Review: L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover

Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is definitely one of my beauty favorites this 2017. (see how used and abused the liquid and powders are below haha!) When it was launched early this year, I got so excited because I only knew this line through that lip duo 6-7 years ago which I think was one of the most long-wearing lippies I’ve tried ever. Now,  the brand has a “Total Cover” variant that has a liquid foundation, concealer &  corrector palettes.

 

Total Cover promises a 24-hr wear with lightweight feel and natural finish. It covers dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless coverage. Formulated with high loads of pigment, it glides on easily and feels fresh all day. (Source: lorealparisusa.com)

In this post, I will be focusing on the liquid foundation more because this is my favorite from the line. There are 6 shades sent to me but there 10 available – which is kind of similar to the Pro-Matte. I actually never got to select the right shade for me but I loved it so much that I kept all and just mixed some shades to find my true match.

I found my shade in 305 Natural Beige which is the closest to my skin tone. I swatched the foundation without anything under and you can see below how it made my skin flawless in an instant. While application is not easier compared to Pro-Matte because this has a kind of creamy/mousse formula, this lasts even longer which is just superb for the price of PHP 700.

While there is a tendency to cake because the foundation is already high coverage in just one layer, it truly covered everything that I didn’t need a concealer anymore.

With powder, there’s is just a slight tendency to cake as well because of the creamy formula so while I used the Infallible Pro-Matte here, I use this product with a transparent loose powder only to make sure it’s really flawless.

On the nose, it doesn’t look so flawless in application so I suggest to put a minimal amount, and to use a moisturizer under to make sure that it will glide easily.

Overall though, I would repurchase and recommend this foundation. They have the same qualities as Pro-Matte except for the ones above, but I would use this during the non-summer days more. 

INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER COLOR CORRECTING KIT is an all-in-1 color correcting palette that neutralizes any kind of discoloration across all skin tones and types. The powerful cream corrector helps in balancing, correcting, and perfecting imperfections on the skin. Don’t be intimidated with this multi-colored palette as each hue was made to effectively answer a specific skin need. Peach is meant to disguise dark circles, yellow to combat dark spots, green to neutralize redness, and purple to brighten dullness. Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER CONCEALING & CONTOUR KIT is a 3-in-1 palette that corrects dark circles, conceals imperfections, and contours the face to add depth and dimension. This pro-inspired kit provides the sophistication and completeness of a pro-palette – making you feel like an expert with your everyday look. It contains 4 highly pigmented and creamy shades that can be used individually or together for a wide array of shades and uses to fit your needs. Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

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My Wearable Pinks

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I’m not really a hard-core fan of the hue pink, but I realized how it has been making my eyes more feminine, especially the rose and warm pink eyeshadows. I then tried a few brands on my lips and see below for another color swatchfest!

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Most of the brands here are available in department stores and that’s great. I’ve got matte to satin lippies with mostly pinks leaning towards the warmer side of the color spectrum. I think these are the kinds that are perfect #MLBB everyday lip look that doesn’t make me look cartooney or barbie.

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On my arm with (below) and without (above) flash, the two darkest shades lean toward a warm fuchsia color while the middle ones have more brown undertones which are perfect for any skin tone.

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Maybelline recently released new shades of warm dusty pinks which are banking on the neutral 80’s hue trend. I like the selection of colors especially Natural Beige and Salmon Pink.

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On my lips, we can see the other qualities of the lippies:

  • Pink Sugar in Hotline Bling (matte lipstick) [approx PHP 300]* – this is just a very pigmented lippie from one of my favorite department store brands. The consistency and coverage is fierce with a very good fuchsia color, and name (reminds me of one Rihanna LOTD!)
  • Maybelline Rose Matte lipsticks (matte lipstick) {approx PHP 200]* – MNY matte lippies are definitely becoming true to the “matte” and OK in terms of consistency and coverage. On my lips, it still appears a bit semi-matte/cream tho but I like how unique the faded, dusty and a brown-orangey kinds of pinks they have. Salmon Pink is my favorite wearable hue (not too nude) from this line.
  • NYX Butter Lipstick (cream lipstick) [approx PHP 300]* – This has got to be my favorite amongst all these in terms of lightweight wear and smooth texture, despite it being a cream format. Color is a bit cool for my skin tone but I like how it truly feels like butter, just with a very good consistency and coverage.
  • L’Oreal Paris Color Riche (semi-matte lipstick) [approx PHP 400]* – ever since they launched Color Riche, I’ve known L’Oreal lippies with good rosewood colors. I heard that Nymphea, a dusty rose, is a lippie used by Solenn Heusaff in her bridal makeup look. It definitely looks wearable and blooming on the lips. The brand also released an exclusive pink collection named after the L’Oreal Paris ambassadors. Blake Lively (my fav!) color is a coral shade that’s not too neon or bright. I really like how sensual and buildable these are (on 1 coat, it will look sheen)

 

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There’s also a lip crayon line [approx PHP 500] released by Burt’s Bees recently that also attracted me. They’re described as matte, but I think they’re more creamy but with a good full-coverage. On my arm swatch I had Carolina Coast which is a dusty rose (less brown tho). Of course, I’ve always liked how 100% natural the products from the brand are, with Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil to keep lips smooth and moisturized.

