L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation and Mattifying Primer | Review

The L’Oréal Infallible Range has been around for a while but now that the Total Cover addition has hit the shops I’ve seen it advertised everywhere.

L’Oréal is currently on offer for 3 for 2 with a free Foundation Blender on top of the offer at both Boots and Superdrug so I decided to give it a go.

The Total Cover Foundation is a new addition to the Infallible range and said to do exactly that –  cover everything. A high coverage with a matte finish, I was so intrigued to see how this performed.

The Mattifying Primer is not as new but I thought I would try them both together seeing as they were on offer and I am so oily I need all the help I can get on the mattifying front!

I’ve put them to the test and I am ready to give them a review!

So first up, the Mattifying Primer. It has standard silicone feel that squeezes out of a thin nozzle. It applies nicely and doesn’t feel greasy at all. It doesn’t however, blur my pores or fine lines, it just provides a smooth base for applying makeup. This costs £7.99.


Next up, the Foundation Blender. It’s a black sponge with a flat side and pointed edge. It’s quite firm and bulks out when dampened. This did not apply foundation well at all! It didn’t smooth it down it left it patchy and weird and I had to run to the bathroom to quickly wet my trusty Real Techniques Blender to sort my face out before it all set dry. A disappointing no to the Blender! At least it was free!


Finally, the Total Cover Foundation. I got this in the lightest colour they had in the shop – number 9 Light Sand. It has a mousse like thick texture which spreads quite a way across the face. It dries quite fast so you need to work quickly with it to smooth it over.


It definitely has a matte finish and it’s fairly smooth but it does settle into my lines, particularly on my forehead and chin! It also isn’t total cover on first application, I needed to go in with more foundation to cover the redness on my cheeks.

My pores are super obvious when using this which is a disappointment, but a bonus is that it doesn’t feel heavy like you would expect from a full coverage foundation. I don’t feel like my skin is being suffocated by it.

I wouldn’t say it is particularly drying but my skin is mostly oily with dry cheeks (the dryness can be seen when applying my blush or highlighter) and this hasn’t dried me out, but I can’t comment how it would perform on really dry skin.


In terms of being matte, I needed a slight de-grease top-up by lunch time but could have done without if need be. If I was going out after work I would definitely need a top-up as my oily bits came through. By the end of the day it was a total greasy mess and it had gone really patchy all over my face! So longevity isn’t really here with this foundation if you need something to last all day.


If you have any redness, dark spots etc you need covering up then I would say this is full coverage but you will need to apply a second layer to your most noticeable bits to get this coverage but it does provide it eventually.

The foundation costs £9.99 which is a good price for a full coverage drug store foundation. The packaging isn’t particularly exciting, a standard plastic black and clear tube but this does mean you can get the most out of a tube opposed to a glass bottle which is hard to finish.

In the campaign for this they showed this covering up half the face of several people with different skin types – one with tattoos, one with redness, and one with dark spots. They also used a male model for this campaign which is super cool for L’Oréal to do!

Would I buy this again? No. Would I continue using what I’ve got? Yes, it isn’t a total disaster that I will throw it away.

So overall, I don’t think it is a particularly bad product, I just wouldn’t re-purchase.

What are your thoughts on this range? I’d love to know below!

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  1. March 3, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Ahh Man, I was literally playing with that foundation in boots yesterday, it looked really nice on my hand and planned to go back and get it, but now not sure whether it’s a good idea if it highlights pores as mine are larger than life at the moment!

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 3, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      It really doesn’t do them any favours which is a real shame! I wish it stayed matte for longer too! Xx

  2. Rach
    March 3, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I have really dry skin and had to give this to my friend, it didn’t work for me at all! Great review xx

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 3, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Oh that’s a shame i did wonder what it did for dry skin! Thanks lovely thanks for reading xo

  3. March 3, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Really intrigued by the offer I saw in Superdrug but decided I couldn’t afford it and left it, glad I did as my trusty L’Oréal infallible matte never disappoints 🙈

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 4, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Ooh I’ll have to give that one ago! Does it last very long? 🙊

      • March 4, 2017 / 1:35 pm

        I wore it in Florida heat in the summer walking around Disney and I came back to the hotel and my face was still matte! I love it!!! 🙈🙈

        • sophieinwonderlandxo
          March 4, 2017 / 3:44 pm

          Wow that is amazing!! I definitely need to give that one a go!! 👌

  4. jazminheavenblog
    March 3, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I really like the primer personally! Seems to blur my pores but I know a lot of people don’t rate it too highly! I haven’t tried the foundation and probably won’t bother. Its a shame about the blender:(
    Great review xxxx

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 4, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      That’s good i wish it did for me! I could do with all the pore blurring i could get! It is a shame it isn’t good! Thank yoy, thanks for reading hun xo

  5. March 4, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I literally picked this up the other day to try! I’ve got combo skin so intrigued to see how it lasts on my skin now! Got one of the blenders to as it was free but it didn’t look like it would be great to me! 💕

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 4, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      I’m interested to see how you find it! You’ll have to keep me updated! 💖

  6. March 4, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Aw I was umming and ahhing about trying this out and think will give it a miss now. It doesn’t sound terrible, but there are ones that sound like a better investment. Love a good honest review, well done lovely.


    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 4, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      That’s definitely the case, others are better! Thanks lovely!! Xxx

  7. March 4, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I’ve seen nothing but negative review of that foundation. Seems no one really likes it. Looks like a big swing & a miss from L’Oreal.

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 4, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Ive heard some mixed reviews but over all not that great! Such a shame!

      • March 5, 2017 / 6:12 am

        I’ll stick with my Revlon Colorstay for a drugstore foundation.

        • sophieinwonderlandxo
          March 5, 2017 / 9:06 am

          I think i need to repurchase, i ran out but wanted to try something different!

  8. March 10, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    It’s a shame that you weren’t impressed. Finding a good foundation is so important. From your review, I don’t think I’d bother with this one.

  9. March 10, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    I tryed the foundation for the first time and mine did the same as you only mine seemed alot thicker for some reason.

    Great review hun xx

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 12, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Its not a nice formula is it! Thanks for reading hun xo

  10. March 11, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    The primer sounds nice, although mattifying isn’t a must for my skin I do like the option depending on the foundation I apply on top. I am so disappointed to hear the sponge isn’t good, I love my Real Techniques one and always get hopeful to see what other brands are like. I didn’t think the foundation would be for me when I read it was a mouse texture, but to hear it settles into lines and doesn’t hold up well through the day puts me off even more, I love to find good drugstore foundations so its a shame this doesn’t quite live up to the expectations. x

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