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Brand Breakdown: L’Oreal Foundations

Brand Breakdown L'Oreal Foundations

L’Oreal was a brand that I heard so many great things about but rarely tried, mainly because price-wise – when it comes to drugstore – they are on the higher end of the scale. I am a huge fan of Nicole Guerriero and she has been waxing lyrical about the True Match foundation for years so when I got fed up with the foundation routine I had going, I decided to give it a try. I was so impressed that I decided to trial more from the brand and so today I want to breakdown L’Oreal’s four main foundations; comparing them and letting you know their positives and negatives.

For the sake of reference and to scare you despite it not being Halloween, here is a photo of me with bare skin before I show you the foundations. For the foundation swatches I used no primer, concealer or powder – just the foundation on bare skin to showcase what it can do!

Bare Skin

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

L'Oreal True Match Foundation

I’ll begin where I began with L’Oreal True Match. For a start, I think the title is a little bizarre – super blendable foundation? I think any good foundation should be blendable. L’Oreal claim that this foundation perfectly matches the colour and texture of your skin. They say it has a micro-fine, creamy texture that contains three light non-greasy oils and is easily built up for the coverage that suits you. It is said to never cake but conceal imperfections for a natural looking, skin true colour without tide marks.

L'Oreal True Match

The first thing that impressed me about this foundation is the shade range. There is a huge variety and each colour offers a neutral, warm and cool tone. For example, I am always the palest shade in any foundation so I could choose from N1 Ivory which is neutral, C1 Rose Ivory which is cool or pink toned and W1 Golden Ivory which is warm or yellow toned. I would always class myself as being more neutral or at a push, warm-toned but when I first went in to try a True Match foundation, they were out of stock of N1. Comparing C1 and W1, I thought Golden Ivory looked a little too yellow so bought Rose Ivory, despite never usually choosing a pink tone. I adored the shade but since then I have purchased the neutral one to test and didn’t like it as much. Sometimes choosing a foundation shade can be a little trial and error but there are so many options within the True Match range that I am certain 99% of you will find a perfect match.

What struck me most about this foundation is the texture and coverage. It feels so lightweight on the skin and can be built up to such an incredible coverage yet it still looks so natural. It just makes you look like you have the world’s most perfect skin rather than you are caked in makeup. It also has a glow to it that makes you look radiant and healthy. The first time I tried this foundation it was true love and I still feel the same way now. I would powder around my T zone because I get a little oily there but I think this foundation would suit most skin types and to be honest, most people. Unless you like the lightest of light coverage, this would suit most tastes and is buildable from a light-medium to a full coverage.

You get a standard 30ml of product in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser for €14.99 and I find this foundation rather comparable to Mac Studio Fix Fluid only more skin-like and glowy except that one will set you back more than double the price at €31.50.

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation

I decided to try out the L’Oreal Infallible Matte when I saw Shaaanxo mention it as one of her favourite foundations of 2015. She said it offered incredible coverage and with my success using True Match, I opted to try this one too.

You can watch a Foundation Examination video of my experience with this foundation here.

L’Oreal claim that this offers a matte finish that lasts up to twenty four hours and is waterproof and steamproof. They say it offers all of the comfort and none of the shine for perfect coverage with no cakiness.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte

This foundation only comes in six shades so obviously, you are much more limited but pale girls, rejoice! I picked up the lightest colour 10 Porcelain and it is a great match for my paler than pale skin. I apply all of my foundations with a damp beauty blender and found this worked into the skin beautifully. I thought this would have a thicker texture given the description but it is creamy and easy to apply. What happens once applied is that it dries down to a matte finish. I applied a powder to my T-zone as I always do but found that the addition of even just the slightest hint of powder makes this look dry and chalky. This matte finish requires no powdering!

As scary as it was for me to leave the house completely powder free, I did so one morning to test this out (although I packed my powder in my bag as a security blanket) and found that this really does stay matte all day – however! – as my day in work progressed, I found that it still started to look dry and cakey around my nose and cheeks. On areas of pigmentation on my face, I found that it faded slightly and the pigmentation shone through – something that doesn’t usually happen with foundations if I can powder them.

While I won’t call this the worst foundation of all time – I will still definitely finish the tube – I think this one should be reserved for those with particularly oily skin who enjoy a flawless matte finish. If you’re more normal, you should avoid this one and if you’re dry, forget about it!

It comes in a tube which is a little unusual but is very cost effective as it means you can squeeze every last drop out. It is also handy for chucking in your bag as you know it won’t break. This offers more than the average with 35ml of product for a very reasonable €12.29.

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation

Because I enjoyed so many things about the Infallible Matte but thought it was a little too matte, my next move was to give the regular Infallible foundation a go. L’Oreal label this a high coverage foundation that hides fatigue and blemishes with a 24 hour non-stop formula that is touch proof and stays fresh for lasting comfort.

This has more colours available than the matte version with eight in the line and let me tell you, the lightest shade 015 Porcelain is SO LIGHT. It is a dream come true!

