"Lit from within" pretty much sums up this foundation. This stuff makes my skin look amazing without a shimmery finish. And I love the pump and pretty bottle. If you want light to medium coverage, with a natural-looking satin finish this is for you!
My skin: Combo with typical oily t-zone and dry patches on cheeks and chin. Breakout/clog-prone skin that is clear/has stayed that way (yay!) after starting BHA last year. Prefer sheer to medium coverage and natural/satin finish foundations or BB creams. I was wearing the shade #W3 all summer, now mix it 50/50 with #W1-2 for fall/winter - but if can't find an exact match in this line, you can always add a drop of any of your lighter/darker foundations to get a better match, I sometimes mix W3 with Revlon ColorStay or other and it works great (for reference: I have yellow/olive undertones. currently NC20 in MAC, Tarte Amazonian 12 hr Foundation in Light-Medium Sand, Missha Perfect Cover in #21, NARS The Radiant Cream in Fiji, WnW TM in #184A Buff, GA Luminous Silk in 4.5, Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in Medium 52, and Revlon ColorStay in #180 Sand Beige). The L'oreal reminds me most of my beloved Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, in feel and finish - which could be because GA is also owned by L'oreal and they have some similar formulas.
I wish L'oreal would expand the colours, there are less than in the TrueMatch line up but that is my only complaint. Regardless, I do prefer to custom mix and match my foundation year round to have the perfect shade for every season as my skin changes.I apply this on bare, moisturised skin or over/mixed with Etude House's Volumer to sheer it out a bit more and add "glow". I thought this foundation would be greasy because of the name and surprisingly it sets to a semi-matte satin finish but isn't flat at all, makes you look radiant but not greasy or oily. I LOVE that it comes in a pump-bottle! I hate pouring out foundation and even worse, tubs or jars - yuck. So there is no mess with this one. The first time I wore this, my sister kept complimenting my skin and even tried to rub off the foundation because she thought I wasn't wearing any! I also got several compliments at work saying my skin looked really nice.
It's very light feeling, silky and just glides on, I usually either use my fingers, or buff this in all over with the RT face brush and then apply a second layer wherever needed (under eyes, around nose). It can be worn sheer-light or easily built up to medium and is able to cover my dakr circles and small broken capillaries I have around my nose. I use a bit of powder (Neutrogena Mineral Sheers or MAC MSFN in Medium) in the t-zone only. It lasts all day, wearing off slightly towards the end of the day, but does wear off evenly and doesn't look patchy. Really - the best thing about this is - other than being comfortable to wear and easy to apply, is the finished look. I hate dull, super matte foundations that make me look dead and this is great, no corpse look - very, very natural. Looks just like my own skin but better.
Repurchase/Recommend? Yes - I've already bought 2 back-up bottles of each in case L'oreal discontinues this amazing foundation. I would recommend this to anyone (except those who need heavier/full coverage and maybe the oiliest skin unless you want to powder, or very dry skin unless willing to use heavy moisturiser as this foundation isn't "moisturising" in my opinion).
I wanted to try this out as I heard nice things about it in the beauty world. I was not previously a fan of L'oreal True Match.. I found the color selection nice but the product itself oxidizes with horrible lasting power. But I decided to give this a try anyway. To me this is an OK foundation... It sits in my drawer hardly touched because I prefer many others over this one. Don't get me wrong it does have a luminous finish with pretty shine. The product is very soft and satiny but is also very sheer. It doesn't build coverage well either. You could possibly get up to medium if you have the patience. And unfortunately like it's evil sister True Match, it oxidizes and becomes darker than it at first appears and has terrible lasting power. Maybe 3 hours? Also this does noottt look very pretty on dry skin, trust me. You'd think because it's lumi it will but it only cakes around your dry patches. - BUT if you are having a great face day with almost no pimples and just feel like showing off your skins beauty with limited foundation.. I.E Model faces... This works for that and will give you that model glow. But if you're older, acne prone, or dry skinned, it's not the greatest. Oh and this has SPF and you can tell it smells like sunscreen and makes you shine like a ghost in photos.
