This product comes in a 9gr black and transparent tube that clearly communicates the name and number of the shade on the top of the cover. The round-shaped bullet makeup applicator allows for precise, even coverage.
The product comes in 12 different colors to accommodate different complexion and skin colors shades from pale white to dark bronze which makes it ultra-versatile: it allows you to create infinite looks by covering, concealing, contouring or highlighting depending on your skin tone and the shade used.
The foundation colors tested were Ivory (#100) as a full face foundation and Cappucino (#210) as a contouring color.
The shaping stick does not have any smell.
The foundation stick has a very creamy glide-on texture that slides and blends on the skin very easily yet without a greasy finish especially on the T-area.
Before applying the foundation, we used the L’Oréal Infaillible Primer as a base using a silicone makeup sponge (detailed review the makeup section of the website). Then we proceeded with the foundation. The application process was so convenient and straightforward: we took the lid off the Ivory stick (lighter shade), applied on the entire face in an outward motion: cat whiskers from the nose, one dot on the chin and end of the nose, small streak on the forehead and blended it all with a regular makeup sponge. For the shaping and contouring of the face, we used the Cappucino shade: same process as the lighter color, we drew one line just below the cheekbones and blended it again with a makeup sponge.
One of the benefits of this product is that it is highly pigmented so you do not need to use a lot of it to get the desired effect and coverage.
The benefit of this stick is that the application takes 1-2 minutes, gives a very natural looking base and allows you to easily define features.
The creamy texture allows the product to cover the face fully yet the coverage is on the medium side of the spectrum. It corrects the blemishes and red spots and evens the skin tone in a natural non cakey way but will not provide a “professional” look and finish such as if you were using Estee Lauder Double Wear or even Chanel Ultra Tenue. L’Oreal sticks are more of a daily and convenient option. Nevertheless, you can thicken and improve the coverage by adding an extra layer of the foundation.
Also, the product was worn for approximately 16 hours and lasted all day without greasing, caking or dragging on the skin.
The retail price for this product is 16.5$/9gr. Other similar products such as Pacstick by Max Factor retails at 10.6$/9gr or Playsticks by Benefit at 16.4$/8.5gr making L’Oréal Infaillible sticks an affordable yet effective option.