When I saw that L'Oreal had added a new foundation to their Infallible range I was really excited to try it. I've used the Infallible matte foundation before (I'm on my second tube) and have always really liked the coverage and the finish, so a new version that suggests 'total cover' was something I was all over.
I'm not very confident about my skin and like my foundation to give me as near to a flawless base as possible, so full coverage products are always something I want to try out. I picked up the Infallible Total Cover foundation, and dug out my Infallible matifying primer (which I'd previously been using with the Infallible matte) to use underneath it.
On my first application of the new L'oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation I was underwhelmed. It wasn't covering my redness and blemishes - to me it felt like the coverage was much more of a medium coverage, and it was also looking quite sheer in places. I had to add quite a lot of concealer to correct the areas that the foundation had been unable to cover. Wear time wasn't great either unfortunately - the foundation started to wear off in patches, especially around the perimeter of my face and on my cheeks, which I found quite unusual. I always use primers and setting sprays and am now quite used to my foundations lasting all day, so this really surprised me.
The next day I decided to try the foundation again without the primer underneath, as perhaps that was part of the issue and this foundation isn't designed to work with the primer. Sadly that didn't make a difference in terms of coverage, and I still needed to add lots of concealer to cover red areas and I didn't feel comfortable with how my skin looked.
I used the original L'Oreal Infallible matte foundation on the third day, to check whether I'd been mistaken in my memory of it having really good coverage, and to get a good comparison between the two foundations. I wore it on top of the Infallible primer as I'd done in the past, and instantly as I was applying it I knew the coverage was so much better! Maybe it has something to do with it being a matte formula, I don't know, but it adheres to the skin and stays in place so much better that you can very easily build it to a full coverage that doesn't look overly heavy or cakey. It lasted the full day without wearing off too - I just needed to touch up in oilier areas of my face.
So there you go, trying something new didn't work out for me this time! I'll be sticking to the original Infallible matte formulation of this foundation. For reference I have combination skin - very dry and very oily patches, so maybe the new formula of the foundation would work better on someone with more 'normal' skin.
Although this one didn't work out for me, I still have some of the other new L'Oreal Infallible products on my wish list - the new blush paint palettes look lovely, as do the matte lip paints, and I'm also in two minds about trying the total cover concealer palette - I think I'll look up a few reviews first!