Team FQ puts the L’Oréal True Match Foundation to the test

16 December 2021
By Fashion Quarterly

When five women with five different skin tones trialled this iconic L'Oréal foundation, here's what happened.

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By now, you’ve probably read the numerous glowing internet reviews or seen the Fashion Quarterly x L’Oréal True Match photoshoot results, revealing just how easy it is to find your dream foundation shade with L’Oréal’s True Match foundation. 

Importantly, the foundation is a natural-looking, lightweight yet buildable base available in an extensive range of 36 shades. With a hue to suit almost every complexion, the Fashion Quarterly team thought it was time they also put it to the test. 

Read their reviews of the True Match foundation below. Spoiler alert, this skincare-infused foundation is sure to be a regular in their beauty cabinets all summer long. 

Sarah Murray, managing editor 

True Match Foundation Shade: 3.N Creamy Beige

I’m all about using a lighter foundation in the warmer months ahead and was pleasantly surprised by the texture of L’Oréal True Match. I used my fingers to apply it and it melted effortlessly into my face, providing a luminous finish, possibly thanks to the hydration hit from the hyaluronic acid. It felt light enough to wear throughout the day — so light, in fact, that I honestly forgot I had foundation on at all!

Courtney Joe, creative director

True Match Foundation Shade: 3.W Golden Beige

After 70 days spent in lockdown sans make-up, L’Oréal True Match was the perfect formulation to put a pep in my step. The foundation’s light formulation glided over my skincare and SPF with ease, evening out my skin tone and enhancing my glow with its iridescent, light-catching particles. The buildable coverage let me reduce redness around my nose, and with a quick powder over my T-zone at midday, the effect lasted all day long with zero oxidation — a big plus in my books. For an easy everyday no-make-up look, I’ll definitely be turning to the L’Oréal True Match foundation on the regular. 

Hemma Vara, digital producer

True Match Foundation Shade: 4.N Beige

My skin tone can rapidly change from a waxen brown to a glowing olive after spending mere minutes outside in the sun, so choosing the right foundation shade mid-season is tricky. However, the colour blended seamlessly into the contours of my face and the formulation felt incredibly light, almost as if I wasn’t wearing any foundation at all; on first application, I had to look closely in the mirror to check! The L’Oréal True Match foundation is truly a dream addition to my beauty kit, and I’ve received so many compliments on my ‘flawless-looking’ skin. 

Vanessa Bathfield, commercial director

True Match Foundation Shade: 6.N Honey

With the change in season, my skin desperately needed a foundation that was hydrating, light and had a warm undertone. I was surprised by the L’Oréal True Match shade selection — it’s like no other and I love that its colour range caters for all types of skin and gave me the glow I needed. The texture itself is light, silky and easily applied. Although it offers light coverage, it’s also buildable, which is perfect for summer. For extra coverage, I paired it with L’Oréal’s True Match Concealer to brighten my under-eye circles and hide blemishes. The L’Oréal True Match range will be my go-to for a flawless, natural look all year round. 

Catherine Ribiere, business development manager

True Match Foundation Shade: 5.5W Golden Sun

My positive experience with L’Oréal True Match Foundation began with choosing the right hue for my skin. I often find foundation too pink or too dark, but determining the perfect shade was easy with this impressive number of shades catering to all skin tones and undertones. This foundation is really easy to apply, and its light coverage gives a really nice, natural look. For me, L’Oréal True Match Foundation ticks all the boxes: it has a wide range of colours to match your complexion, provides a lovely natural look and is great value for money. 

To find out how to discover your perfect L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation shade visit, and shop the range here


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