True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup SPF 20
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:04.29.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup SPF 20 is a fragrance-free liquid foundation that provides light to medium coverage with a beautiful soft glow finish. L'Oreal offers a wide range of shades, 10+, with options for those with porcelain fair to deep skin tones, which is an unusual find at the drugstore!

Though the finish has a satin matte feel, it's "soft glow" is provided via finely milled shimmer, which can be tricky for those with oilier skin types due to the fact this effect can enhance an already shiny face.

Though the SPF number is adequate, it lacks the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays (see More Info). However, if you aren't relying on this foundation to provide extra sun protection in conjunction with your normal sunscreen, then this foundation is worth a try, especially if you have normal to dry skin.

The extensive shade range offers flattering options for light to deep skin tones, and there’s not a bad one in the bunch!


  • Satin, luminescent finish for normal to dry skin.
  • Fragrance-free liquid texture is easy to blend.
  • Extensive shade range for most skin tones.


  • Insufficient UVA protection (so don't rely on this to provide you with any extra sun protection).

More Info:

This sunscreen does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. Thus, this formula should not be used as or substitute for your daily sunscreen. Any sunscreen rated as “broad spectrum” should contain one or more of these UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active”: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule) or Tinosorb (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2005).


Active: Octinoxate (7%). Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, PEG 9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylparaben, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG- 9, Ethylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of the daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and SPF-rated foundations don't provide sufficient UVA protection; lacking in effective anti-acne and skin-lightening products; boring to problematic toners.

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line they could be doing so much more. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor, if they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up. The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

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Good but too dark

I absolutely love the finish this gives my skin, but even in the lightest shade (N1-2) it is still far too dark for my very fair skin tone. These run far darker than the original True Match foundations. I still wear this foundation, but I have to mix it with my True Match. I like the finish this gives, but it's not as dewy as the Lumi on its own. I sure wish they catered to fair skintones better

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Morgan S.
Not for acne prone skin

Used one time for a few hours & my face has never been so oily! And I have skin like the Sahara!! Didn't cover redness, accentuated flakiness. And had 5 pimples end of day. Took 2 wks to clear up!

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Jessica S
Awesome Foundation

I absolutely love this foundation. I use Paulas choice sunscreen all over my face and then use this foundation where is needed and it gives such a flawless look. This foundation was perfect for the winter, but now that spring and summer is coming up i'll have to change it up for one that doesnt give such a dewy look, but overall this was perfect for my slightly drier skin in the winter. Overall i would definitely recommend it!

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I'm with D

I agree with D's review. I never rely on foundation exclusively for SPF protection. Also, the primer I use (with added broad spectrum SPF coverage) left me without ANY t-zone oilyness on my combination skin. I would highly recommend this product.

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Disagree with review

I love Paula but I must disagree,this is a Great foundation! I use a cream w/ spf before applying, so I don't think its fair this got a worse rating based on the lack of spf, as foundation should not be relied on for sole spf protection anyways. I love the finish, even though I have combination skin - it looks healthy and fresh, very clean and youthful. It doesn't make your face dry and cake-y like lots of foundations do. It reminds me a lot of Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk, which I use as well

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