First Impressions: L’oréal Total Cover Foundation

Last week I popped into Boots to get some skincare bits and I came across this new foundation from L’oréal. It’s the Infallible Total Cover, which has been out in the US for quite a while now, and it has finally made its appearance here in the UK. I decided to pick it up and give it a go because I love me a high coverage foundation. For today’s post I didn’t want to do the classic review which involves me testing the product for some time and then giving you my final thoughts. I’m going to do a first impressions kind of review and I’m going to let you know exactly what I think about this foundation after I put it on for the first time and how it wears throughout the day. Let’s get started, shall we?


First things first, the packaging. The product comes in a tube, which is perfect for clumsy people like me. I drop anything and everything on the floor, especially when I have early mornings and I’m doing my makeup half asleep. Glass bottles do make applying a lot easier but I can see why L’oréal went for the plastic tube. The foundation has a really thick, mousse-like consistency (think about Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse or Vichy Dermablend 3D) and I think it would be a struggle trying to get such a thick foundation out through a pump. Smart choice L’oréal!


The brand claims it to be a full coverage longwear foundation, with a matte finish and a weightless feel on the skin. It has camo stretch technology which I believe it means ultimate spreadability and even coverage. This foundation is non-comedogenic, something you should always look for if you have acne-prone skin. 


At about 10:30 in the morning I decided to put the product to test. Since this foundation is really thick, I applied it with a damp beauty blender on half of my face and with a brush on the other half to see what works best. The beauty blender worked better than the brush at getting my face covered evenly. I only had moisturiser on my skin, no primer and no green concealer which I normally use to colour correct my redness. The first thing I noticed after putting some foundation on is that it dries super fast. You need to have some sort of black belt in blending otherwise you will be left with a lot of patches, and we all know that’s not very flattering. I would say the coverage is full-ish. I have a lot of acne scarring and it covered most of it but on some areas I would still need some concealer. I wouldn’t recommend trying to build this product up as it is very thick and it can look cakey. I’ve used foundations with better coverage and thinner consistency, such as Urban Decay All Nighter (I talked about it here) or even Revlon Colourstay.
Looking at my skin in natural light I see that the foundation looks decent…and matte…almost a bit powdery, that’s why I decided not to set my face in order to prevent it from looking dusty. 
I have the lightest colour from the range (9 Light Sand) and I still thought the foundation was a bit dark but once it really set on my skin it kind of matched my neck better…if that makes sense. 
I don’t have a picture of my face but here’s how the foundation looks swatched on my hand. A bit dark, a bit yellow but it all worked out well on my face. And that’s why you choose your foundation shade to match you neck and not your hand!
And that’s all about the application and my first impressions, now let’s see how this foundation did during the day. I didn’t have an eventful one, just uni work, some blogging, food shopping and cleaning. 
12:48– I now have about two hours of wear and I spent one of them outside in the open air. The foundation looks pretty good, not amazing. My face is shine free even though it wasn’t set with powder. On the contrary, I feel like it looks a tiny bit dehydrated, which is strange for me to see that, considering I have oily skin. 
14:50– Good thing this foundation doesn’t oxidise! It’s been about four hours and looks a bit shiny but it’s not something alarming. You can barely see it so I’m not going to blot now. On the other hand, my cheeks feel dry and they look really dull because this foundation is matte af.

17:05– I cleaned my room, did my laundry and my uni work and now it’s time to check up on the foundation again. My T-zone looks oily. It definitely needs a blot and some powdering. The cheeks look the same.
19:20– During the last two hours of wear my T-zone got oilier and the foundation has started to come off my nose like I can see my actual skin now around this area. It’s basically the end of the day and I’ve been wearing this foundation for almost nine hours now but still its lasting power is not impressive.
Overall, I would rate this foundation with 6/10. I like the packaging, the colour suited me in the end, application is okay if you use a damp sponge and its lasting power is good for a few hours. What I don’t really like about it is the finish. Even if I have oily skin and I love foundations that have a matte finish, this one tends to make my face look dull and a bit dry and patchy outside my T-zone. Therefore, if you have dry skin I don’t think this is suitable for you. If you’re part of the oily skin gang then you could give this a go and see how it works for you. I literally applied this product right on top of my moisturiser, no primer or anything and I haven’t put anything on top of it either. During the next few days I’ll try it out again with a primer, powder and all that because I don’t intend to give up on this foundation just yet!
I hope you enjoyed this first impressions post and if you’ve tried this foundation let me know in the comments below how you feel about it! 





  1. February 17, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I've never gotten along with l'oreal foundations and i think once again i'd be a little disappointed in this one as well, thanks for the honest and really detailed review! – Maria | MariaJ

  2. February 18, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    No problem lovely! I've never really liked L'oreal foundations either except for the pro matte one and I was really curious about this one but turns out it's just another fail haha x

  3. February 18, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    I don't know that sounds really disappointing to me, especially when it has 24 Hour Wear in the title of the foundation. I think it's a miss for me, the L'Oreal Infallible Matte is so much better. What's your skin type if you don't mind me asking? I found this post on Twitter, following you! Thanks for sharing, I have been so curious about this foundation! Xxx

    Kiran | @alittlekiran |

  4. February 18, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I agree! The matte one is so much better. I like that one…and I have oily skin! x

  5. February 21, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Doesn't sound like something I'd use, but I'd sure as hell give it a go! I'm pretty much a beginner with foundations as I've only ever used the Dior star one or Chanel healthy glow fluid.

    Isobel x

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  6. February 23, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Yeah go for it! However, if you have dry skin I wouldn't recommend it x

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