Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Caving into the hype - L'Oreal True Match Foundation

I always have two foundations going at once, I'm a bit of a floozy. One is for special occasions and evenings (MAC Mineralize Moisture) and the other is for everyday / going to work which needs to be something that I know will look good and is quick and easy to apply so i'm not late for my bus. I usually use the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation which I love dearly as it perfects, glows and lasts all day. AMEN.

Recently though my Healthy Mix ran out and I needed to stock up on a new everyday. I  felt adventurous this day, and I thought to myself 'you know what? I'm going to push the boat out and I'm going to pick something random and hidden that is going to be amazing and I will share my wisdom with everyone!'... Then I caved into the hype and brought the very much talked about L'Oreal True Match in Golden Ivory.

Today is the first day I have worn this foundation so I'm going to let you know my feelings so far.

Appearance - the packaging is very nice and looks quite high end. With the bottle being glass though it makes it a bit heavier than the usual which could be a trick when you're near running out.

Shade range - there's meant to be 23 shades to choose from but a lot of them in my local Boots were sold out or very low stock which shows the popularity of the product. I chose the colour Golden Ivory which matches my skin well and doesn't need much blending. I found the process of choosing my shade quite stressful though as I found that the colours looked more pinky toned and I have yellow toned skin.

I had Golden Ivory in my hand and a darker shade, when I put a swatch of Golden Ivory on my chin it looked really pale on my face yet the other colour just looked like I had been tangoed (the bright lights and crappy mirrors did not help this situation!). Luckily I went for Golden Ivory on the basis that I could always make my skin darker with bronzer and it didn't look as pale once I got it home and looked at it in natural light. Although the colour matches well it isn't perfect and I just wish it was a bit more yellow based and a tincy bit darker,

Texture & Coverage - the foundation is quite watery and easy to blend. I had to use 1 1/2 pumps to get my desired look. It still didn't cover some marks on my chin very well and I didn't want to apply anymore than I had, as my chin began to look a tad cakey.

Applying - today I applied it with a damp beauty blender as I find this the quickest way for me usually. I kind of felt the beauty blender had more of the product on it than my face - hence why I had to use an extra 1/2 pump to get my desired effect. Over the next few days I will be mixing and matching with a few of my other brushes to see what works best as I feel the Beauty Blender didn't work that well.

Wearing it & longevity - after applying the foundation I kind of forgotten I was wearing it as it is very light weight which is good but after a couple of hours I noticed that it had gone a bit patchy, dry and wrinkly in between my eyebrows, down my nose and around it. To me it looked like I had the skin of an elephant! This never normally happens to me as I have normal skin and I always moisturise so I found that a bit strange but i'm hoping its just from using the Beaut Blender. Other than that everywhere else on my face has lasted really well.

I do wish the foundation was a bit more dewy like the Healthy Mix as I love having glowy skin.

Here's me wearing it a couple hours after applying it, which I don't think looks to bad... minus the dressing gown!

I haven't fallen madly in love with the True Match just yet but it has only been a day, maybe after a couple more dates we may fall in love with each other and live happily ever after  but at the moment we are just taking it slow.


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