Monday, 4 March 2013

L'Oreal Paris True Match foundation in N1 Ivory - Review, swatches and FOTD

Hey guys!

I hope you're all well and have had a lovely weekend. It's actually sunny today - yay!

So I don't know about you but one of the main things I look forward to most about spring is changing up my make-up routine! Of course, that means wearing a new foundation...
Say hello to my new foundation du jour, L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in the shade N1 Ivory.

Of course, one of the reasons I picked this up is because the lovely Cheryl Cole is the face of it. If that's not a reason to get it, I don't know what is - she always looks amazing!
The main selling point of the L'Oreal True Match foundation is that it matches any skin colour. In fact, it goes as far as saying that it's 'L'Oréal's first foundation to perfectly match the colour and texture of your skin.'

I have to say, I completely agree with that! I'm VERY pale (NC15 in MAC) and foundations are very often too dark for me. I find it very difficult to find drugstore foundations for my skin colour. Here's how True Match foundation compares to others in my collection.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation comparison swatches:
Top - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
Middle - L'Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory
Bottom - Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation in 52 Rose Clair

In the swatches, I would say that MAC Pro Longwear is the shade most true to my own skin because I've been properly colour matched in that.

L'Oreal True Match therefore is a little too light for my complexion, but I think it works really well as a base shade to add warmth to. And besides, I was colour matched in MAC in the summer when I've got a bit of a tan.

FOTD with L'Oreal True Match foundation:

FACE: MAC Fix+, Estee Lauder Doublewear Concealer in Light, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15, L'Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory (applied with ELF Stippling Brush), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light, Benefit Hoola Bronzer (applied with ELF Studio Complexion Brush), MAC Fix+.

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), Sleek Storm Palette (taupe and matte brown shades), Soap & Glory Supercat felt tip eyeliner, Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick on lower waterline, CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara.

EYEBROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Dirty Blonde.

LIPS: The Body Shop Cocoa Butter lip balm.

Final thoughts:

I've been using L'Oreal True Match foundation for a couple of weeks now and I'm truly really impressed with it. The consistency is quite thin and runny but it's perfect for using as a base layer to even out your skin tone and mask imperfections.

Because the consistency is nice and creamy, it's really easy to add layers and make the coverage heavier if you require it - I certainly have been!

It doesn't go cakey or oxidise and you don't get the dreaded neck lines. The coverage is really natural looking and blends into the skin perfectly. I'm so glad I found it!

What's your foundation of choice at the moment? Have you tried L'Oreal Paris True Match? Let me know over on Twitter now or in the comments below!






  1. I'm using the new Revlon nearky naked atm, so far it's very much like NARS sheer glow! xx

  2. I've been eyeing up this foundation, but I went for the Bourjois Healthy Mix instead.. (but I still may purchase, just to try!lol)
    Looks like a good match though. :)

  3. I've been wanting to test this one out, I quite like what they promise. So if this foundation actually delivers I'll be happy bunny. (Also, Cheryl <3) The main issue, however, is that in Belgium we don't always get the whole shade range to choose from. Needless to say, the paler colours often don't make it. Fingers crossed I'll be able to buy this shade.

  4. i use this one too, completely agree with your review it is so easy to build up and blend, love it!

  5. @ Vi - Ahh I really want to try this! But every time I go into Boots to swatch it, the bottle really annoys me! Does it not having a pump dispenser irritate you or no?

    @ Caroline I NEED to try Healthy Mix! Do you have the serum or original? I reckon you should get this too! Haha

    @ Jolien Yes it definitely delivers :-) its so buildable! That's a shame about the colour range :-( let me know if you want to do a swap or anything? And yes... Cheryl <3

    @ Sarah Ooh glad you love it too!

  6. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,

  7. I used to swear by True Match foundation. I think I must have used it for about 3 years! However for some reason suddenly it didn't suit me anymore. Maybe my skin changed? However I think 3 years still gets it a good thumbs up! ha. Great review hun x
    Heroine In Heels

  8. Hii :D i really want to try this shade of foundation but here in italy there are only six shades and the other one lightest has a pinky undertone and i think i'm kinda neautral.. i'm very pale but i think that this shade would be soo pale even for me :S the next shade is n2 vanille.. do you know if it's much more darker than this one? thanks :)