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New Summer Foundation for a Radiant Matte Finish


After trying a few new base products (plus incorporating a favourite from July) I’ve discovered an amazing combination that gives me a radiant matte finish that lasts All. Day. Long.

The winning combo? L’Oréal’s new Pro-Glow foundation with Laura Geller’s Balance-N-Brighten powder foundation.

I’ve been using the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation in 203, applied with a damp beautyblender. This foundation oxidizes quite a bit — I tried three different shades before finding one that matched me, and even still I’m not so sure it’s perfect.

These swatches show how the L'Oréal Pro Glow oxidizes. The left swatch was applied a few minutes before the right swatch. Both are shade 203.
These swatches show how the L’Oréal Pro Glow oxidizes. The left swatch was applied a few minutes before the right swatch. Both are shade 203.

Shade issues aside, this foundation is really lovely. It provides medium coverage, blends out quickly and easily, and really looks like skin — moreso than any other drug store foundation I’ve tried. This foundation is SUPER dewy; it actually made me a pretty oily throughout the day. After a few days of wearing it alone, I decided I should try to set it with powder, a step I usually skip.

Skin-like finishes are non-negotiable for me, and using powder has always resulted in a patchy, cakey mess for me. Since I had been enjoying the finish of the Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten foundation, I decided to try it all over, more generously, in an attempt to set the ultra dewy Pro-Glow. It set my makeup with the most undetectable finish I have ever experienced from a powder. No creasing under the eyes, no settling into fine lines on my forehead, no cakey, patchy spots around my nose and chin.

This combination creates a perfect base on which to blend powder contour, blush, and highlight. I haven’t been using a setting spray, and I find that after eight hours of wear, my makeup remains perfectly in tact.


10AM, immediately after application. I honestly can’t believe that my face is covered in powder. My skin still looks so natural and radiant. Here I’m wearing Bite Beauty’s Multistick in Crème Caramel on the lips. Ignore the gnarly mosquito bite on my neck.


7PM. That’s NINE hours of wear. Considering this day was about 44 degrees outside and I spent 30 minutes on a subway with no air conditioning, I am REALLY impressed. NO TOUCH UPS throughout the day, but I did blot with blotting paper before the photo. (Also applied a new lipstick when I got home).

Both of these products have some downsides: Pro-Glow is difficult to find, has a limited shade range (especially on the deeper end), and is pretty pricey ($17 at Walmart, $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart, $23 at Rexall). The Canadian version of this product also lacks SPF. If you’ve been watching reviews by American gurus, keep in mind that the product you’ll find in Canadian stores won’t offer any sun protection at all. (By the way, you will rarely use enough of any base makeup product to actually benefit from its stated SPF, so it’s best to always use a separate sunscreen product.)

The only con for the Laura Geller powder? It’s not available in Canada. I picked this up at Ulta when I visited Chicago — worth every penny. You can purchase Laura Geller products online from Nordstrom, but you’ll pay about $20 extra US dollars for the privilege.

Toronto has suffered a record number of heat alerts this year. What base combos have been working for you in the urban swamp? Let me know in the comments below.

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