Thursday, 7 March 2013

REVIEW: L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my skin hasn't been looking its best - I'm blaming stress... clinical medicine is great, but I've had to juggle rather a lot the last few weeks, and it's my poor old skin that seems to be bearing the brunt of the stress.

As a result, my usual choice of Nars Tinted Moisturiser (review here) just hasn't been cutting it in the coverage department... so began the hunt for a medium coverage base - I began with Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Foundation which I thinned out with a little moisturiser, but this only worsened the very problem it was trying to hide... that's a whole other story! I also road-tested Benefit Hello Flawless! Foundation, which would have been perfect had the shade range been a little more extensive... ditto Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, the blendable texture of this is dreamy, but having spent half an hour trying and failing to get a colour match, I gave up... close, but no cigar.

Back to the drawing board it was... now where was I going to find a foundation with a good shade range, that offered medium, natural-looking coverage, yet didn't break me out?

I was drawn to the L'Oréal Paris counter due to a sly 3-for-2 offer... lo-and-behold, I found it (along with 2 other products of course, it would be have been rude not to oblige): True Match Foundation, as used by the likes of Cheryl Cole and Beyoncé.

Credit: L'Oréal Paris

As an Indian girl, it can be really difficult to find a good foundation match within both high-end and drugstore lines; according to L'Oréal's research, 97% of the UK's female population will be able to find their match within the 22 True Match shades... pretty impressive, I think you'll agree!
My shade is W7 Golden Amber, which is the same as Beyoncé's - this is probably the only similarity I have with the goddess that is Mrs Carter, but I feel one step closer to perfection knowing we use the same foundation shade; yes I'm sad like that.

The pump dispenser is much more economical than pouring bottles (ahem, Revlon and Nars, I'm lookin' right atcha) which I usually end up spilling down myself. Or onto the carpet, which gets my mum rather angry...

Anyway, True Match blends beautifully into skin, and, as coverage is buildable, I find I can usually skip concealer on the areas I would normally use it.
Finish-wise, for me, this is definitely matte - I've seen some bloggers say otherwise, but just remember this view is coming from a girl who's a sucker for the dewy skin look - what you find will most likely be relative to what you are used to. If you're wondering what it looks like on the skin, fear not, there's an exciting post where you'll get to see it in action coming very soon!

I find the foundation lasts really well; no need for touch-ups (who has time for those anyway?!) and doesn't leave me looking an oily mess by the end of the day, which most foundations tend to do.

It's priced at a very reasonable £10.29 and the best part is that if you pick your products wisely in the current Boots offer, you might just end up getting it free!

Before you scurry to your local drugstore, you can get a rough colour match here, although I'd always recommend you go in-store to get the final match, and employ this tip when you do.

What's your favourite foundation?  


  1. I used to swear by True Match foundation. I think I must have used it for about 3 years! However for some reason suddenly it didn't suit me anymore. Maybe my skin changed? However I think 3 years still gets it a good thumbs up! ha. Great review hun x
    Heroine In Heels

  2. I just bought the true match and it is matte but it doesn't dry out my skin. I think it's nice.

  3. Beyonce is shade c6...

    1. She was W7 on the L'Oreal cut-outs in the shop I bought the foundation in... But thanks for letting me know :) x


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