I really wanted to like this powder. I've used Estee Lauder's Lucidity pressed powder for years but wanted to see if I could find a cheaper drugstore alternative. So at $8.99 I decided to give it a whirl. Bad idea. Remember the old saying you get what you pay for? Well it's usually pretty true and certainly is in this case. This powder offers absolutely no coverage and is drying and cakey. It also has some glitter, abiet not too obvious. It just kind of sat on the surface of my face and made me look dead. Not a good look. I gave it two stars because it could work for a very young oily skin type. Maybe. Back to Lucidity.
I love Loreal True Match's super bendable foundation so I thought i'd love the powder as well. It turns out, I was wrong. I absolutely hate this powder. It looks extremely orange, cakey and gross. This powder is nothing like the foundation, which is my HG foundation. I returned this powder as soon as I tried it out. I do use the very dark brown powder to contour my cheek bones though, but that's it. It works very well for that.
I wanted to love this powder.Unfortunately there were more cons than pros for me.
Very light feeling
Nice match (n8 cappuccino=Mac nc50 in SFF)
Very similar to MAC'S MSF
Takes too much to get any coverage
Not matte but Semi-matte with tiny shimmer
Broke my face out into a beady itchy mess
Also this shade oxidized a shade darker(on me anyway)
Personally, I thought this was a good product. It's a very smooth powder, almost velvety, and looks amazing layered over the matching True Match foundation ( I wear the color W1). It's fairly lightweight, and I thought it did a great job setting my makeup.
There were only two things that I though needing improving: The included sponge, and the shimmer. The product has a second opening on the bottom, and when you open it up, there's a small round sponge. DO NOT USE IT. It makes the powder look extremely fake and heavy. I wish L'Oreal would include a small brush instead. Also, the powder has a bit more mica than neccessary. Mica is the shimmery ingredient that makes the powder "glowy", but in this case, I think L'Oreal overdid it, just a little. If I apply too much of the powder, I look something like a small disco-ball.
im surprised at the negative reviews and low rating overall of this product here. i recently purchased it and i absolutely love it. it comes in a variety of different colors and skin-tones, such as neutral, warm and cool. it lasts all day and gives a nice matte look yet not cakey at all. i always used mac mineralize pressed powder but i ran out of it and didn't have enough money to buy mac, so i tried this L'Oreal one. i feel like its better than the mac mineralize one that i have been using for ages. im using neutral n5 true beige, ( i was using mac medium dark). the color is a perfect match and its way cheaper than mac.
I love the coverage but I totally hate the packaging, it looks very cheap and before you hit pan the botttom lid always breaks. I use this powder in 5w for everyday use and keep my EL double matte for the weekends
This is a maybe. Could we get a maybe button?
I have used this for about a year and have hit pan on it, so up until this weekend, it would have been a yes.
I am uncertain of my skintone so I chose N3 in this powder. The warms looked quite orange and the cools were quite pink...the N's were, well, neutral, beigey. LOL.
Sturdy plastic case with a clear top. Bottom lid (?!) is mirrored and there is a wee sponge in there. Nice touch.
I always used this with a big MAC powder brush for a light dusting. It gave a nice, light coverage, controlled shine and lasted about a workday. I loved it. Until this weekend.
I was in Halifax on some Navy training and was travelling light. I took this powder and left the brush at home, figuring I would use the sponge it came with, that's what it is for after all.
6 am; light pat of powder. 4pm, return to shacks and I notice I look a bit orangey. Might be the awful light in the bathroom, maybe I was sweating a bit during the day. Let it go.
I had a shower and got ready to head out to the mess for a wet (drinks). I patted on a heavier layer. Not spackle, but heavier than usual. Eyeliner, lipgloss, good to go.
After a few, I went to the heads (bathroom) and got the surprise of my life. I was orange. Oompa Loompa orange. Straight from the Chocolate Factory. WTF?!
Now I am home and back to the light dusting with the brush. All is well. The pan is somewhat orange and the sponge is definitely orange. Not sure what happened there.
I have hit pan so obviously this is an okay product but now I am nervous. So I probably won't rebuy - wouldn't want to get press ganged into a shift at the Chocolate Factory by mistake.
I remember I bought this powder, used it two, three times and gave it to my mom. My mom used it two, three times and gave it back to me. We' Ve been kicking it to each other for around a month, untill I just threw it to the drawer and forgot about it for three years.
A week ago while organizing my cabinets I stumbled upon Tru blend and rediscovered it for myself. I realized that this powder is not that bad.
The shade I have, classic ivory, may not be the perfect one for my skin tone, but it work for me as a setting powder in winter. I was pleasantly surprised that the powder covers my red cheeks and some small blemishes, when used on its own, but may look chalky. I don't use a sponge, it makes me look even more chalky. Instead, I use a powder brush, which makes the coverage more natural.
- blends easily
- covers redness
- works as a setting powder
- easy and convinient package with mirrow and a separate salon for a sponge.
- quite buildable.
- may look chalky.
I would like to try another shade and I hope it has not been discontinued yet.
UPDATE: the powder isn't very long lasting. I've been using on top of foundation and didn't notice it that much. But a couple of times I used it on top of moisturizer and When I returned home there were no traces of powder on my face. I've been out for around two hours and it cold winter - where did it go...? One lippy off.
Price: $ ~10
After using up MAC Studio Fix I received as a gift, I began searching for a cheaper alternative. This isn't a dupe for SF, but it suits my needs very well, and I've hit pan! For the price, I think it's great. I've already purchased a back-up of this powder, and plan to use it for quite awhile. I used this product on its own, but occasionally with a concealer.
Pros: My main goal is to even out and "mattefy" my skin. This powder does exactly that. It covers up all the redness around my forehead and cheeks, but not so much that it makes my skin look fake. It's also really easy to apply. I used the Ecotools blush (or powder?) brush, and it blended out pretty well.
Cons: #1 As much as I love this, even after using a moisturizer daily there are certain areas along the edges of my nose that this powder dries out. I have pretty average skin - not oily, not dry, but this powder looks really chalky on those two areas. I'm not too sure how to fix this, but I'm guessing for most people if you exfoliate well before you put it on it will be a lot better. #2 Not. Lasting. I put this on at about 7am and by lunchtime I need to do a swipe over my nose and forehead. This doesn't bother me, because I normally carry a purse or backpack with my anyway, but I imagine it will be a problem for most.
I don't like the clear top. Picky, I know. Also, throw away the bacteria-collecting sponge it comes with. I'd like the product a lot more if they cut down half the thickness by taking out the powder applicator and put the mirror on the inside of the top. It's bulky.
I bought this in C4 first to use as a matte bronzer, and I love the True Match line in general so I bought it in C2 to set my foundation. I love how silky it feels and how easy it blends. I like that the compacts have a mirror in them. I'm not sure if I would call C4 a cool shade, since it looks warm on me, but that's probably just because it's 2 shades darker than my skin. It's kinda expensive for me at $13, but I will likely continue to re-purchase this along with my other True Match favourites.