Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup SPF 20
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup SPF 20 is one of the few L’Oreal foundations to feature a titanium dioxide-based sunscreen for broad spectrum protection and feels nearly weightless. It blends on beautiful with undeniably silky texture.

The major con is once set, the soft matte finish feels tacky and slightly uncomfortable. It lasts and lasts, but we doubt many women would want to keep this on the face for more than a few hours. Coverage-wise, this goes from light to moderate, and layering for enhanced coverage requires deft blending. The other negative issue with this foundation is that the pump applicator leaks so there's a steady stream of foundation dribbling down the side of the pump top. Very frustrating, and a constant mess.

If you decide to throw caution to the wind and give this a go, it's best for those with normal to very oily skin who are seeking a long-wearing matte finish and need substantial coverage, even at the expense of looking made-up. By the way, not only do the vitamins and minerals not fight signs of facial fatigue (as L’Oreal claims), but also the amount of them in this foundation is inconsequential for providing skin with any level of benefit.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (1.75%), Other: Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxy Methacrylate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, PTFE, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Isostearyl Diglyceryl Succinate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylene Carbonate, Magnesium Gluconate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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My favorite foundation!

I'm shocked to see such a blah review! I have dry skin with acne. finding a foundation that covers well, yet looks natural and doesn't flake is nearly impossible. I live in Texas. 110 degree summers + high humidity = makeup that sweats off within an hour. EXCEPT THIS ONE. Even outdoor all day it DOESNT BUDGE. In the summer it doesn't sweat into creases/lines. In winter it doesn't dry my skin out! It doesn't oxidize on my fair skin. I've tried dozens and always go back to this! My holy grail!

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Courtney R.
So far the best foundation I have tried!

I am a golfer in southern California. I started wearing this foundation about 5 yrs ago. It works for me! I don't find it tacky, as the review states. It lasts through a days play....and when it is hot it doesn't smear, run, or blotch. I am in my late 70's and have used a lot of different products both expensive and reasonable. I find this fills the bill for my needs.

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