Shade - W4, looks pretty good! Maybe be .25 of a shade to dark but it is winter and I'm probably a little bit on the light side right now, MUFE HD #123
When swatched on my hand the silver shimmer specks really turned me off! But when applied to the skin it looked really nice! A very very natural glow without looking like a disco ball.
Worn from 2:30pm-11pm - Did some errands + volunteering and it lasted. At times I felt oily but when I looked in the mirror I still looked nice... just a natural glow. I really liked it!
Very lightweight! Couldn't even feel it on my face and blended in so well.
Used w/ no primer on a freshly washed face.
Concealed my scars nicely/toned them down well.
1st impression: Surprised how light yet long lasting it was. Coverage was great and it looked SUPER natural! Tried by blending with hands :)
NO smell! Thank goodness!
Feb 20th, 2013 UPDATE:
OMGGGG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS FDN!! HG STATUS!! Bumped it up to 5 lippies! Lasts alll day without a primer, I've been getting compliment left and right! this is a STAPLE!
i LOVE this foundation! Especially now that I found my "match". the main thing about this foundation is that it looks natural and it blends in with your skin. the key is finding your true match. When i first got this, i got it in the wrong shade, so of course, my skin looked off and i had a whitecast in pictures. But after switching to the right shade, it just looks natural completely. The coverage is BUILDABLE. you can just dab dots lightly for light coverage, or buff it in with a great brush for a medium coverage. If you use a setting powder with this foundation, it will last you all day. But just alone, i'd say it lasts for about 4-8 hours depending on your application.
The only downside to this is the BOTTLE! i wish it came in a pump! it just makes application messy and it can be a bit runny. Other than that, this foundation blends well, doesnt clog pores and looks natural and gets your "undertone" correctly. Again, finding the right match is key.
I have one huge point to make about this foundation, but let me get this out of the way -- packaging stinks, like how it feels, goes on a bit sheer for me so I have to build coverage in a couple of areas, and it lasts mosts of the day on my oily skin. The best thing about this product for me is that I found the closest color match I've ever found with any foundation. Bear with me here... I have pink skin. Pink face, pink hands, pink, pink, pink. Years ago I would have my loose powder and foundation custom blended at the Prescriptives counter and would usually get comments about my pinkness. I tried True Match a few years back and thinking I needed to match my pinkness, I tried C2 and C3 and ended up with a fairly decent match to my face but my neck looked white and rashy. I decided to try True Match again (partly due to product boredom, mostly due to my skin is reacting badly to winter and I wanted something less matte than BM yet quicker to apply than Colorstay). I got on the lorealparisusa.com site and took the quiz to find my color match. It chose W3 for me. I took it two more times, changed some answers (not sure if my natural hair is light or dark brown, are my eyes honey brown or hazel), and still ended up with either W2 or W3. The quiz asks you to look at the veins on the insides of your wrists and choose whether they're more green, more blue or a bit of both. I'm blue all the way around. So, I go to my Walgreen's and there's a L'Oreal foundation card -- the clear card you hold above yet not touching the inside of your wrist, and the foundation shade that "disappears" is your color. I tried the card, and the color that disappeared was W3. I bought W3, and even as I was applying it, I'm thinking, "This is way too yellow." I applied with a damp sponge and had to add another layer on my cheeks and by my nose to cover redness (my redness is actually purpleness). When I was finished, it looked great. I went outside with a mirror and I could not tell the difference between the color of my face and the color of my neck. I could not be more pleased with the color match. I'm aging, I have discolorations and imperfections, and this is a lighter-weight foundation that won't scream, "I have stuff to hide." I'm happy.
Out of all the foundations I own, this is my favorite and the one that comes closest to my skin complexion. It blends really well and covers my hyperpigmentation issues. I love the fact that this product can be found in any drugstore and doesn't break the bank.The only thing I would change is the packaging. I wish this formula came in a pump. Hopefully L'Oreal will read this review and provide a pump!
This is a very good foundation and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a medium coverage foundation.
I have this in W1 Porcelain. I am very fair skinned but have a lot of yellow undertones so it was very cool to find a light foundation that was warm toned.
