I am a foundation snob. I know some people can’t justify spending a lot of money on foundation, or are not overly picky when it comes to foundation. On one hand, I totally get it – seasons change and with that comes different textures of your skin and the need for different shades. For me, I have a really hard time using just any foundation and picking up whatever is on sale because a lot of foundations look terrible on my skin. I have combination skin that ranges from normal to oily. My t-zone is my trouble spot. It can get very shiny throughout the day and the pores in that area (especially on my nose) can be terribly exaggerated if I don’t pick the right foundation. They are something I am so self-conscious about. Plus, when my skin gets oily, it miraculously has the ability to make things oxidize on my skin aka my foundation turns orange and I channel my inner oompa-loompa. It wasn’t a cute look on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and I can promise you, it isn’t a cute look on my face either. After testing out the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, I think my skin has met its match and I have finally found a drugstore favourite.
L’Oreal added a new product to their Infallible line – the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in June-July. It is one of their 24-hour long wear foundations that offers a hydrating glow. They describe it as lightweight, creamy and long-lasting. It is said to apply smoothly with a finish that lasts and is recommended for normal to dry skin. It comes in 12 different shades, which when compare to the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundations tend to be a little more of a pink undertone. (Pro Matte appears to have a shade selection that is more yellow toned). I found it very interesting that the shades were different between the two finishes. I expected it to be the same shades as the first infallible foundation, only with a glowing finish instead of a matte. In Canada, this foundation ranges from approximately $17-$21 depending on where you shop, but does go on sale for less.
After using it for a bit, I can totally say based on my own experience that Pro-Glow can be used on combination skin too. I was a little worried that it might make my skin look too shiny, but it wasn’t bad at all. It isn’t an overpowering dewy finish, it is more of a semi-matte finish. Semi-matte is so flattering on my skin personally. It isn’t so matte where your face looks flat or chalky, but isn’t so shiny that my face looking like a greasy mess.
I don’t think the product lives up to the 24-hour claim, because once I hit the 12-hour mark I was getting pretty shiny and the foundation was starting to separate from my skin a little. For me, that is normal and you realistically should not be wearing foundation for a full 24-hours.
The best application, in my experience, for the Pro Glow Foundation was with a brush. A brush made the product apply super smoothly and gave me the ability to build up the coverage a bit. I know there has been a lot of discussion on social media about the coverage of this foundation in comparison to the Pro Matte. The Pro Matte is much more full coverage, where as the Pro Glow is more on the light-medium range of coverage. I found it has a buildable medium coverage, that when paired with a decent powder can appear more full coverage. I took before and after photos to show you the coverage. Below you can see my skin without foundation, my skin with just primer and the foundation, and then a full finished makeup look where I have added concealer and powder for more coverage. I am wearing the lightest shade 201 Classic Ivory.
I find the coverage perfect! If you compare the first image and second image, you can see it evens out my skintone, brightens my dark circles and cancels out any redness. The only thing I would really need any extra coverage for is to add a bit more brightness to my under eye area and cover up any blemishes.
- Has the perfect amount of glow for my skin – a semi-matte finish
- Has enough coverage to even out my skin tone
- Super lightweight and feels light and fresh on the skin
- No fragrance
- Feels hydrating
- The shades are different in comparison to the Pro Matte line (This wasn’t a con for me, but might be for some if you prefer the selection in the Pro Matte.)
- Not a full-coverage foundation, more light-medium coverage
- Higher price point for a drugstore item
Overall, I am super happy with this foundation. It lasts on my skin, has ideal coverage for me and has a beautiful finish. It feels amazing on my skin and I have gotten a lot of compliments on how my skin looks while wearing it.
Have you tested out the Pro Glow Foundation? How did you like it?