I'm the first person to admit that I'm a bit of a makeup snob. Since learning of the wonders of Sephora, I just don't find traipsing through the aisles of the drugstore quite as exciting. I rarely write about drugstore products on here because they usually don't wow me as much as my more luxe picks do, but lately two foundations from L'Oreal have really caught my attention.
I picked up the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation back in the wintertime I think, and I'm pretty sure I never actually mentioned it here. It's definitely my favorite lighter coverage base from the drugstore. The formula blends seamlessly into the skin, and it's pretty much undetectable. It gives a wash of sheer coverage that evens everything out, but you'll definitely need more coverage if you're looking to hide blemishes or scarring. On minimal makeup days, this is perfect. I don't actually mind the sponge applicator that came with the product, but lately my favorite way to apply it is by pressing a damp BeautyBlender into the cushion and then pressing it into my skin. It gives such a natural dewy look that doesn't look overly sheen-y or sweaty. It fades after about 6-8 hours of wear on me, but a lot of the more hydrating bases do that on me as my skin tends to drink them up. This is definitely one I'll repurchase.
Fast forward to this summer, when the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation launched. I immediately jumped on it, ordering the lightest shade from Amazon before I could find it on drugstore shelves and hoping for the best. The shade is actually a good match - very light and not too pink (although it's a little too light for me now that I've been to the beach, but my slight tan will fade within a couple weeks). This is a heavier coverage than I'm used to, but it still manages to not look mask-like on the skin. I apply it with my fingers for a quick and easy application in the morning, but I'm sure you'd get a more flawless coverage using a brush or damp sponge. This is a thinner formula than I was expecting, but it manages to pack quite the pigmented punch. When I wear this, I don't feel the need to add concealer over my dark circles or blemishes as this covers them up well enough for me. At first it has more of a satin, skin-like finish, but as time goes on it develops the perfect amount of dewiness and makes you look so glowy and healthy. I can feel it on my skin throughout the day, which is usually a dealbreaker for me, but this doesn't do it in a way that makes me want to claw my skin off - I can actually feel it hydrating my skin. I'm amazed at how long this lasts on my skin - I haven't tested the 24-hour claims and I never will, but it's still completely intact when I go to wash my makeup off at the end of the day. That's sometimes around 16 hours of wear.
Have you tried either of these foundations? What's your favorite foundation from the drugstore?