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Like a lot of ladies out there i am somewhat addicted to finding that perfect foundation. I have tried everything from creams to gels, liquids to mousses but either find them to heavy, to light, too much or too little coverage (Goldielocks eat your heart out) but I have never found that one which is just right.
While perusing the make-up aisles at Boots recently I noticed this L'Oreal true match minerals foundation. Coming in at £13.99 I did think it was a little on the expensive side but as I had a money off coupon and given that L'Oreal has a good reputation I thought it was worth a go.
The product has 95% mineral content as well as sun protection of SPF15. It comes packaged in a small plastic tub which splits into 3 parts. The base contains the mineral powder and had a lid with holes in it (kind of like the top of a talc bottle), on top of that is a small lid with a brush attached and then there is the top lid which covers the brush.
The concept seem to be that with the brush still attached you shake out some powder and use the brush to apply. Great in theory, but in practice not so straightforward. Since the first lid is grey plastic you cannot see how much of the product has been dispensed, if you shake too much it is very difficult to put it back and it also tends to get everywhere when you open the lid when you. Because of this you become a bit over cautions when you dispense it meaning you have to keep replacing the lid to get more out, which can be end up being time consuming and annoying.
When it comes to application of the product there are both positives and negatives. The brush is made from nice soft fibres and feels nice on the skin, however it is a bit on the small side, I would say smaller than a blusher brush so not ideal for applying foundation to the whole face. The powder should be applied in circular motions across the face and I have found it to give a nice even coverage. It will cover small blemishes, and I have found it works wonders at covering dark circles under my eyes without needing a separate concealer. A big plus for me. The powder sits nicely on the skin without feeling heavy. It gives a nice matt finish that will last most of the day without the need for re-application. And when it comes time to take your make-up off it cleans off easily without leaving any residue.
Overall its not a bad product, but for the price it could be better, coming in at a mediocre 3 out of 5. But with a few tweaks, like a better brush and some re-invented more user friendly packaging I think it could make full marks.
When I go into Boots I almost always come out with some new makeup that I do not really need. I convince myself that I will just look at the new things but always then end up getting drawn in by the advertising or pretty packaging.
L'Oreal true match minerals foundation
Going into Boots for some hair care products the other day I ended up perusing the cosmetics shelves and saw the L'Oreal true match minerals foundation. I hadn't seen it before and the makeup stand seemed to hype it up (obviously...damn advertising!!..always gets me!) I have since seen the television advertising for the produce featuring Penelope Cruz with amazing flawless looking skin.
When I saw the pot I thought it looked really cute and picked it up without even looking at the price. There were a range of 9 shades but most were midrange and would look too orange on my skin so I went for the palest shade that wasn't sold out which has honey glow. The product is part of a range which includes eye shadows, blushers and bronzers. All of which are in the same style containers and have the same advertised as being made from 95% minerals and having no perfume or preservatives.
The product comes in a small plastic pot which contains the powder with a brush sticking upwards on top of the pot and a clear plastic lid. It looks very attractive in terms of the packaging and claims to have no perfume, no preservatives, has a SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 and is made from 95% minerals. (hence the name!)
After picking up the foundation I caught a glimpse of the price - a whopping £13.99!! The pot is not all that big and I think to be worth that price it would have to be pretty amazing! However, I decided to give it a try and brought it anyway.
I wanted to try the foundation out as soon as I got home and so cleaned off all of the make up I was wearing and read the instructions. The instructions are in the form of a series of diagrams and written instructions. I was a bit put off by this point, as it did seem like rather extensive instructions just to whack some foundation on! None the less I continued. The first time you use the product it is quite a chore. You first need to remove the plastic stickers sealing the pot and then work out how to then screw off the brush and lid section to remove the plastic sticker sealing the holes where the powder comes out. Next you need to replace the screw the brush and lid section back on - then gently tip the pot upside down (without shaking it otherwise too much foundation will come out.). Then turn the pot back up the right way - pull off the clear plastic cover from the brush, then screw off the brush section again to turn it upside down and gently dab it in the powder ready to use it! It really is badly designed and not in any way user friendly!! It is awkward, fiddly and you need a work surface to put the parts down on as you quickly realised that you don't have enough hands!!
If you have managed to get this far - the actual application isn't ideal either. I have never used a brush to apply foundation before and I suppose this is what initially attracted me to the product, but this really just doesn't work! The brush bristles are soft but they are bulked together in a way which makes the brush quite firm. If you are lucky enough to get the right amount of powder on the brush then you have the trauma of trying to apply it without ending up looking like a circus freak! The instructions say to apply in circular motions starting in the middle of the face and moving outwards. Due to the brush - no matter how much foundation you have on it - it seems that wherever the brush first touches your skin, you end up with a big mark of the foundation which ends up looking orangey. With a lot of effort and practise it is possible to blend it to death so that you get a fairly even spread but it still looks very heavy and not terribly natural. It does not even cover spots, marks, scars etc particularly well!