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What you think about these colors?

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Are You Wearing The Right Red Lippie?

I am not really a fan of reds, and as I’m writing the pictures I photograph-ed, I’m slowly discovering the shades that I like and that suit my warm skin tone. When I started beauty blogging, one of my first topics was differentiating warm vs.cool colors and let me me refresh you again in this new blog! Plus, you’ll get to know more about the red lipstick that I own (and the ones that will go to my makeup graveyard!)

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It was really a long day of taking pictures of my lips and wearing all kinds of reds that I have in my kit. These are actually minimized already but I love that I’m getting to know them more (the ones that fit me, the ones that are dupes and can actually go to my sister/mother/friend, etc) by swatching them on my arms and lips, especially the latter. Take this as an example when you’re buying and testing lippies: make sure you wear them. This would help you save some lippie purchases! Let’s start with my cool reds:

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They’re actually fewer than my warm red lippies so this is a good start. Now, cool colors are usually the blue shades and in terms of the red lippie, cool ones or blue-based mean they’re more pink and less orange. Even under warm light like sunlight (which is a good test of a pigment’s real color and undertone), the swatches on my arm don’t have any yellow hint in their shades.

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Most of these shades will definitely now go as “pamana” to my friends and relatives because blue-based lippies just don’t work on me. If these work for you (you would know you’re cool toned when silver/platinum suits you, and when you have blue veins), nonetheless, these are fantastic shades with excellent pigmentation. However, I wouldn’t really wear these because they make me look “darker” and dull, except for the ff:

  • MAC in Ruby Woo (matte lipstick) [PHP 1000] – MAC describes this as a “classic  cool red” lippie that made the brand famous. On my skin tone, it’s quite neutral so I considered it on the warm swatches too as benchmark. This is the famous lippie of Yaya Dub, but when you’re considering buying this, make sure you wear and try it on because it looks good on some and but not to all. I’ve had this for years and while it’s a really fabulous shade – I’m always reminded of cool-toned Rihanna whenever I wear this – I can only wear and slay it whenever I mix it  a bit with more orange colors (e.g. my favorite red-orange, Lady Danger as I reviewed here) or when the light is warm and bright (see how it is a bit warm and neutral on my arm and lips). This is more warm though than the famous Russian Red and the “Pure Ruby” which an affordable dupe from L’Oreal Paris.
  • L’Oreal in Pure Garnet (matte lipstick) [PHP 400 ] – For its price, pigmentation and consistency, I like this set of collection from L’Oreal Paris. Pure Garnet is a very nice deep wine shade that is like MAC Diva. While they’re both drying to the lips, the latter is more matte but when you’re considering just color, this can be a perfect dupe to that nice wearable blue red color that also lasts for around 4-5 hours.
  • MAC in Frank N’ Furter (LE matte lipstick) [PHP 1100] This is actually the most warm or neutral in this set despite a slightly cool under tone, and I’m keeping this brick red shade (I changed my mind!!) because also, packaging! It’s more warm and less dark than Sin which I didn’t consider here because it’s more of a black red. 
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo (cream/satin lipstick) [PHP 2000+]* – Aside from the fantabulous packaging of this product line, I like this  deep cool true wine shade from the recent launch of lippies two years ago. Nonetheless, the formula is too pigmented + it’s just so easy to transfer anywhere + quite drying too. But I’ll keep this for the shade.

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Now, below are my shades of red! Some are very similar shades (I collected a few haha) and let me break it down for you:

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Warm reds are definitely yellow or more orange especially under warm light. These definitely suit me and I’m keeping all, except for around 2:

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In order of the most orangey and lightest:

  • Inglot in 09 (satin/cream lip color) [PHP approx 700]* – Inglot lippies are quite drying to me, but I can’t deny the pigmentation, intensity, and consistency of the lip products.
  • Laura Mercier Paint Wash in Vermillion Red (demi-matte liquid lipstick) [PHP 1260]* – This was recently launched last year, and I must say that this is one of the most luxurious formula in liquid lippy. Will discuss this in another post, but i love the strength, comfort and feel of this product.
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte in Heart (demi-matte lipstick) [PHP 1500] – This is one of my favorite demi-matte formulas as reviewed here.
  • Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red (demi-matte lip crayon) [PHP 1500]* – This is the latest release of Bobbi for lip color format and is just the perfect lip liner + pigmented lippie! It has 6 oils in it which makes it non drying and the consistency is also very nice. This color is described by Bobbi as a “true bright red”
  • Happy Skin in Mistletoe Red (satin/cream lipstick) [PHP 995]* – I really like how versatile this shade is. Notice that under warm light, it’s too yellow and bright, but when under flash, it has a nice level of darkness/boldness. As always, Happy Skin’s formula is at the top of the charts.
  • NARS in Mandore (satin lip crayon) [PHP approx 1200]* – This shade is a muted warm (kinda neutral) red that is glides smoothly on the lips. Creamy consistency and pigmentation are excellent, and doesn’t dry the lips too much. I love NARS’ formulas!
  • MAC in Viva Glam I (matte lipstick) [PHP 1000] – One kind of brick/brown vintage red that I can wear whether day or night! Definitely a favorite and I’ve been stocking on this because a friend I just told about this said that it’s out of stock in some stores.
  • Pink Sugar in Diva  (matte lipstick) [PHP 349]* – The most affordable in this list that I really recommend to everyone with a great matte finish, consistency and feel (soft and silky). Staying power is Ok but I like how this brand competes for me in this list1 While this may be a great dupe for Diva (MAC) because of its name, i think I have found an affordable dupe for Viva Glam I!!!
  • Inglot in 297 (satin lipstick) [approx PHP 700]* – As reviewed here. 

