Wednesday, 8 February 2017

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review and Swatches

I'll admit it. I'm a foundation snob.

Back in the day, foundations you could buy at Superdrug or Boots (drugstore foundations, if you're from the USA) were, quite frankly, a load of crap. They were thick, greasy, either yellow or pink, and lasted about three seconds on oily skins (which, looking back, was probably a good thing - at least it all disappeared quickly). If you were oily, olive toned, or fair - forget it. Couple this with thick, stick-concealers and a range of shades consisting of pale clementine to bright orange - we weren't exactly spoilt for choice now, were we.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review and Swatches

This has left me, in 2017, with a lingering hesitance to part with my dolla for foundations in Boots - I am well aware I'm out of date, but look - I did it! L'Oreal True Match Foundation has found its way in to my foundation wardrobe - and I'm so glad it has.

Hailed by the blogosphere as a drugstore dupe for the famous (and pricey) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, True Match was a natural test-choice. I'm shade 3W currently, but true to its True Match claim, this foundation is pretty kind on shade selection - I reckon if you chose a shade too dark or light but in the right undertone, you'd be able to make this work. The warm (W) shades aren't ridiculously yellow, and the cool shades aren't so pink you'll look like a marshmallow. Excellent. Helpfully, this foundation also comes in a whacking great 23 shades - well done L'Oreal.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review and Swatches

As usual - first - packaging. Sturdy pump bottle, glass - care if you're travelling, and the standard 30ml bottle. Grand. No surprises there.

L'Oreal market True Match as "super-blendable foundation" with a lightweight, creamy liquid texture. I'd have to agree, if I'm honest. This stuff blends like a dream. It is very lightweight, and has a lovely, silky, expensive-feeling texture that I'd usually associate with a foundation twice the price. The coverage is light-medium and buildable, I'd say - it'll hide all the usual sins, but a particularly heavy night is going to need some concealer-lovin'. The formula is SPF 17 - I've not experienced flashback, but something like Illamasqua Skinbase is probably a better choice if you're going to be the subject of loads of flash photography.

The finish is, well, gorgeous. Skin-perfecting, satin-natural, radiant without shine (hooray) - and it hangs around on my skin for a solid 7 hours with a decent primer underneath. For those of us who are a walking chip-pan in the oil department *raises hand* that's a borderline miracle for something not marketed as uber-matte and long-lasting.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Swatch 3W

I've dotted, swatched, and blended True Match above. It's actually quite hard to see the blended portion - please forgive me, I've saturated the image slightly so it's visible - because it just blends so well.

I've been reaching for this loads recently - between this and my lovely Guerlain foundation, I'm all set for the moment. I am seriously impressed with L'Oreal True Match - and for just under a tenner? It's a steal. 

All products mentioned bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.


  1. I was planning to buy this at the weekend. I never know if I'm warm or cool toned - I normally just pick the most pale haha! Let's see if it's pale enough for me xxx

    1. The formula is so lovely and feels really high-end - I really hope you can find the right shade!! Xxx


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