L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA from beauty reviews in the last little while. Frankly, I did a little makeup budget haul and realized I was over-spending a little too much on products for my wallet’s liking.  I haven’t really bought much makeup in the last few months (spending most of my money on skin care these days). And having a good run-through of my current makeup stash, I realized I have more makeup to last me half a lifetime.

Although I’m being more picky (i.e. wise) with what I spend my money on these days, I really wanted to get my hands on the L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation.  I quite enjoy the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation which gives more of a full-coverage, matte finish.  My combo skin right now, is slightly drier during this harsh winter, so anything matte tends to cling to my dry spots. The Pro Glow claims to provide 24-hour wear and provide a glowy, radiant finish.  Thought it would be the perfect time for me to try it out.

 

The shade I’m using is Natural Beige 205.  At my drugstore, the range has about 12 shades. I settled on 205 because it was one of the two (Sun Beige 208) that looked to have the most yellow undertone in it which I thought would be a good match for my skintone.  Sun Beige 208 seems yellow based too, but looked too dark for my winter skin (however, I might have to pick this up for when I have a tan!)

I’ve been wearing this every day for the last week and I really like this foundation!  It does leave a radiant and very natural looking finish – my skin still looks like skin.  I apply a light layer with my beauty blender and this provides seamless coverage. It blends very easily – the formula is liquidy and light and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.  This can be built up to a medium, almost full coverage but I really like the coverage it provides with one, thin layer.

I don’t find that this foundation oxidizes (yay!) but at the end of the day – with a good 8 hours wear –  I would say it slightly is darker but that’s probably because my oils are at full-force by that time of day. No complaints because I’ve had some foundations oxidize within 15 minutes of applying – ugh!

This lasts pretty much through out my whole work day (8 hours) and when I get home a quick check in the mirror shows that my blush/bronzer is still there, so that’s a good sign.

Although this foundation is marketed for drier skin, I can definitely see this being a good foundation for most skintypes.  With my oilier T-zone (all year round), this foundation doesn’t keep that area matte, but setting powder takes care of that if I feel I need it.

Overall, I am really enjoying this foundation – it might be one at the drugstore that I’ll come back to. It ticks off all the things I look for in a foundation and for half the price of some the high end foundations I really like, this is a great option!

Side note:  I’m a big fan of L’oreal foundations, so it didn’t really surprise me that I liked the Pro Glow.  Some of my faves are the Pro Matte, Tru Match, and Lumi, all by L’oreal!

Have you tried the L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other L’oreal foundations, if so, what’s your fave?

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

To some of you reading this, this might be “just another NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review”.  But to those who aren’t familiar with this foundation, you might find this helpful! In all honesty, I blame all of the YouTube beauty gurus that I follow – this foundation seems to always be on everyone’s list of favourites, so I had to see what the hype was all about myself!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)

I’ve tried many foundations – mostly drugstore and a few high-end. This NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the most expensive foundation I have purchased to date ($58 Cdn for 30 ml). But with the 15% off VIB discount this past spring, I actually don’t feel that guilty about it!

Sephora says:

What it is:
A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage.

What it does:
This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.

What else you need to know:
Suitable for normal, normal-to-dry, dry, and very dry skin types.

The shade I purchased was Stromboli (for medium skintones with olive undertones). I’d say this is a near to perfect match for me; a little on the light side but nothing that a bit of bronzer can’t fix.  The NARS Sheer Glow foundation range has a very good selection of shades, from very light to very deep – this is also why a lot of people like this foundation because in terms of colour-matching, you’re bound to find a shade that works for you.

I’ve tried applying this with my fingers, a buffing brush and a beauty blender.  The application with the beauty blender was the best for me – it left me with a light-medium coverage, very natural looking with a semi-matte finish. As far as “sheer” goes, I would disagree; this definitely provides a good amount of coverage. The formula is neither too thick or too thin – it’s easy to blend out and doesn’t set that quickly so you have time to work with it.