I have worked out that the only way I can make use of this VERY expensive pot of powder is to use a liquid foundation and then gently brush this over the top as when used like this it does actually look quite nice and does give a flawless look, even though you are about three inches deep in make up! On the bright side it doesn't irritate my skin at all and many things do. Unfortunately they are the only two positives I can really draw from this horrendously over priced and badly designed product!
Summary of Positives
*Does look nice if gently brushed over the top of my liquid foundation
*Does not irritate my skin
*Is made from 95% minerals
*Has a Sun Protection Factor of 15
*Does not contain perfumes
*Does not contain preservatives
*Is easy to remove
Summary of Negatives
*Terrible design of container making it not at all user friendly
*Hard to apply using the brush
*Need a worktop and a mirror in order to apply due to fiddly parts and no mirror
*Is not hand bag friendly as plastic lid could be easily crushed or knocked of and is big and bulky - not at all compact.
*Looks pretty awful when applied due to sticking to skin making it look orange
*looks heavy and does not cover up blemishes well.
*Is extremely expensive for what it is
*Shades are not well thought out
I am really not at all impressed with this product and from reading the reviews of others - everyone has had the same problems with the container design being so difficult to use and the application being so difficult. In my opinion the product is far to expensive at £13.99 and wouldn't even be worth half that price!! I would certainly not buy it again - even if the price was significantly lower as the application process is so difficult and it just seems to be a total rip-off! It barely deserves the one star that I have awarded it!
I'd been wanting to try this mineral powder since I first saw it in Boots, however the 14.99 price tag was always too big of a risk to take. In the end, I decided to take the chance and picked up one in the shade W1 Ivory. Despite the expensive cost, this mineral powder does contain 95% minerals, and so claims to be gentle on even sensitive skin. However this powder does still contain talc, which can be an irritant if you're sensitive to that ingredient. The product comes in a 10g pot, with a sifter and a screw top lid, which has a small kabuki brush attached. Along with all of L'oreal's True Match line, this mineral powder claims to 'match the skin's tone and texture'. But is it worth it?
On initial application, I only needed a small amount to achieve a (near as I can possibly get) flawless complexion. You simply shake the pot, remove the lid, unscrewed the brush, and then dip the brush into the powder that has been dispensed through the sitter. A cool idea to have the brush and the powder all in one product, although that normally means that the brush is lacking considerably in quality. Not with this one. The bristles are compact enough to be a ble to pick up the powder without picking up too much, and so providing a better coverage. I read a few reviews that people found the brush to be a little 'scratching' on their skin. Admittedly the brush isn't the softest, but for the odd occasions (I.e weekends away etc.) It works with my slightly dry skin just fine.
The powder itself gives a better coverage than I was expecting. It doesn't give a full coverage, but isn't sheer enough to not be able to cover any redness etc. It can easily be layered up to cover most blemishes, dark spots and scarring. And this powder is usually enough on it's own if I'm not going anywhere. Otherwise I still like to use a bit of concealer for the dark spots this didnt manage to cover. As soon as the powder is applied it blends into the skin without looking powdery or cakey. However, this can look a little shiny on the skin after a while, so some blotting sheets might be a good investment. I don't have oily skin, although I have been using rich moisturisers recently, so that may have contributed. But this isn't too much of a problem, as not many powders can be applied to my skin on their own, and not cause it to look dry. The staying power is fairly good. I generally apply my makeup in the morning, and then that's it until I take it off at night.
The fact that this powder contains 95% minerals, helps me to feel a little better when I don't feel brave enough to go to bed barefaced. Obviously it's not as good as having a 100% mineral powder, but in terms of accessibility, this one is pretty good. Do I think it's worth the 14.99 cost? Probably not. Although you do get a lot of product, and only need a small amount at a time... It's still a little expensive in my books. Especially when it does still contain talc. I've never noticed this to irritate my skin, so I'm not too concerned, but it would still be nice if it didn't have it at all.
Occasionally Boots do have this on a 'buy one get one free / half price / 3 for 2' offer, so it helps to cut down the cost a little. Overall I do like this product and will purchase again, but will probably wait for an offer.
***Why I purchased this item:***
I was in Boots wanting to purchase some makeup items and was drawn to L'Oreal by a friendly sales assistant who informed me of a 3 for 2 offer and she recommended this foundation for everyday use and said that it was certainly suitable for sensitive skin. The sales assistant applied the foundation so I could see the effect and I was very happy with the effect as it made my skin glow and matched my skin tone perfectly W1 (Warm Ivory) - I have very very pale skin which has golden undertones and I normally struggle as the vast majority of pale foundations are for cool pink undertone folk which make me look weird almost zombie like.
