Pros: Fine milling! Easy application, layer-able, perfect even wear.
Cons: Pigments adhere to soft contact lenses like micro-barnacles.
Ask any gracefully aging goth about her favorite foundation and you may receive a tomes worth of hard-earned alchemical wisdom: take Shiseido or Sebastian or Kryolan or Lancome, set with rice powder, etc. For sensitive skin, the kind that tolerates only oil-free products SPF 15 and above, it can get downright complicated. Especially in a city of wildly ranging microclimates which are nightly dampened by fog. Ive travel back and forth between CA and NY quite a bit this past year, and used to keep two separate make-up kits one for each coast but find the True Match line performs perfectly on either coast, under all conditions.
And to think I only tried it because my shade was on clearance at Target!
This stuff is well worth the modest retail price. In fact, it's worth what I used to pay for Lancome!
Oil free, with vitamins B and E, SPF 17 and a generous dose of glycerine, this makeup really seems to make my skin both look and feel healthier. Dot it on for a barely-there finish, or layer it for concealer-confidence: either way, it looks and feels great. This stuff never mottles, never flakes, and refuses to cake.
True Match comes in 24 shades (18 in Canada), grouped in the familiar neutral, cool, and warm tones. Soft Ivory is really truly a match for my Nordic- Irish complexion and temperament: it evens out my pink-cheeked pallors where-the-sunscreen-melts-away tan bits. True Match looks even more fabulous under dewy conditions. Theres no streaking, no splotching, just a sort of even diffusion as you go through the day. Re-applying is easy, but you may find yourself adequately freshened up with just a swipe of the just-as-finely-milled powder (use a fingertip in the under-eye area, for a thorough swipe that doesnt dust your lashes).
I never worry about perspiring through my makeup any more. I sweat, I dab it away, and even in the dead heat my skin looks springtime fresh.
Its all due to those fine-milled pigments.
Youll notice the difference between fine-milling and just-sort-of-milling the first time you couple the True Match foundation with some other brand of powder. If only the powder had sunscreen properties, like some other lines (like PureStay).
There is one big drawback to all this fine-milled goodness, however: its really, really hard to get off soft contact lenses, and it really really wants to get on them. Ive learned to wait at least 20 minutes between applying True Match foundation and inserting my lenses, after going back and forth with some of my other favorites to see if perhaps I was imagining things. Both the powder and the liquid makeup are tenacious, and removal requires some elbow grease, even with the no-rubbiest of no-rub cleaning solutions.
Its worth it, though.
I love this make-up. Its really enhanced my quality of every-day-life, whether those days are arid and windy or hot and humid. Heres hoping it can do the same for you!