Wednesday, November 3, 2010

L'Oreal True Match Foundation

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I did it again. I purchased a new foundation. That makes ...humm....34,657 foundations I have now tested.  L'Oreal True Match foundation. was my most recent conquest.  Sigh.  My foundationaholic ways need a serious intervention. But I'm not talking an intervention from concerned friends. I'm talking an intervention from a cosmetic company that can actually deliver a foundation that works for ME.

I decided on L'Oreal True Match foundation because of the manufacturer claims:
* SPF 17 Sunscreen
* Oil Free
* All Day Wear

True Match Makeup precisely matches your skin's texture and tone and coordinates perfectly with True Match Powder, Blush, and Concealer.
* Formulated with Opti-Blend™ Complex to control coverage and fine-tune it.
* Micro-fine optical pearls blur imperfections.
* Packed with vitamins B and E and glycerin to nourish skin.
* Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers.

Sounds perfect right?

OK.  To be fair, I found the L'Oreal True Match foundation to be excellent in the following areas:

Color Match: The entire line of True Match comes in Cool, Warm and Neutral colors and it has a really decent range of shades (24 shades in total) especially for those melanin-challenged (read: White as a sheet) people like me.  I used the neutral N1 Soft Ivory color. It was a perfect match for my skin. Since my neck is about 2 shades lighter than my face I still had to ass my FACE Atelier Zero Minus to blend along the jaw line and neck, but it was still an excellent color match.

Coverage: Since my skin tone and condition has greatly improved over the last month thanks to a new skin care routine I found myself needing less coverage than my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation offered.  Since I was too busy to head to the mall, during a recent trip to the drug store I picked up True Match foundation because it has sheer coverage. I wasn't left with a mask like look after application (using my MAC 187 brush). The sheerness of the foundation made it easily blendable and gave a very natural look to my skin. It was my skin but better!

Finish: The formula of True Match is light and sheer with a satin like semi matte finish. It blends effortlessly into my skin, does not settle into my pores or fine lines and felt light all day. It felt like I wasn't wearing foundation (until about 11am...but more on that later)

Price:  The L'Oreal True Match foundation retails for approximately $10.95 But I purchased mine for $10.37 and usually you can use a  a Buy One, Get One 50% off or Free coupon if you time your purchase correctly.

Oh but as with all foundations, for me at least, there were drawbacks that left me feeling broken and in despair.

Wear: I have oily skin. I mean, the UAE has actually made an offer to drill for oil in my pores, that's how oily I am.  So when I first apply L'Oreal True match foundation to my skin (after priming) it feels great...for about 4 hours.  Then the oil stampede happens.  It starts with my nose and spreads to my chin and forehead.  The shine produced is blinding and it literally looks like the makeup is sliding off my face.  L'Oreal True Match foundation is NOT for oily skin.  By 11 AM my T-Zone is red and blotchy because some foundation remains and most of it has slid off or has been blotted off of my face.  By 3PM most of the foundation is gone from my cheeks and my blush has disappeared with the foundation.  By 6pm I look barefaced.  FAIL.  Not really a fail of the product, because they don't claim it works for oily skin, but a fail of my skin.

Formula:  While the finish is light and sheer, the formula did not work for my skin type.  And while the product claims to be Non-Comedogenic and Non-Acnegenic, I still started to develop tiny whiteheads in areas I don't normally break out after using this foundation.  I also noticed an increase in clogged pores on my forehead.  I am not saying that the product caused this because there could have been other factors (stress, diet, etc.) but as soon as I stopped using the foundation I stopped seeing these skin reactions.  Since my skin hates me and wants to make me miserable, I believe it was just rebelling....Your results may vary.

While Color match is important, it's the formula and wear that are the next most important to me.  No sense in having a great color match if the product slides off my face and breaks me out!   It's such a disappointment to get so close to a great foundation but to fall so short in the big picture.

Do you NEED this?  If you have normal to dry skin, YES!  It really is a super nice foundation for a drugstore brand and not very expensive at all.  It has a wonderful finish and look incredibly natural.  If you have oily skin, I suggest you look elsewhere, that's what I'm gonna do.
*NOTE: Those with very dry skin Please check out the comment from (IN)DECOROUS TASTE (Lauren).  Looks like the only skin type this will work with is Normal.