I am not 100% sold on this foundation yet, but I gave it a good rating for the color match & for its finish. I'm in the process of working on my skin health with my dermatologist and so I try not to wear makeup much at all. I am 27 with combo skin that is on the dryer side from several skin rx I am currently on. When I am wearing foundation, I just wear enough in little areas that need some coverage or to even skin tone. I do not smear foundation over my entire face usually. This is why it's so important to me to have a dead on match. I am N1-2 in this and it's my first time using L'oreal foundation. I have been using MUFE HD and it's much heavier than I like and the color match is not quite there (#120- a little too light) plus the price tag is way too high for me to buy again.
Anyway, I like the dewy look I get from the loreal foundation- especially on my cheek bones. It's not like a highlighter glow, but a healthy looking glow. I typically apply it with a flat foundation brush and have no issues getting it to blend in. I have only used it alone to cover blemishes so far and if applied in thin layers, it covers well enough for me to not feel self conscious. I only need a thin layer of foundation and no concealer under my eyes to make me look more awake. It is a really great everyday foundation to give me healthy looking skin and help light up my face. I never feel "made up" when wearing this foundation and I like that I don't feel like I am covering up my face but enhancing it. The wear time for this foundation is fairly short like most say. I don't bother with primer or setting powder. I just use cetaphil restoraderm eczema formula moisturizer and let that dry first. But even then, I can get about 5-6 good hours out of it if I'm not rubbing my face or wearing some clothing that will rub at it a lot. I usually wash my face once I get home anyway. If it had a tad bit more coverage and lasted a bit longer, it would get 5 lippies. I am so impressed with the color match though that I will probably get some of the original true match and use it along with this foundation if I needed more coverage at some point.
I have mixed feelings for this foundation.
On one hand it's a nice formulation and gives the skin a glow. On the other hand its lasting ability is very low for a foundation and I can't get it to stay on me with anything (even primer & setting powder). I actually prefer Revlon Colorstay for Dry/Normal skin over this. This foundation has a medium (at most) coverage. I guess if you decent skin, or expect to use a lot of concealer, and don't care how long your foundation lasts you'll like this...?
It's going in my drawer with the products I don't use.
I have mixed feelings for this foundation. Great for anyone who has normal to dry skin, of course since it gives out a more lumi finish. I love lumi foundations and this was just perfect. I'm around NC42 and W6 is a perfect match! It gives light to medium coverage, which i like. Great if you just want to cover scarring but it WILL NOT cover mountain zits, you're gonna need concealer for extra coverage. The only con I have for this foundation is the lasting power, it barely lasts until my school ends, even when I use a primer. My scarring starts to peek through around 3-4 hours into the day, which just sucks. I think I'm gonna try NARS sheer glow since it gives more lasting power with the same amount of coverage as the true match lumi, pretty pricey but worth a try..
I hope this is helpful!
