As much as I love Double Wear, though, I'm not sure I want to fork out another £29.50 for a different shade that I probably won't wear that often.
So I've set myself a challenge, to find a good drugstore foundation that I'm happy to use as an alternative. I've done some research (read: spent HOURS on the Boots website), asked for some recommendations on Twitter, and over the weekend I went out to buy contender number 1 - L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation.
I wasn't blessed with naturally clear and luminous skin, so I like a full coverage foundation that evens out my complexion, gives an airbrushed finish and provides a good base for the rest of my makeup. I also like it to last all day. Double Wear gives me all this, and I am specifically looking for drugstore foundations that claim to offer the same things.
In the photo below, I'm wearing the Estee Lauder in my usual shade, Cool Bone. My tan is fading fast so I don't think it looks too pale any more.
In the next picture, I am wearing the L'Oreal Infallible in the shade Honey. I forgot to line my lower lash line, but other than that the rest of my makeup is exactly the same. I don't have the world's greatest camera equipment at my disposal but I have taken both photos in the same place at the same time of day with pretty much the same amount of light hitting my face.
The colour difference is quite funny. I give you permission to laugh.
Yes. Exactly. I think I have taken the "just a touch darker" thing a teensy bit too far. In my defence, though, what's on my face bears little resemblance to the shade in the bottle, and when I tested it on my jawline in Boots, it didn't look like this. I wouldn't have bought it if it did. Either it has oxidised on my skin, or I made a huge mistake in picking the colour. This may well have been the case as the lighting in my local Boots is notoriously distorting. Plus, I had to contend with my Mum, who was supposed to be helping me but was mostly just swatching various makeup. ("Look how it makes my skin glow! I'M HAVING IT!") Very distracting. ;-)
Poor colour match aside, I'm disappointed in this foundation. For something that claims to be high coverage, it's remarkably sheer. Even when I try to build it up, I can still see my every imperfection through it. It doesn't even out my complexion in the slightest - if anything, application is patchy and makes it more uneven - and it doesn't give me anything like the luminosity that the Estee Lauder does. I think it's clear from the photos that it hasn't provided nearly as good a base for my makeup either.
I don't want to be too harsh, as I am comparing a drugstore product with a high end one that I really love. If you want a long lasting foundation for a reasonable price (£9.99) and don't require a lot of coverage, you might like this. But I won't be persevering with it or bothering to look for a better colour match. This is supposed to be L'Oreal's high coverage offering, and I honestly get more coverage from my Garnier BB Cream. So the quest continues!
Have you tried L'Oreal Infallible? Do you like it? And any ideas which foundation I should try next?