Product Reviews

Match Made in Heaven?

January 26, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a review of the “new” foundation I mentioned in my last post. By new I definitely mean new to me because this foundation has been around for quite a while. I’m talking about L’Oreal True Match foundation. This isn’t new like I said, but from what I’ve heard this has been recently reformulated and is new and improved. I decided to pick this up because the other foundations I have are just not working for me right now. I was using Rimmel Wake Me Up religiously, but as winter gets deeper and deeper, my skin is getting lighter and lighter so the tone just looks off to me. I was also using and loving L’Oreal Magic Nude Powder, but it’s currently a no-go for me as well. I love the formula of this foundation, but it accentuates dryness and I currently have some dry patches on my face that I can’t seem to get rid of. I know this foundation isn’t the best option right now as I want my face to look moisturized and not flaky.  These are both great, but just aren’t working with me at this point.

This leads me to my purchase and the centre of my review, L’Oreal True Match Foundation. Now anyone who knows me that it’s a rarity that I’ll buy anything without checking out reviews first and the reviews for this looked great, so I decided to check it out. Immediately when you look at the display it looks incredibly overwhelming. Unlike most drugstore foundations this brand offers their shade range in 3 undertones, warm, cool and neutral. For someone who is new to makeup this might scare you off if you don’t know your undertone, but have no fear, I’m going to explain it here!

This is the easiest way to discover your undertone because all you need is your wrist and your eyes. Take a look at your wrist and specifically your veins (blah). If they look mainly green to you it’s likely that you have a warm undertone. If your veins look blue, then you can assume cool undertone and if it’s in between then you have a neutral undertone. Likely if you can’t tell, you might be neutral like I am.

Now for some the idea of trying to figure out their undertone is a bit scary. It is something that needs to be correctly identified because when misidentified your foundation can look really odd if it’s in the wrong undertone. It actually has the ability to make you look tired or sick and no one wants that. So if the idea of trying to figure it out on your own makes you sweat, then it would be best to visit a professional makeup counter and have them identify you and match you if you wish. I was matched at Bare Minerals this past summer and it was pretty helpful.

True Match has tons of shades so you could test them to see which one matches you the best, but drugstores are not always reliable on having open testers for each and every shade. It is best to know your undertone because some foundations are made with a specific undertone and are not “one size fits all”. If you have this information in your back pocket, it will help you steer clear of foundation mishaps.


Since I know my undertone choosing the section to look at was pretty easy. Of course, they didn’t have testers of them all so I mainly had to guess. I happened to not be wearing any makeup so I matched this right on the side of my face onto my neck and it blended in perfectly. If I am wearing makeup, I will use my wrist, but your face is best. I ended up with shade N1 Soft Ivory. All of my foundations are some version of ivory, so nothing new there.


The Lowdown

I am really liking this foundation. It has great coverage and the shade is perfect for me. I honestly think that the shade is the trick to this foundation because it really just blends into my skin perfectly and you can’t see the difference between this and my own skin. It doesn’t feel like foundation, just like my own skin. It’s not sticky or thick on the skin in the least. Since wearing this I’ve gotten compliments that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation, so that’s a huge plus. I do think one more thing that I’ve changed has contributed to this though. If you read my last post, you know I just got new brushes and I think the combination of this foundation and the Sigma F80 brush has made a world’s difference to my makeup routine. These are a match made in heaven for sure. It will be interesting to see how my other foundations measure up when I use my new brush with them.

Since I started to use this I have found that my skin textural issues look way less noticeable. I don’t get regular acne, but I do get little bumps on my cheeks and this seems to blur those out, rather than accentuate. Most importantly for me, this does not accentuate dryness. I always moisturize and prime before I use any foundation, but those with frequently dry skin know that sometimes that’s not enough.

Shade up close

Shade up close

I will definitely repurchase this foundation, my only negative is that the bottle is pretty small (30ml). I’m not sure how long this will last me, but it really doesn’t take much to get full coverage so it might still last a while.

Overall I think it’s pretty awesome for a drug store foundation to come in so many shades and 3 undertones, there are pretty few brands that do this for drugstore. If you know your undertone ahead of time then choosing your shade shouldn’t be too difficult. This foundation stays all day for me when I set it like I always do with any foundation, but I haven’t tested this on anyone with oily or combination skin. If you have one of those skin types and you’ve tried this let me know in the comments below how it fared.

This is definitely the best foundation that I have tried in a long time for my skin right now and I highly recommend it!

Bye for now!


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