I found that as I wore this foundation throughout the day, it actually looked better – more natural and skin-like.  They say this foundation is suitable for normal all the way to very dry skin types, however, me having combination skin, I didn’t find this to slip off my skin or anything like that. Set with a powder and I was fine – wear time a good 7 hours, I’d say (that’s typically with a primer underneath).

Overall, I like the natural, yet medium coverage this foundation gives me. For the price point, I can’t say that it’s totally worth it, but I have been reaching for it over a few of the more affordable foundations I typically use like the L’oreal True Match Lumi.  I really like how it wears throughout the day – stays put, decent coverage, while looking natural.

I like this foundation, but I can’t say I love it (as much as everyone else seems to). I will definitely keep using it – nothing to complain about really. For that price, I intend on using up every single drop!

I give the NARS Sheer Glow foundation: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this foundation?  Like or dislike?

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L’oreal True Match LUMI Foundation SPF 20

Hello Pretties!

Today’s review is on the L’oreal True Match LUMI Foundation SPF 20:

I really enjoyed using the L’oreal True Match foundation in the past (finished one bottle!) so I thought I’d give this LUMI version a try.

As per the L’oreal website:

Finally, makeup that creates skin so healthy – it’s luminous! True Match™ Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup combines 3 powerful ingredients that work to improve your complexion the more you wear them. 40% pure water for all-day hydration. Antioxidants and Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone. And Liquid Light Technology for an instant, luminous glow. 

See the Results:
Instantly: skins illuminated.
In 1 Month: skin is clearer, healthier, more luminous

Finish: Luminous
SPF: 20
Coverage: Lightweight, buildable coverage that lasts up to 8 hours
Skin Type: For all skin types. Safe for sensitive skin.

Available in 15 true-to-skin shades in warms, neutrals, and cools.

Ok, so right off the hop I’m going to say that this foundation might very well be my favourite drugstore foundation EVER. For those of you who’ve been following my blog for some time, you all know that I am a drugstore foundation junkie – just browse through my reviews and you’ll see that I’ve probably tried the majority of drugstore foundations out there!

I have many that I really like, however, the L’oreal True Match LUMI foundation knocks all of them off my shelf!

For someone who doesn’t want crazy full coverage but just enough to even out skintone with light to medium coverage, this is exactly what this does for me.  Typically my skin type is combination (oily T-zone, normal to dry perimeter), but in the colder months, the dryness creeps up all over.  This foundation is perfect for drier skintypes in my opinion, but even with an oily T-zone some days, this works perfect for me too.

This definitely gives a very natural, luminous finish and looks like my skin but 100 times better.  I love the slight dewiness it gives me and a youthful, fresh glow it leaves.  I’ve applied this with both a flat-top foundation brush and a beauty blender and both techniques leave a beautiful, seamless finish.  It does not settle into my fine lines. Although it doesn’t cover up everything (i.e. age spots) I don’t mind — the overall finish I get on my entire face with this product is amazing.

After using this foundation, I will set my face with face powder to tone down any over-dewiness and keep the foundation in place.  As far as wear time, on me, this lasts a good 6-7 hours I’d say, before I see some sort of fading  — typical of most foundations.

Really, this foundation is number one for me right now!  I’m curious to see how this works on my more combo skin once the warmer months start.  And bonus – this has got SPF 20 in it which doesn’t interfere with the finish or colour of the foundation (i.e. no whitecast, no strong SPF smell or stinging around the eyes, like some SPF products can result in.)

And I think a big part of why I’m loving this foundation so much is the colour match – W5 Sand Beige is hands down, probably the best drugstore foundation shade match I’ve discovered in years!!  (The L’oreal True Match range is actually awesome for the amount of shades they carry to cater from fair to deep skintones).  I have a feeling that even in the summer months, this will still be OK for my slightly oiler skin – and the colour selection is so good that going up to a 5.5 or 6 will probably work out great for me.

I already know, this will be a drugstore foundation option I will continue to go back to many many times!  Possibly even the ONLY drugstore foundation I will continue to repurchase from now on – whoa!

I give the L’oreal True Match LUMI foundation SPF 20: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this foundation?  Like or dislike?

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