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The Total Cover foundation has a thick mousse like consistency, but doesn't feel heavy on the skin and it blends in really well. It provides medium to full but buildable coverage.
The finish reminds me of Estee Lauder Double Wear, it's matte and makes my skin look flat. If you've tried this foundation you know what I mean! Both products can look a bit cakey as well, but it's not really surprising since the coverage is so high.
In case you didn't know, Estee Lauder changed the formula a few years ago and it doesn't cover imperfections as well as it used to. The only thing that I like better about the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, is the fact that it stays matte a bit longer. The Total Cover foundation is superior in term of coverage though (and much cheaper)!
I don't think this foundation will work well on dry skin, as it has a matte finish and has a tendency to cling onto dry patches. On my oily skin, the finish is very matte for 2 hours before my oils start peeking through.
It holds up well throughout the day, even on my nose. But I highly suggest to wear it over a primer and set it with some powder. The formula broke down when I used the Total Cover foundation on its own.
Left to right : 301 Classic Ivory, 302 Creamy Natural, 303 Nude Beige, 304 Natural Buff, 305 Natural Beige and 306 Buff Beige.
301 Classic Ivory is a bit darker than NW15 and has pink undertones.
302 Creamy Natural is similar to NW20 and has pink undertones.
303 Nude Beige is a bit warmer than 203 Nude Beige in the Pro-Glow formula. This color is similar to NW25 and has peachy pink undertones.
304 Natural Buff is a tad darker than NW25, it has pinky beige undertones.
305 Natural Beige is similar to NC30 and slightly more neutral than the shade 205 Natural Beige in the Pro-Glow formula. It has yellow undertones.
306 Buff Beige is between a NW30 and NW35, it has pinky beige undertones.
Left to right : 307 Sand Beige, 308 Sun Beige, 309 Caramel Beige, 310 Classic Tan, 311 Creme Café and 312 Cocoa.
307 Sand Beige * is slightly darker than NW25 with neutral-cool undertones. This shade is a bit more neutral than 304.
308 Sun Beige is slightly darker than NW30 and has peach undertones.
309 Caramel Beige * is similar to NC42 and has yellow undertones.
310 Classic Tan has yellow undertones.
311 Creme Café has peachy yellow undertones.
312 Cocoa * has red undertones.
* Online only
I know nothing about foundation shades for women of color, but I did some research (on Makeupalley and Youtube) and the shade 311 Creme Café is supposed to be a good match for NC45. I'm very confused though because 310 Classic Tan is the equivalent of NC45 too (according to two other women), and as you can see there's quite a difference between the two shades. 312 Cocoa is supposed to be similar to NW45. I can't confirm if these MAC equivalents are correct though.
Overall, I was surprised by the amount of coverage I got with this foundation! That being said, now that I've tried all the L'Oréal Infallible foundations, I have to admit that it's not my favorite out of the three.
The Pro-Matte formula is better for my oily skin ; it's very opaque too but last longer on my skin while being more mattifying than the Total Cover. On the other hand, the Infallible Pro-Glow foundation has that gorgeous luminous finish that looks like second skin and the coverage is pretty good too (although not full coverage like the Total Cover foundation).
The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation retail for $19.99 CAD for 30ml and is available at Ulta and Amazon.
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