Thursday, April 22, 2010

Can You Paint on Your Face? L'Oreal's True Match Roller Foundation

L'Oreal, Loreal, True Match Roller Foundation review, swatch
I have to admit that I've been endlessly fascinated by the commercials for this product. The girls stands there and just rolls on perfect skin, even down onto her neck. It looks amazing, even without blending. I knew that I had to try it out! If foundation really could be that easy (not to mention fast), it would be a holy grail worthy product.

So, I hightailed it over to my local Walmart, since they have the best selection from the mass market brands. Not to mention a few sky lights over the beauty area, I figured that would be a big help in selecting the correct shade.

I am really not that great at picking out a foundation shade in a store without testers, and I was pretty nervous that I'd get the wrong one. True, a L'Oreal foundation isn't as expensive as say, MAC, but it's still not exactly cheap. To help you pick out a shade, my L'Oreal display had a clear plastic sheet with little squares of color. The idea is that you hold his over your inner wrist and the shade that "disappears" is the one you pick. Truthfully, this has always made me a tad worried. How many of us have a different shade of skin on our face from our wrist? I'm willing to bet quite a few. But, given my lack of outdoor time and consistent sunscreen use, I decided to follow the directions. I was between C1 and C2, but the Roller foundation comes as C1-C2 anyways. So, that's the shade I brought home. It was a perfect match!

L'Oreal, Loreal, True Match Roller Foundation review, swatch
In the compact you find a basic compact foundation, similar to my beloved Cover Girl Aquasmooth Foundation in consistency. The roller truly is a roller, just roll it over the foundation and then onto your skin. As you can see in the picture here, the more you swipe the more coverage you have. 1 swipe is about medium coverage. It doesn't translate well over to the swatch image (that's just done on paper), but on my skin the coverage can be a bit spotty. As well, while the roller looks small it is best for covering major areas like the cheeks and forehead. I found it pretty difficult to use it for application on my nose and around my nose.

I think the most disappointing thing about this foundation was the amount of blending needed. The foundation certainly is not flawless, and I found that it did need quite a bit of blending with a sponge to look good. For some reason, using my Billy B Foundation Brush, which usually makes pretty much any foundation look flawless, just seemed to push the foundation around on my face and not help matters.

This foundation loves to settle into any nook and cranny, and will accentuate any dry/flaky areas or lines/wrinkles you might have. While I'm lucky and have no wrinkles (thanks to sunscreen, good skin care and great genes), I do have combination skin and my dry areas on my chin and cheeks were a big problem with this foundation. They truly looked horrible. I tried upping my morning moisturizer to a more hydrating creme formula, which helped some, but not much.

I then added a primer under the foundation, Maybelline Age Rewind Primer (I'll have a review of this product soon). I figured that the primer would help smooth things out as it was meant to keep foundation from settling like this. I was wrong.

I wondered if maybe the issue was that my skin was so much worse than normal, so I tried alternating days with the Cover Girl Aquasmooth Foundation, since the consistency and coverage is similar. The Cover Girl days were noticeably better with my skin looking much smoother and no settling into dry areas on my cheeks and chin.

Overall the foundation did last all day. I loved that the roller allowed even light application to be consistent. However, the roller wasn't great at reaching smaller areas on my face, and the foundation settled into dry areas on my face which looked not so good. This isn't a product I'll be purchasing again. I will be saving the roller though to use with my Cover Girl.



Sunscreen Note: The product I purchased is SPF 25. While I don't think anyone should rely totally on their foundation for their daily sun protection (none of us will apply it as heavily as need to reach that SPF or over every area of exposed skin), the extra protection is always welcome. Note that this product does not provide broad UV spectrum coverage.

L'Oreal True Match Roller Foundation

10 comments:

BeautyFanatic said...

Thanks for the review, it was great! I was thinking about getting it but if it isn't flawless it isn't worth my money. But the tough thing is I haven't seen a cover up or foundation that is flawless. It either goes on too blotchy and doesn't cover up evenly or it's too cakey. Got any recommendations??

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Jeni said...

This product also fascinates me everytime I see ads for it in magazines. I had a feeling the roller would be hard to maneuver all over your face, and it seemed too complicated for me to use (even though it is supposed to make things simpler!) I probably won't buy it myself, but I'm glad you tried it, so that I know how it really works!

Divadebbi said...

Thx for a great, honest review!
Nearly bought it 14 times already, but I tend not to use foundation in warmer weather. That roller caught my attention too!. Endlessly curious about Maybellines new roll on too, so Ill keep my eyes open to see if you cover that one. I am hugely addicted to Rimmel's Fix and Perfect primer. It is awesome! Truly keeps things from settling into nooks and crannies. It comes in a universally flattering peachy tone. If I was the kind of girl who left the house with no makeup (and clearly I am NOT), you could actually use this alone over moisturizer.
Thanks for saving me the test run.

xox,
Debbi

Anonymous said...

Thx for a great, honest review!
Nearly bought it 14 times already, but I tend not to use foundation in warmer weather. That roller caught my attention too!. Endlessly curious about Maybellines new roll on too, so Ill keep my eyes open to see if you cover that one. I am hugely addicted to Rimmel's Fix and Perfect primer. It is awesome! Truly keeps things from settling into nooks and crannies. It comes in a universally flattering peachy tone. If I was the kind of girl who left the house with no makeup (and clearly I am NOT), you could actually use this alone over moisturizer.
Thanks for saving me the test run.

xox,
Debbi

everydaygrace2000 said...

I thought that looked too good to be true . . . thanks for the review!

April said...

so glad you reviewed this. I have been wondering about this stuff.

Christine said...

Debi- I'm buying that next time I'm at Walmart! Thanks!

Salsa Lover said...

I actually like this foundation. With the primer, it works great for me. I roll it on and then I use my finger to make sure it is blended and wa-la! I have some fine lines and haven't noticed it settling at all. I have tried countless foundations and some are too dry, too wet, or whatever. I was using Cover Girl Ageless before and I hated that one.

I think it all depends on your skin!

Anonymous said...

the foundation is good. just the brush sucks. so use a regular sponge and the coverage is really good. i use this when i want to actually cover up things, otherwise just use my regular liquid foundation..

Anonymous said...

I love this product and use a moisturizer before using because I do have dry skin.

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