Finding a drugstore foundation that I really get on with is so few and far between that I usually only bother with high end base products. I’ve just always had much more luck turning to Laura Mercier or Nars for that healthy, ‘your-skin-but-better’ base I so desire. But on a recent visit to Boots, I was (nicely) coaxed into buying the L’oreal True Match foundation by a very lovely sales rep named Marie.
I originally went in to pick up the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear foundation but was so frustrated by the lack of samples available. All sample products have been taken off the shelves in stores to reduce cross contamination and spread of the dreaded ‘rona, and I wasn’t really into the idea of paying almost £30 to just pick a shade and hope for the best.
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L'oreal True Match Foundation Review
When I was approached by the L’oreal rep, who promised me I could return it if I wasn’t happy for any reason, I decided I didn’t really have anything to lose. Not to mention, they had a 3 for 2 offer on all L’oreal makeup, plus an extra £5 if you spend £20. I walked out with the L’oreal True Match foundation, concealer and Telescopic Mascara, which I’d been eager to try out for the longest time… all for a cool £15.98, along with a few points on my advantage card. Awesome.
I made it very clear to the assistant that I was after something slightly glowy and medium but buildable coverage with a natural-looking finish. I always find matte formulas to sink into my pores, exasperating my imperfections and looking like I’m wearing a thick mask of product. Instead, I love something that brightens my skin for a healthy glow that reflects light away from my not-so-flawless complexion rather than attracting attention to my pigmentation and breakouts. And L’oreal True Match was what she suggested.
So, I decided to give a drugstore foundation a whirl for the first time in probably about 6 years..
The L’oreal True Match foundation claims to ‘perfectly match your skin colour and texture’.
On application, it is quite a watery, liquid consistency which I really like since it’s so malleable and easy to work with . I tend to dot over my face with my fingers, blend with a dense brush such as my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and then go over with a damp Miracle Complexion Sponge to really perfect the finish for a streak-free airbrushed look.
After a few minutes, it dries down slightly to a satin finish that still provides a healthy glow to the skin that looks natural and non-cakey, without being too radiant or shiny that I need to powder it down. For an even more illuminated finish, I simply use an oil or dewey primer beforehand.
One thing I really appreciate about True Match is that, while it provides good coverage, one thin layer of application enhances the skin rather than masking it. My freckles and tonal irregularities are still slightly visible for a more skin-like finish, while a second application creates a really flawless canvas to build upon, making it suitable for both everyday and evening wear.
True Match contains Hyaluronic Acid, so the formula has skincare properties that help to keep the skin hydrated for 24 hours, with a promise of more smoother and radiant looking skin after 2 weeks of use, however this is presuming that it is used everyday. Hyaluronic Acid is one of my favourite skincare ingredients, working by attracting water molecules within the skins layers to keep it plumped up and youthful.
True Match also boasts an SPF 17, which may not be the highest factor of sun protection, but coupled with my usual daily SPF 30, it provides that little extra added boost of defence from harmful rays that could contribute towards wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
L'oreal True Match Colour Range & Swatches
The L’oreal True Match range contains 40 shades in total, with a plethora of colours targeted to light, medium and dark skin, with warm, cool and neutral undertones.
My current Summer shade is 3.W Golden Beige, a medium-light shade with warm undertones (as swatched below).
I had genuinely given up on drugstore foundations until discovering L’oreal True Match, however I’m chuffed to find a long-lasting, natural looking foundation that does the job without costing an arm and a leg. I will definitely continue to repurchase (until I discover my next foundation obsession, at least…)
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Have you tried the L’oreal True Match foundation? What other budget-friendly / drugstore foundations do you recommend? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!