One layer evens everything out and then I go over the spots that need a little extra.....love....with another layer.
This will not wear all day but if you're only going out for a few hours or if you don't have a very active job (former group home aid here....sweaty and gross at the end of every shift) this would be great for you.
It does turn about half a shade darker as the day goes on. I always blend all of my foundations down my neck so it never really have the "line" problem. Blend my lovelys blend!
This is a really good foundation. The packaging is not that great. I'm a pump girl LOL. Other than that - good job L'Oreal.
Quite possibly my new HG. I've been on the hunt for a foundation that matches my extremely fair skin. For reference, too light for NC15 and photoready vanilla. I picked this up on a whim at Christmas tree shops for $8.99 in the shade W1 since it looked light enough for me.
I must say I'm really really impressed. It is blendable, matches my skintone, and makes my face look perfect. Plus, it doesn't cake up and look like I'm wearing foundation. I'm shocked this didn't oxidize and get dark/yellow on me and stayed the same color. Gives a natural finish, but dries pretty quickly during application so you have to work quickly. I think tomorrow I'll mix it with a little moisturizer so it's easier to work with. Love it!
This foundation is really good for a drugstore purchase. It is full coverage, blends easy, stays on all day, and has a satin finish. My biggest problem is finding my shade. They have a huge selection and during summer I'd wear W4 and it would work great. I bought W3 for winter and it is too pink. I looked salmon colored, it was horrible. I had the same problem with their Lumi foundation. I wish they'd fix this!
I really like this foundation.
It covers well, feels light on the skin and looks very, very natural even with several layers on!
The downside is that that the product doesn't really last that long on the skin without any touch-ups. It may be because of my oily skin.
I've used this product for several years and during the winter when my skin is more dry than oily, this works really well. It moisturizes my skin and hides the dryness. I don't use this foundation during the summer, because it basically doesn't last more than a couple of hours due to the hot air and my oily skin.
I've used the non-pump version of the product, because it's cheaper. At frst I had troubles with it, but then I noticed that it's easy if I pour some foundation into the cap and then pick some of it up with my foundation brush.
I was hesitant to try this foundation at first due to the poor reviews on MUA, but I had already tried several drug store foundations to no avail.
I have a very yellow/olive skin tone (southeast/oriental asian mix), and I really like the yellow content in the MAC NC30/NC35. Being in Cnaada, it is difficult to find Asian-friendly foundations at drug stores, but I found that L'oreal's true match worked best on my skin. It is the closest match (not perfect), so I try to mix it in with my MAC NC42 foundation that was left over from the summer time when I was much more tanned. I love the results!! It isn't too oily, and lasts all day as long as I don't touch my face :)
It is a light to medium coverage, and is perfect for me. It is lighter than the MAC studio fix foundation, but evens out my skin tone, and doesn't break me out. It has a sort of matte finish.
For comparison, I also use the Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation in 202 Nude, but I feel that the L'Oreal True Match has more yellow undertones and is the closer match.
Will definitely purchase again.
I have combination skin with yellow undertones (I'm Asian) so I can't wear a lot of foundations out there with pinks in them.
So far, I have found a really great match with W4. Regarding sparkles, as someone has mentioned, I have never found sparkles in my TM foundation, even when I used to use this 7 years ago. (Maybe ours are sparkle-less in Canada?) Anyway, here are the pros and cons:
-Great colour selection in cool and warm shades
-Matte, and does a good job controlling my oilier parts
-Doesn't dry out and look cakey
-Good coverage and staying power when used with a setting powder
-Washes off easily at end of day (unlike my usual HG Revlon Colorstay)
-Has spf 17
-Doesn't have a scent
-Doesn't last as long in hotter weather
-No applicator/pump; just a hole
It's nice to know that even after 7 years, L'Oreal has kept the formula pretty much the same and I hope they continue to produce it, despite all the changes in the make-up industry!
TIP: I apply this with a sponge by dabbing it on my face. Much better than when I used to use my fingers, which results in a pasty look rather than natural coverage.