L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review & Swatches

Hello fans as you all know that I am covering MAC products extensively on my blog, so I decided to write about L'Oreal's True Ma...

L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review & Swatches

Hello fans as you all know that I am covering MAC products extensively on my blog, so I decided to write about L'Oreal's True Match foundation this time to bring some diversity on the blog.

I have been using Revlon Photoready foundation and MAC Sculpt Foundation for some time, and I needed something new to try this time. Maybe it was a twist of fate when I heard my best friend praising about L’Oreal true match foundation. At first I was a bit confused to try it or not but still my inner desire kept on wondering about it, and I decided to give this product a one-shot try.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Warm Beige Shade
Having my first encounter with L’Oreal true match, I decided to buy their liquid line of foundation with a warm beige shade. The product claimed itself to be super-blendable having a non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic formula with SPF17 protection. Even the packaging was itself very sophisticated, a small transparent bottle that I could easily carry in my bag.

L’Oreal's Claims About True Match

  • Formulated with Precise Match Technology L’Oreal True Match blends superbly with your uneven skin tone and texture.

  • For best results try True Match Powder, Blush, Concealer and Bronze Glow to settle down the foundation to get your desired coverage.

  • Fragrance and oil free formula ensures no clogging of pores.

  • Natural finish with broad spectrum SPF 17 protection.

  • Sheer light to medium coverage suitable for all skin types.

  • Available in 24 multiple balancing cool, warm and neutral shades.

  • Confined with color balancing minerals to precisely calibrate natural color.

  • Skin diffusing micro-fine pearls to conceal skin imperfections.

  • Added with Glycerin, Vitamin B and Vitamin E for the extra nourishment of the skin.

  • The foundation contains a non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic formula for acne-prone skin.

  • Tested by Dermatologist and qualified for natural skincare.

  • An oil-free formula for the combination of dry/oily skin.

The Review

True Match foundation bottle

I usually dream of having a fine, finicky, flawless, and fanciful complexion for my skin. I always kneel towards the idea of getting a pearly glow with a flattering radiance to conceal the imperfections on my skin. With True Match foundation, I realized that with L’Oreal products, it will just remain a dream. Just keep reading and you’ll know why.

L'Oreal True Match Swatches

True Match Foundation Swatch
Photo Credits: Indian Vanity Case

True match offers a medium coverage that is buildable to full coverage. The foundation claims to be super blendable, but I struggled a bit in blending it easily. I recommend using a stippling brush to blend it quickly rather than using flat foundation brushes or bare hands. The foundation offers a satin finish that leaves a shimmering effect on your skin, an ideal foundation for night time or indoor use. I have used this foundation for work, and I was highly disappointed with its greasy finish and low staying power.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation After & Before Skin dupe
Photo Credits: Indian Vanity Case

The foundation broke out after 4 to 5 hours in ideal indoor conditions, and the greasy feel was irritating too. I specifically bought the oil control formula for my combination skin type, but the foundation does not resist the oil and sweat. The light weightiness claim seems disappointing too, as the foundation feels heavier than most of the other foundations in the market even with light coverage. The foundation oxidizes with your skin resulting in reddish coloration making your complexion looks darker. True match is a budget friendly foundation but for an extreme oily or dry skin it may lead to an absolute disaster for you. I would suggest a good moisturizer before its application for girls with dry skin. If you have super oily skin, then use an oil controlling primer before applying this foundation. The label claims that this foundation offers matte to satin finish, but I am sorry to tell you that I did not find anything matte in it at all.

The Pros

Honestly speaking, the product has failed to surprise me with anything but a few pros by fortune. I am just writing down the list below as the points are just a few in numbers.
  • The product contains SPF17 for sunscreen protection.
  • The packaging is travel-friendly and its sturdy enough to survive the fall.
  • You can choose from a massive collection of shades as the L’Oreal itself claims to have 24 shades that may or may not be available worldwide
  • You can easily find the ingredients listed on the packaging that can help you make the right choice.
  • The foundation offers a non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic formula to protect skin from acne issues.

The Cons

  • The biggest setback for L’Oreal true match is the oily finish that gets too runny and sometimes too greasy. I would recommend this foundation only if you have a combination of dry and oily skin just in case to avoid spoiling your overall makeup when it gets too runny within 4 hours. As far as the finishing is concerned, again! The product is a set back as it enhances the oily finish to the max.

  • It does also feel heavy even when you are applying it too gently on the skin. Though the product claims itself to be super lightweight but on the real side, it is neither lightweight nor gives a feeling of being weightless on the skin.

  • In my prior experience, the oxidization has appeared to be a True battle for L’Oreal True match. In most cases, it is either the foundation with an imbalance between the oil/pH formula or it is the skin that gets more readily oxidized. On a real note, the L’Oreal true match is not a perfect match for women with oily skin.  Personally I do not like any product oxidizing on my skin making it more reddish or appear darker on my skin.

  • The foundation gives a radiant glow with its light reflecting particles but considering the downfall, the foundation does shine on the skin but with a touch of greasiness which is by far not the perfect blend for skincare. Moreover, the product does not provide heavy duty buildable coverage. Doesn’t matter how well you layer the product, in the end it will not provide appropriate balance with your skin tone.

  • The product may temporarily hide your fine lines and skin imperfections but after the period of 4 hours it will highlight all your pores and blemishes. If you want to know the reason then honestly, the product has quite little staying power.

  • In most drugstore foundations, the packaging ensures the overall compatibility of the product. Though L’Oreal True Match has convenient packaging in terms of traveling not in terms of use. You have to dab a little to squeeze out the product, and there is no control over how much amount of product you want to take out.

  • Foundations with Non-Acnegenic formula were deemed as a myth but truly, they are not. Though the L’Oreal True Match itself claims for having a Non-Acnegenic formula which less likely causes clogging of pores but unfortunately after applying the product, you might feel having your skin break out.


L'Oreal True Match offers a wide variety of shades, and it is quite affordable. Having said that I would not recommend this product for women having extremely dry or extremely oily skin as this product can get too runny at times making the skin too greasy and sometimes very uneasy to handle. If you are looking for a product that easily blends then this product is not for you. If you are looking for a product that stays longer then this products is not for you either.

I would rate this product 3 out of 10, although L'Oreal is a big name in the cosmetics industry, but the True Match foundation has severely disappointed me in every regard. Do not forget to share your valuable comments with me about this foundation and stay tuned to FS Fashionsta for more upcoming beauty tips and makeup reviews.

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