***Packaging and Price:***
Well the foundation is in the form of a powder which is contained in a pot with the appropriate shaker cover so you can shake the powder to the surface of the lid in appropriate amounts without the whole lot being wasted. The screwtop lid of the powder has a kabuki brush on top with which to apply the foundation. The brush was perfect in size and not too abrasive on the delicate facial area. The only downside that I could find regarding the packaging was the bulky nature of the beast but this is what you get when you want a product with 10grams of powder and a decent sized brush. The foundation will set you back £15 but it's frequently on offer at Boots/Superdrug either in a BOGOF offer or it's reduced by a couple of pounds. Personally I found this product to be quite expensive for a regular drugstore brand and for reasons I'll go into later I wouldn't pay that amount again.
*** Application and Results***
Well as I said earlier I purchased this foundation in shade W1 warm ivory which is a very pale golden undertone shade. I applied the foundation over the top of my regular moisturiser with no primer and the foundation evened out my skin and covered minor blemishes without sinking into my pores and dare i say it wrinkles I was very impressed with the overall effect. So after two days of using this product I was at work when my face started itching and to my detriment I ignored the sensation and carried on with my regular tasks when a couple of hours later the itching became an intense burning. I went to the ladies washroom and was horrified to see my face swollen with huge red blisters which were very very angry. I immediately washed my face with lukewarm water and splashed it with cool water afterwards to relieve the discomfort but ended up needing to see a doctor that day. The doctor was obviously shocked at the state of my face and asked if there was anything new like a moisturiser or makeup item that I had used recently and it was concluded that it was the foundation (Bismuth Oxychloride to be precise) that had caused the chemical burns/allergic reaction. I ended up on Telfast steroids and had to walk around like something from a horror film with chemical burns on my face and neck and there were areas where the skin was peeling away. Thankfully after about a month of constant steroid use as well as the prescribed creams my skin is back to normal and there are only a few minor marks which should fade with time.
Well after the reaction I was reimbursed by both LOreal and Boots who were very helpful and supportive but I would honestly say that if you've got sensitive skin please do not touch this product or at least perform a 48 hour skin test prior to applying it to the whole of your face. I would never purchase a foundation from this company again for obvious reasons and will stick with Lancome which I have always used in the past - Ironically Lancome is now owned by L'Oreal which is a strange one but there you go.
True Match Minerals
I have used this product religiously for years now. It is the staple item in my make-up bag and I would not go anywhere without it. I have tried other mineral make ups in the past and I have never found one which matches the standard of this one. I love everything about this product, most importantly the flawless effect it has on my skin and its light fluffy texture.
I always buy the golden ivory colour (W1) as it fits my skin colour perfectly, it blends so well that it looks completely natural. I don't have sensitive skin but the make-up is suitable for all skin types. Once I have applied the mineral foundation I always feel that it has left my skin feeling softer which is why I love the mineral factor of this foundation. It doesn't clog up my pores, it is so light yet it has such a tremendous effect.
The foundation comes with an application brush attached to the lid which is ideal as I always know where it is and I never lose it. To use the foundation you unscrew the lid and dab the brush in the mineral foundation and then apply it to your skin. On application the foundation immediately takes to your skin and covers any blemishes perfectly. Once I have applied the foundation I always feel like I have got flawless skin and it lasts for hours! I do usually top up my make up a few times a day, it isn't necessary with this foundation however and I have gone all day before and found the same face of make-up at night as I had in the morning, which to me is astonishing as no other foundation I have used has ever lasted this long.
There is no perfume or preservatives in the foundation which make it even kinder to your skin and it is made from 95% minerals! The foundation appears to be a light powder but on application you wouldn't be able to tell that this was the case as it evens out skin tone really well and gives your face a more perfected look.
The Professional Look
This foundation offers consumers the professional, flawless look. Mineral foundations are a more natural way of wearing make up and the benefits really do speak for themselves. Minerals are ground down into a powder to ensure good coverage and the brush which the foundation comes is the perfect size for great application.
Mineral make-up is a little bit more expensive than regular foundation and I believe that this Loreal is one of, if not the best one you can buy for an affordable price. It usually retails at about £15.99 which may seem expensive but it really is worth it. You do not need to apply a lot of the powder so it usually lasts me about 3-4 months.
You can buy the make-up from most supermarkets and make-up stores. I try and buy it when there is a 3 for 2 offer on as you get a little more for your money.
Is it worth a try?
Definitely. I recommend that every woman tries this foundation. If it doesn't give you a flawless look then I will be shocked as it has been a winner to all my friends who I have recommended it to. It stays on all day yet it is so easy to remove and it leaves your skin feeling soft and conditioned. The appearance of my skin has improved dramatically over the years since using this foundation. Give it a go and you will not be disappointed!
Find that 'true match' for your skin!
Thank you for reading!
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I had never tried mineral make-up much prefering to stick to my tried and tested favourites, however when I was in Boot's and they had a 3for2 deal on the l'oreal true match products I caved in and decided to try them out. I got myself the foundation, blush and the eyeshadow and was quite excited to try them out. The foundation was the most expensive of the three at just under £13.
You apply the foundation with the brush that is included but be careful with how much you powder you have on the brush as it is very easy to go overboard with it and it is much better to start lightly and add another layer if you find that it isn't enough.
