Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation SPF 16
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fragrance-free, creamy compact foundation glides across skin to provide medium coverage in a vast array of shades. Some of the lighter shades have a not-so-flattering pink undertone so watch out for that, but otherwise you can expect neutral shades up into the deep range. The satin finish can work for most skin types, but is ideal for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts.

Oddly, L'Oreal doesn't bring much attention to the fact that this product provides broad-spectrum, mineral-based sun protection at SPF 16, given that's by far the most efficacious anti-aging part of the formula. Still, there are some other skin-repairing ingredients that can benefit your skin—just don't go thinking that anything in this formula that can "lift" your skin. Regrettably, no foundation ( or skin-care product, for that matter) can do that (see More Info to find out what you can do to help sagging skin).


  • Broad-spectrum sun protection in a fragrance-free formula.
  • Satin finish ideal for normal to dry skin.
  • Skin-repairing ingredients boost the formula's benefits.


  • Cannot "lift" skin as claimed.
  • Some shades have an unflattering pinkish undertone.

More Info:

Many makeup products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! In order to gain these youthful benefits, you must protect skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products .This combination of products (remember, one product doesn't do it all) has extensive research showing how they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of .

Note: This foundation's rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you're ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

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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Agree with Paula's Choice Review - Good Product!

I have very dry, fair skin and rosacea.I bought this product in Soft Ivory to test it as a substitute for the discontinued shade of Light Cream in Paula's All Bases Covered foundation.It's not as good as ABC, but it blends well on my skin and gives decent coverage to the redness on my face. FYI, I did put Skin Recovery Moisturizer on before applying it because I have *really* dry skin even in the summer.I got it on sale for $9.99 at Target, but I think it would be a good value even at full retai

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