True Match Super-Blendable Powder
Category:Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

True Match Super-Blendable Powder has the distinction of offering the largest palette of shades available at the drugstore. That is to the advantage of almost all skin tones, because this is an outstanding, talc-based pressed powder. Its texture is exquisite and this is a bona-fide beauty bargain.

True Match Super-Blendable Powder is suitable for all skin types, though its finish isn't as absorbent as many with oily skin will need. Still, it never looks flat or dry and in fact gives skin a natural, polished finish.


Talc, Zea Mays/Corn Starch, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zeolite, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, BHT, Panthenol.

May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ultramarines, Red 7 Lake.

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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Love the packaging, texture, price!

Love the packaging...the sponge applicator (found it odd at first) tucked separately in a compartment with the mirror instead of mucking about in the powder and messing up the mirror...brilliant!! It is my 'summer' shade but I have also used it as a seudo-bronzer to add highlights and skim over the areas that feel tacky through the day. It feels lovely and silky; the case has never broken and the pressed powder has not broken apart even though it is well-used...yay! Good value!

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Very silky, but Oxidizes!

This does feel very silky, and looks very natural and skinlike, but on oily areas it oxidizes/darkens quickly and noticeably, more so than other drugstore powders. Even though I have a yellow undertone, I use C1 to combat the orange tinge from oxidation. Pick a shade lighter and cooler than you think you need. Also, I despise split pan styles, so inconvenient to use, flipping back and forth from powder to mirror, ugh!

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Use it for contouring

I have medium skin but use C8, which is a cool shade, to contour. It had been difficult to find a matt powder that wasn't too warm, but this cool shade is amazing, it really looks natural under the cheekbones. I think it makes a huge difference and I'm thrilled to be contouring with something that doesn't make my face looks all red!

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Oxidizes badly

I bought this in W1 (Porcelain) to use as a sheer powder foundation for my ghostly fair, yellow-toned, very oily skin. It provided good coverage, didn't feel dry or look cakey, and lasted much longer than liquid foundations . . . but it oxidized to an awful bright orange on my face, and in the compact as well. I suppose the darker shades might not have this problem, but for anyone with very light to light skin, this product would be a waste of money.

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Using it for years

This is a wonderful powder, I always come back to it. I am using this for years, and although I've tried other brands, I keep coming back to it. It's so easy to apply and it looks so natural on my face, never heavy or cakey. I love it!

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