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So, quite a long list but I was very happy doing this1 Now, what warm or cool red shades do you own?

  • *sent by friends from brands
  • **lip swatches are blurred and photographed with flash (so they will appear less matte than arm swatches)
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#FoundMyTrueMatch

True Match is one of my favourites when it comes to affordable foundation lines. My review of this at the former blog is actually one my most popular posts (still getting views up to now) and it’s really because of its fantastic formulation. For me, it’s one of those products really that would immediately go to my cart whenever i shop at my nearest department store.

So when L’Oreal Paris said that they will be reformulating my favourite liquid foundation, I thought to myself: How else would you improve that?? The consistency, tint, ease to blend and build  have always been great ever since the previous packagings. Plus, a lot more extensions and product lines by L’Oreal Paris, which I got to know more at the launch! See more below. (Hint: BROWS!!)

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Let’s first start with the base line! The powders and two-way cake foundations are the same (they’re performing well too!) but my top pick is the liquid foundation. There’s also a concealer line now under the sub brand.

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What’s new though with my favorite, the liquid foundation, is that they have improved the formulation with 5 unique micro-pigments to suit Asian skin, with SPF 19/PA++ and various shades for cool, warm or neutral tones. Also, P200 off!!

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I got the chance to re-evaluate my color in the true Match line and verified that I fall under the G line. Before I used N3/N4 which looked dark on me (using the on contour areas) and blending with other products – because that’s how good it is. Now, I needed a more natural cover so I chose G3 and it has always looked good on me, without the white cast on flash photography. Thanks L’Oreal Paris team for helping me swatch!

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The most exciting news was the Brows. There are just a few Department Store brands that offer nice brow products and when I heard of this wax-pigment type brow prodct (+ liners), I got too excited. Ever more good news? It’s only priced at p400, in 2 shades. I’m reviewing this in detail but so far so great!

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Last but not the least, a new primer/blur product presented by a former makeup student of mine at a workshop. I got to know and feel the product more and my thoughts soon!

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It was so good catching up with an all-time favorite department store brand which gives so much options and innovations for Filipinas. More photos of the event below:

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Believe in Magique

Together with fellow media and bloggers, we were so gratfeul to be photographed by BJ Pascual to testify to the power of the MAT Magique, the review of which I’ll post soon. As my skin always gets tired from testing a lot of skin care and makeup, I really like how MAT Magique gave my skin a good coverage despite dullness and large pores due to acne and my super oily skin. Similar to Lucent Magique, I like how it helped the imperfections but this time, without the easier way of perfecting skin: illuminators. The matte effect is truly noticeable and versus the other L’Oreal Paris product, this is truly one mattifying foundation.
Anyway, below are more photos, using other L’Oreal Paris / Makeup Designer products with an eye color that I always see in the runway. #BelievingInMagique, you too can join the L’Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris consumer launch on January 31 to February 1 at SM Mall of Asia Atrium. A special treat await those who simply visit and purchase a Mat Magique for a chance to have their profile photos taken as well by none other than BJ Pascual!

Photography: BJ Pascual

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Photoshoot with L’Oreal paris & BJ Pascual

Yesterday, L’Oreal Makeup Designer / Paris challenged us to believe in Magic – that is to testify to the mattifying and transformative power of the new MAT Magique – a sister of the famous Lucent Magique that I’ve reviewed here on the blog. As one user of L’Oreal Paris foundations for years, I wanted to try this new line and while you know that I’m a fan of highlighters – which Lucent has in it! – matte foundations are great bases indeed for oily skin types like me!
But also, I heard that BJ Pascual, a renowned protographer represented by At East | Jed Root, would be taking our portraits after trying the line so I was really excited about it, actually quite nervous because BJ is a real PRO!  I always see his work in most magazine covers and billboards, and I am a real fan of his work. It was really exciting doing this with him and the team (Thank you L’Oreal Paris and BJ!) despite a super busy first week of January, by creating a look that I’ve never explored so much in this blog – a matte one that is made possible by the formula made of natural sebum absorber – volcanic pertile. LOTD and review soon at the beauty blog!
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My First Workshop

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