oh my goodness I have found my holy grail foundation! After purchasing an insane amount of foundations ranging from estee lauder to revlon I just could not find one I that worked with me. I have combination skin and I hate the feeling of heavy makeup. This foundation feels like you have nothing on and it makes my skin look flawless and adds a beautiful glow! I LOVE this foundation to pieces. If you have combination skin I definitely recommend this product! I'm Thai and my skin color is rather tanned and my perfect color is n5
I have combination skin. I'm EXTREMELY oily in my t-zone and dry around. I bought this foundation because my skin usually gets unbearably dry during the cold seasons. (Fall/Winter) I've only been using it for a week but I can already tell that this foundation just isn't for me. It looks good for the first 2 hours on me then it starts looking more greasy in my t zone areas than "dewy". But it doesn't feel greasy up until 4 hrs of wear. And this is of course with setting powder. L'oreal claims overtime your skin will look healthier, clearer, and luminous after a month use. I already see the results when it comes to the luminosity. My natural skin has had a natural glow ever since I started using this. As for healthier and clearer, I have been having breakouts and this is the only thing new I'm using in my makeup routine. It's not anything too severe like cystic acne. But I've gotten more than one pimple and I don't even wear makeup everyday. I do like that it's super blendable and lightweight. But it does feel like it takes a while to set. I personally prefer a matte/satin foundation. I just thought since my skin has been dryer id try a more dewy foundation. This definitely hydrates the skin as it has 40% water. I no longer have dry patches but now I feel my skin is too luminous even without wearing the foundation. That maybe a plus for some but I personally am not too found of it. I may just switch back to my matte foundation now that my skin isn't so dry anymore after using this. L'Oreal also claims that this is for all skin types but I don't believe it's for oily skins or even people like me who are extremely oily in the t zones. If you have dry skin id think it would be a good foundation to try.
I am rather new to foundations. I have always used Bare Essentials Mineral Foundation Powder. I am b=venturing out. I got this after seeing raving reviews on it on blogs about the "dewy finish". I tried it in N 3 thinking it would match but it was a bit dark. Then I tried W1-2 because there is no N1-2 in this foundation. It matched nicely. I do think it is dewy, but too much so. I have combo skin and it seemed wet almost on my T zone and even my cheeks. It seemed to stay wet on my face and was easily transferable to tissues and to clothes and even my hands if I itched. Overall it is too wet and does not stay put. I have even tried setting it with IT cosmetics translucent powder with no success. I wont buy again.
Oh this foundation.....I've bought this foundation 3 times now, each time with the hope that I will fall madly in love with it and never need to buy another foundation again (yeah right) and dance off in to the sunset with it and all that good stuff. But every single time I have bought this foundation I have ended up being disappointed. L'Oreal did a really good job with this foundation from a marketing standpoint- the packaging is by far the nicest of any drugstore foundation, it looks very high end, it comes with a pump and has beautiful rose gold type. Everything about the appearance of this foundation makes you want to buy it. It certainly makes me want to buy it. I have combination skin that is dehydrated so I do get flaky patches that need a bit of nourishing and since this foundation is 'lumi', I always assume that it will be the perfect one...right? Wrong. The foundation has a really liquidy, lightweight texture which feels amazing on my skin but it does not blend. At all. I have tried so many different moisturizers and primers with this and it blends on top of the skin but it doesn't actually blend in. I assume this is why it sinks in to every line on my face within an hour of use. 90% of the time that I wear this foundation, I end up washing it off part way through the day and applying something different because I can't stand how it looks, but on those days where I don't have time to remove it or it doesn't look as bad, it stays on my skin for about 6 hours. Not bad, but given that I touch up at least twice within those 6 hours, it is pretty pitiful. It doesn't break me out which is really nice and it does give the luminous finish that it claims to but it just doesn't preform as a foundation should. For the past week or so I have been using this on top of my Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and the two together are a powerhouse since the Smashbox foundation has amazing staying power but the True Match Lumi has the finish that I like but on its own, it really is no good and I can't be spending $70 between 2 different foundations that I will go through as fast as if I was only using one. I don't really recommend this to anyone unfortunately since I am part of the demographic that this foundation is aimed towards and I really don't like it. Would not recommend nor repurchase.
I wasn't too crazy about this foundation. I'm an NC25 usually W4 in the regular True Match line but I grabbed this in W3. First off, it oxidized like crazy. I looked very orange within a few hours. The longevity sucks. I wear glasses and by a couple hours, I can see the foundation slipping and sliding with and I have normal skin. And lastly, this foundation doesn't give me a healthy luminous glow, it just looks greasy and patchy. Well here I have nearly a full bottle of this so I just mix it with other foundations which is a little better. Long story short, save your money