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on 2/9/2009 3:07:00 PM
More reviews by OmToast
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse
Oooooooooooooh . . . yuck. First, I should confess: I never wear foundation. I'm irresistibly attracted to the concept (flawless skin! yay!) and the shiny displays at drug stores and cosmetics counters everywhere, so I buy it and I play with it and I inevitably come to the conclusion that my purchase logic ("my skin is nice, so just imagine if I slathered tinted light-reflecting stuff all over it!") is irrational in the face of reality ("my skin *is* nice, so um, why would I slather anything all over it?"). And so it goes with my latest conquest: True Match compact. The one time I found foundation nirvana, several years ago in college, it was a creme, so I thought I'd recreate the magic. Wrong. This has the unparalleled and alarmingly contradictory qualities of being creamy and drying, silky and mattifying. I put it on freshly exfoliated, dewey skin and, presto! change-o!, I'm instantly rendered splotchy, powdery and chalky. Awesome. Not. The color match, as stated, should not be taken from pan appearance. They had no N1 left, so I purchased N2 just *knowing* that it was going to be too dark and it's actually a really good match to my skin tone (NC25-ish). It's just that it leaves this strange dusty look that rides on top of the skin, which is a total shame because it does smooth out my skin tone beneath. Application, so far as I can determine, cannot be successfully achieved. I've tried: applicator, fingers, foundation brush, and even dug out some cream to mix with my moisturizer on the back of my hand and applied *that* with applicator, fingers, and brush. No dice. Same streaky, powdery weirdness. All a girl wants, on occasion, is to subdue her naturally rosey cheeks in favor of some other color blush, but so long as foundation fails to make my skin look even as good as it does naked, I shall continue to make erroneous purchases which, much like this one, ultimately end up at the bottom of a vanity drawer. Needless to say, will not repurchase. But since I'm willing to look on the bright side, it does feel reasonably nice and soft, and it stands up to transfer surprisingly well.
on 2/5/2009 2:16:00 PM
More reviews by tammallama
Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Firstly I bought W4...it looks MUCH darker in the pan but matches my NC30 winter skin. I really like to use creme foundations in the winter because up here in Canada winter's are ridiculously dry! I applied it with my beloved MAC 180 buffer brush the first time which left it waaay to thick which made it crease really bad so don't do that! The sponge it comes with works very well, it applies it perfectly. It is incredibly comfortable to wear and leaves my skin feeling really soft after I remove it at night. I do have to apply blot powder more than I normally would because it is verry moisturizing. I probley will not be able to wear it in the summertime as I think it would melt off my skin. But overall a good foundation for the winter :)
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 2/4/2009 2:02:00 PM
More reviews by chaeriste
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I loved True Match liquid. I got suckered into the Mineral Makeup hype and started using that, but my skin is too dry and looked really old (I'm 38). So, I went back to True Match, buying the liquid, compact and powder. Love them all, but this one takes the cake. Very blendable, buildable, melts into my skin. I use W1, and I am between 1 and 2. I mix the liquid to match perfectly, but no problems here. I use Bare Escentuals Prime Time primer underneath this and it glides on. I set it with True Match powder in W1. Perfect. Love it, so glad they make it, couldn't live without it.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 2/3/2009 3:57:00 PM
More reviews by lovenoemie
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium
I picked this up by accident thinking it was the powder compact just in newer packaging, but I'm so glad I did. I agree with another reviewer in that this does seem to be lighter in shade. I also buy the liquid foundation in N6 Honey Beige and this seemed so much lighter in comparison. I think that the little makeup sponge that this comes with is totally pointless. You'll get a much better and even coverage if you use a makeup brush - I use my Sonia Kashuk flat blusher brush and the results are amazing. I have combination skin that tends to be super oily in my t-zone and I find that using this instead of the liquid foundation has left me less oily throughout the day which is a huge plus.
