L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder

Back in March, I did a review on the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and was very impressed. I finally picked up the matching L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte setting powder to see if I would like it as much as I do the foundation.


The range comes in 8 shades. I picked up the shade 300 Nude Beige. At first glance I thought it might be a little too light for me and unfortunately the drugstore I went to didn’t have the next shade up 400 True Beige for comparison, and the 500 Sun Beige looked way to dark for me. The one I picked up actually works for my skintone pretty well!

For reference, I am an NC40 in MAC and use the Medium-Dark MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder.

On the L’oreal website:

Absorbs excess oil and reduces shine on the skin’s surface for up to 16 hours. The lightweight pressed powder can be used alone, to set foundation after application, and/or throughout the day for quick touch-ups

First off, this powder is lightweight. Very easy to blend and picks up easy with a brush or the sponge applicator it comes with.  To set my makeup, I use this with a big fluffy powder brush, swirl it around the compact a couple times, tap off the excess and dab lightly onto my face — concentrating on my forehead, nose and chin. With this type of application — just a light dusting to set my makeup — I find that I can get about 6 hours of oil-control before I need to touch up.

My nose is always the first to go oily — touch up with this powder after 5-6 hours on my nose is pretty much required; on the other parts of my face, I found that after about 8 hours, I’m still OK. I use the sponge it comes with to touch up and it works great to pat on the powder to get rid of excess shine. Careful not to apply too much as it can start to look cakey.

I’ve tried this over different foundations, including the L’oreal Pro-Matte foundation, and it works well over top any. I did notice that pairing it with the L’oreal foundation did help to keep my face more matte for longer — as far as the 16-hour claim though… first of all, I wouldn’t wear makeup for 16 hours straight and second of all, in my experience I’d say overall a good 6-7 hours maximum (and that’s pushing it), is the most I’ll get out of this powder for a mattifying effect.

Out of all the drugstore powder compacts I’ve tried so far, this one is coming up Number 2 on my faves (Number 1 is still the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder). Loving the size of the compact, finish of the product on my skin and performance.

I purchased this at SDM for $14.99 Cdn.

I give the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16hr Powder: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this powder?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!!


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