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L'Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation
Member Name: sparkle1004
L'Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation
Advantages: Made my complexion matte and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores
Disadvantages: Highlights dry skin, not many shades and difficult to blend
My skin is oily with enlarged pores. This means that I need to be quite particular about the products that I use as they need to be oil free and I need products that give additional benefits too. I've always been a fan of L'oreal's cosmetics so when I ran out of my last foundation, I decided to purchase Matte Morphose Foundation by L'oreal.
What does the product do?
The product promises to give the skin a matte but radiant complexion that will last all day long. It claims that it will cover imperfections, dark circles, fine lines and enlarged pores which was a big selling point for me. The product promises to leave your skin transformed, feeling soft and looking healthy.
The product doesn't come in many different shades which is never a good thing in my opinion as everyone's skin is different. They many comes in shades of ivory, beige and amber. I chose Rose Ivory as I have skin that is quite pale.
Packaging and Price
The product doesn't come in a tube or bottle like a normal foundation. It comes in a circular glass jar and you can see the product inside. It has a hot pinky purple screw top lid and a similar coloured stopped covers the foundation. I don't know how hygeinic the packaging is because you have to put your fingers in the jar and it is exposed to the air too as you use the product which could dry out the formula. The product costs around £10 and it can be bought from stores such as Superdrug and Boots, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied to skin that is clean and dry. You need to apply a moisturiser to the skin first as the formula is not hydrating and it will highlight any dryness. You can use your fingers to apply the product or you can apply it using a brush but the jar is quite small to get a brush in. You apply the product to the face, massaging in the formula taking extra care around the eye brows, hair line and jaw line.
Application and Performance
The product has a different consistency to what I am normally used to. It has a really light texture like whipped mousse. First of all, if you have dry skin then you will need to stay well clear of this as it will highlight every bit of flaky skin on your face. I have to make sure my face is well moisturised before application because even though my skin is mainly oily, I do have dry patches on my nose and forehead.
The product is really light and it feels nice as you apply the product to the skin. You don't have much time to work with the product before it dries and you have to work fast to blend in the product if you don't want it to look streaky and unnatural. I tried using the product without a primer because of it's claims to hide pores and fine lines. It does to some extent and it does make the skin appear smoother but if I use Porefessional by Benefit first then the results are even better.
It doesn't feel like your wearing much make up and it is really light on the skin. The finish is matte and not very luminous. I do want a matte complexion but I don't want a dull one and that's what this gave me. The product also made me break out in a few blemishes which may be because it contains silicon. It does however give medium coverage which covers most imperfections and dark circles. The product doesn't stay on the skin for too long and by home time, quite a bit of it has worn off. It is easily removed using my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is not the type of product that I would expect from L'oreal although it could just be the mousse consistency didn't work with my skin. It highlights dryness, doesn't give you much time to work with it, caused me to develop blemishes and it doesn't last long on the skin. On the plus side, it does give you a matte complexion, hides fine lines and enlarged pores, and it does make your skin feel soft. Some people may like this but it didn't work for on my skin.
Summary: A mousse foundation which keeps the complexion matte but which is difficult to work with