Just lightly sweep the brush over the whole face and you will immediately notice that the powder will start to blend with the skin.
The coverage it gives really surprised me in that I honestly didn't think a powder would be enough to give me good coverage but it really did help cover redness and give me an even complexion. I did notice that if I had a spot or a patch of dry skin then the powder would just sit on top of this and I would have to use my finger to dab it to get it to blend but this was easy enough and only took a second.
One application was enough when I was having a good skin day but if my skin was behaving badly then I would add a second light coat and this was enough to give me almost perfect looking skin and it still felt light.
So I am impressed with the coverage and the ease of application but there is a problem that I have with the foundation and that is that it makes my skin look greasy. I have naturally oily skin and have to use a pressed powder after my normal liquid foundation but I had asumed that with this being a powder it would combat the greasiness. It really didn't and I found that during the day the greasiness would be worse than with my usual liquid foundation and when I used a pressed powder it actually removed a lot of the foundation as well.
For this reason I stopped using the mineral foundation which is a shame as I really loved the coverage and the light feeling it gave my skin. I would say that if you are lucky enough not to have oily skin then this would be perfect for you but if you do then it is definately one to avoid.
I've just returned from a week in the north of England visiting my mother. It doesn't seem to matter how many lists I make or how carefully I pack, I always seem to end up leaving something behind and this time it was something vital: my make up!
As I was staying at my family home, something I do on a regular basis, I have various bits and pieces of make up at the house but, unfortunately, I didn't have any foundation. I normally wear Barbara Daly liquid foundation which is only available from Tesco but the local branch doesn't carry the make up range so off I trotted to Boots where the sales assistant persuaded me to try the L'Oreal True Match mineral powder foundation.
Price and availability:
This foundation isn't cheap, currently retailing at Boots for £12.79, although it's actually a couple of pounds cheaper than Boots No 7 and the L'Oreal foundation has the added advantage of coming with its own integrated applicator brush. It's available in 9 shades and with help from the sales assistant, I chose Golden Natural as being the closest match to my skin tone.
L'Oreal True Match mineral foundation is sold in all branches of Boots and Superdrug as well as the make up counters of most department stores.
L'Oreal claim that their True Match Minerals Powder Foundation is SPF15 and contains 95% minerals, no perfume and no preservatives. What it does contain is: Titanium Dioxide (3.0%), Zinc Oxide (5.0%), Talc, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Camauba) Wax, Cetyl Dimethicone, Trimethyl Siloxysilicate, Triisocetyl Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panthenol.
I realise that there have been a few reviews of this product on Dooyoo but as most, if not all, of them seem to be from younger reviewers, I thought it might help to give the perspective of someone of a more mature persuasion because, with this product, the state of your face has quite a bearing on the results you'll achieve.
I'd read several articles in various magazines about mineral powder foundations, all of which seemed to rate this type of foundation very highly and although I'd read that it wasn't suitable for very mature skin, the sales assistant in Boots, who was a total enthusiast and assured me I wasn't too ancient to give it a go. I didn't take much persuading to buy it after that sort of flattery and I couldn't wait to get home and try it out. The sales assistant had given me a brief run down on how to apply it, making it sound a very easy process. I found that application wasn't quite as simple as she'd had me believe!
I have to say that my first attempt at using this foundation was not entirely successful and because I was rather too heavy handed I applied far too much of the powder and ended up looking slightly sunburned with a skin tone somewhere between Dale Winton and David Dickinson! However, once I'd checked out a YouTube demo of how to apply mineral foundation, my second attempt produced much better results.
With liquid foundation it's really just a case of slap it on and blend it in but with powder foundation it's all about loading your brush and your application technique. The secret to successful application, I've found, is to keep it light, subtlety being the watchword here and the phrase "less is more" was never more applicable. It seems a little bit of this product goes a long way.
Before opening the pot, turn it upside down once to load the brush and then open the lid. Tap the brush against the side of the pot to remove excess powder. I actually followed the advice I found on YouTube of keeping the brush upright when tapping so that the foundation settled further into the brush and would be released gradually during application. Using a circular movement with the brush and working from the outside in, I then applied the foundation. What followed was one of those eureka moments.
This foundation is fantastic. The coverage is so light that it didn't look as though I was wearing foundation at all and yet all those little imperfections in my complexion such as tiny thread veins at the side of my nose and the odd red splotch were all miraculously gone, covered by the lightest of layers, giving my skin an even, natural and healthy looking glow. I did find, however, that it's best to keep the application very light especially around the eye area because rather than disguise my laughter lines, which in all honesty are now fully fledged crows' feet, it just emphasised them. However, it's pretty easy to remove the overload with a dry make up brush. The same applies to other areas of the face where wrinkles are deeper.
With regard to the brush, I think this is probably what lets the product down the most. It's a pretty cheap one and although it does an adequate job of applying the powder, it's a bit of a scratchy sort of brush as the bristles aren't exactly the softest I've ever felt. I've now invested in a much better quality kabuki brush which is perfect for the job. The integrated L'Oreal brush isn't totally useless, however, as it does come in handy for touching up your foundation if you're out and about.
