L'Oreal touts True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator as their "first powder highlighter specifically crafted to highlight key features or illuminate all-over," but unfortunately, they failed to get it right on their initial attempt. Why? By today's standards, the glittery/shimmery finish isn't as refined as the best (or even just the "good") powder highlighters on the market, leaving an unnatural, sparkly finish on skin.
True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator comes in three different color combinations: "Golden," "Rose," and "Ice." Each is compromised of four fragrance-free, pressed powder shades that you swirl together to create the overall luminous color. Golden turns into a peachy-bronze gold shimmer that is supposed to enhance warm skin tones, Rose is intended to complement neutral skin tones with its rose-gold luminous hue, and Ice was designed for cool skin tones with its frosty white sparkling color.
Regardless of whether or not you like their colors, the issue is the obvious glitter particles and somewhat uneven shimmer that they leave behind. Suffice it to say, we definitely wouldn't recommend this for use all over your face (which is one of the options that the packaging suggests), and even when strategically used as a highlighter, you can end up getting more than you bargained for as the glitter flecks off on to other areas of your face.
It comes down to this… True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator isn't the type of highlighter that wears subtly enough for daytime, and even in the dim lighting of the evening, there are much better looking highlighting options out there to give skin a luminous glow (see our top picks of those here). Sorry L'Oreal—you make a lot of great products, this just isn't one of them!
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.
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