Review: L'Oreal Infallible 24h - Matte Foundation (11 Vanilla)

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Hey Beauties!

This foundation was all over YouTube and I admit I was very intrigued, when I saw other YouTube makeup gurus singing praises about it. Normally, L'Oreal is just not my cup of tea, when it comes to foundations, but the hype made me buy it, anyway.


Choosing the right shade only based on swatches on the internet, it's a whole other story. I decided to go for 11 Vanilla. Not knowing that they also have lighter shade 10 Porcelain. Mateja reviewed this shade, so go over to her blog, to see what she thinks about it. 

The foundation comes in a practical plastic squeeze tube. Rarely do you see these kind of foundation packaging. It's mostly fancy heavy glass bottles. In contrary to those, this is way more practical and travel friendly

It cost me 8.99€ and you get 35 ml of it. The prices are different in certain shops and countries. As far as I know, we still don't have this foundation in our country. I bought it on Feelunique. 


Here is the ingredients list. 



It has a very small hole, which makes for perfectly controlled amount. It also means you're not wasting product and you can use the tiniest amount possible. The foundation often stays in the cap, so it can get a bit dirty. As you may already see on my photo.


About the shade... Shade 11 Vanilla is pretty dark for something named Vanilla. It's actually the darkest foundation in my collection. It has that very obvious orange undertone, which all L'Oreal foundations seem to have. But it's in fact more pink toned. Definitely best suited for cool skin tones. For the love of makeup, L'Oreal please stop doing orange based foundation shades. I think we've all established that Oompa Loompas are not sexy. See this is why I hate L'Oreal foundations and stay away from them. When this oxidizes on my skin, it becomes even darker than it looks like in the beginning. The shade is just really off for my complexion and I am only able to wear it, when I am pretty tanned. Even then it totally miss matches my skin tone, because I get more of an olive undertone, when I am naturally tanned. 

I compared it to my other foundations. L'Oreal True Match in N1 Ivory has the same orange undertone to it, but it's in fact the lightest shade in my collection, although it does oxidizes a little. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Light Vanilla is the most yellow toned and also pretty light. Catrice Nude Illusion in 010 Nude Ivory is a bit darker then other foundations, but not as nearly dark as Infallible. It's somewhat of a neutral undertone. Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff is also fairly light (not as Borujois or True Match) and it has a slight yellow undertone. Actually the best undertone for olive skin tones. 

As you can see Infallible is clearly the darkest and gets the most orange after it oxidizes, which is seen in the photo below. 



It has a semi thick consistency. It feels thicker than an average runny foundation, but it spreads with an ease and it's not heavy at all. Application is very smooth. This foundation is matte, so it dries extremely quickly, a lot quicker than for example Revlon Colorstay foundation. You can't really apply it all over your face, because it will sink into the skin, leave you with patches, before you'll be able to spread it. That's why I like to apply it with fingers and quickly massage it on certain parts of the face, one by one. 

It leaves a perfect matte finish. This being said, I have to say that if you have dry skin, this might grab onto dry patches or make your skin look, well, a bit dead and dull. I find that using very moisturizing cream underneath helps me to still look fresh with that complete matte finish, plus it makes for a nicer application, since I can spread it better. Also, what I really don't like about this foundation is that it clings to any sort of hair. By that I mean brows and hair line. If you come too close to it, the foundation just grabs in between those hair and look very unattractive. Imagine how weird it looks when I try to avoid those areas, but the foundation is too dark for me, so I'm left with lighter patches around my face and brows. 

Mateja raves about how this foundation conceals and blurs her pores, however I didn't find that it did the same for me. It definitely gives of a blurred effect to the skin, which makes it look smoother, but my pores are still quit visible. Maybe it's just the fact that my pores around my nose and cheeks are just huge in general. 

For me the coverage is light to medium. It all depends on how much you apply on. Because this shade is too dark for me, I apply thin layer, therefore I get more of a light to medium coverage. If you'd go in with a thicker or two thin coats, you'd get medium coverage. But it's definitely not high coverage (that could only be said for Revlon Colorstay in my collection). Keep in mind that concealer will be a must for covering under eye circles, pimples or any red patches. 

