Thursday, 24 September 2015

Beauty: L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Primer

I really need to stop beginning my beauty posts with these confessions, but let’s get it over with: the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Primer is the first full-size primer I’ve owned. I’m not sure if these revelations are getting better or worse.

That’s not to say that I’d never used a primer, but I’d been jumping from sample to sample from various different brands before I decided that I needed to commit to adding a primer into my everyday makeup routine.

After reading a few good things about it and seeing it appear in Emma’s Summer Beauty Favourites post I decided that L’Oréal’s Infallible Mattifying Primer would be a good place to start, as it’s not too pricey at £7.99 for a tube.

L’Oréal describes the primer as a light and mattifying base that “locks in shine and enhances the foundation make-up result”. I don’t have too much of an issue with shine, as I have quite dry skin, so was mostly hoping that the primer would help give my foundation a smoother and more even coverage, as well as helping my makeup to stay on my face for much longer.

I’ve always found the consistency and texture of primers really strange. They almost feel as if they’re oily or greasy when you first squeeze them onto your hand, but then settle into your skin really nicely.

 L’Oréal’s Infallible Mattifying Primer definitely makes a big difference to the application of my foundation. I do find that it requires a bit more effort to blend the foundation in, but the coverage is so even, and my foundation no longer sticks to drier patches of skin, which is exactly what I needed.

The other thing I love about the primer is that my makeup stays on for so much longer. Whereas before I would have to touch up either my foundation and concealer half-way through the day, with the primer I will happily leave my face alone for the whole day. If I was then going out again in the evening I would probably want to re-apply my foundation, but that’s still a huge improvement.

The only aspect I don’t really understand is how or why it’s mattifying, because I haven’t really noticed any difference to shine. But maybe that’s more of a comparison to other primers?

On the whole I’m really impressed with the primer, and it’s quickly become one of my staple everyday makeup products.

Have you tried L’Oréal’s Infallible Mattifying Primer? What‘s your favourite primer?


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