True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup SPF 17 Sunscreen, Oil-Free
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This cream-to-powder foundation has a creamy texture that blends easily into the skin. The included latex sponge is excellent for application and once blended, this foundation sets to a soft matte finish that leaves skin looking more natural than made up. The creaminess of the formulation makes it best for those with normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes. True Match’s large shade range is impressive and includes options for fair to dark skin tones.

Despite these accolades, True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup doesn’t provide sufficient UVA protection, which means you will need to use another product with it during the day for complete SPF protection.


Active: Octinoxate (5%), Other: Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Jojoba Esters, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lauroyl Lysine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopherol, +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate, Iron Oxides, Mica

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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Blends beutifully for touch-ups

My #1 faves: PC SPF (Skin Balancing) under PC Resist makeup, yet it's nice to add extra protection on the go. This compact (+housed sponge) fits easily into my bag. I blot, blend on for touch ups & dust w/ Physicians Formula Mineral Wear SPF30 Translucent (in sun) or PC Resist Instant Smoothing Satin Finish Powder (indoors) via PC's small powder brush. Love the medium coverage: smooths on imperceptibly, leaving a sheer look in a snap. (More coverage, buildable, no oilier than Fit Me stick=A+)

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I LIKE it!

I bought this on sale, not knowing much about it, but I LOVE it! I prefer compact makeup anyway w/sunscreen. I'm sorry to read that the sunscreen is not the best though. But you're right - it does look natural!

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Jackie V.
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