The price for this product is a bit high for a drugstore brand. I also found the product very to be a very thin liquid and flows out quickly if not careful, wasting it. Coverage is light but you can add more and it mostly lasts. The shade selection is odd, I think. I have cool undertones but found that W3 worked for me. Well, the truth it's not worth a repeat performance.
Bought this product in light ivory w2 and it gives my skin a healthy glow. Would have preferred a pump bottle as compared to the screw off cap. Light coverage that you don't feel throughout the day, doesn't bother my acne. Almost more of a tinted sunscreen, though good for light makeup days or everyday use. Primer recommended though it doesn't need a finishing powder to set.
I started buying this when it first came out a long time ago and have still liked it. Recently I have come back to it after trying numerous other brands and been meh about them. I was recently matched with MAC as a NW20 and before this I was buying N3 with this product and it is great. I tried C3 and it looks even better now.
It is matte and is easy to blend and does not feel heavy what-so-ever. I am VERY picky about foundations and how they feel. I am more curious about their new Lumi from this line because I feel it better suits my skin, which is become very dry over the last few years after I had my son and I am 39 now. I feel more dry in this foundation that I ever used to, but I just use moisturizer.
I am not sure what people mean about using opposite of your tone because I tried the warm on my skin and it looks horrid...I have tried warm in several other brands (high end as well) and they look horrid on me. The cools and neutrals look great. Brown, orange, corals, and other warm colors also look meh on me compared to cool colors. So the C3 was a definite perfect match. I also am enthralled with the blushes from the same line that coordinate with the foundations. I think L'Oreal hit on it big with this & I will stick with this line because I know exactly what I am getting.
**note, I have a very hard time with foundations, they either are too dark or too yellow on me. This and MAC look perfect. I have looked in natural light and artificial and can't see the foundation. With other brands, even higher end (Dior, Estee Lauder, BE, UD, Laura Geller, etc) I can see it still.
I hope this helps anyone.
OMG they have the perfect shade for me W3 yellow undertones! I'm pretty certain that the colouring is different for certain countries, I'm in Australia (MAC 30+ through winters in full coverage foundation) We have the packaging with the pump, which is great and you can see how much product is remaining. It does contain subtle shimmering particles which I absolutely detest in face products, BUT this one doesn't show up as glitter and I honestly don't notice it on my face (Highly inspected under natural lighting) Only downside is it doesn't last on my extra oily face (goes very blotchy and seperates on my forehead still on the hunt for a good primer and powder so may update.
In photographs it looks ok, except on my forehead where I only apply a thin layer it doesn't show up (eek) Best applied with fingers, brush doesn't seem to apply much product.
In two minds if I would repurchase coz the shade is perfect if only I can get it to last
Lately I've been struggling with finding an affordable drug store foundation for my skin. I'm extremely fair (usually the lightest or second lightest color) and I have blemishes and some scarring. The color match was perfect, and I love that you can find your undertone easily.
The first time I used this everything was perfect! I still had to use a concealer for my blemishes (obviously, it's not a full coverage foundation) and it didn't break me out or make me oily. But the second time I used it, it oxidized on me. Not much, so I figured I could still work with it. Every time after that it has oxidized so bad that my face is orange and my neck is white (and I didn't notice until it was pointed out to me by my students. Gotta love elementary kids who say everything on their mind)...huge disappointment. :(
-Blended easily (with fingers, sponge or a brush...I tried all three and preferred fingers).
-Perfect color match (at first)
-Cool, Neutral & Warm selections
-Packaging (I wish it had a pump or something!)
-Very runny formula so it was easy to get way too much
-A little pricey for drugstore (I think I got mine for $11)
Overall I wouldn't buy it again. It's not fun when your students tell you that your makeup looks scary!
I have been trying a bunch of drugstore foundations in the past 6 months and this one has by far been the best. At first, I was a bit unsure about it but it has grown on me a lot. It makes my face look completely smooth and flawless. Granted my skin is not too bad, but even when I have a few red spots/scars it covers them well. I love that its not too shiny or "dewy" so I dont even have to use a mattifying powder over it. I tend to go for higher end foundations when I go out at night but this is great for everyday wear.
This foundation IS NOT BAD!
