Over the course of years, my skin has gradually transformed from being extremely oily to somewhat combination. This is why I have started leaning towards demi-matte or velvety matte foundations as opposed to those with a powdery matte formula. A number of flat matte foundations that I have tried recently exaggerated the texture and dry patches on my face, which is why the Loreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation sounded like the perfect one for me. I had heard that this foundation has a light-weight and breathable formula that gives a somewhat dewy-matte finish on the skin, which sounded amazing for combination skin. I have been testing out this foundation for over a week now, and here are my thoughts on this product!
The Loreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump and a maroon lid. The pump makes it super convenient to use the product however the residual product left at the dispenser tends to soil the cap unless you wipe it off after every use. The packaging of the foundation is pretty compact, but you have to be a little careful if you plan to travel with it thanks to the glass body. Overall, the packaging is pretty ok, but not amazing for the price of the foundation.
Another interesting thing to note is that the packaging in some countries spells Infallible as “Infaillible”, as you can see in the images. I was first thrown off by this and was worried that I had received a fake, but after doing some research online, I found that this was the actual spelling used in some countries – so rest assured if you discover the same.
The Formula of the Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation
The formula of the Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation is quite runny but feels creamy to the touch (not milky or oily like serum foundation). True to the brand’s claims, the formula is extremely light-weight and blendable and feels like second skin on the face. If you don’t like the heaviness of foundations on your skin then you will truly appreciate how light this one feels. You might actually forget that you have a foundation on when you use this product, which is always a good thing in my book.
In terms of coverage, this foundation gives a medium coverage that can be built up to an almost full coverage by layering the product. I personally like to use one layer of the foundation all over my face and neck and add a second layer for fuller coverage only on top of my blemishes. With two layers of the foundation, you can conceal even larger blemishes, but will require an under eye concealer if you have significant dark circles.
The foundation sets to a dewy-matte finish on the skin – I know that dewy matte sounds like an oxymoron but what I mean by this is that the feel on the skin is that of a matte foundation (non-oily) but the finish is glowy. The shade 250 gives a beautiful golden sheen to my face that doesn’t look over the top, just like extra healthy skin. This sheen diverts attention from any texture on the face and looks so beautiful that I can’t put it in words, just try it once and you will get what I mean. The foundation stays in place for a good 5-6 hours even without a setting powder or spray, after which it may move around a bit if you stay in a hot and humid environment.
The Shade Range
The Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation is currently available in 11 shades in India that cover warm, cool and neutral undertones. The shade range is not completely inclusive but most people with fair to dusky skin tones should be able to find a shade or a combination of two shades that would work for them. I am the shade 250 Radiant Sand in this range, which has a beautiful yellow-golden undertone and matches my NC 35 skin tone quite well.
My Verdict On The Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation
The original Loreal Paris Infallible Foundation that used to come in the same packaging a few years ago used to be my holy grail back in the day. That foundation would be a bit too matte for me now but I can see the Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation work for all skin types. While runny serum foundations often tend to crack on me, this one is the best compromise between a serum and a cream foundation because it is thin enough but not drying. You can customize the coverage as per the occasion by using one or multiple layers of the product without the skin looking cakey or crusty. The only possible downside of this product is the price, which is INR 1200. However, if you are willing to pay this price, you will definitely find the formula worth it.
Overall, the Loreal Fresh Wear Foundation is matte enough for me to flaunt in summers and dewy enough for me to flaunt in winters, which is why it is fast becoming a holy grail for me. Do try it out on my recommendation, I am sure you will love it too!