L’Oreal’s True Match liquid foundation is something I’ve had in my stash for about a year now, and my bottle’s getting close to the end. When I initially sprung for it the great appeal was L’Oreal’s extensive shade range, and I have to admit that I also really enjoy the little glass bottle that looks fit for a pharmaceutical potion. True Match is an oil-free, lightweight foundation that offers a semi-matte finish and an SPF of 17, and is available in 33 (!) shades to suit cool, warm and neutral skin tones.
About a year ago, I had gotten tired of spending upwards of $40 for foundations at Sephora and wanted to start exploring drugstore options more. The hardest thing about drugstore foundations is finding a good shade match, but L’Oreal actually has a system online to help you locate your True Match shade. Another perk of the True Match line of products is that once you’ve located your shade with the tool, it’s easy to pick out foundation, concealer and powder, which all work under the same shade system (why don’t more brands do that?).
The shade-matching system on their website was truthfully the reason why I ended up going for this foundation over other drugstore options, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to dip their toe in the drugstore makeup pool. Once you’ve found a shade that works for you, it’s much easier to pick up the bottle and physically compare it to shades from other brands, so now I don’t feel so uncomfortable trying out new foundations.
I like the bottle, too, because it’s cute, feels good in the hand, and is easily stored in a drawer, on a counter, or in a cosmetic organizer. I’ll admit it’s not the best for travel since it’s glass, though, and it can potentially make a little bit of a mess since there’s no pump. The consistency is pretty thin and a little runny, and I like to apply it with my Sephora Pro Foundation #47 (generally my favorite foundation brush), but it works well with fingers, too.
N2 (the second lightest shade in their ‘neutral’ range) is a perfect match for me in the winter. Instead of picking up a summer shade in the range, I ended up either setting it aside entirely or mixing it in with darker foundations from other brands. I had noticed that as the weather warmed, True Match didn’t control the oil on my combination skin as much as I would have liked. It’s a pretty great fall-winter-spring foundation for me, though.
It offers medium coverage, and the finish is a skin-like demi-matte. I personally like a little more luminosity in my foundation, but that’s just personal preference. My only real complaints with the makeup is that it doesn’t smooth over texture imperfections that well (though L’Oreal’s Magic Perfecting Base primer will definitely help with that) and it does let oil break through. It’s easy to apply and looks very natural, and is also oil-free and fragrance-free. I think it will work well for a lot of people.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.1%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isoeicosane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Panthenol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.
Above, I’m also wearing: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer in N1-2-3 to cover redness around my face, Pixi Correction Concentrate (review) under my eyes, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Whipped Peach, Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel (photo and swatch), L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black (review), Maybelline brow and eye pencil in Blonde on my brows, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Dragon Fruit (from their new LE line of Pop shades) on my lips.
Have you tried it? What’s your favorite budget-friendly foundation?