L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Review & swatches

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Review & swatches

Monday, May 16, 2011 Sara Hassan , 35 Comments

I've had this foundation since last year but I never really got the time to review it. Today, I bring you L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Perfection Foundation.

L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Perfection Foundation
In true-to-skin shades across warm, cool and neutral tones, True Match liquid foundation perfectly matches the colour and texture of your skin, hiding imperfections with its micro-fine, creamy texture.

The result: natural looking, skin-true colour, outstanding coverage with no caking.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation: W1 & W3
L'Oreal True Match Foundation: W1 & W3 swatch
L'Oreal True Match Foundation -- before & after application
My thoughts
Being a combination skin and my sister having an oily one, we were always on a hunt for a foundation that would suit us. Fortunately for us, we found this foundation. It's lightweight which is the best part. It gives a medium coverage which is buildable. For me, the consistency of this foundation is perfect. It's neither watery or thick. I quite agree to the part where they say it gives a natural looking finish - it does without caking on my skin. It has tiny shimmer in it but it doesn't show up on the skin.

This foundation has a thin consistency and blends nicely. I like to moisturize my skin before applying it. I say it's a summer foundation because it doesn't make me look shiny after a while. I have tried using it in winter and noticed that it terribly emphasized the dry patches on my skin so I avoid using it in winter. I think, this foundation would work best for people living in a hot and humid climate and have a combination to oily skin type. The lasting power isn't that bad, say for good five hours with a good face primer underneath but I am not pleased because it oxidizes on me. The thing that I don't like about it is that it transfers easily. You better set this foundation after application.

This foundation comes in a 30 ml pump bottle. It comes in a huge variety of shades to choose from. There are many yellow undertones which is a good thing if you're Asian. If you still go wrong with it, don't worry because it tends to adapt to the skin color to some extent.

I have two bottles of it. One is for my sister and the other for me. I sometimes like to mix both and apply.

You might like it if...
  • You expect it to be blendable and buildable.
  • You expect it to be light weight.
  • You expect medium coverage
  • You expect a decent lasting power.
  • You are pleased with the wide range of shades.
You might not like it if...
  • You have dry/normal skin. It emphasizes dryness and lines.
  • You expect it not to transfer because it comes off/transfers easily.
  • It oxidizes on you. 
My rating
3.5/5

Overall, I think it's a decent foundation especially for combination/oily skin type and I like wearing it on daily basis. It's a bit pricey though. I think Combination/Oily skin types would like this one. I don't recommend this for dry/normal skin types. I suggest using a primer underneath for best results. It costs PKR 2200 and I purchased it from Agha's supermarket.


What do you think about it? Have you tried it yet? 

35 comments :

  1. looks nice on u......i had this last yr ad it was the wrong shhade......so hated it...feel like it rebuying after this review

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  2. looks very natural on you !! :)

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  3. i have always wanted to try this, but always end up buying something else. great review and lovel pictures!!

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  4. They are perfect! If you're able I suggest you pick up the Mischievous mint, I bet it would look great on you =)

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  5. Of course =)
    Yay, Let me know if you're able to find it =)

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  6. I have it lol... in d wrong shde i m lil lighter than the shade i have its sand beige but I user an extra light foundation a bit to mix it together n use it love it tooo :D

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  7. this is my favourite ever foundation i used to get it all the time back in england but now in jordan its like double the price!! great review i agree its amazing

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  8. i also like this foundation! very natural looking! :)

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  9. Great review Sara!! Looks like a good one :D

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  10. this didnt work for me though .I use to ve it too but didnt buy it again. i find it2 b medium coverage n its staying power is not tht long. plus it transfers. not a fan of this foundation.
    i love my rimmel lasting finish ..

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  11. looks natural, i think that i need to buy it! :]

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  12. i've always wanted to try it!! thanks for the review :)

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  13. Thanks for the review Sara :) It looks nice on you. Good thing is, it has yellow undertones, rather than pink.

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  14. I am an old fan of true match :)

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  15. great review! i haven't tried this product before but i will next time. :)

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  16. Seen this from our local Loreal counter and for a moment I wanted to buy it, but I stopped myself because I wanted to read reviews first. So thanks for doing a review about it :)

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  17. great review sara thanks but do u use any compact powder with it if yes then which one.

