After reading that this was a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, which is raved about by quite a few bigger beauty bloggers but is way out of my price range, I decided to give the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation a go. This is currently my foundation of choice for days when I need more coverage. It’s great for when I need my makeup to stay pretty flawless all day as it lasts for hours. I use three pumps of this for an even coverage, but if I’m going for a more ‘no-makeup makeup’ look then I’ll just make do with 2 pumps. I would describe the finish as somewhere in between satin and matte, but I am by no means a makeup artist so it’s probably a good idea to do some research before buying to see if the formula is what you want. It definitely doesn’t leave my skin looking dewy, though, and I think that’s what makes it perfect for long-lasting and flawless coverage. The formula is incredibly runny when first pumped, but when it dries it goes quite powdery. One of the best things about this is it doesn’t seem to cling to dry patches at all and considering I have pretty dry skin this is a major bonus for me. The matte finish also means I don’t really need to worry about touching up with powder over the day (although if you have oily skin you may still need to do this). It has SPF 17, and I’ve worn it out a few times, apprehensively checking the photos afterwards for any ghostly white appearances, but I haven’t found that an issue at all, which I was pleasantly surprised about.
The colour range is fantastic, and I found after swatching the 3 lightest ‘cool’ shades (designed for rose/pinky tinted skin) in Boots that the shade C1 (Rose Ivory) was a perfect match for me. They also do shades more suited to neutral skin tones and warmer skin tones which is fab because it means pretty much everyone will be able to find a shade that suits them well.
At £9.99, this isn’t the cheapest drugstore foundation out there, but it’s by no means the most pricey either. I think it’s well worth the money for the formula and shade range, and has impressed me far more than the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Foundation which was my other most recent purchase. I found the L’Oreal to be much less drying on my skin.