Today’s post is L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius 4 in 1 Compact Foundation Review,Swatch,Photos.Last foundation compact I tried was Revlon Photoready Foundation Compact about four years ago. But over all these years especially after birth of my daughter ,my skin has changed a lot. It is dry for most part of the year . And if I indulge in proper skin moisturizing skincare it breaks out . So lot of trial is going on in nailing down my right skincare. Even for my makeup, I am more comfortable wearing foundations which set in a dewy finish. Meanwhile I spotted this New Foundation compact by L’oreal Paris while I was traveling back from Indonesia at a Kuala Lumpur.
I took it as a New launch in Malaysian markets as I was really not aware of it’s launch in India. I saw malaysian girls going made over swatching this genius compact on and on. So back home when I spotted this , I had to swatch it. 4 in 1 claim i.e- Smoothes like a primer, Unifies like a foundation, Corrects like a concealer, Finishes like a powder got me interested as I was already considering reducing the product load on my face for regular makeup wear. Also being mom of two growing kids, I am always short of time for my morning makeup. Then L’Oreal True Match range-base products are known for setting flawless uniform complexions. This beauty is now in my vanity and I am using it regularly for past 10 days. Here is complete review for you
Price:1295 INR ( Buy It Here)
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius 4 in 1 Compact Foundation Review
L’oreal Paris Claims:
Smoothes like a primer, Unifies like a foundation, Corrects like a concealer, Finishes like a powder.
Micro-matching technology matches all types of skin undertones and blends into any complexion. Unique evolving texture combines a priming gel to smooth skin’s surface, a creamy base that melts onto skin for supreme bendability and mineral pigments to seamlessly neutralise all imperfections. Use it separately as a base, a foundation, a concealer or a finishing powder or all together for a perfect coverage.
Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologically Testes. Does not clog pores.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius 4 in 1 Compact Foundation is a creamy foundation cake housed in a sleek flip open packaging. The foundation compact case comes with a white sponge applicator slotted next to the foundation cake. Flip open lid has clear plastic window displaying the foundation compact inside . Lid side has good quality mirror which comes quite handy while traveling. I really loved sleek silver foundation case with hologram”Genius” written in white all over which actually reminds me of one of my iPhone cover.S shaped -beauty sponge provided along with has pointed corners that facilitates working on the inner corners of eyes. Packaging is trendy and travel friendly.
L’Oreal True Match Genius Compact Foundation is available in seven shades in India. Most of the shades are tailored to the needs of paler and medium skin tones.Shade palette is a good mix of cool,warm and neutral skin shades. I picked up shade Gold Beige G4 which looked tad darker in pan but blends out looking very natural “My own refined skin” on me. Of all the True Match products I have tried so far my shades usually oscillate between W3 Warm Beige-N4 Nude Beige-G4 Gold Beige. G 4 s the darkest shade in the collection. There is not a single shade launched for warmer/morena Indian skin tones.
Being a compact foundation, I was expecting L’Oreal True Match Genius 4 in 1 Compact Foundation texture this and powdery with minimal creaminess. But it turned out to be lovely velvety cream that is not as powdery dry as I was expecting it to be!! Texture is creamy and will suit all skin types except very dry skin types. It spreads easily on my moisturized skin and blends out seamlessly with a sponge provided along with. It does not dry out my skin during course of wear.
Single light layer of the foundation compact evens out my skin tone which now looks relatively flawless. It gives a medium coverage with a semi matte finish and touch of glow. I love to apply it with dry YBP Cosmetics Makeup Perfector ( Buy Here)for more uniform natural finish. If applied with damp makeup perfector/beauty sponge , it sets with relatively dewy airbrushed finish . Still I feel that sponge provided along with will be “good on go”.
So you can decipher from demonstration pictures, it evens out my pigmented areas on my face. Another common glitch with compact foundations is that they appear to stay on surface. I have this thin loom of golden baby hair on my face which tends to gain prominence with heavy powder products. But creamy formula of L’Oreal Genius Compact Foundation is not powdery to highlight these baby hairs. But to my dismay, It highlights dry patches on skin. This looks quite blotchy when seen closely which is quite unsightly. My face tends to looks slightly oily after 4 hours of wear.
As it is marketed as 4 in 1 product I tested it for the skin priming + concealing properties also. As a primer it smoothens skin surface but hardly does anything to blur out pores and fine lines. I tried to use it as concealer but it creases heavily in fine lines unless powdered. Powdering the foundation compact dries out my already dry skin.
VANILLA RATINGS 7/10
The formula is lovely-creamy velvety that will suit most skin types other than very dry mature skin. In this humid weather, it wears comfortable(non drying) on me but I may have to reach out for facial spray for oncoming winters. I really like the fact that though the coverage is average, texture is build able but only up to some extent(2-3 layers max). A light layer evens out skin tone, a little more works on concealing blemishes & tackles pigmentation around my lips . A little heavier hand deals with dark spots to some extent. But it accentuate appearance of dry patches and fine lines especially in my under eye area.The packaging is very transportable with a mirror and sponge. It comes with SPF 26 and PA ++. It freshens up my complexions which last for up to decent 6-7 hours.However,there is not a single shade for medium to olive skin tones.
L’Oreal paris True Match Genius 4 in 1 Foundation Compact will suit Oily Skin to Dry Skin which do not seek high coverage. Oily skin may have to powder face after some time as T zone area can look oily.While adequate moisturisation is needed for dry skin as it clings to dry patches. Formula can be layered for more coverage but it failed on me as under eye concealer.Score point for these kind of versatile products is that they serve different purpose of different audience. As for me I am considering to use it as compact for touch ups over my regular foundation especially in winters when regular pressed powders are slightly drying for my skin.
Have you tried L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius 4 in 1 Foundation Compact?
What is your experience overall with these kind foundation compacts?
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