I heard about the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation when it came out. It's counterpart, the Pro-Matte is definitely in my top 10 foundations. I was a little hesitant to try a glowy foundation, since my skin tends to get oily.
To give you a little background about my skin, I have combination/oily skin that is easily dehydrated. My skin is sensitive and acne prone. I prefer medium to full coverage foundation to cover any breakouts and acne scarring/sun damage. Throughout the day, I don't mind touching up my makeup; however, I prefer to apply my makeup once and just let it be. When I find a foundation that lasts through a work day, it definitely becomes a favorite.
As far as color, I am always the lightest shade. I mean, my color is Bobbi Brown is Alabaster (if that says anything). I have yellow undertones with acne scarring and sun damage. My face is a bit darker than my neck. So, I match my foundation to my neck as close as possible. I prefer to have a foundation that looks a little too light on my face so that it matches my neck. If I am washed out from a foundation, it's easy to warm up my color with bronzer.
I purchased the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation in 201 Classic Ivory. The shade numbering threw me off a bit, because I expected it to be in the 100's. I disregarded the numbering system and looked for the lightest Ivory shade. Here is a picture of my skin before I applied the foundation. I had moisturized my skin and applied a little bit of Clarin's primer to my acne spots and the areas of my face that tend to rub off (between my eyes and the fronts of my cheeks).
This is a picture after I was done applying the foundation and my makeup. I applied it with my favorite Sonia Kashuk foundation brush. I did not powder the foundation on this day. I have been powdering it when I wear it work, simply to keep the shine at bay. On this particular day, we had a birthday party for our oldest son. So, I really put this foundation to the test! And since I did not powder the foundation, I could really see what it looks like after a full day of wear.
This picture is in the evening, after we'd had the party and everyone had gone home. You can see what the foundation did break down around some dry spots, particular around my acne spots. Overall, my skin got a little bit shiny in my oily areas. I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of the foundation held up on my skin, especially since I got quite hot running around during the party.
Since that first day of wearing the foundation, I have been reaching for it more often than not. I love the radiant finish it gives my skin without looking greasy. The coverage is impressive for a drugstore foundation, and yet it looks natural. It's not cakey at all! The wear time is exceptional for my skin, especially since my oily areas tend to break down foundation throughout the day.
My application method of choice has been a damp beauty blender. I have been powdering it with my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, and I've really loved the combination. The powder helps to keep the shine at bay. I do have to powder my t-zone around lunch time. At $12.99, it is on the pricier side of drugstore products; however, I think the coverage and finish are worth it. You can find L'Oreal products on sale frequently at the drugstore and at Ulta. I also find L'Oreal coupons in the Sunday paper routinely throughout the month.
Have you ever tried this foundation? What did you think of it?
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