One other little point to make is that because the product is a powder it's essential to make sure that skin is well moisturised before application. This product blends with your skin's natural oils to help produce the finish so if parts of your skin are dry to begin with, the powder may well dry your skin even further.
I will certainly continue to use mineral powder foundation, at least until this pot is empty but I think probably I won't be able to use it for very long because it really is quite unforgiving on more mature skin. It's a perfect product for young women or even older ones without too many signs of aging but my experience is that rather than disguising wrinkles, it makes them all the more evident so whilst it's OK to use into middle age, I think that once your wrinkles truly take hold, it will be time to return to a liquid foundation.
I can't give the L'Oreal product my wholehearted endorsement because although the powder foundation is superb and gives a wonderfully smooth, matt finish, the shade I used isn't a perfect match for my complexion and you could definitely see the join. I'm rather pale and slightly sallow, and there didn't seem to be any other shade in the range which would perfectly complement my skin as all of the paler shades have a pinkish cast to them. I'm sure that if I blended two of the L'Oreal shades together, I could come up with a perfect match for my complexion, however, I feel that demonstrates that the company really need to increase their range of shades because most women, myself included, can't be doing with too much faffing about.
From a mature perspective, if you're relatively wrinkle free, this is definitely a 3 star product with the potential to become a 4 star one if L'Oreal increases the available shades and upgrade the applicator brush.
I first tried this product over a year ago and haven't used it since (I don't seem to have that much luck with L'Oreal products these days!) I paid around £9 for a 10 gram pot of this True Match Minerals powder foundation in a highstreet chemist when it was on special offer.
The pot itself is fairly well put together, with a lid that pops off and a built in brush that screws off so you can dab it in the powder and apply to your face. The brush is nicely made and feels soft on the skin, but it's a little difficult to hold as I'd prefer something with a longer handle, it's a bit stubby overall!
This product is meant to act as a replacement for liquid foundation, covering your skin and matching your skin tone to give you flawless perfect looking skin, and I also liked the idea that it was mineral based, as lots of new make up products was, and I was eager to give this a try.
I was under no false impression that this would be easy to use on my first attempt, given I use a normal liquid based foundation normally and not a powder one, but the adverts did make it look easy and I figured it wouldn't be THAT bad and that I'd get the hang of using the powder in a few attempts.
I actually found applying this the first time to be very messy! Far too much powder came through the sieve in the top of the pot (there to stop all the powder coming out at once) and the brush was overloaded. When I tried to tap off the excess it flew everywhere and speckled my clothes with coloured foundation dust.
I persevered, but the end result, as well as being messy and difficult to produce, wasn't even that great. I found that even though I chose the shade recommended to me by the lady on the L'Oreal counter, it still didn't blend to my skin tone as promised. Not only this but the coverage was far from even, and once the powder was on it was difficult to redistribute it around my face. My skin didn't look nice at all, looked unnatural and strange and I was regretting buying this product. My skin also felt quite heavy using this product, and it felt like I had tons of the powder on my face even though I'd barely used any, it felt quite clogging on my face.
The best thing about this product is that it didn't last, as I wanted it off but didn't have any make up remover. It had a very dusty finish though which made it rub off throughout the day pretty easily.
I've tried using this product again, but being more organised and methodical, but I still can't get it to produce an effect that comes anywhere near to being as good as my usual liquid foundations. Some might love this, but for me it was awful, tricky to use and gave bad results, so I won't buy it again.
L'Oreal True Match Minerals
This L'oreal true match mineral foundation was the first mineral foundation that I ever tried and unfortunately it really didn't suit or work for me. It actually took me a long while to try another mineral foundation after using this one.
I found that this made my skin feel a bit greasy and it looked a bit shinier than it usually does with a foundation applied. This makeup really made me feel like I was wearing makeup in not such a pleasant way and I was always glad to get it washed off after a couple of hours. When I got this true match foundation it was during the summer months so maybe the heat combined with a little sweating made this feel more clogging than it would in the cooler winter months.
Overall, my experience with this foundation has not been the greatest. I did try and persist and try this a few different times during a month because sometimes my skin can change due to hormonal influences, however, this just wasn't a foundation that suited me. However, I was concerned about a mineral powder foundation highlighting any dry skin (that I sometimes get) and I never found this when it was applied it wasn't drastically different from the look of liquid foundation.
The foundation as you would suspect from a mineral foundation is in a powder form that does have a light fragrance about it but nothing more than slightly subtle. It is easy to collect the foundation on the brush provided or if you have a suitable alternative. It is best to apply this lightly at first and then layer it up, if you put too much on the brush the end result really could look too thickly applied. It took me a few times before I figured out how much to add to the brush and also it is best doing this in the bathroom so you can easily shake off any excess without making a mess all over the floor, your sink is much easier to clean.
