Tested on animals:Yes
Can you really have it both ways with a "matte gloss?" L'Oreal's Infallible Pro Matte Gloss thinks so and answers that question by providing a comfortable, velvety feel + lasting matte color. Although the staying power isn't on par with say, a liquid matte lipstick, it definitely outlasts your standard lip gloss.
In some ways, the name is apropos—Infallible Pro Matte Gloss starts out with a slight hint of glossy shine and then dulls down to a matte finish. Where the name gets a little more confusing is in regards to the texture. This has more of a whipped, cushiony/creamy feel than a gloss, but you apply it with the teardrop-shaped sponge applicator just as you would a tube of lip gloss. As saturated as the color is, it's fairly easy to get opaque coverage in one swipe.
Because the texture initially has a certain amount of slip, we thought we might experience color feathering into lines around the mouth, but fortunately, that wasn't the case. However, the fluffy consistency does make it a little trickier to apply Infallible Pro Matte Gloss with a high level of precision along the outer lines of lips. It wasn't a total deal breaker for us, but it is something to be aware of.
Also, don't quite expect "all day comfort" as L'Oreal promises—once the velvety top layer of Infallible Pro Matte Gloss wears off, lips can feel slightly dehydrated. However, considering the increased longevity, we think most will agree that's a reasonable tradeoff.
Shade-wise, you get to choose from a gamut of bold colors, of which even the lightest-looking shades go on with rich intensity. You will notice that this formula is prone to transferring, yet because of how saturated the pigments are, the color lasts for three to four hours and leaves an even stain of color behind after that.
As for the fragrance, it's there like it is for so many other L'Oreal lip color products, but because it dissipates quickly enough, we aren't overly concerned about its potential to irritate lips.
All in all, Infallible Pro Matte Gloss presents some benefits coupled with unique trade offs that you may or may not find worth it. Definitely personal preference, but in terms of being a gloss-matte hybrid that performs pretty well (and lasts longer than lip gloss), it earns a recommendation from us.
- Saturated pigments offer three to four hours of solid wear + leave an even stain of color.
- Cushiony, whipped texture isn't as drying as a traditional matte lipstick.
- Rich shade range.
- Fluffy consistency makes precise application a little trickier.
- Prone to transferring.