L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review: Old vs New Formula









Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the L’Oreal True Match foundation. I kept hold of my bottle of the old formula so I could compare it to the new one, even if it is too old to use now really!




So the original formula. I have mine in the shade Golden Beige which is W3. I don’t use it anymore as I have had it for a long time and it got too old really, but I absolutely loved this foundation. It is very liquid-y, so you can really buff it into the skin but it gives a gorgeous, light-weight but pretty full coverage to your skin.

This foundation looks lovely on the skin, the finish isn’t matte or too glowy, just a very natural finish really. So easy to wear and lasts pretty well too.

I had mine in W3 to match with my fake tan which it does perfectly. There are 3 sets of colours, N for neutral undertone, W for warm undertones and C for cool undertones.


So I decided to buy the True Match in the newer formula to match my natural skin colour, which is 1.N, Ivory. The colour is spot on, this is a high street foundation that does shades really well and there are plenty of lighter and darker shades to suit most skin tones.

But this foundation looks awful on me! I’m sad to say it as I wanted to love it. I don’t usually have many problems with large pores but this seemed to cake up and accentuate all the pores on my skin. It looks chalky on the skin, this could be partly because it is such a pale shade but I’m not really sure.

I’ve tried applying in different ways, with different primers etc and I can make it work, but I want to love the foundation I am wearing, I don’t want to force myself to like it really. Maybe I got a bad one, as so many people love this! I’m really tempted to purchase another shade and see if it is any better.


For reference on shades, I’ve included swatches of both the foundations, W3 on the bottom and N1 on the top. My plan was to mix the two to get a varying colour as my tan was fading out.

So what do you think? Let me know if you have tried this foundation and your thoughts, as I really want to love it so many I need to buy a different bottle? x




  1. November 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    I have the new formula (also in 1N) and at first it was fine but now it clings to my dry patches and doesn’t apply very nicely – I think because my skin hates the winter and changes from normal to dry, I need to get a ‘winter’ foundation!

    • November 25, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Yeah I’m sure this would work so much better on oily skin, it just highlights all my dry patches, such a shame as I wanted to love it! X

  2. November 24, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    I recently bought the new formula and although I don’t love it, it gives good coverage for saying it’s quite thin/liquidy x

    • November 25, 2016 / 9:52 am

      It does have good coverage for sure, I’m hoping i will get on with it one day! My dry skin just doesn’t get on with it haha! Xx

      • November 25, 2016 / 12:16 pm

        Maybe it will work for you in the summer ☀️😋xx

  3. November 25, 2016 / 2:55 am

    I had no idea they reformulated this foundation! Wow, I loved the old formula. Probably won’t be getting the newer one though. Thanks for sharing!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • November 25, 2016 / 9:54 am

      I thought it was just new packaging at first but I looked into it and found it was reformulated! I wouldn’t recommend it really from the experience I’ve had so far! No problem 🙂 xx

  4. November 27, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    I’ve never used the true match foundation, but when I would go into target and shop around I always test a little (probably not allowed to do that lol but oh well) and I remember I found a good tone to it my skin color however, I felt like the product was a little too liquid-y and the thought of having to blend it turned me off from the product.

    xo, JJ

    • November 27, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Yeah, when the formula was amazing I didn’t mind the extra blending! These days I’m really not sure, don’t think I will be buying it again! Xx

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