L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Powder

by PJ on Monday, June 30, 2008

in -L'Oréal, makeup, makeup - base makeup, makeup - base makeup - powder, stash focus

(L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Powder
in W3 Golden Beige)

Ever since L’Oréal’s True Match Super-Blendable Powder was chosen by Paula Begoun as one of the best makeup products in 2005, I have been interested in it. At that time, it was not sold in the UK. But it has been available here for a while now, and I recently decided to give it a try.

I am quite disappointed with it as a powder foundation. Even though the talc-based powder is very smooth and the finish is nicely matte and natural, it has very little coverage and only mildly evens out the complexion.

I think the reason why L’Oréal is able to claim that this powder can “adjust to the color” of the skin is that it is so sheer. On the plus side, it is hard to go wrong with the color selection, as most people can probably work with a couple of different shades.

For me, it works a lot better as a pressed setting powder. The smooth texture doesn’t look chalky over my ZA Two-Way Powder Foundation, and the silky matte shimmer-free powder covers pores and mattifies the shine fairly well. (I have oily skin and shine tends to be an issue.) This is a good alternative to loose powder when I want to set my foundation very quickly.

The enclosed sponge (not a puff) is thinner than most foundation sponges I have seen, but it still works well with the powder.

My slight complaint of this product is the awkward compact design. The top tier is the powder itself, and the sponge and the mirror are underneath. The product can be fiddly to use when you are out and about and want to do a quick touch-up.

Overall, this can still be a good powder foundation if you only go for a sheer coverage. If you want more coverage, this will almost certainly not work for you. But if you are looking for a well-formulated and reasonably priced pressed powder to set your foundation, this should be a strong contender.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Charu Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I’d be interested to know if this is a good shade for darker skin tones…I will investigate! Sounds good though.


Toya Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I love this stuff and the whole True Match line!


kahani Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I didn’t think it was meant to be a foundation powder. It is a really good compact to tote around, although I agree with you about the design.

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PJ Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hi Charu,

I think this might be a little too light for medium and dark skin tones. (I have a light-to-medium skin tone.) But there are darker shades than this, so you can probably find a shade or two that suit you. Do let me know what you think if you have a chance to try it.

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hi Toya,

Great to hear from you again!

I remember the True Match line also has blushers. I might be interested in trying those as well. :)

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hi Kahani,

I see. My impression is that it is marketed as a powder foundation, but maybe this is not correct.

It is indeed a nice compact to carry around for touch-ups, but hopefully they will improve the design a little bit..

Thank you for posting your comment again! :)


Sandra Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I’ve always thought this was a pressed powder, actually. At least, that’s how the SA described it and also how I’ve used it for the past couple of years. I do find it a pretty good pressed powder for the price and performance. I actually like the design as it includes a mirror and keeps the applicator and product separate while not being too bulky overall.
Thanks for your many reviews. :) I purchased a Coffret D’or Lighting Eyes palette thanks to one of your reviews and a Lunasol palette is next on my “hit list”!


PJ Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for reading my blog and posting your thoughts!

I see. All the things I came across aside, I would certainly position this as a pressed powder myself, and it is indeed a good one. It is not what I expected when I bought it, but I am still glad to have it.

I hope you are enjoying your Coffret D’Or palette! I do like both my 3D Lighting Eyes palettes very much. I am not sure if you have tried Lunasol’s palettes before, but you’ll notice that the finishes are slightly different. I hope you’ll like it as well. Enjoy wearing and comparing them, and do let me know what you think. :)

Thank you very much for your comment. Hope to hear from you again! :)


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