Review: My Holy Grail Foundation Is From The Drugstore | Clozette

Finding the right foundation is essential to anyone's beauty routine. It builds your canvas and significantly affects the finish of your overall look. But in all honesty, I can say that finding my perfect match took a long time. I am very particular with the price range of my beauty products, and I can also claim that I don't exactly have the best skin. 


I have read tons of reviews online, done my fair share of research, but nothing stuck to me. Most of the foundations I used would work flawlessly after one or two tries, but I would find myself looking horrible, cake-y, or oily after a while. And yes, no matter what the claims of the products are, I usually find myself working through these dilemmas. 


But a couple of months ago, I decided to give one of the most raved about drugstore foundations, the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24H Foundation, a try. I was a bit iffy to try it at first because it's not available here in the Philippines yet so I had to order this one online, and shade matching through my laptop screen isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world. Still, I have tried the Pro-Glow version of this foundation and the shade 208 Sun Beige matched me perfectly, so I decided to use that as a basis. For Pro-Matte, I got 107 Fresh Beige. 


Top: L'Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte in 107 Fresh Beige

Bottom: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow in 208 Sun Beige


As you can see from the swatches, both have a yellow undertone. The consistency contrasts as the Pro-Matte is slightly thicker in formula than the Pro-Glow. I got each for less than USD10, shipping included.


I have combination skin that significantly changes depending on the weather. Since I'm going on a trip soon, I hate the idea of having to worry about my makeup throughout the day, doing multiple touch-ups to look good in a photo. So I've been test running this foundation for quite sometime and here's a wear test I've done recently. 

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After moisturising and priming my face (take note that I did not use a mattifying primer), I applied the foundation with a sponge. This one dries down quite easily so I had to really work fast in applying, so if you feel like it, a stippling or a buffing brush also works. It is build-able and can be medium to medium-high coverage depending on your skin type. I usually have dark spots to cover and it does the trick most of the time; I simply have to spot-conceal minimally. 

As it has a demi-matte finish, there's still a nice sheen to the skin after application, and the concealer also adds a touch of dewiness to the skin, so don't worry about looking flat. 

This is how it looked at 11:00 AM, minus the bronzer, blush, and lipstick. I only added some setting powder on my nose and forehead, and opted out of setting spray. 




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I've been outdoors for a couple of hours after this and the weather was scorching hot. Typically, I would be greasy by this time of the day (5:00 PM) but the foundation, as I expected, was holding up pretty good. It looked much better on my skin as it has now fully set, giving me that skin-like glow. This is still without touch-ups whatsoever. 




Before taking it off, I decided to take a photo of what it looks like around 8:30 PM, 9 1/2 hours after application, and it still looks naturally dewy, demi-matte in all the other areas, and I can even go on and wear this throughout the night if I want to. Take note that for the span of when I applied it, I did no touch-ups, didn't even blot, and it held up nicely. 




So, overall, I can say that it is possible to find your holy grail foundation without breaking the bank; I'm happy to say that I've found mine. And if you're wondering, yes, I've used this with and without a primer, and it lives up to its claims. The only con for this is that I don't think it will hold up 24 hours straight, as it says on the tube, but I think it's still wearable for up to 12 + hours.


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Travelling is fun, but many conditions involving your trip can cause minor problems on the skin. The climate in the area you'll be visiting will contribute immensely to this.


Have you already booked a trip to your dream destination? Make sure you check the weather, and along with planning your itinerary, plan your skincare routine tailored to the place you’re visiting. Here are our top tips on how you can make sure that your skin is healthy, no matter where in the world you are.



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Where it’s warm and humid



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If you’re heading somewhere warm — or hot — and humid, expect your skin to lose moisture. And losing moisture can lead to a few problems, including pimple breakouts. Plus, there are places where the heat is worse, so getting sunburnt is easy.


To prepare for these to not happen, make sure that you have products that have lightweight formulation with you. When it’s hot, you want something that doesn’t feel like anything on your skin. But make sure that they’re packed with hydrating and moisturising ingredients that will pamper your skin. Switch out your creams with serums, and make sure to have your sunscreen with you.


Where it’s warm but dry



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In some warm places, the atmosphere is humid. But there are also places where it’s warm but dry. The dryness can cause dryness — on your skin. So make sure to keep hydrated. Make sure that you drink lots of water on top of using a lightweight product that is jam-packed with moisturising and hydrating powers. Go for those that also have antioxidants in order to combat skin damage.

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Where it’s cold



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The heat can dry you out, but the cold can do so, too. While you should opt for lightweight products in drier areas, go for something a bit heavy but non-comedogenic for cooler places. Go for hydrating products not only for your face but also your lips and hands. And, as always, don’t forget your SPF! The sun may not be shining as bright in places where the weather is cold, but it’s still there.

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