If you’re a drugstore makeup shopper, then the L’Oreal True Match foundation is probably no stranger to you. It’s been praised for being one of the few drugstore foundation lines that nearly everyone can find a match in, which is no easy feat. Even though it was still a drugstore favorite, the foundation just got the update it deserved!
You’ll notice the packaging makeover first– finally, this classic foundation now has a pump to make application so much easier, and so much less messy.
We also have a different shade name system– you’ll find the letters C, W, an N corresponding to cool, warm, or neutral undertones, and numbers from 0.5 (Light) to 12 (Deep) to indicate the shade level. I personally find this so much more helpful than weird names like “warm bisque” or “cool toffee,” don’t you?
Finally, the new foundation formula is vegan and made with clean ingredients, meeting the standards for the Conscious Beauty label at Ulta. It’s fragrance and alcohol free, as well, which is great news for my sensitive skin.
After trying a few shades (swatched above), I landed on N3 as my perfect shade. As someone with a neutral undertone, it’s incredibly difficult to find truly neutral foundations. So many lean too yellow or olive on me, but N3 is imperceptible on my skin once blended.
And let’s talk about blending, because it is called the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation, after all. The consistency of this foundation is on the thinner side, and when paired with a great skin tone match, it seriously becomes invisible on the skin. There’s no telling where the foundation stops and starts. It looks natural, with a soft matte finish that just looks like normal skin.
The coverage definitely reaches its max at medium. While it is slightly buildable, you’ll need to layer with concealer if you have really dark or red spots you want to completely conceal.
As far as performance goes, this foundation is pretty dang impressive. Paired with the e.l.f. Woah Glow Sunscreen Primer, I tapped out at 14 hours of smooth, fade-free wear… and only because I was desperate to go to sleep! The only hint that I had been wearing it for a while was very subtle creasing in my laugh lines and the fine lines between my brows. I believe this could be remedied with the right primer and powder.
Other than that, there was no splotchiness, hardly any noticeable fading, and my skin still looked smooth. Honestly, I was floored!
The L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation has definitely re-entered the chat in 2023. This update has brought it up to speed with some of the other viral foundation releases over the past few years, solidifying its place as one of the best at the drugstore.