I have been obsessed. It is one of my favourite foundations of all time - I have since repurchased it multiple times and in multiple shades and if it was to be discontinued I would be very miserable indeed. When it comes to foundations, I usually have expensive tastes, so for me to be smitten with a high street/ drugstore offering the way I am is unchartered territory for me. I think I have probably gone through ten tubes and it's the foolproof, failsafe foundation I always come back to. Since the original Infallible 24H Matte was released, there was a Glow version in the US - which didn't really set my world on fire - and the latest offering from the house of L'Oreal is the Infallible Total Cover Foundation. When it came out a few weeks back I jumped on it like a car bonnet and hotfooted it to Boots where I picked up not one but two shades to test out and I've duly tested it once since and can now report back.
The L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation is marketed as a full coverage longwear foundation with a weightless feel. It is supposed to provide full coverage with a matte finish and cover imperfections, redness, marks and dark spots. The last big claim on the packaging is Camo Stretch Technology which is supposed to assist with ultimate spreadability and even coverage. That's a lot of promise for one little bottle. It comes in seven shades - there is actually a shade lighter than Porcelain called Light Sand but from what I can tell, it is more yellow toned than the pink toned Porcelain - so there is hope for even the fairest amongst us, and overall the shade range is not too shabby for a high street offering. The packaging is the exact same as the Infallible 24H Matte foundation - a squeezy tube with a pointy nozzle for more directed squirtage - and it contains 35 g/ml of product which is 5 g/ml more than your standard foundation. I got two shades - Porcelain for my very pale days and Natural Rose for the days when I have some gradual tan on or I'm just favouring a darker look.
Now when I am assessing foundation there are a couple of headings I always think of - applicability, longevity, coverage being the main ones. In terms of texture - this is a very thick, almost thick mousse type consistency when you squeeze it out of the tube but once you start working your brush into the product, it loosens up a bit and becomes much more workable. I've tried this foundation with several primers and I have to say, for a full coverage foundation, it applies very evenly, consistently, doesn't set down on your face too quickly and is nice and easy to blend out with a brush without any telltale streaks - something that foundations four or five times the price have not been able to master (yes Chanel, I'm looking at you!). I don't have oily skin, it would be dehydrated if anything, and I don't have any major breakout or pigmentation issues so I wouldn't usually go for something so full coverage but it wasn't really the full coverage claim that swung me into purchasing it. It was pretty full coverage on me in that it completely camouflaged any bit of redness on my face but I know that Gemma from Beautynook tried covering her tattoo on Snapchat (beautynook) with it and it was still clearly visible after about three layers, so if you have more than mild acne scarring or redness you need to cover, I don't know if you will find this full enough coverage wise. The rest of my makeup applied perfectly over the top of this foundation and didn't cause it to shift or budge which is a good thing.
In terms of longevity, bearing in mind that I have dehydrated skin so I'm not oily and if I do get any oily spots, it's usually on my nose and chin and it's nothing a spot of powder or blotting can't sort out. This foundation lasts well on me but probably not as well as the L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte - after 8-10 hours, I notice a little bit of breakup around my nose but that's only on close examination, from a distance I think it looks fine. It doesn't feel very heavy on the skin for a lightweight foundation and it hasn't broken me out or given me any adverse skin reactions either which is always a bonus.
Overall - I think this is a grand foundation but I think the full coverage claim is way overhyped - if you are looking for full on coverage I'd be more inclined to recommend the Vichy Dermablend, Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation or Estee Lauder Double Wear. I don't prefer this to the Infallible Matte 24 H foundation and that's the one I will probably continue to repurchase - I'll definitely use up the two bottles of the Infallible Total Cover foundation and it will be no hardship to me I'm sure. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it, and the L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte is still one of the most impressive foundations I have in my armoury.
Have you tried any foundations from the L'Oreal Infallible range? Do you have a favourite budget foundation that you rate above all others?