I did find a colour that matched my skin tone, but I found this hard to apply without it looking a little blotchy or uneven. These foundations are available in a choice of colours and I believe that it was one of the lightest shades I had (Golden Ivory) as I naturally have quite a pale complexion.
The packaging is not the greatest, in fact far from it. It comes with an inbuilt brush that you have to screw off to access the foundation which you just shake a small amount out onto a raised holed platform, then dab the brush, shake and apply. However, in my experience this foundation has been far from easy to apply and more often than not I end up getting this everywhere including on whatever top I am wearing that day. The tub is relatively small so it isn't even the best set up for you to use your own foundation or kabuki brush, you are in a way forced to rely upon their brush. However, the brush that they do provide you with is rather dense and really makes applying the foundation harder than it should be. Also because the brush is quite dense it doesn't make it the easiest to blend the foundation very well over your skin. I always had to use my fingers after applying this to try and make sure it wasn't slightly blotchy and really I relied a lot on my powder covering up any foundation mistake areas.
This is quite pricey for what you get, I suspect the price is higher because you have to pay for the brush as well as the foundation. I couldn't remember what I paid for this so a quick search on Boots website shows that this is currently selling for £12.79, after my experience with this true match mineral foundation I wish I had properly tested it before I wasted my money on a product I never used all of.
This gets pretty poor two out of five stars from me. I would hesitate to recommend this and although I am sure there are some people that love this it just didn't deliver the results that I wanted from a foundation and I expected something lighter and more natural than I got from this L'oreal tru match mineral foundation.
I bought this when it first came out as it was very new and different and I was quite impressed with it.
I paid about £8 for it which is about average for a good foundation. One of the best things about this foundation is that it comes with a brush to apply it and it is all stored together so it is fabulous to take out in my handbag.
It is very simple to use with the brush as you just dust the powder foundation onto the brush and then onto your skin. I think this is a nice light foundation. It doesn't fell heavy on my skin as it is powdery and so my skin feels nice and soft and it feels like my skin can breathe more as it is not clogged up with foundation.
It was also a good match to my skin tone and didn't look heavy like I was wearing foundation.
One of the downsides to this foundation though is that it I feel it doesn't cover as well as a liquid foundation so don't think it is really suitable for a night out but is a good light foundation for daywear and holidays.
When I first saw this product advertised, I absolutely had to try it. I love trying any new types of makeup and foundation, and this has unfortunately led me to buying lots of products that haven't really worked out. L'oreal True Match Minerals is not one of these, in fact I'm very happy I gave it a go.
This is mineral makeup that claims to give a foundation-like finish, evening out skin tone, while being a mineral makeup which are meant to be better for your skin. It comes in seven shades, and costs £13.99 at Boots. The makeup itself is a powder, which comes in a little tub with a lid with little holes in it, topped by a brush that screws off and then a plastic cap. Before unscrewing the brush, you have to shake the whole thing upside down to make sure some powder comes through the holes and sits on top of the lid. You then dip the brush in it, and spread the product over your face. Personally it took me awhile to figure it out,it is best to screw the brush back on before applying it, to make the process a little less messy.
It really can be messy, which is one thing I don't really love about the product. The powder can sort of drift down everywhere, and if you try to rub it off anything, it just spreads all around instead. Also, I have to say the brush it comes with is pretty rubbish, and as you have to move it around your face sort of vigorously to get the product to blend properly, the bristles come out all over your face, and then you have to pick them off. I would suggest buying a different powder foundation brush to use with the product, although I do like the softness of the bristles and the large, dense, fanned out shape of the brush.
I also found this product a bit hard to master, putting it on is definitely a different experience for anyone used to using liquid foundation, and the first few times I ended up with patches where it was absolutely caked on and patches where there was almost nothing. Maybe it's just me though, and anyway after a few attempts I got the knack of it.
Now that I am more used to applying it,I have to say I love the product. The finish it gives is great, my skin tone certainly is evened out, and I find that I need a lot less concealer, on both blemishes and on my under-eye area. It leaves my skin looking awake, and fresh, and it gives a nice natural look so I don't look like I've piled on makeup. I also feel like my skin can breathe while I am wearing it, and it lasts all day.
I do still switch between this and liquid foundation though, only because I find that this takes me a little longer to apply, so when I'm in a hurry I usually don't use it, and also if my skin is looking a little dry this seems to not work quite as well. I also find it expensive, although to be honest it is very hard to find a great foundation product for much less than this anyway. I don't know how long it would last if you used it everyday, I have had mine for ages but it's not what I always use, but I do think it would last a good amount of time.
I would thoroughly recommend trying this product for anyone who's looking for a new foundation solution as it really does leave your skin looking even, clearer, and healthy.
I used to always use liquid foundation, which was a pain in the morning as I found it took a long time to apply. I also found that some liquid foundations made my face look wet and greasy so I wanted to find something else. A friend recommended the l'Oreal mouse so I tried that but I didn't really like it. I found I had to put a large quantity on and it didn't look right on my skin. I liked other l'Oreal products so I decided to try the mineral powder foundation. This was certainly the right decision to make as I would say it's the best product in my make-up bag (and I have a lot of things in there!).
