Is L’Oreal Infallible a DUPE for MAC Studio Fix?

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

Price: R380.00

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

Price: R185.00

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



  1. Melissa Martin
    October 18, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    I’ve always looked at Mac as ill never ever be able to afford it , this was a helpful post i think a lot of people would look for a dupe.

    Thanks for blog post hun !!!

    • Tarryn
      October 18, 2016 / 11:49 AM

      Sometimes MAC can be a bit overrated. They are so expensive which is why I could only ever buy the foundation. But if you can get something that does the same thing for a bit cheaper – then why not!

      Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 xoxo

  2. BlogByMicaelaGovender
    October 18, 2016 / 4:28 PM

    This is amazing! L’Oreal for the win

    • Tarryn
      October 18, 2016 / 4:48 PM

      So happy to have found a dupe! Going to save loads of money now xx

  3. October 19, 2016 / 9:30 AM

    I use this L’oreal one and the 24hr Matte. I really love the coverage and the way it feels on my skin. I was concerned when I bought it though that something was wrong with how watery and runny it was. Glad to know it’s normal. I’ve never used MAC foundation though.

    • Tarryn
      October 19, 2016 / 10:25 AM

      It’s actually so nice to see that SO many people are already on the L’Oreal train (I’m a bit late lol)

      I know right! I had to pump a few times as to get the oily/runny bit out first and then it was okay, it also had me worried!

      MAC is okay though, a bit pricey to use as an everyday foundation but if you had to use it only for special occasions and events then I think it would last you quite a while. The formula is just a bit thicker.

  4. Sibusisiwe Mjwara
    November 5, 2016 / 10:18 PM

    Great review, eager to try the Loreal one. Hope I find my shade!! 😉

    • Tarryn
      December 13, 2016 / 11:53 AM

      Thank you Sibusisiwe 🙂

      Did you manage to find your shade?

  5. February 10, 2017 / 12:01 PM

    I’m also using loreal, and I only bought my infallible matte two months ago, so I’m also late on the loreal bandwagon, lol.

    I’ve been wanting to try the Stay fresh version for a while now, and after reading your review, I think I will. I feel like we might be close in complexion, I’m mac nc30, 35. I sometimes buy makeup that’s too dark for me, so at least now I can use your colours as reference, and I’ll be sure not to go any darker than the shade you have. Though I think the radiant rose might be a good match for me- i always look for yellow based foundations, and sadly most of the proverbial “drugstore brands” aren’t yellow enough for me…

    • Tarryn
      February 10, 2017 / 4:08 PM

      Well I haven’t gone back to MAC since so I’m happy I found this gem! I must say that with the summer months I did change my shade as the other one got a bit too light at one stage. I must just look at which shade it is when I get home and then update my post 🙂

  6. Betty-Ann
    March 14, 2021 / 12:17 AM

    Hello, I would like to know what will my shade be in the Loreal Infallible fresh wear powder. My shade in MAC is NC 42 in the Studio Fix powder. Thanks

    • March 20, 2021 / 11:26 AM

      Hi Betty, I have no idea. It will be best for you to go into a drugstore and test a few shades on yourself

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