True Match Super Blendable Multi-Use Concealer
L’Oreal adds to its concealer lineup with True Match Super Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, a worthy—though not perfect—option for those with oily to combination skin.
The packaging for this fragrance-free concealer is a slim plastic tube with a click-pen dispenser, and a small round sponge at the end.
The sponge allows you to gently dot concealer where needed (especially under eyes) but isn’t the best for blending (it isn’t firm enough to work the product into skin), so it’s best to use your fingers or another sponge instead.
That aside, this provides buildable medium to full coverage of dark circles, redness, and other imperfections. By the way, when it comes to claims that this is the brand’s first “multi-editing concealer,” that’s marketing hype. Most good concealers can serve double or even triple duty, it’s certainly nothing new! L’Oreal’s original True Match Concealer is brilliant for this!
Another note: L’Oreal claims this contains a “serum” of glycerin and the peptide Haloxyl, and while both those ingredients are present here, they’re in nowhere close to a concentration to qualify as a serum-like skin care product. L’Oreal also says this can treat blemishes, but the brand is referring to concealing acne marks and brown spots, not actually treating acne itself, so keep that in mind.
True Match Super Blendable Multi-Use Concealer sets to a natural-looking matte finish that’s best for those with oily to combination skin; those with any dryness will find this emphasizes any areas of dryness. As far as wear time, this doesn’t budge, even during a full day of wear. It begins to crease a little toward the end of its wear time, though this can be blended out relatively easily.
Overall, even though there are a couple of issues with this concealer, it’s one of L’Oreal’s better options.
- Buildable medium to full coverage.
- Sets to a natural-looking matte finish.
- Doesn’t fade during its wear time.
- Fragrance free.
- Applicator is fine for applying, but not good for blending.
- Creases toward the end of its wear time.
Introducing, the new L’Oréal Paris True Match Multi-Use Concealer, our first ever multi-editing concealer. This full coverage concealer combines a super-blendable formula with a retouching applicator that works with skin to blend, cover & conceal where you need it. The high coverage concealer formula is infused with under eye concealer key ingredients of an active serum of Haloxyl & Glycerin, to instantly erase dark circles & fine lines, brighten skin and de-puff under eyes. Fine-tune features with perfectly blurring coverage to conceal & correct all imperfections and treat blemishes. The uniquely designed retouching applicator hugs the contours of the face for effortless, ultra-blendable & ultra-buildable application.
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.
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