Product Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Shade 201 Classic IvoryI 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.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation SwatchesL'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation SwatchesL'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Makeup Tutorial

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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?

Kaitlyn xo

Best Bronzers for Every Budget

L'Oreal Glam Bronze, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Lise Watier Eclat Bronzer, Rimmel Matte Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Nyx Matte BronzerAs a perma-pale girl, I am all about bronzers this time of year. It is the perfect way to add that sun-kissed glow we all crave as the summer months approach. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been digging through my collection determining my favourite tried and true bronzers, and of course scouring the drugstore to find the best of the newly released bronzers. Here is a full breakdown of my favourite bronzers for every budget!

Under $10

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, 021 Sun Light, $7.99 – This bronzer regularly retails around the $8 mark,  but I was lucky enough to pick this guy up on sale for $5.99. This bronzer was part of Elle Canada’s Products of the Year for 2015, and rightfully so. It is waterproof and has an SPF of 15. It is super blendable and applies smoothly. The shade I chose is the lightest matte shade available. It is perfect for adding warmth to the skin without any added shimmer.

Under $15

Nyx Matte Bronzer, Deep, $11.99 – Now that Nyx is so easily accessible in Canada I have jumped on their bandwagon for every category it seems. The one thing I really love about this product is the packaging. It has a large mirror in the lid, which is so convenient. The shade I chose was deep. This is because all the other ones seemed too warm with a red or orange undertone that wasn’t going to be flattering on my skin tone. The powder is very pigmented, so a light hand is necessary, but it looks beautiful on the skin.

Under $20

Physicans Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Bronzer, $19.99 – First of all, this bronzer smells incredible! It smells like summer aka coconut and pineapple. The smell itself had me sold. Infused with Murumuru butter, cupuacu butter and tucuma butter it is full of pro-vitamins and fatty acids that help to condition, moisturize and soften the skin. It is a really creamy formula that blends out smoothly. It has a slight glow to the finish that is super natural on the skin and looks amazing. It also has a small compartment underneath that contains a foam applicator and mirror. This product is also hypoallergenic, paraben free, gluten free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist approved and oil free.

Under $25

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Face and Body Bronzer, Medium, $21.99 – This is a super sized product with high lights of gold throughout. I love the large pan because I can easily swirl my brush around, which allows me to evenly coat my brush for a consistent application. In the pan these products look very light, but on the skin it is a much different story. So don’t be deceived by the colour you see in the package as it will apply darker to the skin. This is a new product from L’Oreal this season that has been receiving a lot of hype online – it is totally worth the hype.

Over $30

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer, $36 – This is a beauty community favourite in the bronzer category, and a personal favourite. This bronzer is super buildable and the perfect bronze shade that is not too warm and not too cool. It also comes with a narrow brush, which is the perfect shape for contouring. This product is so versatile and is a must have for me.  One time, I had some pretty harsh tan lines that I was able to cover using Hoola – talk about a life saver!

Lise Watier Escale Summer, Escale Bronzing Powder, $44 – This limited edition bronzer provides quite the deal for the price. It is a huge pan of product holding about twice the size of product in comparison to the others on the list. This is a beautiful marble powder with shades of bronze, pink, and gold throughout. It creates a soft glow on the skin that makes you feel like a goddess. I am so happy I got my hands on the limited edition product and I hope you do too!

Here are full swatches of all the bronzers. L-R: Rimmel, Nyx, Physicians Formula, L’Oreal, Benefit Cosmetics, Lise Watier.

Swatches of L'Oreal Glam Bronze, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Lise Watier Eclat Bronzer, Rimmel Matte Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Nyx Matte Bronzer

What are your favourite bronzers for summer? Be sure to let me know in a comment below! Also, if you like my posts, be sure to check out my instagram @buttonedbeauty where is post daily mini reviews!

Happy bronzing!

Kaitlyn xo