I don’t know if any of you share this feeling, but I freak out at the thought of running out of my favorite foundations. I guess it’s because foundations are expensive and I hate the thought of having to repurchase. Anyways, for that reason I have been looking into more affordable alternatives. I picked up L’Oreal True Match Lumi (or Lumi Magique in the UK) just because the bottle was pretty. I had also seen it get generally good reviews online. So, today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it.
This is one of the fanciest bottles I’ve seen at the drugstore. It has a glass bottle and a high-quality pump (always a plus). The only downside is that the cap is made of cheap plastic that scratches really easily. It also came with one of those pesky “New” stickers that left a residue on it.
I would say this gives light-medium coverage. I got medium coverage by building it up to 2 layers. I didn’t dare add a 3rd one because I knew it would start to look cakey.
As you know, drugstore foundations are hard to match because you can’t try them in the store. I got the color W4 Natural Beige. It runs a little orange which is why I think a shade lighter would be more suitable for me. I usually wear an NC30 in MAC.
The finish of this foundation is very pretty. It’s a satin/luminous finish. I wouldn’t call it dewy because it certainly isn’t as dewy as MAC’s Face and Body or Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin. I really loved the finish, but it doesn’t sink into the skin well. It sits on top a little bit which means it doesn’t look as natural up close.
I was really loving this foundation until I wore it out a few times. It doesn’t last very long. It looks great freshly applied, but by the 3rd hour it’s already fading. It doesn’t really set either, which means it’ll come right off if you touch your face. The longevity improves when set with powder, but I’m still not crazy about my foundation disappearing midway through the day.
Pros: Blends easily, gives the skin a gorgeous luminous effect, has great packaging
Cons: Fades quickly, sits on top of the skin (doesn’t look too natural up close)
It’s an okay foundation, but it needs to improve its staying power. I’m disappointed because I really loved it at first. I will continue to use it but I won’t repurchase it. The next foundation I want to try is Rimmel’s Wake Me Up. Please tell me if you’ve tried it or if you have any recommendations. For reference, my skin type is normal.