May 18, 2016

True Match Super Blendable Makeup In Sand Beige W5

Each season there are a number of new foundation launches and I’ve been steadily working my way through testing several different lines by various brands. Some foundations I may pick up could be part of the new guard, but a lot of the times I may revert back to what I remember are good foundations from older existing lines. One of the formulas that is currently back in my rotation after a good 2 year hiatus is the L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($9.99) in the shade W5 Sand Beige. When I at last pumped my way through the last of my trusted Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15 ($12.99) – review here – in the shade 220 Natural Beige, I could not immediately think of a higher-end foundation I wanted to try. Well, I have a few on my list but am not necessarily that excited about trying them so much that I need them right this second. Then I remembered L’oreal’s True Match line and decided to go back to my old grounds and my old shade.

The L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup is available in 33 skin-true shades and has an SPF of 15. The product is packaged in a glass bottle that does not come with a pump dispenser. The latter is why I kind of abandoned the foundation to begin with because with a pump dispenser I can eyeball the amount of product I need, and I find that just pouring it straight out of the bottle leaves too much room for error, i.e.; wasted foundation or over-application. This particular season there are a good amount of dewy/glow-inducing foundations on the market – and I’m all about that glow life. What I always have liked the best about L’oreal’s True Match is that it has a matte finish, but as it sits during the day and has a chance to oxidize and does its thing, it turns from a matte into a subtle dewy finish. I have dry/normal skin, so I don’t know how this would particularly work for oily/combination skin types. Besides inducing a healthy glow, the formula also brightens my skin with a natural luminous look without being greasy. Although by hour 13, around the apples of my cheeks is where the dew became a little too much borderlining greasy – which means I have to set it with a powder in those particular areas.

Besides brightening and adding a good dose of luminosity to the skin, the formula has enough coverage to camouflage any imperfections and old acne scarring I still may have. In comparison this foundation offers more coverage than the Revlon option. Despite that both are medium-to-full coverage foundations and can be layered, L’oreal’s foundation conceals with just 1 layer as it applies much easier because the consistency is not as thick as the Revlon, and it also blends beautifully into the skin. I get really good wear out of this foundation, it’s very long-lasting, it lasts well beyond 8 hours. I have worn this for well into 13 hours with no touch-ups needed, although as I mentioned before it made the area where my cheek apples are a little too dewy that resembled greasiness a tad too much for my liking.

The shade W5 Sand Beige is a great match for my current skin tone, and I found that it smoothly applied to the skin by instantly adjusting itself to my tone after it has a chance to set. As it sits during the day it oxidizes quite a bit but not too much, just expect that the formula will warm up slightly. 

Overall, I’m kind of happy that I went back to familiar grounds by purchasing the True Match again. The only pitfall for me is the lack of pump dispenser because it just makes handling the bottle a little too inconvenient. It has amazing coverage to even out the skin and blurs any imperfections. Lasting power is great and it feels surprisingly lightweight throughout the entire time I wear it. The overall finish is matte, but as the product oxidizes and warms up, it transforms from matte into a natural dewy finish that still looks like your own skin but in plus.

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