It covers my skin really well, giving a flawless finish and I have received many compliments about how smooth my skin is. I once did my friend's make-up for her and she said it was the best she's ever looked. I told her it was because I'm just so good when it comes to putting make-up on.....but really my secret is that foundation. I find that it covers all my freckles and flatter spots extremely well, although I find I normally need a little concealer for the larger spots. Aside from the finish it gives to my skin, the best thing about this product is the time it takes to apply. As it is a powder, it's quick and easy to put on, perfect for when I have to quickly get ready in the morning. It's easy to apply as you shake it upside down, then take the top off so powder rests on the layer over the container. You can put on as much or as little as you want simply by tapping it so that the remains fall through the holes in the layer and go back inside the pot. I find the price of around £13 is excellent as some people pay a fortune for foundation of more professional brands and are still not happy with them, but I am extremely happy with mine.
I can think of only very few disadvantages. The only real problem I have is that it can sometimes make a bit of a mess as it is a powder. My tip is to put it on top of a tissue on your dressing table, so that it doesn't go everywhere. Another problem may be that if you want to take your make-up out with you on a night out, it's not a handy size or shape to simply fit into your handbag.
I think this is an amazing make-up product and I have been using this for about 3 or 4 years. I've never even considered looking for another foundation since I discovered it! However, don't forget to bear in mind that different people have different skin types so although it's perfect for my skin, it may not be for everyone. Sometimes trial and error is the best way to find the most effective foundation for individual skin types.
I started using this product after 5 years of liquid foundation and teenage hormones had left me with moderate acne on my cheeks. I paid my doctor a visit and she told me to use Olive Oil as a cleanser and Lemon juice as a toner and exfoliator.
I have to say, her advice has proved to be invaluable. My skin has improved so much over the last year, with breakouts being very rare, usually only when I become lazy with my skin routine. However, I still have the occasional spot and I have some dark marks left over on my cheeks, which are very prominent due to my incredibly pale skin tone.
This is where this product comes in. I chose it because I had read about mineral makeup and how it was much kinder and easier on the skin, not clogging pores in the same way, so I thought it might give me decent coverage while my skin was clearing, without causing more problems at the same time. I settles on the L'Oreal True Match brand because the True Match liquid foundation was one of the few foundations I could find that matched my very pale skin without obvious tidemarks.
Sadly, the Minerals version does not come in N1, my preferred shade, so I have to use W1. This is slightly dark for me, perhaps something to do with the yellow tone, but I think this might be deliberate to avoid a washed out appearance. In the summer this is fine as although I have never had anything resembling a tan, I sometimes use a gradual tanner which gives me a very slight glow, but in the winter the shade difference between my face and body can be slightly more obvious. So for us ghosties this is a small drawback, but for everybody else not so much I would imagine. In any case, it is not severe enough to stop me from using the product, and I have genuinely never met anybody paler than myself.
The coverage with this product it brilliant, with it being easy to layer up on the problem areas- for me my cheeks- without it looking cakey. For the particularly dark areas, I find it beneficial to apply a liquid under-eye concealer (TOP TIP: Under eye concealer contains light reflecting particles which are designed to cover dark circles = perfect for covering discolouration on the rest of your face!) and a regular maybelline liquid minerals concealer BEFORE applying the powder, as after can make it slightly more obvious.
As it is a powder it does not require any more over the top but I sometimes apply a translucent powder just to even out the colour slightly and ensure it's staying put if i'm going on a night out or know I won't be able to check my makeup during the day.
It is a rather expensive product, however for me, it's worth it. And I'm a massive cheapskate. It's usually about £13 although is occasionally reduced to around £10. The pot is deceptively small; it lasts much longer than you might think. The pot itself is a rather awkward shape and doesn't always fit too well in a makeup bag, but it isn't so huge that this is an impossiblity.
Before purchasing this I had used a few mineral foundations with limited success. As my skin is dry, I had found that the mineral powder would cling to any dry patches making them really stand out. I wasn't going to waste money on another one, but having bought the eye shadow from this range and found it fairly good, I thought I'd give this product a chance.
Mineral foundation is basically make-up which is made from pure minerals. This particular product is only 95% minerals, whereas I believe some of the pricier ranges are 100%, but it does contain no perfume or preservatives, is oil free, non-comedogenic and contains SPF15.
This comes in powder form, and tub is like the one pictured. When I first saw this product, I had thought from the design of the packaging that the powder would come out through the bristles of the brush, but that's not the case. When you remove the clear plastic lid, there is a brush which can then be unscrewed and dipped in the powder which is in a separate compartment at the bottom. There is a layer of plastic with small holes through which only a small amount of powder comes out at once, so you won't pick too much up on the brush at once.
To use, you simply swirl the brush into the powder before applying to the face. The brush is quite full with lots of thick bristles and I find I have to be careful not to let any of the powder spill out of the side of the container as it's quite a tight fit.
