Review: L’Oreal True Match Foundation W1

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Hello, all! Today, I wanted to review one of my favorite foundations of all time, the L’Oreal True Match in W1 Porcelain. A bit of background info: I’ve always struggled with determining my skin-tone/undertones. My skin is hard to match, so I have gone to several makeup counters to be “professionally” shade-matched. And at every one, the salespeople always said I was cool toned, with pink tones in my skin, but when I put on their pink-toned foundations, they just never looked good on me. I have done all those little tests that supposedly help you figure out your undertone–I look better in silver jewelry and better in white than ivory, but my veins look more green (i.e, warm-toned) than blue. I look good in the cool-toned color black, but also in the very warm-toned orange. My skin gets sunburned really easily, which usually signifies a cool skin tone, but I can wear warm-toned lipstick just fine. Contradictions and confusions…

I did a skin consultation at Ulta recently, and was told again that I was cool-toned, so I decided to buy the L’Oreal True Match C1 foundation and powder, for cool-toned skin. But on my skin, the C1 powder looked more like a blush. It just wasn’t wearable; it was way too pink. I ended up giving it away, and while I kept the foundation, I always felt like it made me look mildly sunburned.

Fast-forward to three weeks ago, when I got a sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation in shade 2.0, which had “warm, golden tones” in it. Although it was a little dark on me, I was surprised that when I wore it, I got many compliments on my skin, with people saying it looked “bright” and “fresh.” I was curious, so I tested out samples of other warm-toned foundations, and every time someone told me my skin looked better. Finally I decided to get the L’Oreal True Match foundation that had warm, yellow tones when I found it on sale one day, just to see if maybe, just maybe, my skin wasn’t cool toned at all. I got shade W1, porcelain, and when I put it on, it was the exact color of my skin. I was flabbergasted. It looked like I just had great skin, not like I was wearing makeup at all.

A heavy swatch
A heavy swatch
Completely blended in...you can't even see it!
Completely blended in…you can’t even see it!

My ever-astute boyfriend commented that my face and neck actually matched, and that my makeup “flowed into my skin better.” Now, he’s very used to me trying out foundations, and I trust his judgment when he says something matches my skin! Not only does it match perfectly, but it performs really well too. It feels lightweight and breathable, but I get medium coverage from it and it lasts all day. The W1 powder also matches my skin much better than the C1 did.

Natural light...see how well it matches?
Natural light…see how well it matches?
Taken with flash...it still matches.
Taken with flash…it still matches.

For a drugstore foundation, this product really is exemplary, and because of the huge range of shades, anyone can find a match. What I don’t understand is why I’ve always been told I had cool-toned skin when I clearly look better in warm-toned foundation. I think that maybe, every time I’ve been “professionally” matched, the salespeople just glance at my skin and determine from its OVERTONE that I’m cool-toned. And yeah, because my skin is generally irritated and broken out, my overtone is definitely red, but that sure doesn’t mean I need a pink foundation that’s going to make my already too-rosy complexion look even redder. Bottom line: Don’t just blindly listen to salespeople. Experiment, and who knows, you might find a gem of a foundation in the drugstore like I did.

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