Ever love a product that everyone else seems to hate? That’s what happened to me with this foundation, and it’s also the reason it took me so long to get around to reviewing it. I wanted to keep playing around with it to see if I could replicate the issues that other people claimed to have with it, and unfortunately I did. The good news is that I have a few tips to help you out if you’ve already purchased this foundation, but would I recommend you go out and purchase it? Only in a few specific situations, and chances are, you won’t find yourself in any of those situations.
Disclosure: This product was purchased by me, with my own money. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Dimethicone, Glycerine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Triethanolamine, Salicylic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.
Shade range: 12 shades
Claims: L’Oreal claims that this product is air-light, full coverage with a natural finish, and can be worn for up to 24 hours.
So let’s start with the claim that this can be worn for 24 hours. Legally, in order to be able to make that claim, there only has to be a trace of the foundation left on the skin after a 24 hour period, which is not at all what most of us would consider 24-hour wear. So does this have 24-hour wear in ‘normal humans who wear makeup’ terms? Hell no. In the photos below, I applied the foundation at 12:30, finished my makeup at 1:15, and did my first check-in at 5:34, at which point the foundation was just starting to break apart and get shiny. By my final check in at 9:39, the foundation was extremely greasy and had patched off in several places, especially on my chin and beside my nose. I would say that this was about average for my experience with this foundation. It looked good for about 4-5 hours, but after that point it started to go downhill very quickly. I did have slightly better wear times (generally around 8 hours) during the winter when I first got this foundation, but in the spring and summer months, or if you live in a hot, humid climate, I don’t see this working very well for you.
Next claim. Is it air-light? That’s a sort of silly marketing term, but plainly put, yes, this is a very lightweight foundation. It comes out of the tube as a thick, whipped mousse and blends onto the skin in a thin layer that I could barely feel. As the foundation breaks down around hour 5, I did begin to notice the foundation more and more.
Is it full coverage with a natural finish? Yes. This is on the lighter end of full coverage, so if you’re expecting something as intense as Kat Von D Lock-it, you may be disappointed. However, as you can see in the photos below, this did a pretty good job of covering up my acne spots, even the one I had made way worse by trying to pop it (bad beauty blogger!) the night before. I’m very satisfied with the coverage, it covered up nearly all of my pigmentation with 1 layer. This dries down almost immediately to a matte finish with very little shine, but if your skin is oily at all, it will definitely start to come through during the day. This isn’t as matte as the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation, which was way too matte for my combination skin. I much prefer the finish of the Total Cover because I felt like the Pro-Matte sucked the life out of my skin, whereas the Total Cover just makes it look like I’m not wearing anything.
Scent: It’s a little perfumey, but not super noticeable unless you have a very sensitive nose. I couldn’t smell it at all once it was dry.
Packaging: This is packaged in a squeeze tube with a small, funnel-shaped opening about the width of a bobby pin. I think the way this is packaged is perfect. It’s sanitary and protected from air, and the size of the opening helps to prevent you from dispensing too much product.
- Apply it with a sponge, and use swiping motions, not bouncing motions. I hate the way this applies with a brush because I think it makes it look streaky. That’s something that generally occurs with mousse foundations, they have a tendancy to drag. Using a bouncing motion can lift a bit of the foundation off and take away some of the coverage. My preffered tool is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge because the flat side makes it so easy to swipe foundation on.
- Be careful with how much you apply. Because of the moussy texture and the matte finish, this can start to look cakey if you apply too much.
- Don’t wear primer. This is an odd one for me because normally I’m a strong advocate for primer, but in this case, I feel like the ingredients make it behave a bit funny with primer. In my experience this breaks up more easily if I wear a primer underneath it, whether that primer is water- or silicone-based.
- Don’t use a setting powder, but do bring a powder for touch-ups. I think powder has a tendency to make this foundation look cakey. I powdered it for the sake of testing a few times, including in the photos you see below (it doesn’t change the finish, it’s matte with or without powder) but I much prefer this without powder. It sets to a matte finish all on its own, unlike many other foundations which need powder to help them set into place. I like to leave this without powder, then apply a light layer of blotting powder as it starts to get shiny (I use Rimmel Stay Matte). I don’t like using blotting sheets with this foundation because as it gets oily, it transfers more easily and I feel like it can take some of the foundation off.
So, would I recommend this?
- Have oily skin
- Need something long-wearing
- Live in a hot and/or humid climate
- Only like applying foundation with a brush
- Like really full coverage foundations
Then my answer is no. Skip this one and go for something like Rimmel Lasting Finish, Estee Lauder Double Wear, or Kat Von D Lock-it.
- Have normal to dry skin
- Are only planning to wear foundation for a few hours
- Prefer to apply foundation with a sponge
- Live in a cool, dry climate
Then yes. Maybe. I still don’t think this is one of the best foundations at the drug store, and it has some major flaws. If this wore more consistently like it did when I first got it, then I would’ve said it was an excellent foundation. When this does look good, it creates a smooth, even complexion and feels like nothing on the skin, but when it’s bad, it’s really bad. Unfortunately this can be quite finicky, and nobody wants to have a bad foundation day. If you’re still interested in trying it after knowing all of its flaws, then I won’t try to dissuade you from trying it, but I’m also not going to talk you into it. What I will say is proceed at your own risk. Can’t say I didn’t warn ya.
If you’ve tried this foundation, let me know: did you have any of the same problems I did with this foundation? Have you found any ways to combat these problems?
Thanks for reading!