If i could only take one piece of make-up onto a desert island, it would be without question – foundation.
I have been on the hunt to find a purse friendly foundation. As at the moment i am a sucker for high-end.
With the Fenty Foundation, Armani Maestro Glow Fusion and Estee Lauder Doublewear Light currently being my holy grail products.
The main issue i have with drugstore foundations is that they don’t seem to stay on my face the whole day.
The L’Oreal Infaillible LongWear Shaping Stick caught my eye recently, and i thought i would give it a whirl.
It is a universal product that can be used as a foundation, concealer, highlight or contour.
It claims to offer an even, flawless, matte, shine-free base, and has a 24 hour wear-time.
The packaging is sleek and simple and it’s currently priced at £8.99, for 9g.
There are 12 shades in the range, so even though a good purse friendly price. The shade range is a little poor considering the L’Oreal True Match Foundation range has 24.
Initially when i swatched the product on my arm, i liked how creamy the product felt and how pigmented it appeared but I was a little concerned that it would highlight pores. As you can see from the swatch below, you can see every pore on my arm.
I was glad to find that when i used the product on my face and blended it in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, this was not the case. (Phew)
The stick glides along the skin with ease and feels smooth, slightly greasy but creamy. The formula is incredibly pigmented, so only a little is needed. I blend, and then set with a little loose setting powder.
(Usually Vichy Loose Setting Powder or MUR Baking Powder).
It takes less than 2 minutes to apply as it blends and sets like a dream, this is an aspect i really like.
I opted for 150 Rose Beige, and this shade is a good match. My skin has a pink undertone and this light warm beige shade covers my redness, acne scarring and pigmentation perfectly.
The coverage is medium, but buildable, and even though described as a matte product, i still feel the need to use a little loose powder.
In my opinion the finish isn’t matte. It’s slightly dewy. This may be down to my skin type, or skincare i use prior.
I prefer a more dewy, glowy finish so this isn’t an issue for me, but if your skin is oily, then it may be something to take note of.
The foundation feels light and comfortable and it doesn’t appear cakey or sit in fine lines. It covers all that needs to be covered, whilst appearing natural and radiant. It creates an even and smooth canvas, and i really adore how it appears on my skin.
But does this flawless finish last the day?
This is the real deal breaker for me.
I usually wear foundation for around 11 hours and i do find that this wears off slightly around my nose and chin, mid-afternoon. But only ever so slightly.
I can rectify this issue quickly by blending in around these areas with a buffing brush, and adding a little more setting powder.
I must say for me personally, the positives out-weigh the negatives.
Even though it’s not perfect, it is one of the better drug-store foundations that i have tried.
- Good coverage
- Easy to apply
- Lightweight formula
- Natural finish
- Limited shade range
- Matte finish? (Debatable)
- Feels slightly greasy on first application
- Partial to transfer onto clothes (avoid white)
- Needs touching up throughout the day
If you are thinking of trying this product it’s currently on sale for a bargain £6.25, here