Ingredients:  Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Polymethylmethacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Isoeicosane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, C9 15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Panthenol, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Oxide, Iron Oxides, Mica


  1. Well as per usual, here in Europe we are left with maybe 8 shades in total, very smartly chosen so that if you're not cool 1, then you will be either warm 3 or neutral 3. Of course...
    So I never could find a match in this range.
    Also, "non-comedogenic" is actually a claim that can be used without scientific background, so it's totally irrelevant and misleading.

  2. I have given UP on foundation pretty much. I don't know how to get it to look natural and actually stay on my face. It doesn't help matters that I have a nasty habit of touching my face all day (I'm trying to hold up my head during the extreme boredom of class). Now I just use some Maybelline Mineral Power concealer (surprisingly good for a drugstore concealer) and a dusting of mineral foundation to set.

    I might get a little bottle of True Match to try when I'm feeling very fancy. I'm sorry it didn't quit work for you!

  3. Thanks for the review! I have heard a lot about this foundation, but I had a feeling it wouldn't work for me. Thanks for confirming. I have oily skin too.

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  6. I have VERY fair, warm toned skin (there are pictures on my blog), and have, for a longgggg time, used this foundation as a cheap, quick fix when I'm out of my NARS or Bobbi (they're the only ones with quality fair warm toned shades!!). (I'm a foundation junkie, can you tell???)

    The shade is perfect but the formula is terrible, and what's worse, not just for oily skin!! It's REALLY bad for dry skin too. I have normal skin in the summer, and dry skin in the winter, and the ONLY time I can even contemplate using this foundation is when my skin is hydrated and not doing weird things. Then, its got a great finish—soft, even (I have some ruddiness in my skin naturally, it covers it totally), and diffuse.

    If you have dry patches, this WILL make your skin flake (and bizarrely, it brings on an oil-slick with the flakes). And, if I'm foolish enough to use it consistently, I find that it makes my skin significantly drier over time. Not pleasant.


  7. Your review exactly summed up my experience with this foundation in the same shade! It was such a let down because it really was the best color match I've ever found. I don't think it lasted 4 hours on me though, it felt horrible, greasy and nasty after about 2. I have oily/combo white/pale skin.

  8. I have never tried Loreal this before. I am using Lancome I have heard that they all belong to one internation company. Only different is Loreal using Lancome old recepie.

  9. I have dry skin and most foundations make me flake, so this is good to know. I've heard it's best for normal to slightly oily skin, which is deffo not me. Back to my Bobbi Brown moisturizing cream compact foundation.

  10. Sodium Chloride (yes, salt!) is a 5 on a comedogenicity scale of 0-5 and this foundation has it! Never trust a product that has 'Non-Comedogenic' on its label. Companies can put this on anything, there is no regulation on it. If you want to know what other ingredients are comedogenic google 'comedogenic ingredients'.

  11. I had problems with this foundation. I have combination skin which was more dry when I tried it out. I couldn't get past how it made my dry spots look to leave it on long enough to experience other issues with increased wear time. It seemed to cling to my drier spots and make them look flaky and horrible. I've had this happen with most drugstore foundations I've used aside from Revlon Colorstay. It was worse than most though. Too bad, because I am super pale and the shade looked promising! I like L'Oreal's True Match powder though. It's very fine pressed powder and I really like how it looks over liquid foundations. It gives a nice, even matte finish.

  12. Oh I wish I had come across this post before I bought this foundation. I have the same problem you have, I'm pasty pale as all get out, and drugstore foundations are always too dark. I bought this because it matched perfectly. But because I have combination skin (t-zone is a oily mess all the time, cheeks dry) the foundation was melting off in oily areas, and creasing in dry areas only hours after I put it on.

    I was so upset because I was desperate for a match to my skin tone. went back to my Colorstay that too dark, and if I buy another foundation I think it will be the NARS that has the matte finish. The price of it is totally outrageous, but at least I know the quality is there and that they can match my skin tone.

  13. *sigh* This product has sodium chloride which causes breakouts for those with acne prone skin. Drug store companies really need to reconsider their ingredients.

    1. If you have a good skincare routine i dont think it would break you out. I have acne prone skin and use this foundation daily :) but everyone is different!


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