Wednesday, August 29, 2012

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
Just a little reminder that I have a giveaway going on right now for the Balm's Nude'Tude Palette - if you're interested in entering, all of the details are here.

When it comes to foundation, I have a serious weakness for any product that promises luminous, glowy or dewy skin.

My skin isn't really that dull on its own, but I'll take any help I can get and I just love the healthy look of a glowing complexion.

So I was really excited when I read about L'Oreal latest foundation offering, True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup. Not only does it claim to have skin brightening ingredients like antioxidants and Vitamins C&E, but the foundation supposedly contains 'Liquid Light Technology' that provides an instant luminous glow.

While most of that reads like overhyped marketing mumbo jumbo, the concept behind the foundation is definitely one that appeals to me.

Unfortunately, I don't find that the foundation actually delivers on those claims.

Don't get me wrong - it's a nice enough foundation.  It's lightweight and feels fairly hydrating on the skin.  It also offers broad spectrum SPF20, which is great, and comes with a really nice pump dispenser that really allows you to control the amount of product that you get so you don't waste any.

True Match Lumi Foundation's nifty pump dispenser

The coverage seems pretty light, though, so if you've got acne, scarring or other serious discolorations, you'll definitely need to pair it with a good concealer. I also have some issues with my color match.  My CVS only had the lightest shades in the Warm and Neutral ranges, and my skin has slightly cool undertones.  I went with the Neutral (N1-2/Soft Ivory-Classic Ivory) since I figured it wouldn't lean too far in either the yellow-y or pink-y direction, but it actually seems to have a slightly orange-y cast.  I have to layer a cool powder over it to balance it out.

Is it just me or is this pretty orange for a neutral shade?

More importantly, despite its claims of  providing luminous skin, the finish doesn't strike me as particularly dewy or glowy. It's definitely not matte, but it reads more like a natural, satin finish on my skin than a glowing one.

Now, that would be fine - I don't always need my skin to look glowy - but if it's supposed to be a luminous finish foundation, it should have a luminous finish, right?

I paid about $14 for the True Match Lumi Foundation at CVS, and while that's not exactly expensive compared to some of the other foundations in my collection, I just don't know if there's anything special enough about this product to warrant that price tag.

I mean, if you're looking to try a new drugstore foundation, I'd definitely recommend the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup over this. The Revlon foundation provides more coverage and a nicer overall finish - and it lasts longer on the skin.  Really, it's not even a contest.

So, all in all, the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup isn't a bad foundation. There's just nothing remarkable enough about it to make me recommend it.

Have you tried any new foundations lately?  What's your favorite type of finish?

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