Review | L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

Review | L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

L’Oreal recently launched some of their new products for 2017, including this highly anticipated L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation. The Infallible Total Cover Foundation is advertised to provide a high-coverage, natural finish with air-light texture, while lasting for up to 24 hours. While I won’t test their 24 hour claim, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this and give it a whirl. It’s still very difficult to find in local stores, but it’s readily available on now (although some shades have been selling out pretty quickly).

I will admit that I was nervous about testing this product after seeing some other reviews. Many reviewers have complained about the shade and color tone, saying that some shades take on a “grey” hue. Other reviews have stated that it’s very dry and clings to dry patches, making it unwearable for people with dry skin. My skin falls on the dry side, especially in the winter. I also have some issues with uneven skin pigmentation, some small dark spots, and areas that tend to get very red (such as my cheeks). I typically wear a full-coverage foundation that is waterproof/water resistant, to ensure it covers all the skin pigmentation issues on my face and ensure it doesn’t melt off my face in the hot southern summers. This foundation, if it works as claimed, is what I normally look for in a foundation.

For this test, I purchased shade 302 Creamy Natural.  The shade numbers don’t align with the numbers on their Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. In the Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, Creamy Natural is shade 202. Below is a swatch of both of these shades for comparison purposes, so you can see the difference between the two foundations in the same shade. Note the difference in thickness and texture. Total Cover is very thick, while Pro-Glow has a more runny consistency for hydration.

L'Oréal Total Cover Comparison


Application | Initial Thoughts

Before applying the foundation, I primed half of my face with the Too Faced HangoveRX primer, and I left the other half bare without any primer (I did spritz it lightly beforehand with MAC Fix + to add some hydration back to my skin after cleansing). I applied the foundation evenly using the Artis Oval 7 brush. My initial thoughts about this foundation is that it’s very thick but not too “heavy” feeling on the skin. My primary concern after applying it is that it seems to give my skin a very dull appearance. It seems to cover all of my pigmentation issues pretty well. I have no complaints about the amount of coverage it provides. However, if you have dry skin or like something that provides a somewhat dewy look or gives you the look of “healthy” skin, this may not be the foundation for you. More to come on that in my final thoughts. I didn’t apply blush, highlighter, or anything else over it, as I didn’t want other products to melt into the foundation and interfere with my wear test. I simply finished my look with lipstick and went about my day as usual, checking in every few hours to see how it was performing throughout the day. I did not leave this on for 24 hours. Sorry beauties…. Didn’t want to risk any blemishes by sleeping in my makeup.


Check-in | Final Thoughts

I checked in to see how the foundation was wearing every 2 – 3 hours. By hour 4, the foundation was looking very dry and splotchy on both sides of my face. It wasn’t as noticeable in a regular mirror from a distance, but when I checked it with my magnified makeup mirror, it didn’t look good at all. By the end of the day, I was ready to remove it and didn’t want to go anywhere public, primarily because it looked so dull, dry, and uneven. It didn’t wear better on one side of every face compared to the other, so the primer didn’t seem to make much of a difference. I didn’t really have an issue with the shade, as it seemed to match the corresponding shade in the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow formula. However, this is a very matte formula, and it makes me wonder what the difference is between this formula and their Infallible Pro-Matte formula, which I haven’t tested yet. Maybe I’ll do a half-and-half test next with a half face of the Pro-Matte formula and have face of the Total Cover Formula. Both claim to wear up to 24 hours and provide a light, weightless feel and texture.

Overall, this is not a foundation that I can recommend to people with dry skin or those who don’t like a strong matte appearance. This can make the face appear very dull. The only way that I can see myself using this formula is to mix it with a CC cream or a drop of beauty oil (such as Tatcha or Farsali Rose Gold Elixir). I wasn’t pleased with how this formula wore throughout the day, as it seemed to almost separate and break down on my skin and didn’t appear very even by the end of the day.


Hit or Miss?  This is a miss for me, but proceed with caution if you must. You may have better results, depending on your skin type.

Price: $11.99

Where to Buy:  Ulta


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