Right on the heels of my L’Oreal primer review over here, I bring you this review of their Satin Smooth True Match Foundation. Pure coincidence, this just happens to be the item that I used up right afterwards, even though I bought them at different points in time.
A quick online search revealed that this foundation has been around for quite a few years but I cannot see it on all of L’Oreal’s country specific websites anymore. I can see it on a lot of Malaysian online shops and on L’Oreal UK but not many other sites. Not sure whether this is an Asia / Korea exclusive product or whether it has been discontinued. If you know, drop me a line in the comments.
For years, I had been loyal to Dr Jart’s Dis-a-pore BB cream at that point. It’s so good – read my full review over here. However, every now and again, I get a bit antsy about using the same BB cream day in and day out, and it is at those times that I fall prey to beautifully packaged foundations, such as Revlon’s Youth FX blurring foundation, reviewed here, or Luna’s Water Essence pact, reviewed here.
And that is when I come crawling back to my Dr Jart BB creams. Would this L’Oreal foundation be any different?
Sadly, no. I did go crawling back to my trusty Dr Jart BB.
But before we get into specifics, let’s get into some product stats first.
・What it is: ・
It’s a liquid foundation, meant to be used for the face only as far as I can see.
It’s a no from me.
・Price & Availability: ・
I got mine on sale for ₩11,000 at Olive Young, it regularly retails for around ₩20,000, give or take.
This foundation comes with 30 ml of product, which is pretty much a standard size for foundation. (Except my favourite Dr Jart, which comes with 50ml! Just sayin’.)
Ok, so we’re basically looking at water, dimethicone, glycerine, a few humectants such as butylene glycol and pentylene glycol and a bunch of pigments. So far, so good.
On the other hand, Skincarisma flagged this foundation’s use of parabens as high risk in terms of product safety:
This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a plastic pump on top. I tried unscrewing the lid once I was getting close to finishing it, however my attempts proved fruitless. This is not something I’d take travelling as I’d be worried about breaking it but on a daily basis, this was fine in my makeup bag. The cap stayed on safely and the pump always worked very well. The glass bottle gave the foundation a nice weight and heft.
・What the company says:・
Contains Hyaluronic Acid that is a revolutionary skin-plumping ingredient for all day hydrating power. Super-blendable formula gives a freshness finish that does not cake or streak. Oil-Free Fragrance-Free Medium to high coverage.
In terms on consistency, this was a lightweight, fluid foundation. Product was a bit runny but it did not bother me personally. I would however recommend that you pump out some product onto the back of your hand first and then use a sponge (or a brush, if that’s what you like – I don’t 😋) to pat the product on. Fingers won’t quite cut, because they just move the pigment around in my opinion.
This is how the product looks like when you first pump it out:
And this is what it looks like as time goes by. It spreads easily enough.
A few notes on how I like to apply my base makeup.
- In the mornings, I wash my face and I then go through a long routine of toners, ampoules, essences, serums and moisturiser, followed by sunscreen. My skin is always prepped and moisturised, a perfect canvas for foundation to go on top of.
- I no longer use any setting powders or setting sprays, though I have been known to – you can click through to the links to see the last ones that I used.
- I like to think that I am neutral toned, however I have successfully used both warm and cool toned foundations in the past. I tend to veer towards cool toned foundations if given the choice but like to think I can make either undertone work, except for brown or orange ones.
- So then, I really just use my foundations on their own, no illuminators or powders or sprays on top. This is how the foundation looked just after application but with a clear sunscreen:
I want to say… it does not look terrible… but if you look at my neck, you will see a foundation line that is quite visible even though I tried taking the foundation down my neck, blending carefully as I went along. I felt I looked… orange.
So what I did next to counteract what I perceived as oxidation and yellow undertones was to use mineral sunscreens, which have a whitening effect on my skin. However, all that did was create cakiness and a mask like appearance (BONUS – my Korean husband walking past LOL):
It also did not wear well. Usually, the best foundations in my opinion look better as the days wear on and this True Match one was NOT one of them.
As time went on, my foundation started bunching up weirdly, pimples and dark circles becoming more visible in the process. Do note that some of it however can be attributed to my glasses sliding around throughout the day:
Part of the reason why I think this foundation started going cakey on me is because the coverage was so light. Unfortunately, I like my foundations medium to full coverage; ideally full coverage as I can then still sheer out the pigment if I am having a good skin day. The ad copy proclaims that this is medium to full coverage, and I respectfully disagree. I would have labelled it light to medium coverage, if that.
As a result, I found myself adding layer upon layer, which of course made my face look less like skin and more like kabuki. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong – there were definitely times in my life where I loved visible makeup as opposed to a natural no makeup makeup look – but these days I like my foundation to be a bit closer to my natural skin tone.
Another issue I had was that in person and close up, you could literally see the pigment in the foundation, and my face ended up looking… I don’t know… weirdly pixelated? Trust me when I say it was not a good look.
I ended up finishing this foundation twice as quickly as I thought I was going to because I just had to use so much, 2-3 pumps for face and neck, when I usually use one, to get the level of coverage that I am comfortable with. I did not even save money.
To summarise, I will not be repurchasing this foundation because:
- the coverage is too light;
- the undertones are too orange for me, even though it looks ok in the bottle and is labelled Rose Ivory, which in my mind points at a cool toned foundation – which is what I originally wanted;
- the finish is pixelated and the pigments do not blend well into skin;
- the foundation does not wear well over the course of a full work day teaching indoors – the foundation breaks down in places and slides off my face in oily little patches, even though I have dry skin.
I am keen to try Missha’s Cho Bo Yang BB cream next, as recommended by Angela of A Fine Mess in this blog post. Which BB creams and foundations do you have strong feelings about?