L’Oreal recently came out with the Infallible Pro-Glow foundation for people with normal to dry skin and being someone with ultra dry skin I knew I had to give it a shot. From what I can tell, it’s been getting mostly glowing reviews online from YouTube beauty gurus. Not so much from people with oily skin because according to them it turns their faces into oil slicks but for someone like me that’s always a good sign that the foundation will either be really moisturizing or non-drying.
The new foundation is available in 12 shades which makes it sound like most people would be able to find a shade match in the Pro-Glow line but in actuality the majority of the shades run light and are quite pink. Sadly there are only four medium to dark shades in the range.
I chose the second lightest shade #202 Creamy Natural because the lightest shade looked straight up pink and the third shade was too peachy. I have a lot of yellow to my skin especially in the summertime when the sun brings out the golden tones in my skin and, out of the first three shades, Creamy Natural seemed to be the most neutral. I currently have a bit of a tan going on so even though Creamy Natural looks a bit light in hand swatches it’s a pretty decent match for my face.
I purchased the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation from CVS for $13.99.
First off, I have to say I absolutely love the squeeze tube packaging. I always prefer foundations that come in squeeze tubes versus those that come in bottles (with the exception of airless pump bottles) because it means I can get every last drop of foundation out at the end and the packaging’s more lightweight and travel friendly.
L’Oreal describes Pro-Glow as an air-light foundation with medium coverage and a radiant finish with up to 24 hours of wear time. Now I’ve never worn a foundation for 24 hours. The longest I keep a foundation on my face is for the length of a work day and I’ve never had an issue with foundations fading on me but that’s probably because I have extremely dry skin.
The main issue I have with most foundations is that they’re rarely ever moisturizing enough for me, so by midday they usually start looking extremely powdery (FYI I never set my foundation with powder) or cakey dry on my face even if they’re supposed to have a dewy or radiant finish. I believe the last few drugstore liquid foundations that I tried that were supposed to be dewy or that other people claimed were dewy were Maybelline Fit Me, Neutrogena Healthy Skin and L’Oreal True Match Lumi. The True Match Lumi ended up being the least matte of that lot but all three foundations were quite matte on me and tended to get even more matte as the day wore on.
I honestly had very low expectations for the Pro-Glow foundation, even more so when I saw the ingredients include talc, silica, alcohol and dimethicone. Talc and silica are oil absorbing ingredients and alcohol can be extremely drying. Dimethicone, I’ve learned through experience, tends to exacerbate the dryness of my skin, so it’s something I try to avoid. All in all, the foundation just didn’t sound very promising but nevertheless I still wanted to give it a try.
The most surprising thing to me about this foundation is perhaps just how runny it is. L’Oreal instructs you to shake the foundation before use and I think you really need to in order to ensure that the liquid and pigments are well mixed. I can literally hear the foundation sloshing around in the tube when I shake it, that’s how runny it is. I know Pro-Glow is supposed to be “air-light” but I didn’t expect it to be so thin and fluid. For the swatches above, I squeezed out about a small, round, pea-sized drop of foundation and within the first minute of application it was already spreading out and dripping downwards on my hand.
Looking at #202 Creamy Natural in the tube and even squeezed out onto the back of my hand, the color seems like it might be a good match for me initially. It appears neutral with perhaps a hint of yellow but as I rub the foundation into my skin you can really start to see the pinkness of the foundation coming forth.
On the plus side, the coverage is great: a true medium. It evens out my skin tone and covers up the blueness of my veins really well. A pea-sized drop is actually a lot more foundation than what I typically wear on my face. I probably wear half that amount normally for a lighter medium coverage but I wanted you to see that the Pro-Glow foundation is capable of a heavier medium coverage.
I would describe the finish as a soft, natural matte on me but it can definitely be boosted up to a more radiant finish depending on skin care as I’ll go into further detail below. In the swatches above, I’ve applied Pro-Glow over well moisturized skin.
Surprisingly, I don’t find Pro-Glow drying but it’s not moisturizing either.
Pro-Glow is unscented which is always wonderful in a foundation. I usually avoid L’Oreal lip products because they tend to be highly fragranced, so it’s fantastic to see that isn’t the case here with this foundation.
I’ve tried a few different methods of application with the Pro-Glow — beautyblender, hands, various brushes — and my favorite is definitely stippling (not buffing because I have dry, flake-prone skin) with the Up & Up Complexion Brush from Target. The brush is similar in shape to the Sigma F82 rounded kabuki but it’s a tiny bit less dense so foundations, in my opinion, don’t look as heavy on the face using the Up & Up brush as they do using the Sigma brush. I find that although the Sigma F82 really packs on product and coverage, I prefer the slightly lighter, more natural coverage and finish I get from the Up & Up Complexion Brush.