My foundation is usually Clinique Anti-Blemish Foundation in 09. But now it is becoming winter and my skin is becoming paler I needed a lighter foundation and since I was short on cash I thought this would be a good opportunity to try a "drugstore" foundation for the first time. (When I first started wearing foundation 3 years ago I was a spotty teenager and believed that if I paid more for a good quality foundation my acne would clear up- THIS DID NOT HAPPEN- but ever since then I have repurchased Clinique's foundation about 4 times)
Key points from my oily T-zone, dry patches, combination, very red around the nose, pimple and acne-prone skin:
-Very light coverage (can be built up to a medium coverage without looking cakey = due to being so light) the consistency and how it applies is more like a tinted moisturiser than a thick foundation
-if you have an oily t-zone like me then you NEED to seal this foundation with powder! .... and several times a day! I purchased this foundation from Boots while the '2 for 1 on all cosmetics' offer was on, and the second product I purchased with the offer was the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder = and this combination works perfectly and provides me with a very soft finish that looks super natural, not too dewy and not too dry.
-a really wide choice of colours for Warms, Neutrals and Cool skin tones, this is the only reason I purchased this product in the first place, because when I was in Boots (with a completely bare face) I tested a few different foundations including Revlon Photoready, Revlon Colorstay and Maybelline Stay 24hrs, and out of all the colours I tested on my face True Match was the most similar match to my skin. (I am W3, I am mixed race white and black African so my skin is in between tanned and medium brown but more on the lighter scale, I also have red blemishes on the area of my cheeks next to both sides of my nose therefore I chose Warm to combat this, Cool would have been too yellow)
-did NOT cause breakouts, I have very acne-prone skin and before purchasing the foundation I came on Makeupalley to read really negative reviews about true match causing them to break out. Now I have very acne-prone skin, in fact I am taking Dianette and using Differin Gel to combat my acne and its scars, but this foundation DID NOT cause me to breakout.
I once watched gossmakeupartist (youtuber) do a tutorial and he said, "once its (makeup) on your face who cares where its from" and ever since he said this I so stand by this! I think with makeup, you can wear anything during the day, but it is how well you cleanse the skin at night that determines whether you breakout or not. Ever since I have started oil cleansing about 2 weeks ago I have been able to try almost any product because I know that when i go to sleep i've not got a spec of makeup on!
ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS FOUNDATION IS SEAL SEAL SEAL! (with powder of course) and it should be fine.
Although I said that I wouldn't buy this product again, this is simply because I would rather spend £9.99 on testing out another well-reviewed foundation like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation or Revlon Colorstay.
I went out and bought this after hearing such great reviews about it for girls with oily skin. I really liked the coverage when first applied although it didn't hold on my skin. I had to powder a couple of times during the day & by the end of the day my face felt yuk! I will use the rest of the bottle but won't be repurchasing.
holy grail better than all my mac foundations i've tried recommend
For a drugstore foundation that seems to be so popular, I was surprised at the higher price, the so-so quality, and the odd leap between the W2 and W3 shades.
After failures with all of Revlon's Colourstay foundations, I tried L'Oreal's True Match liquid foundation. I was pleased that they offered yellow-toned shades since, as many of us know, lighter shades in most lines are usually pink-toned. I thought W2 would be a match for me, but it was not - it made me look washed-out. So I bought W3, which was far too dark, and ended up mixing the two shade in a 50:50 ratio to get the right colour. It seems to me at least there's a shade missing in between W2 and W3, and this also goes for the corresponding shades in the matching pressed powders.
I wasted $17 *per bottle* at Shopper's Drug Mart in Canada. And though it often goes on sale, I do think this is a pretty steep price for a small bottle without a pump that doesn't really do much more than many cheaper drugstore brands.
True Match is *loaded* with silicone, so I was a little doubtful about how good this foundation would look on my skin. I'm not sensitive to silicone, but for some reason silicone-based foundations look terrible on my combination-dry skin. They emphasize pores and highlight even slightly dry areas, and they also create a very mask-like look. They also feel way too heavy, even if they offer only light-to-medium coverage. And that's exactly what True Match did, so I wasn't terribly surprised. Applied with a brush, it looked better than it did just using my fingers. But overall, it didn't adjust to my skintone and certainly did not create a smooth look. Despite the claim that it's "super blendable", I also didn't find that it blended too well. It seemed a bit tacky after being exposed to the air and became harder to blend as I was applying it. It's not buildable coverage either. It'll just look cakey if more than one layer is applied. I will give it the credit of having decent enough coverage to hide minor flaws and minor redness. I didn't have to wear concealer with this foundation.
Oddly, after a few times of wearing it, the foundation also caused my skin to break out into tiny red welts that looked like hives. They weren't hives and looked more like minor rosacea papules, and they took at least week to go away after I stopped wearing the foundation. Since I don't have a problem with products causing breakouts and I don't normally have adverse reactions to new products, I thought it was strange that this foundation cause such a quick and significant reaction in my skin.
Overall, this product just isn't for me. I don't think it's necessarily suited to all skin-types, and it's certainly not a "true match" for every skintone. It's not hydrating, so if you need something more hydrating look elsewhere.