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.
This is a very good drugstore foundation for me. I have been using bare minerals this summer, but I wanted to switch to a liquid for the colder weather since I have dry skin. I apply the Bare Minerals Prime Time primer before this product, and set it with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, and set my entire face with Urban Decay's All-Nighter setting spray. (I do this every day, my makeup has to last 11+ hours at and sometimes after work).
I apply this in dots on my face and buff it into my skin with a flat top kabuki brush from Sonia Kashuk.
- Non-drying, it actually feels nice when I buff it into my skin
- Comes in 33 colors! I use N2 right now, but I might pick up N3 and blend the two together since I have a coupon sitting around.
- Finish feels like a powder, not sticky like some other liquid foundations
- Medium-full coverage (This may be more because of my application method).
- The Packaging!!!! I really wish this came in a pump bottle. I would be willing to pay an extra few dollars for this. It all gets in the cap and is messy to apply sometimes.
I find that it does last all day. But again, I use a primer, set with powder, and use a setting spray. Plus, I don't have oily skin. I am able to layer on my blushes, bronzers, highlighters, and concealers on top with ease. Overall a very good foundation, especially for the price. (about $10)
I purchased this foundation after hearing great reviews about it but found it was not suited to my skin! It is very runny and literally drips out the bottle. You have to apply multiple applications to achieve a nice even coverage. Although the colour matches my skin tone perfectly, I find that within a couple of hours my makeup is left looking patchy as it has worn off in places. DEFINITELY NOT SUITABLE FOR OILY SKIN, such as mine.
I bought this foundation yesterday at Ulta after holding a plastic "tester" with round cut-outs against my skin. According to that, Creamy Natural in Cool should have been the perfect color! It most definitely was not. It looked a sickly orange/brown on my fair skin. I'll give it away if I can.
I liked the texture and the price was o.k. But I'll continue using my current favorites until they run out.
This is a great foundation, very blendable. I have super dry skin and this works for me over a good moisturizer. Don't need a primer although it looks great when using that too. Apply with fingers or soft Beauty blender Sponge. I'm pale with freckles and redblonde hair and use W1. Didn't know my skin tone could be warm when I was so pale but I heard the best way to determine undertone is asking yourself "do I look the best in gold or silver jewelry?". Definitely gold for me (therefor I am warm).
I love the fact that this foundation line comes in warm,neutral and cool tones. I have problems with blushing and redness on my face so I cannot wear drugstore foundations because the pink tones make me look orange and way more red. So I got this to try in W1.
The consistency is very liquid. i tried applying with a sponge and by hand and found that it works well to even out skin and hide pores around nose but it did not cover my acne on my chin at all .it collected in the crease of my chin and sides of my nose , turned to a powder consistency on my face after like 30 minutes nothing was left. it looked dry and weird.it slips right off pimples and will not cover them even with stippling.
i am working on figuring out a way to apply this so it stays and looks good, because i really want to like this foundation. be really carfeull when poring it comes out fast!
Love this foundation! Lightweight but full coverage. Amazing!! N4 when pale and n6 when tanned :-)
Oh L'Oreal True Match....probably one of the most popular foundations on the market. If you haven't heard of this product, you were probably born yesterday. I think just about everyone who has ever tried makeup from the drugstore has tried this foundation and I am definitely among those people. I have always wanted to love this foundation. The shades are *actually* fair enough to match my skin tone, you can buy this at the drugstore so it's fairly inexpensive and easily accessible, what could I possibly not love? After purchasing about 6 bottles of this and never having success, I can tell you what there is not to love. The foundation transfers, clings to dry patches but manages to look oily, has an atrocious amount of glitter, blends so well that is blends away entirely and comes in the dreaded pumpless package. I felt this way for a long time up until I tried my seventh bottle of this foundation. Being so fair, I had always worn (or tried to wear before returning it to the store) shades W1 or N1 of this foundation and on my seventh purchase of this foundation I had went to the drugstore to get foundation for my theatre class and picked up the shade W8 which is the darkest shade in the warm line. I chose it simply because it was on sale and when I applied it, it was a completely different experience. The foundation was liquidy but creamy, blended flawlessly in to my skin, didn't contain a hint of shimmer, glided over my dry patches like they didn't even exist, didn't need a touch up for 5 hours and gave me a very healthy and boosted looking complexion. I had absolutely no idea what to think of it. Two foundations of the exact same formulation, both 'superblendable with SPF 17'- the light shade being a complete nightmare and the dark shade being every foundation junkie's dream. I'm not sure whether or not based on trying that one shade that I can say all of the dark shades in this line are going to work just as well but I would highly suggest giving them a try if you have darker skin since this is one of the few lines that caters to darker skin tones and the dark shade I tried was incredible. Unfortunately if you have very fair skin like myself, this foundation is just not worth your money. Very odd indeed.....
Purchased this foundation after being told by the lady at the cosmetic counter that it was their best selling foundation. The texture is very fluid and I agree on it being superblendable which is a positive as my skin can tend to be dry. There was also a good range of colours. On initial application it looked great but less than an hour or so later it was a different story. It oxidised and left me looking orange,it sank into every pore and fine line and my face was greasy and shiny looking! The bits that didn't sink in came off on everything,the screen of my phone had to be wiped after I had used it whilst wearing this product,I hugged my fiancé and it went all over his shirt! My second True Match mistake,the first was the mineral foundation but different formula same ugly results for me. Would not buy again.
I'm surprised that a L'Oreal foundation is so bad - most other drugstore foundations better than this. The color selection was good - but that was about it.
It didn't feel smooth going on, and it didn't look good when I put it on. It caked around blemishes and a few dry patches on my skin. My skin looked oily after a short time. I tried touching up with powder and ended up making a cakey mess.
I couldn't wait to wash this stuff off at the end of the day. I don't recommend it.