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  18. I love the finish of this foundation and how easily it blends, but it doesn't last on my combination skin :( not even with a primer :( so I mix it with Revlon Colorstay and it works great that way :) x

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  19. Great review! True Match is one of my all time favourites.

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  20. Hello Sarah,

    you are doing an immensely amazing job!
    i ran out of foundation, and i want to try using L'oreal true match this time. i've a very oily skin, so i do prime my face before putting on make up. Do you think this product is best choice for me ? i want a good coverage, a lasting foundation that doesn't slide off my face. Also, i have a wheatish skin tone, and it's a hard job to find a nearest match. Do help me there too.
    thank you so much, i Love your blog and reviews. thumbs up! :)

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  21. hey Wajiha, thank you for liking my blog and commenting :)

    Well, this foundation is designed for combination/oily skin so yeah, this should suit you. for a perfect match, you need to try some shades on your face (not on your hands) while you're at the store. Any shade that blends perfectly, covers and appears invisible on your skin is your true match.

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  22. I just bought N4 beige today..i've lyk sensitive skin and im not sure if this will suit me..im trying foundation for the first tym ever, can you tell me what you mean that it will oxidise and it will transfer...thanx in advance

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    1. Hey Sarah, by oxidize I mean that if your skin is oily, it might change the color or get darker. It happens when a foundation reacts with the sebum (oil) on your face. To prevent that, you should use a face primer. It has a tendency to slide off the face so I strongly suggest setting it in the end with a translucent powder/compact powder. Hope this helps :) x

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  23. I just bought this foundation, and I really love it. I have a few acne scars and they vanish completely when I use this foundation yet it looks natural, so I'm happy with the coverage. But the biggest problem, like you just said, is that it oxidises on my skin and after an hour or two it makes me look two shades darker. :(

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    1. Do you apply a primer underneath to stop it from oxidizing? You should definitely try doing that and see if it works better. :) xx

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  24. hey sara my skin is extraordinary sensitive with lots ov zits so plz suggest me a good hypoallergic foundation. i sent u mail but u didn't reply. plz help me

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  25. hey sara,
    i tried maybellin liquid mousse but its just not that lasting.. I wana switch to true match.. My skin complexion is alot like yours.. Did you use W1 n W3 both in the pic where you've applied them?
    Cause i want something for college which i can easily apply especially in summer..
    xx

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    1. Hey Maryam, Maybelline Liquid Mousse is meant for dry/normal skin types. I used W3 in the photo. Well, I would suggest checking out Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation instead of True Match. It's an amazing drugstore option for combination/oily skin in summer. Use it with Avon MagiX Face Perfector as a primer for better longevity! :) x

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  26. Too bad I have sensiteve/dry skin:(

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  27. Hey Sara

    I have a yellow undertone skin, and I need a normal price products not the high end products, that give me the yellowish finish, what do u think of maybelline and l'oreal, which line and shade should I use, I've light to medium skin color

    thnx dear

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  28. I was tested at the Lo'real counter at Naheed's and was told my shade was W3 as well. It looked and felt perfect but I backed out just because I am very cautious about being absolutely right in my shade selection especially when I have to shell out a huge sum of cash for a single product.

    The thing is that my skin has a very obvious yellow undertone (Over the years, my complexion has been likened to that of a lizard by many) and using the shade selection tool on Lo'real's website, I realized that W3 although matches my skin color but is an option for a cool undertone (pink) and W4 is its "warm" alternative (yellow).

    Moreover, this picture comparison of a blogger using swatches from left to right of L'Oreal True Match LUMI Foundation W3, L'Oreal True Match Foundation W4, MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC30 also suggests that W4 is a better match for NC-30:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TSvtASGcmMY/UD0cYCNOssI/AAAAAAAAIGI/1d9_Oqg84Ws/s1600/loreal_lumi-foundation-swatches2.jpg

    So whaddaya say...should i opt for W4 or trust the L'oreal sales person because she tested me under store lights and the best way to gauge a foundation is under natural light.. Right?? Please reply?? Utterly confused O_o

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    1. Well Sumaira, I would suggest testing the foundation yourself under sun light/natural light. That would definitely help you decide your shade. :) x

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