on 2/3/2009 12:17:00 PM
More reviews by obzessd
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Overall a somewhat disappointing product, b/c I do like Loreal and their True Match stuff. The product appears darker in the pan than applied. I'm normally a W3 in the liquid foundation and the pressed powder, but when I looked at this at Target, W3 appeared way too dark so I bought W2. Mistake. B/c the product is blendable, I applied it anyway, and it didn't look half bad, but I spent the entire day feeling like I looked a little sickly or tired until I realized it was the makeup making me paler than I was. Obviously that's my fault, not Loreal's, but just be careful of shade matching. (Btw W3 typically matches this Asian NC20-25, Buff/Nude Beige girl quite well). I took off lippies because I found the makeup to be drying with spotty coverage, plus it didn't feel great on my skin. I applied it over my usual moisturizer (Olay SPF 15) with the sponge it comes with, didn't put any powder over it, and did my blush directly. Unfortunately, the makeup didn't cover that well -- but I felt like I couldn't add any more to my face b/c I didn't like the way it was building up. I didn't want to add coverage from powder b/c my face already felt too dry; and I didn't want to put liquid foundation on top of this b/c that seemed illogical. So I went around with less-than-great coverage and slightly dried out skin all day. This would probably work for someone with oilier skin -- my skin, now that I'm north of 30, is probably "normal" in that it's not oily and not too dry, but sort of getting drier with each year.
on 1/31/2009 7:14:00 PM
More reviews by 2lovealot
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
I like this product its good if you are on the go . I suggest testing the liquid version to get the perfect shade. I am using almay clear complection I think they are both the same. But one helps your skin and one doesnt its oil free and I didnt have any shine so that's good . Over all its quick easy natural and nice.
on 1/30/2009 8:08:00 AM
More reviews by Urbanish12
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
My first review. Have this is W1. I have VERY pale, translucent skin with redness on cheeks and chin. This product IS super blendable. Can be layered. With my normal skin which is dry in winter, this went on a little better with moisturizer underneath. I should think it'll work great by itself in summer. What I love best is it's truly the FIRST drugstore foundation that is actually PALE enough for me! Sure beats Bobbi Brown's Oil Free Compact in Porcelain and her Smooth Skin Foundation in same, for the price! Covers well, lasts longer than BB, not super moist or greasy like BB. Very pleased!
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
on 1/29/2009 3:04:00 PM
More reviews by makeuplover582
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
wow....i really feel bad that my mom spent her money on this for me.i was really excited when i saw it i had to have it so i got it.the color i got was n1 which in liquid form it isnt as pink as i thought it would be but this compact when applied on me is very very very pale but turns to a light pink.the most horrible thing about the product is that its sooo creamy which i thought would be a good thing but this turned me face into a slip and slide the amount of oil i had on my face was unbelievable i usually have oily skin in the summer and spring but this shit showed all my dry patches and made me oily at the same time?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WTF im not gonna buy this again but ill use this up because i cant see myself throwing it out because my mom bought it and that would be a waste of money!!!
on 1/29/2009 2:28:00 AM
More reviews by Scruffy892
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I was hoping this would be a HG, but it's one of the worst of the compact foundations available. First of all, you CANNOT get decent coverage with that sponge. It just drags across your skin, leaving scaly, patchy splotches of color. I tried it once with this sponge and once with a sponge from the Maybelline compact, and although I could build a little more coverage, it still looked like crap. It shows every little texture flaw on your face--and actually creates a few itself, I believe. I don't see how anyone with dry or imperfect skin could use this. It also rubs off extremely easy, which is surprising, considering how hard it is to build up any coverage.I gave it a two just because there is a much bigger color selection than with the other drugstore compacts (get with it already, Maybelline and CoverGirl!).
on 1/28/2009 2:27:00 PM
More reviews by ylrebmik7
Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Other
I could have written beauty junkie 4's review. I too bought mine at Walgreens for $11 or $12 and would like to return it. It goes on nicely, coverage is medium, but does not wear well. I have combo skin, too - my forehead is dry and flakey in winter, yet shiny through most of the day. This looked pretty bad as time went on. My forehead ended up looking...patchy (?) hours later. I tried moisturizing before and then not moisturizing - no help. Because it goes on smoothly, I thought surely there is away to make this look smooth on my skin. I bought N1 (the neutral shade) in the lightest and it was a little too light for me, too. I'll stay with my Maybelline powder foundation.**Update**I'm upgrading my original rating from 2 to 4 because after trying several colors, I figured out I needed a cool color #2 rather than neutral. (I look best in pinks/purples). I really like this now - it is medium/heavy coverage that gives me a nice, even, smooth face. I use the applicator to put some streaks on and then blend it in a circular and mostly downward motion with my fingers. I exfoliate well with a microfiber cloth and moisturize before applying. I usually get oily after a couple hours with almost any makeup and I do a little with this, but a powder finish helps. I will be purchasing this again.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
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