Welcome to my first ever product review on this blog.
I have decided to review not one but two products in this post: the L’Oreal True Match Foundation (in the shade 9.5 D/W Mahogany) and E.L.F’s Matte Lip Color.
I am not affiliated with either brand. I purchased both products last weekend from my local Superdrug and I wanted to share my thoughts about them with you.
First, I’m going to start with the foundation. When L’Oreal announced that they were launching the True Match foundation range, the beauty industry was taken aback (in a good way) because it seemed like one of the leading beauty brands of our time was finally embracing skin tone, gender and diversity. There are 28 shades in the range and L’Oreal claim that 98% of U.K skintones can find a match within the range.
I have used this particular foundation before. My cousin got married in October and we all had our makeup done and this foundation was used. On the day, I liked that it was long lasting (I didn’t really need touch ups as much), however I found that it was a bit too orange for my complexion. That was the only negative. I have a yellow undertone and if I wear a foundation that’s too orange-y, it’s a disaster.
Here’s a swatch of the foundation (Sorry about the quality of the image)…
And here is a picture of the foundation and lip color…
– very easy to apply – (as stated on the Superdrug website, the formula is velvety)
– imperfections are well hidden – (I am currently working very hard to reduce the appearance of dark spots on my face and was surprised that I couldn’t even see them once the foundation had been applied)
– good for oily skin – (I have oily skin and this foundation stayed put for the whole day which was very impressive)
– value for money (£9.99 isn’t a bad price for a product that has so many benefits)
-matte finish (Having a matte finish with any foundation is a must. You don’t want to look like you have been frying bacon on your face)
*I do want to add that I used Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray to keep my makeup in place.*
– The shade offering. I think that, along with many beauty brands, L’Oreal still have some work to do in understanding the complexions of a WoC (they haven’t quite got it yet). As you can see from the pictures, I don’t think this shade is a complete match (you should choose a foundation shade that matches your neck) and if I go for the 10 (which is the next shade), it will be way too dark. I do think that L’Oreal need to revise these shades so that they can possibly introduce a shade between the 9.5 and the 10.
In spite of the above, I would definitely wear this foundation again. It’s easy to wear, sets well once a spray/powder has been applied and there’s also a guarantee of an improved complexion within 4 weeks (we will see if this happens)…
Now, here are my views on the E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (in the shade Scarlet Night)
I love a lip pencil, especially a matte one. If you suffer from oily skin, it is best to use lipsticks or lip pencils with a matte finish. E.L.F have a fantastic product offering and every single lip shade in this collection is amazing. The application process is a lot smoother with lip pencils (in my opinion) and I love how pigmented the pink shade is and that you don’t have to sharpen the pencil (you just twist it to get the right amount of product that you need).
My only cons are that it doesn’t last long and you do need to touch it up throughout the day (which is expected when you’re wearing a bright lippy I guess). I do have a product packaging con. Also, on the top of the pencil, there’s a a (almost burgundy shade) and the lip color itself is actually dark pink so this is a bit misleading.
I hope you have enjoyed this review and I will leave the product details below:
L’Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99, Superdrug) Shade 9.5: Mahogany
E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (£4.50, Elfcosmetics.co.uk) Shade: Scarlet Night
If you have any questions about the products or you would like to make a comment, please feel free to do so.
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