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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Can You Paint on Your Face? L'Oreal's True Match Roller Foundation
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!
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