Although this goes on like a powder, it gives coverage like a foundation, so it's best to apply a bit at a time if possible to avoid overdoing it. I find this blends surprisingly easily and doesn't take a huge amount of time, effort or skill to apply evenly.
So in terms of finish and results, I'll start with the positives. Firstly the colour looks really natural, whether it's winter and I'm white as a ghost or summer when my skin has a hint of colour to it - the powder just seems to adapt to my skintone. The coverage is also really good. I have mentioned many times that I suffer from a lot of redness on my cheeks as well as dark circles and dark marks on the outer corners of my eyes. This product covers all of these problems effectively and from a distance my skin does look flawless and healthy. I say 'from a distance' because up close there are a few problems. Firstly, the dry skin issue again. Anywhere on my face where there are patches of dry skin the mineral make-up clings and looks, quite frankly, terrible. Also I have a few enlarged pores around my nose, and these are highlighted by the powder as are the fine lines on my forehead. These are problems that can only really be seen close up and the issue with the fine lines especially, can only be seen in strong light. The thing is for me, I don't want to be worrying about what the lighting will be like in a place, I just want to put my make-up on and go, I'm sure most people are the same.
Despite these problems, I have on the odd occasion worn this make-up - mostly at times I know I won't be going anywhere that matters! - and I have found that the staying power is fairly good.
A 10g tub of this costs £13.99 from Boots and Superdrug, but it's advisable to look online, as www.cheapsmells.com has this for just £6.95.
There are nine shades shown on the L'Oreal website, ranging from Vanilla Rose, a very pale colour, through to Beige, which actually looks more like a dusky pink to me. Even if you plan to buy online, it might be worth going into a shop to test the shade beforehand, as it's hard to tell online.
Overall I found this to be another disappointing mineral make-up experience. I think if you're lucky enough to have perfect line free skin with no enlarged pores or dryness, then this would actually be a good product. I'm planning on taking it round to my youngest sister's to see if she wants it as I suspect it might suit her teenage skin better than it does my mid-twenties skin! So, whilst this wasn't for me, I think that should you have the right skin type for it, you may have a much better experience than I did.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I'm one of the many who struggle to find a good skin tone match with foundation. I've got the pale genes!! Coupled with the geenral lack of sun in this country and my dislike for sunbeds, finding a coulour without looking like a corpse can be challenging. I know as well as anyone there are some foundations out there where (despite their claims) the lighter shades will have you looking completely awful! So when I looked at this little pot on the shelf, my inital thought would usually have been 'true match? no chance!', and I'd have walked straight on at the prospect of spending another £14. Luckily, however, I had previously tried the true match liquid foundation and been very pleased with the results.
Here's the basics of the product and it's claims:
Usually priced between £9 - £15
This is a mineral foundation, as such it is 95% from minerals.
There are no perfume or preservatives
"Following research into the skin-tones of women from around the world, the L'Oreal Laboratories have developed a unique palette of 12 skin-true shades. The result: natural looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and outstanding coverage without caking."
The packaging looks a little complex but it's great that this product has been made so compact and can easily slip into your handbag! The very bottom is a plastic container with the tru match podwer in. This self contained area has small circular holes in the top to allow the powder to come through in small amounts. This area is then covered by a screw on top which forms the base of a brush used for application of the powder. A removeable plastic lid then cover and protects the brush.
This is available in 9 shades, I decided on the very light golden ivory. So I took my purchase home and stared longingly at the packaging along the way..wondering exactly how efficient apllying the makeup was going to be. I'm a messy person at the best of times, so this was a bit of a worry! I got home and took the top plastic lid off the product, and unscrewed the application bursh with sits on top of the foundation. There I found simple instruction on how the product works. So here's what to do: you can remove the plastic lid if you want to, but ensure the grey plastic on the base of the brush is screwed on tightly. Tip the product upside down and give it a gentle shake. Unscrew the brush and you'll find some of the powder has filtered through from the bottom, can be picked up on the brush and applied as normal.
So, does it work and is it worth it? My answer to both of these questions has to be a resounding yes. This product matched my skin tone perfectly and I got the hang of the application mechanism very quickly. What's also great is the ability to apply this makeup and nothing else for daily use! If you just want a bit of coverage, and especially for those mornings when you really can't be bothered; this does the trick quickly and efficiently. It can also come in very handy if you have no concealer. And extra layer or 2 over a blemish and you'd never know the difference. Even for a messy person like me, I found this no messier than liquid foundation can be. And if you spill it on your clothes (well I said I was messy!) it actually wipes off fairly easily. Best of all, this is mineral make up, so it won't harm your skin.
I've had my little pot for 2 months now and it's still half full, and I am definitely going to purchase more of this. The fact that this is a foundation and powder means the great coverage will set on it's own. Apply it of a morning and it'll still be holding strong by the time you're settling down infront of the telly at night!
Foundation coverage to smooth out the skin's tone /