Shine, You’ve Met Your Match! – L’Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder


Deals and Steals, Drugstore, Face Products, Foundation, L'Oreal, Pressed Powder, Reviews and Swatches / Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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I’ve been a big fan of everything in the L’Oreal True Match collection so far. Their foundations are great (as long as you don’t mind a little shimmer) and their Concealer pencils come in amazingly natural and blendable shades. So, obviously I was excited to try their newest product in the line – L’Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder. I noticed this on the shelf last week and picked it up at Target when I was there hauling my Pixi stuff! I had also read a couple reviews on it a few weeks ago that were very mixed, some great, some not so great so I have to say, I was intrigued!

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I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit of a powder snob. I rarely ever buy any pressed or loose powders from the Drugstore based solely on the fact that I’ve had bad experiences – plus you can hardly ever test them! I like buying my powders from places like MAC and Sephora because I can test them out in store, know the texture and be sure the shade is a match before leaving – and they also have great return policies if all else fails! This powder was pricey for the Drugstore at around $15.99 CAD and because you can’t test any of the shades I was taking a gamble (which I lost, this is too dark for me and I purchased N3 Natural Buff).

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I’ve been wearing this one daily for the past week and believe I have a good take on the pros and cons. First of all, the powder is finely milled and not incredibly chalky. It comes with an enclosed sponge and mirror which are great for on-the-go touch ups. Personally, I would never apply this sort of powder with a sponge. Sponges tend to deposit a lot of the product, which can lead to a cakey, chalky appearance. This can happen with any pressed powder, this one included. Applying it with the sponge was definitely much too much product for my skin. I also find this powder has quite a bit of pigment in it. If you’re looking for a powder with more coverage this is definitely one to look into, although I was expecting more of a translucent, setting effect versus coverage from L’Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder.

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I have to say, I like the packaging of this powder. It’s sturdy, clean and compact with everything you need included. As for the all day performance I have to say it holds up really well! It definitely kept my shine at bay for most of the day but it provided a little bit more coverage than I would have liked. I’m not sure this powder would work well for touch ups as the more you add, the more cakey it can become. It is by no means the driest or chalkiest powder in the drugstore but it isn’t the smoothest and most invisible either (Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder comes to mind as one of the best). Another thing I had a bit of a gripe with is the first ingredient is Talc, which in fact, is a mineral but is also the main ingredient in almost every other drugstore powder out there so it’s nothing special like you’re lead to believe.

I would recommend this powder if you’re looking for something with more coverage than a traditional pressed powder, if you’re looking for a light coverage powder foundation, or if you have excess shine that you need to control. I find the shades run a little bit darker than they look under the fluorescent lighting in most drugstores, so keep that in mind! I should have definitely gone a shade lighter.

I would recommend this powder if you’re looking for something with more coverage than a traditional pressed powder, if you’re looking for a light coverage powder foundation, or if you have excess shine that you need to control. I find the shades run a little bit darker than they look under the fluorescent lighting in most drugstores, so keep that in mind! I should have definitely gone a shade lighter.

Overall, this isn’t amazing and isn’t disappointing!

SUMMARY

L’Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder
N3 Natural Buff
$15.99 CAD (Roughly)
Available at: Drugstores
Overall Rating: B-