Pros: blends easily; great coverage; feels and looks lightweight.
I usually prefer not to buy foundation from a drugstore as I like to test it out to make sure I have a good match with my complexion. However, I recently found myself in a jam when I discovered I had run out the night before a vacation and had no time to go over to The Body Shop and get my favorite foundation. So I took a big risk and ventured over to my local Rite Aid to see what I could find.
Feeling sort of lost, I decided to check out the L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation. With 24 shades to chose from, I figured I should be able to find something suitable for myself.
First things first: Shade selection
True Match is divided into 3 "undertone" groups: warm, cool, and neutral, with a range of foundations ranging from light to dark in each undertone group. While the store display does contain guidelines for selecting your correct undertone group (cool looks good in silver jewelry, warm looks good in gold, and neutral either gold or silver), it still might not be very easy for the inexperienced buyer of makeup. Fortunately I've been wearing makeup for years and it only took me a minute. I selected "C3" (Creamy Natural), or the third lightest shade in the cool group.
I discovered later that L'Oreal has online shade selection help for True Match. While selecting shades based on your monitor representation is not advisable, it does give some good tips on determining your undertone group, such as what colors look best on you and what the color your veins on your wrist appear to be.
The Foundation itself
True Match comes in a glass bottle with silver lid and 1 ounce of product. The opening is the perfect size for dispensing onto your fingertip or sponge applicator. I personally like to use the little cosmetic wedges so that I get a nice smooth application.
The foundation is formulated with Opti-Blend Complex which allows you to control the coverage to your specific needs. It also contains micro-fine optical pearls which L'Oreal says will "blur imperfections." It also helps nourish your skin with Vitamins B and E, as well as glycerin. True Match is ideal for sensitive or oily skin as it contains no oils, fragrances, or potentially pore-clogging ingredients. (product information from www.lorealparisusa.com)
Suggested retail price is $9.99.
Ingredients (as taken from bottle):
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: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, FIL B7616/1
Application is a cinch. I just tip over the bottle onto my sponge and get about a dime size amount. That's all that I need to apply all over my face. It blends in quickly and leaves a nice, natural finish to my face. To me it feels like a very lightweight coverage but it is actually works more like a medium-weight foundation in that it does a better job in covering imperfections.
I have nothing but great things to say about True Match Super-Blendable Makeup. It is smooth and creamy, and provides the perfect amount of coverage without feeling heavy on my skin. Minor imperfections and age spots are covered and my skin has a nice, even smooth appearance. Best yet, it does blend easily, just like the name says. I have no tell-tale line on my jawline, as the makeup matches my skin tone perfectly. Nor can you tell where I have applied the makeup a bit more heavily to cover
Perhaps most importantly, it doesn't settle into my fine lines and make them more obvious. Nor has it caused any allergic reactions or break-outs (yup, I'm in my 40s and I still break out sometimes).
This is a great foundation and I'm pleased as punch that I didn't have to make a trip to the mall to get it. It is not the cheapest drug-store brand but is definitely worth every penny. Great job, L'Oreal!
Thanks to Shantel575 for adding this to our database