Foundation Files / L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review - The Beauty Collection

The latest addition to the L’Oreal foundation family had me interested straight away. And to my surprise, it’s arrival in Australia was much quicker than expected. After my success with the Pro-Matte and Pro-Glow formulations, I had high hopes that the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation* would impress me just as much. The claims include high coverage, a matte finish and a weightless feel – count me in!


As with the previous instances of this collection, this foundation comes in a simple squeeze tube. I love tube packaging for foundations because it makes it really easy to control how much product comes out. Particularly in this instance, where the formula is quite a thick mousse. One quick squeeze and I’ve normally got enough to cover my whole face.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review - The Beauty Collection


I find this applies well with both a Beauty Blender or a dense foundation buffing brush. You do need to use a little more product with the Beauty Blender, though, as is often the case. The formulation is quite a thick mousse, much thicker than the Pro-Matte or Pro-Glow formulations, but it blends out easily onto the skin as it warms up.

Although both do a similar job of applying the product in the first place, the buffing brush often requires a little more effort to ensure the finish doesn’t look streaky. I also found that when applied with a BeautyBlender, it wore a little better throughout the day. But more on that later…


When they say matte, L’Oreal know what they’re talking about. The finish fits in perfectly with the cliché of ‘matte not flat’. Although it’s really mattifying on the skin, it still looks natural – particular after the foundation has had an hour or so on the skin. Paired with the high coverage, I’m sure this finish is going to be a huge favourite for people. I’m particularly looking forward to pulling this one out in the winter months when I tend to really love a matte finish.


Straight away, the coverage surprised me – it’s definitely not messing around. One quick application gives pretty much full coverage on me, I sometimes build up a little more coverage on certain areas but overall, I’m impressed.

Personally, it’s a little heavier on the coverage than I normally go for on the day to day but I’ve actually been quite enjoying looking a little more put together while trialling this one out. For nights out or special occasions, in particular, this sort of coverage would definitely come in handy.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review - The Beauty Collection


For the first couple of weeks, I was having sort of different experiences with wear every time I wore it – some days it was less than impressive by the end of the day, other times it’s been perfect after a long day at work. That’s why it’s taken me so long to get my thoughts written up, but now I’m really impressed. Although it’s full coverage, the formula doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable on the skin, which is a huge plus. And yet another reason why this one would be awesome for special occasions.

This is one of those bases that looks a little better after a couple of hours of wear. If anything, it does have a tendency to gather around my nose and chin area, where I get a little more oily. But this only happens after a good 8-10 hours of wear. I found that when I applied the base with a buffing brush, the foundation didn’t wear quite as well around my nose and chin – breaking up much faster than when I used a beauty sponge to really buff it into the skin. It sits really well on the skin when first applied and looks incredibly natural.


I was lucky enough to be sent three shades, 9 Light Sand, 2 Golden Sand & 32 Amber. Obviously, 9 Light Sand was my best bet at a good match but it’s still not quite light enough and a little too yellow-toned for me. A couple of drops with some lightening drops, though, and I’ve been good to go. I believe there’s a similar shade with a more pink undertone to it, so I’ll have to check that one out.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review & Swatches - 9 Light Sand, 21 Golden Sand, 32 Amber9 Light Sand, 2 Golden Sand, 32 Amber

If you have dry skin, I think this could work quite well for you! The matte finish might be a little out of your comfort zone but I think the lightweight, comfortable formula would really agree with drier skin.
If you have normal/combination skin, again, this would work really well! Those with oily t-zones should make sure to set the face with powder, as always.
If you have oily skin, this foundation isn’t ideal if you’ll need it to be looking perfect for 10+ hours. But if you prep the skin well, it’ll look beautiful for quite a while. Beyond that, I think the matte finish will be a winner!

Yet another L’Oreal foundation that’s a winner in my books. It’s a little different to the dewy, medium coverage foundations I normally reach for but it’s equally beautiful. It’s so lightweight and comfortable on the skin so as long as I’m not wearing it for a super long day, I haven’t been having many problems at all. Overall, it hasn’t quite earned a spot in my holy grail base category but it’s well worth a try if you’re after a new, high coverage base.

Will you be trying this one out?

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