As for the beautyblender, I’m not a fan of using it damp with liquid foundations because most of the foundations I use are medium coverage. Not only does a damp beautyblender sheer out the coverage of foundations but it takes more time than a brush because I need to build the coverage back up to the level that I want. I also don’t find the finish to be noticeably different using the beautyblender compared to stippling with the Up & Up Complexion Brush.
The first time I ever wore the Pro-Glow foundation I couldn’t have been happier. Not only was the coverage the perfect medium I was looking for but it had such a beautiful natural, skin-like finish verging on satin that wore perfectly over the course of the day. But the second time I wore it I was disappointed because it looked a lot more matte and got even more so as time passed. I wasn’t sure why I was getting such different results until I realized that it was because of my skin care. The first time I had worn Pro-Glow I had followed my usual skin care regimen but the second time I had been lazy and skipped a couple of steps and that made all the difference.
When I wear foundation, I normally moisturize heavily because I have extremely dry skin and if I want my foundations to look good from day’s start to day’s end that’s what I need to do. I bathe in the mornings and the second I step out of the shower, I blot my face lightly with a towel and immediately moisturize on slightly damp skin (1 pump of Cetaphil, my summertime moisturizer, in the palm of my hand mixed with 3 drops of argan oil). My skin soaks up moisture really quickly so in the minute it takes me to pop some underwear and a robe on and walk to my makeup vanity my skin is nearly dry again so that’s when I do my second round of moisturizer and what I called “sealing.” I do one pump of Vanicream in my hand, add an additional 3 drops of argan oil and work that all into my face: the argan oil for extra moisture and the Vanicream to lock all the moisturizers in place. Vanicream is a rich cream similar in texture to CeraVe cream except it’s petrolatum based so it acts like a thin barrier on top of the skin that prevents moisture from escaping. It works like Vaseline in theory but it’s non-greasy and feels/looks like a typical white face cream.
On really, really, really well moisturized skin I can eke a satin finish out of the Pro-Glow foundation but if I skimp on moisturizer the finish becomes more of a soft matte. Personally, I can’t get away with using a simple moisturizer like Cetaphil alone with any foundation because my skin will be completely dried out by midday which causes my foundations to look powdery. If I want longevity in my foundations I always need to add something like Vanicream to lock in the moisture and some type of oil for glow. I know some people like to add a drop of oil to their foundations but I prefer to add my oil during the skin prep step because I find that adding oils to foundation changes the consistency of the foundation and dilutes the coverage so then I need to go back in with an extra bit of foundation.
Note: The two swatch photos below are exactly the same except for the dotted line separating the two halves.
In the two photos above, on the left I’ve applied a bit of Pro-Glow over skin that’s been moisturized lightly with Cetaphil — no argan oil, no Vanicream — and while it looks pretty good and natural overall, you can see that the fine lines of my hand are more noticeable on the left side compared to the right side where I’ve applied Pro-Glow over my usual skin care routine of argan oil, Cetaphil and Vanicream. It’s much more apparent in person but the right half also looks more radiant and smoother. I’ve actually been skipping powder/cream highlighters entirely this summer because my skin care in combination with the Pro-Glow provides just the right amount of subtle glow.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the Pro-Glow foundation. It’s not moisturizing but it doesn’t dry me out and works really well with my skin care routine. Not all liquid foundations, I’ve found, work well mixed with the amount of oil and moisturizer I pile on my skin; sometimes they can separate and look a bit blotchy on my face but the Pro-Glow works great with my skin care regimen. The foundation’s extremely lightweight, unscented and doesn’t contain any hidden sparkles. A lot of times foundations that promise dewiness or glow contain light reflecting particles or shimmer, like Revlon PhotoReady, so I love that none of that’s present in Pro-Glow. And the medium coverage and natural finish are prefect for my tastes. The amount of glow that you can achieve with this foundation is entirely dependent on your skin care and natural skin type but I would say the baseline for me is a soft matte which I can build from. I actually find myself loving the foundation more and more the longer I have it on my face. It looks great immediately after application but looks even better and more natural when it’s gotten a chance to mix and mesh with the oils on my face (from the argan oil and what little natural oil my uber dry skin secretes). With Pro-Glow, it’s truly a case of my skin but better and it’s by far my favorite foundation I’ve tried in the past few years. I hope L’Oreal keeps it around for a good long while and expands the shade range so more people have a chance to try it. Some actual warm/yellow shades would be great.