A few months ago I went out to restock on my favourite MAC Studio Fix Foundation and to my shock and horror I came to the realisation that the price shot up again! R380 for a MAC Studio Fix Foundation! Now I was almost certain that the price had already gone up the previous time I purchased the foundation but I couldn’t be certain. It was that day that I decided enough is enough and I needed to find a suitable dupe!
The beauty community is one that always has each others backs so I decided to turn to my blog readers and followers to find out whether they knew of any good alternatives. I didn’t expect to receive so many suggestions and some of the popular ones that popped up were L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matt and L’Oreal True Match. Obviously L’Oreal proved to be a strong contender so I went out to my local drugstore where all the colours were in stock plus they were running a promotion so I saved sum money too! I ended up picking the L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation (not the Pro Matt as that was too drying on my skin)
I ended up paying about R150 with the discount I got for the foundation so already I was winning! The color I got was 230 Radiant Honey which seemed as close to my MAC NC37 as can be. I think I might actually need to go one shade lighter in the L’Oreal Infallible so I’ll test another one next time round. Below I’ve got swatches as well as a comparison so that you can see how the 2 compare to each other:
MAC Studio Fix NC37
The consistency of the foundation is thick which contributes to maximum coverage
Many shades to choose from
MAC has a pleasant foundation scent
Not available in many stores
The packaging is of higher quality and looks more attractive
Works well with primers and even sunblocks
Face can appear oily later in the day
No pump so its difficult to get the last but of foundation out the bottle
L’Oreal Infallible 230 Radiant Rose
The consistency isn’t as thick as MAC, however coverage is very close to full coverage
In South Africa its available in 14 shades
L’Oreal has a scented fragrance which might not appeal to everyone, I didn’t like it
Available in a wide variety of stores including drugstores and pharmacies
The writing on the packaging seems to come off easily and you need to pump the foundation a few times to get the initial runny foundation out before using
When used with a sunblock, it causes streakiness to appear on your face
Long wear and matt finish the entire day
So as you can see, both foundations have their pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide what’s more important to you when wearing a foundation. Personally I used the L’Oreal Infallible Foundation throughout my entire New York trip when I was there in September. The weather was hot and balmy and my face held up the entire day.
I’ve now fully converted over to L’Oreal Infallible for my everyday foundation as it wears well on my skin, it’s cost effective and the coverage is probably the best inexpensive non-MAC foundation I’ve used. If Mac was a 10/10, I’d say that L’Oreal comes in at a well-deserved 8/10 and if it’s going to cost me half of what MAC costs me, then I’m happy 🙂
Finally a competitive MAC Foundation dupe has been found!
Shortly after converting to the L’Oreal Infallible foundation they changed their formula which as you’d see on their new packaging now – shows a ”New Oxygen Technology” sticker. This was BAD NEWS for the brand!! I’m not sure what they did but the foundation oxidised on my skin and was just terrible.
I have since moved over to Maybelline Dream Urban Cover which is not only a full coverage foundation, but is also SPF 50! This is a big deal for foundation as you won’t find many SPF 50 foundations on the market that performs well and is full coverage. Wanna try it too? Shop for it HERE