I popped into Boots recently for a new foundation and ended up coming away with two that are opposite ends of the spectrum; a long lasting matte-effect foundation from L’Oreal and a glowy, dewy affair from Maxfactor.
First up the matte one. I bought L’Oreal’s Infallible 24H-Matte foundation in the shade Natural Rose. This is not the usual look I go for with my foundation but my skin can get quite shiny towards the end of the day so I thought I would try a matte formula and see if that would combat the shine.
The colour match to my skin on this one is good and the formula is nice. It is silicone-based so spreads easily onto the skin and has a powder-like finish. I found this foundation to last well (although not the 24-hours as claimed on the tube!) and it definitely controlled the shine. I did find I had to prep my skin well with a good primer otherwise it did settle on and cling to any dry patches. Overall, a decent introduction into the world of matte foundations but I will save this for when my skin isn’t as dry.
Next, Maxfactor’s Skin Luminizer foundation in the shade Warm Almond. Now this is more my territory – I love a dewy base and I’ve had my eye on this product for a while.
The tube has a swirl of ‘skin luminizers’ within although it does mix and come out of the pump as one colour. I thought this would have very light coverage but I would class it as medium and a very creamy formula that you can build up. It almost feels moisturising on the skin but, like the matte foundation, did cling to my dry patches so a good primer is needed too. However, it does create a glow on the face and gives a fresh, luminous finish – I’m a fan!
So, two new ‘chalk ‘n’ cheese’ drugstore foundations that are in rotation for when I want a matte or glowy base…have you tried either of these? x