L'Oreal Paris

True Match Mineral Gentle Mineral Makeup SPF 19

for $ 13.99
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This loose powder foundation provides light-to-medium coverage and broad spectrum sun protection with a whopping 10% titanium dioxide formula. True to claims, this is a gentle, fragrance-free formula. L'Oreal makes a big deal about this being talc-free, but talc isn't a bad ingredient to begin with so you can ignore that. (In fact they use talc in sister product, Match Mineral Gentle Mineral Powder, so even they don’t think it’s really a problem.)

The shade range is extensive with flattering shades in "warms, neutrals, and cools", and it caters to fair to deep skin tones. If you apply this with a heavy hand it can look cakey, but otherwise it's got a natural-looking effect.

The absorbent formula is best for normal to oily skin types, although the inclusion of mica gives off a slightly shiny finish which isn't the best for already oily skin—assuming you don't want to add ingredients that make oily skin look even shinier.

Our major complaint is with the packaging. The loose powder is dispensed through a jar-style sifter which we found quite messy to use, and the attached brush is low quality so you're better off using your own full-size powder brush. Other than that, this is worth checking out if you're a fan of loose powders and can look past the undue hype surrounding mineral makeup.

  • Broad spectrum sun protection for added anti-aging benefit.
  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
  • Extensive, flattering shade range.
  • Absorbent formula, ideal for normal to oily skin.
  • Loose powder is housed in messy packaging with low quality brush.
  • Slightly shiny finish isn't the best for oily skin, yet the finish is too absorbent for dry skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Active: Titanium Dioxide (10%). Other : Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Calcium Gluconate, Manganese Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Copper PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panthenol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides.

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 minorif 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'Oreals 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 drugstoreimagine 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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