoxate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum of SPF15, which is the minimum amount that you should wear daily. It advertises itself to provide a “radiant finish” for normal to dry skin and is a “hydrating” formula that provides “medium” coverage with an “air-light” texture. I’ll give my thoughts on all of those claims momentarily. Each bottle contains exactly 1.0 fl oz of product (30 ml). It is available in 12 shades on the L’oreal Paris website, ranging from 201 Classic Ivory for light skin tones to 212 Cocoa for darker skin tones. Most of the shades are for medium skin tones, with variances and options for cool versus warm skin.
I prepped my skin first by applying a few spritzes of Mac Fix + and then primed it with Too Faced HangoveRx. I didn’t realize that I needed to shake the tube of foundation first, so when I squeezed it out onto my makeup palette the first time, it was very runny. Then I read the instructions and saw that you have to SHAKE WELL! Don’t miss that step or else you’ll have a runny mess. Even after shaking, the consistency is still somewhat thin. It concerned me, as I wasn’t sure how well such a thin formula could cover my imperfections. I’m used to much thicker foundations such as the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme which provides very heavy, opaque coverage. I used my Artis oval 6 brush to blend the foundation evenly all over my face and down my neck.
After applying the foundation, I completed my makeup routine, minus one step. I applied my concealer around my eyes and a little on the forehead, and then I “baked” that with my Ben Nye Banana Powder. I continued by doing my brows, eyes, a slight contour (nothing major because I didn’t want to interfere with the foundation test), and then set everything with a few sprays of Mac Fix +. What was the step that I skipped? I didn’t apply a setting powder all over my entire face like I usually do. I wanted to see how this foundation held up without the extra “help” of a powder to set it, especially since everyone doesn’t use powder to set their foundation and full face.
My very first thought as I was blending in this foundation all over my face was how cooling it felt on my skin. It was incredibly hydrating and felt really good on my skin. Amazing actually. It blended beautifully and quickly using my Artis brush. The shade I selected, the 202 Creamy Natural, was pretty accurate for my pre-tanned skin. I purchased a darker shade for later in the summer when my skin gets a little tan. Compared to my usual foundation, the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow looked stunning, and I’m not exaggerating. It didn’t look like a drugstore foundation. One of the biggest problems I have with foundation is that I want full coverage, but it usually looks very cakey and unnatural. This foundation wasn’t cakey whatsoever. It blended in beautifully and gave me an airbrushed finish that felt cool and hydrating on my skin. I can’t reiterate that enough….this foundation feels REALLY good!
I live in the “south” in the USA where the summer heat averages between 90-100+ degrees with a high humidity that makes it feel like 95-110 degrees on the average June/July/August day. The day I tested this was no different. It was 90 degrees outside and had a heat index of closer to 98-100 degrees. I had a lot of errands to run around town, which is a perfect way to put a new foundation to the true test. Because of my health (as many of you know, I have Systemic Lupus), I often sweat quite a bit with very little activity (I often run fevers), especially when I’m out and about town. I usually wear waterproof or water-resistant foundations because of this. While I haven’t seen any direct claims that this formula is either waterproof or water-resistant, it held up to the ultimate test on me. I was out shopping and running errands for around 4-5 hours before returning home to re-inspect my makeup for the first time. As I had hoped, none of my makeup had even budged slightly during that time. It looked like it did right after I applied it hours earlier.
I continued to monitor its wear in the mirror for the next several hours and didn’t see any signs of it wearing off or looking bad. Then as I hit the sofa to watch some television, I fell asleep and took a nap with my face buried in my pillow for a couple of hours. When I woke up, it was later at night. I didn’t see any evidence of transfer onto my white/ivory pillow case. Pretty impressive, to say the least. I made one last trip to the mirror for a final inspection, and it still looked flawless. My entire full face of makeup was still completely in tact.
While the foundation claims to last “up to” 24 hours, I ended my test at midnight after wearing it for around 14 hours. Why? I honestly don’t believe it’s healthy for your skin to leave ANY makeup on for 24 hours straight. If this bothers anyone and you are interested in a full 24 hour test, let me know and I’ll take one for the team and post an update here! haha Otherwise, I think it’s much safer and healthier to remove all makeup before going to bed. A full skincare routine daily and nightly is important, i.e. removing your makeup, applying serums and other skincare treatments, moisturizing, etc.
Final Thoughts and Recommendation
You really can’t go wrong with this foundation if you have normal to dry skin. This isn’t a good option for oily skin because it’s so hydrating, but it’s an amazing cost-effective option for everyone else! I will put this up against my $40-$60 foundations any day. This is now going to be my new go-to foundation for average daily wear.
I should also make a safety-related statement related to the sunscreen contained in this product. As I mentioned earlier, the minimum amount of sunscreen you should wear daily is SPF15, which this product contains. However, do not apply this in the morning and think you can hang out in the sun all day fully protected. This goes for any cosmetic product with an SPF in it. Dermatologists recommend that sunscreen be reapplied frequently throughout the day because it loses its efficacy after just a couple of hours. If you are out in the mid-day sun, sweating, or in the water, you need to apply it even more frequently. That’s my public service announcement for the day. 😀
Hit or Miss? This is definitely a HIT!
Price: $12.99 retail. Keep your eyes open for drugstore sales and sales at Ulta. I was able to buy mine during a “Buy 1 Get 1 1/2 off” sale on all L’oreal products. Stock up when you see a L’oreal sale like that!
Have YOU tried the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it, or post your questions and feedback below!