NEW L’Oreal True Match Foundation | Improved Formula?

The original L’Oreal True Match Foundation has been a favourite of mine for going on 5 years now, so imagine my surprise to find out they have updated the formula. When I received a new bottle of True Match in a PR package, I was convinced it was a new addition to the True Match family. I thought it was the equivalent to their Infallible Total Cover and Pro-Glow – same family, different finish.

 

On closer inspection, it looks like they have ‘upgraded’ the formula, changed the shade names, added 5 additional shades (this now takes them to 45 shades in total although the additional 5 seem to be only available in the US), and slightly altered the packaging to a taller, sleeker bottle and an improved pump design, however, in my opinion, the bottles at a glace are almost indistinguishable.

Their new formula now claims to be infused with “80% moisturising care”, which is a rather odd statement but I think it’s referring to the glycerin, aloe vera extract, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and SPF 17. This alteration is apparently a result of a change in their customer’s demands. We now want a foundation with added skincare benefits that actively improves the quality of our skin with each application.

Original Ingredient List

G2025494 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER / EAU • DIMETHICONE • ISODODECANE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • GLYCERIN • PEG-10 DIMETHICONE • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE • HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID • CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE • HEXYL LAURATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • TOCOPHEROL • PANTHENOL • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • HYDROXYETHYL UREA • ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER • SODIUM HYALURONATE • TIN OXIDE • HYDRATED SILICA • METHICONE • PENTAERYTHRITYL T E T R A – D I – T – B U T Y L HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE • [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR : CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • MICA • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE • C I 1 5 8 5 0 / RED 7 ] .
(F.I.L. B260883 / 1)

Updated Ingredient List

G926543 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER • DIMETHICONE • ISODODECANE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • GLYCERIN • PEG-10 DIMETHICONE • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE • HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID • CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE • HEXYL LAURATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • TOCOPHEROL • PANTHENOL • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • HYDROXYETHYL UREA • TIN OXIDE • HYDRATED SILICA • METHICONE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE ● [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • MICA • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE • CI 15850 / RED 7]. (F.I.L. D167167/2).

But how does the updated formula compare to the original? I’ve read a few customer reviews claiming that the new foundation doesn’t last as long, that the shades aren’t the same as the originals (despite using L’Oreal’s virtual shade matcher) and the coverage is lighter. Personally, I haven’t come across these issues.

On the first application, the new formula does seem to have a more ‘glowy’ appearance on the skin, however, this is gone once the foundation dries down. The coverage of the new version is perhaps a touch lighter, however, as with the original, True Match is very buildable depending on whether you prefer medium or full coverage so, again, I don’t have an issue with this… I actually prefer it. They both have the same velvety smooth feel (True Match is a dimethicone-based foundation) and they blend effortlessly with my Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Sponge. They both have the same demi-matte finish and they both wear well throughout the day as well as they can do whilst wearing my mask.

Have you tried the new ‘upgraded’ formula? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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