True Match Mineral Gentle Mineral Powder
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fragrance-free pressed powder is touted as an "instant shine eraser" and we'd agree. The absorbent, talc-based formula has a lightweight, silky texture that works great for touch ups and setting foundation.

The shades are flattering and natural-looking with options for light to tan skin tones. When applied with a powder brush you get sheer coverage that it is buildable. If you use the included sponge you'll get heavier coverage. The compact also comes with a built-in mirror that's handy for application on-the-go.

If you have very oily skin, you'll find the claims that this will keep you shine-free for 16 hours a bit exaggerated. Nonetheless this is an excellent pressed powder to for normal to oily skin types!

  • Lightweight, silky pressed powder has a soft, absorbent finish.
  • Absorbent formula helps control oily shine.
  • Flattering shades.
  • Built-in mirror for application on-the-go.
  • Exaggerated "16 hour shine-free" claims.

Talc, Perlite, Triisostearin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol

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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HG for shine ctrl on combo skin

I have combo skin with dry cheeks and around eyes area, and t zone that gets oily after 1 hr of applying skincare and makeup products on. I use PC Skin Balancing Spf30 all over, in drier days I add antioxidant serum for moisture, and Shine Stopper on my t zone. P. Formula BB Cream Spf30 on my dry areas and this powder with light coverage and mostly for shine control only on my t zone. It holds great in Fl humidity, 6-8 hrs before touchups. My makeup never looked better!!

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Erna H.
Goes on smooth and sets well

I purchased this powder in Light Ivory W1-2/404. This powder goes on smoothly and covers well. These powders are slightly lighter and noticeably more yellow toned (which is great for me) when compared to corresponding shades in the L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blend-able powder shades (I tried W 2 and it was too dark and peach ) over all, those powders are more peach. I would definitely recommend buying it if you typically buy your makeup from the drugstore.

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