Review of L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Compact Makeup by keahi
I feel compelled to write a review for this product as I think application method is everything. I've had this compact for several months now - it has been doing little more than collecting dust in my stash. Upon purchase, I applied it with a sponge and was less than thrilled with the results. Coverage was heavy, looked mask-like and seemed to make my face look greasier and greasier as the day wore on. It quickly found its way into the reject pile. Fast-forward a few months and I have found myself in the midst of a huge make-up revelation: foundations with Cyclopentasiloxane have been wreaking havoc on my skin. Thank you NARS Sheer Glow for showing me the truth (heartbreakingly beautiful finish but poison for those sensitive to volatile silicones). Now, try finding a cyclopentasiloxane-free foundation in this day and age is getting more and more difficult. That s*@$ is everywhere! Noticing that this compact foundation lacks that noxious ingredient, I decided to give it another go. This time I was a little more patient and experimented with application method. I disliked the finish when using dry sponge & damp sponge, or a foundation brush. I've had good results using simply my fingers. BUT, when I apply this with a stippling brush like the Mac 187, this stuff is like perfect skin in a compact.
Here's the trick: when using the 187 (dry) and buffing into your skin, it looks like you are putting absolutely nothing on your face. Really, you can't tell you're getting any coverage at all. The first time I did this I applied waaaayyy too much. Now, I just brush/ stipple it all over my face lightly and try to trust in the process. It still looks like no foundation is actually sticking to my skin, but when I take a step back and look in the mirror, my skin looks flawless! It seems to look even better as the foundation mixes with your own skin oils. The 187 applies very sheer coverage and it looks incredibly natural while evening out all my problem areas. The best part is, this foundation looks as good at the end of the day as it did freshly applied. The longevity is amazing. I truly think anyone that dislikes this foundation should try this application - I think the sponge simply deposits too much color and leaves one prone to cakey-ness.
Now, my list of "Pros" for this product is growing daily:
- very affordable
- widely available
- great color selection (I have perfect match in W3)
- super quick to apply
- stays on all day
- no breakouts
- makes my skin look practically perfect
I dare say, I am liking this even better than my previous cylopentasiloxane-free HG - the $46/ bottle Diorskin Nude. I hope L'Oreal keeps this one in production for years to come!