The matte finish doesn't stay matte on me the whole day, because in spite of having fairly dry or dehydrated skin, I still produce a lot of oil through the day. Then foundations starts to get shinier and starts to wear off. But I would say that it lasts a pretty long time. Still nothing like Revlon Colorstay.

It doesn't have any particular scent, which I like. It's one of those typical clay foundation smells with no added perfumes. 

Finally here is how it looks like on me. On the right photo it's me with no foundation and on the left photo I used a thin layer of foundation. 



This is my skin with just this foundation. 


 And this is how it looks like when I apply powder over it, bronzer, highlighter and blush. 


I like the light feeling of this foundation and the perfect matte finish, which doesn't seems drying at all. But I hate this shade and I hate the fact that most of L'Oreal foundations have that ugly orange tone to it. I also dislike the fact that it catches to the hair. I actually even like the lighter coverage and would definitely love this foundation, if only there was the right shade available for me. For darker skin tones, this can be amazing, because I think the shade range is more suited to medium skin tones. 

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12 komentarji

  1. I have the same problem, I would use it if it was lighter...

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    1. Proof that there's more of us out there L'Oreal ;)

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  2. Joj, kakšen blesav odtenek :/ Pa kdo to izbira pri L'Orealu? Za tako korporacijo je sramotno, da večno delajo zanič odtenke. Meni je Porcelain uporaben, ampak si res želim, da bi bil bolj nevtralnen. Tebi bi bil zihr spet preveč oranžen, ker je roza. Drugače pa obožujem tale puder, pač ga ne nanašam na rob lasišča pa je kul. Pa pore mi čisto spegla :) Hvala za link :D

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    1. To se tudi jaz sprašujem. Bi razumela za kakšen drug brand, ne pa L'Oreal, ki ima pod sabo verjetno 12 drugih znamk. Katastrofa no, res. Super, da ti tako paše. Moj HG še vedno ostala Revlon Colorstay. Ne vem, če ga bo kak drug zamenjal kdaj :D
      Ni za kaj ;)

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  3. Well, I have read Mateja's review and she praised it very much and this foundation is also getting much hype these days. The foundation looks good on you but I didn't like the perfect matte finish it provides because I have dry skin and now I know I will look horrible wearing this foundation. Well everyone has different skin tone and climatic conditions so results on every one varies. Great review:)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. Exactly. That's why blogs exists. To have different opinions :). I don't have particularly dry skin, but I still need a lot of good moisturizer underneath it to not look dull with it. Thanks ;)

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  4. actually, i think that this shade perfectly matches you - but i know that it has to catch your opinion to feel comfortable with it ... i got me this foundation because it has no spf - what makes it a perfect going-out-selfie-partner :D ... but i have the feeling that it makes my skin look sooooo dry and during the day i have the feeling i'm looking caky ... this foundation only works for me if i apply a bunch of hydrating products priviously :(

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    1. I can make it work, if I spread it evenly in thin coat and blend it onto my neck, but it's not exactly my skin tone. I know what you mean, it's hard to get foundation without SPF in our drugstores. I am the same, a lot of really moisturizing cream before putting this on :).

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  5. Ko sem pri Mateji videla odtenek sem bila skoraj 100%, da bi mi bil presvetel, zdaj pa vidim, da je ta veliko temnejši, tako da bi bil verjetno tisti kar pravi. Čeprav bom verjetno še počakala, da mogoče pride celo do nas, ker itak ne rabim še enega tekočega pudra :D

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    1. Hehe, je kar velik preskok naredil L'Oreal. Katastrofa. Mogoče pa res. K nam itak vse z zamudo pride. :)

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  6. I saw the new shade this foundation - 10 porcelain. Maybe it would be more right

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    1. Probably it would be better. I would always get the lightest shade, the problem is we never have lighter shades in our stores. Don't understand why. Sometimes the lightest shades have a very obvious pink undertones and I have more of a yellow. Drugstore foundations often forget different skin tones.

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