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True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup SPF 20
Rating
$12.95
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen
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!

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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).

Claims
Ingredients

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 their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections 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 there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores 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.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. 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. The good news is their 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.

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

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06.24.2015
I truly wanted to love this foundation.

I truly wanted to love this foundation as it left SUCH an amazing finish to my face, but alas, I broke out in painfully angry red bumps around my mouth! I am actually surprised this didn't get a lower rating, considering this stuff contains BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE!? A NOTORIOUS SKIN IRRITANT?!

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06.25.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hey there, thanks for your feedback.  We're sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with this product.  Bismuth Oxychloride can be irritating to some people, due to its crystaline structure's propensity to poke skin and get stuck in pores, but it's usually more of an issue when the ingredient is a main component of a product.  Since it's listed here under "may contains", it's likely in a very minute amount (if at all), which is why we didn't consider it worthy of a downgrade, rating-wise.  

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05.06.2015
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.
06.24.2014
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
03.21.2014
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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KATHERINE S.
03.20.2014
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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Lauren
09.17.2013
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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