With the sheer number of foundations available in the market, it’s kinda hard to keep track with new releases; let alone distinguish one from all the others. So to narrow down my go-to drugstore foundations, I have a short list of brands that I truly trust – brands that hardly go wrong when coming up with new foundation formulations. I only have 5 or 6 drugstore brands that I genuinely love and one of them is L’Oreal, of course. No shock there!
Product Description:
From the world leader in beauty, L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris introduces the world’s number one foundation, now made even better. With its innovative micro-matching technology, the True Match perfectly matches skin tone and texture at a micro-level, so that every woman can have her own shade, her one True Match.
Patterned after the crowd favorite, L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation comes in a new and improved formulation. If you can remember, L’Oreal used to sell the True Match in a irregularly-shaped bottle with a gold pump. I liked that, too, but I find it quite bulky to lug around. The recently-launched L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation, however, is contained in a sleek, rectangular glass bottle with a nice silver pump. Both the former and the later has the same name so I guess it’s important to be aware of the difference in the packaging to be able to tell them apart.
One thing I’m particular about when it comes to foundations is their scent. I can tolerate subtle fragrance in skincare or even lipsticks in some cases, but not with foundation. It irks me how most drugstore brands smell like latex.. thankfully, I haven’t encountered anything similar to that when it comes to L’Oreal foundations.
For a foundation that offers light to medium coverage, L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation is on the watery side. It applies and blends effortlessly. It goes on light at first but it is very buildable. And it feels light on the face, too! I appreciate how it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a mask no matter how much I pile on. To be clear though, I’ve never tried more than 2-3 layers. 🙂 It may be applied in a number of ways but I prefer using my egg sponge for this.
True Match comes in 15 shades that match Filipina complexions – from fair, medium, to morena skin tones. But it goes to the next level by considering undertones – warm, neutral, or cool. With the help of the PRO makeup artist during the L’Oreal True Match event, I got the shade ‘G4 Gold Beige’ and to be honest, of all the foundations I currently own, this shade is the best match for my skintone. I mean seriously, you can hardly see where the bare skin ends and the foundation begins in person.

By the way, just a tip I got from reading tons of makeup books, if you’re looking for a foundation, don’t swatch it on your hand; more often than not, your hand is not the same shade as your face. Do a swatch test on your jaw to match your face AND neck instead. 🙂

L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation effectively evens out my skin, covers minor flaws and leaves a radiant semi-matte finish. Nowadays, I rarely use concealer when I wear foundation and the coverage this offers is just right for office days.
When properly set with powder, the L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation stays on for 6-8 hours without retouch but given the slightly dewy finish, it has the tendency to oily up after a few hours. For your reference, I have combination-oily skin. That said, I need to blot and powder retouch after the 6th/7th hour to prevent my face from looking oily. Those with severely oily skin would probably have to blot and retouch every 4-5 hours.
But taking everything else into consideration, the L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation is definitely one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve used. I’ve been recommending this to my personal friends ever since I started using this. Haha. If you have dry or normal skintype, I’m sure you’ll love the new formula of the L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation.
Price: Php 600
Available at: L’Oreal counters, Watsons and SM Beauty Department Stores
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