I have heard lots of good things about the L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation and I bought it a couple of weeks ago! I hadn’t bought a drugstore foundation in a long time (since Covergirl 3-in-1, to be exact) and I’m getting paler by the minute so a lighter foundation was a necessity.
Although in Canada we are lucky to have foundation testers at the drugstore (I know that in the US that isn’t the case), for some reason there were no testers for L’Oreal True Match Lumi at the drugstore I was at. They had the regular True Match foundation with testers but not the Lumi. Womp. Fast forward to me desperately trying to match foundation bottles to my face and neck… the employees probably thought I was insane.
I ended up with shade N1-2. Not sure why N1-N2 is two shades in one, after which there was N3, N4, etc. The colour range tries to be helpful by splitting up into N Neutral undertones, W Warm undertones C cool undertones – however this is totally opposite to the MAC system so be careful. C in L’oreal is pink based and W is golden. N1-2 has a hint more pink in the undertone than I’d like but it was the closest thing I could get for my current complexion.
*insert joke about the True Match irony here*
The formula reminds me of Bourjois Healthy Mix. It glides easily on the skin and it has a very fluid lotion consistency. It has a slight dewy finish but it’s very soft and manageable. It’s a nice everyday foundation. The coverage is medium and buildable but it does fade throughout the day.
I started off with medium-full coverage and ended up with a slightly sheered out medium coverage by the end, despite powdering. It has SPF in it and you’ll know it. It does slightly flash back in photos as you can see here, and it smells like SPF. This doesn’t bother me since I purchased this foundation as an everyday foundation I can wear to work.
Application-wise, I found the beauty blender to give the best results. Application with fingers or a brush resulted in some streakiness. You can see the streaks when I tried to blend the foundation out on the back of my hand. It lasted a good 6 hours on my skin before coverage started to face, but it didn’t look too bad or patchy/cakey by the end of the day. My skin is normal/combination at the moment and while this foundation will definitely not withstand my summer oily skin, I am going to enjoy using it throughout the winter and spring.
Have you tried L’Oreal True Match Lumi? What are your thoughts on the True Match range? I’m hearing the concealers are pretty good too :)