L'Oreal Infallible

Don’t let the promises of full coverage put you off because the texture is still creamy and blendable. This gives the most flawless finish that isn’t cakey or trowelled-on looking. The finish is slightly less radiant than True Match and offers just a little more coverage but other than that I find them both very similar. I actually would find it difficult to choose a favourite of the two. I adore them both and I cannot believe I haven’t heard more people talking about this! It is a beautiful foundation and one I know I will repurchase again and again.

This comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser and offers your average 30ml of product for €13.99.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation

Finally, because I’m a sucker for radiance at the moment and because I got on so well with the Lumi Magique Primer, I just had to give this foundation a go. L’Oreal say this is a light infusing foundation that gives luminosity to the skin as if it is lit from within. They say it has a very light silky formula which offers 24 hours of hydration. Why you so obsessed with people wearing their foundation for 24 hours, L’Oreal, WHY?!

You can see a video about application and wear time here.

Again this has a small shade range with only six available and I picked up the lightest one Rose Pearl which looked scarily dark in the bottle but actually blended nicely into my skin.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation Face

This is definitely the foundation that offers the least amount of coverage although it is still a good medium and when I used a concealer too, I was happy with the result. It looked absolutely stunning on the skin when I first applied it with the most beautiful sheen but of course, I had to powder my T-zone which took down the radiance significantly. Throughout the day, I worried that this might get very greasy looking on me but I was pleasantly surprised. The only thing I found was that the coverage faded slightly. I put this on at six in the morning, completed a full day at work and at eleven o’clock that evening, when taking my makeup off, I had a really good look at it. It hadn’t worn away completely in any places and while my natural oils had broken through in many places, the foundation looked wonderfully luminous and not like a complete mess. That was seventeen hours of wear! I couldn’t have been more impressed.

Dry skin girls, I think this is the foundation you have all been waiting for – hydration, comfort and radiance for hours! – although normal and combination skins could love it too. Oily girls should probably give this one a miss although the very concept of luminous has probably already put you off.

This comes in a glass bottle with a (bonus points: rose gold) pump dispenser and offers your standard 30ml for €16.49.

L'Oreal Foundations Texture

I took this photo to showcase the difference in textures but as you can see, they aren’t too different. There is none that is remarkably thicker or remarkably lighter than the rest although perhaps you can tell that the Lumi Magique is very slightly more viscous.

L'Oreal Foundations Swatches

And here is a picture to showcase the difference in colour. I picked up the lightest shade in each foundation (although True Match is the lightest cool shade so one of the others might be more similar) and it is crazy to see such a difference between them. Why they all have different names and numbers is beyond me too. Why could I not just be No. 1 Ivory across the entire line?
I shouldn’t complain. At least there is a colour light enough for me in all ranges – something that can’t be said for all drug store foundations!

Overall, I don’t think there is a dud amongst them. These L’Oreal foundations are top quality and definitely rival some luxury brands although at a fraction of the price. Dry skins opt for Lumi Magique, very oily skins should try the Infallible Matte and those looking for more coverage choose Infallible with others looking for a little bit more radiance and true skin finish, give True Match a go. I love all four so you could always be like me and try them all either!

According to the Boots website, L’Oreal also have a Nude Magique Eau de Teint foundation which isn’t stocked in my local branch and which doesn’t appeal to me. It is a “lighter-than-water” foundation offering the minimum of coverage. They also have a Nutri Gold Anti-Aging foundation which again, I haven’t seen in the flesh and which doesn’t sound like it would suit me very much as it is serum-based with added gold micro particles. It sounds like it is aimed at much older skins than mine. I think I have covered the four major L’Oreal foundations though so I hope this was helpful.

As always I like to add in my value for money bit, in case you are on a budget. True Match works out at a little over 49c per ml, Infallible Matte is the easy winner at 35c per ml while the regular Infallible costs over 46c per ml and the Lumi Magique works out as the most expensive at almost 55c per ml.

I should point out that Boots currently have an offer on which means you can buy any two L’Oreal products for €18 – including two foundations! Meaning you are paying in full for one and then a few euro for the second. Now is the perfect time to pick up one (or obviously, two) of these foundations to try!

 So tell me, what foundation sounds like your true match? (Haha sorry!)
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12 thoughts on “Brand Breakdown: L’Oreal Foundations

  1. Such a good breakdown! I love the True Match (N1) and have the Infallible but need a better shade, mine is too pink based.
    Im very oily and I tried the Infallible Matte.. disaster!
    Looked ridiculously dry on my skin just after I applied it, clung to every dry patche I never knew I had and within an hour it look like I dunked my face in a tub of grease.. I had to have a picked up a dodgy one, because everyone and there dog love it’s! !


  2. Great comparison! This post must have been hard to put together, but so worth it. I loved it and I am going to try the True Match.. do you think it’s good for combo/oily skin? Some days I don’t want full coverage and a skin-like finish is what I’m looking for!


  3. I’d be the same as you, in the sense that because L’Oreal is at the higher end of pharmacy brands, I don’t usually tend to go towards them! I used True Match years ago and liked it, had been thinking of trying it again! I like the fact that there’s pink, yellow and neutral shades


      1. I went with the Infallible Matte one yesterday while purchasing a L’Oreal foundation, only cos my skin is so oily these days! I still might pick up the True Match at some stage though


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