Loreal True Match Foundation Review

by Lavanya on May 24, 2010 · 35 comments

After having used Chambor foundation for some time and before discovering Maxfactor foundation , I wanted a change . My friend was raving about the L’oreal foundation that her friend was using. This was enough for me to trigger a desire ( I would rather put it as desperation :)) to get the L’oreal foundation. I had already tried the Loreal mineral foundation when it was first launched. But it was a failure for me. Negating that as my ignorance of mineral foundation application techniques, I decided to go ahead and try their liquid foundation.

Loreal True Match Foundation
I got “True Match” liquid foundation in “Warm Beige” Shade. As per the package it is “Super Blendable” , “Non-Comedogenic” and has an SPF17 in it. It comes in a  small transparent bottle (like how the injection bottle comes) with a steel lid. I do not remember the price as I had got it almost before 8-9 months.

Loreal True Match Foundation

Swatches of the True Match foundation, Warm Beige Shade :

Loreal True Match Foundation

Swtches of Loreal True Match Foundation Warm Beige Shade

Loreal True Match Foundation

Loreal True Match Foundation Before and after blending.

As per the swatch it seems to blend well. This gave me confidence to own it.

This is what L’oreal has got to say about the product

  • “True Match super blendable makeup precisely matches your skin’s tone and texture and coordinates perfectly with True Match Powder, Blush, Concealer and Bronze Glow. Formulated with Precise Match Technology so you can control coverage and fine-tune it. Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances or pore clogging fillers, so all you see is beautiful, radiant and flawless skin.
  • Finish : Natural
  • SPF :17
  • Coverage : Light to medium
  • Skin: For all skin types
  • Available in 24 skin-true shades
  • Formulated with Precise matching Technology to precisely calibrate color.
  • Micro-fine optical pearls diffuse skin’s imperfections while moisturizing Glycerin, Vitamin B and E nourish your skin
  • Non Comedogenic
  • Non- Acnegenic
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Oil-free”

So, on my way back home, I was dreaming of a nice, neat, flawless, pearly complexion that glows with radiance only to realize it would remain a dream. I should have taken a clue from their mineral foundation that L’oreal products are not for me (their Force Vector range is an exception though).

What I like about the “True Match” foundation:
Frankly speaking, there is nothing I like about the product. Infact I had to scratch my head hard to write some positive points and so the list below :

  • It has got SPF17 in it ;
  • The packaging is convenient that it can be easily carried in a bag or pouch even. It would not dribble or break due to pressure
  • Shade selection is comparatively wider than the other brands . L’oreal says that it has 24 shades , however I do not think all the shades are available in India .
  • There is ingredient list available at the package itself.

Now that is all to it . I am surprised that I able to list down so many pluses. Atleast I can think of only these points as its Pluses

What I do not like about “True Match” foundation :

  • It sets to an oily finish. This I do not like since I have combination skin. I am ok for a glowy finish but not for an oily finish.
  • The packaging says “Super-Blendable” . I would say that it is easy to apply but it does not blend with the skin. It stays on the skin and gives a mask like look. I am a person who prefers a naturally made up look. I have tried applying with damp sponge , foundation brush , fingers and what not . It simply does not sink in.
  • It feels heavy on the skin. It is not light weight at all.
  • It oxidizes and becomes darker within 1-2 hrs of application.
  • It has got illuminating particles that is supposed to give a glow. The skin does shine, not with the glow, but with the greasiness.
  • The coverage is medium and is not buildable. If you try to build, you end up looking like a joker.
  • It is not at all for oily/ combination skin types. My face is an oil slick within an hour or so of using the foundation
  • It settles down in the lines and pores and accentuates pores and blemishes
  • The staying power is low. It is gone after some 4 hrs or so
  • The packaging is convenient to carry but not so convenient to use . There is no control on how much comes out. Also , as the product gets consumed, you have to dip in your fingers to get the product out .
  • L’oreal claims it as “Non-Acnegenic”. Alas, but every single time I use it, my skin breaks out. So this reverses the claim of “Non-Comedogenic” too. Clogged pore is also one of the reason for the skin to flare up
  • It contains Parabens. But now, it is hard to find any product without Parabens

Would I Repurchase: This foundation is a great let down for me. I would DEFINITELY NOT repurchase this nor will I recommend it to anyone. It might (again it is only probable) suit those with normal skin and do not have much to conceal. This is a “Not To Go” foundation for oily and combination skin.

Have you used Loreal True Match Foundation?

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