First Impressions: L'Oreal True Match Foundation and Infallible Matte Foundation

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Anyone else in a foundation rut? Yep, me too. I tried to remedy this early this week and this post is the result. Boots are currently running a 2 for £12 promotion on L'Oreal cosmetics. Most of their foundations are around the £10 so this was an offer I could not refuse. 

After much online consultation I opted for the much lauded True Match in the shade Vanilla, and their Infallible 24H Matte also in Vanilla. The pale shades looked pretty pale and pinky on online swatches so these seemed like the best bet for a colour match. How wrong was I? 

While the shades aren't quite there, I've tried each of the foundations so I thought I would report back with some first impressions. I'm going to start with my least favourite because I always like to leave things on a happier note. So, the True Match...

This one has been around for donkeys, and the world and his wife have tried it. I on the other hand had not, but figured it would be a safe place to start because people seem to love it. 

Me and True Match haven't quite hit it off. On first application I love how blendable it is and how flawless my skin intially looks. I say initially because this amazing canvas doesn't stick around for too long on me (even with a healthy amount of powdering). Around an hour or so after application, the shine was there big time. But this shine wasn't just on my T-zone, more of an all over glow (reads sweaty). Big no no for me. If you're one of those people that has time for touch ups and all that jazz crack on, but I like something that's going to go the distance (that being longer than a measly hour). 

Prior to my first use I hadn't actually realised that the formula contains golden shimmer particles. While these may appear subtle, I've no doubt that they played a part in the sheen. I had the same issue with the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation for those of you that remember. So overall, I've nothing really amazing to report on this one yet. I'm going to play around without application techniques and see whether I can make this one work for me though because I do love the initial look. 

Onto a more postiive note I actually quite love the Infallible 24H Matte foundation. The shade range is pretty limited (I believe there are currently 5 shades in the UK) and while I haven't found my perfect match, I can make it work. That aside, the only real downer is that this is a product that I can feel on my skin.It is by no means a heavy make-up but I definitely know it's there. But that's all for negatives, onto the plus points. This foundation goes the distance, offers great coverage and is a beautiful demi-matte finish, On me, it gives me the base of dreams and it doesn't melt off my face (powder or no powder). I wore it yesterday for roughly 10 hours and not only was it intact, I didn't look like a complete oil slick either. For £7.99 I am thoroughly impressed and I'm hoping that one day they will bring out my perfect match and we can ride off into the sunset together. 

Anyways, those are my first impressions and I'm going to keep working with both and see how I get on. I'm hoping my next update will be far more positive as I really want to find an incredible budget foundation to replace my £30+ ones. In the meantime let me know what you guys think of these two foundations. Any tips on application methods/shades is much appreciated.

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