L'Oreal Paris True Match Genius
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius

I think it was literally only yesterday that I said I really don’t get along with compact foundations – they always seem too drying for me. So, it’s ironic that today I’m testing out compact foundations that don’t seem to be, er, drying! The L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius compacts have a slippy feel from the get-go and although they’re not the same as a liquid foundation, I’d be wrong to describe them as drying exactly.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Genius
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius

It’s almost embarrassing that there are only 6 shades – it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you have a dark tone there isn’t anything for you yet. However, the liquid counterpart, True Match Foundation, has 21 shades, so all is not lost – I guess if these are successful they could easily go on to have a more comprehensive selection. I’m a big fan of L’Oreal foundations – Lumi Magique is an all time favourite – they’ve totally nailed the high street market for bases and I don’t know of any brand doing it better at a similar price. Shades above are Linen, Sand and Golden Beige.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Genius
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius

Here they are swatched in the same order, but please bear in mind that my skin is quite tanned still.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Genius
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius

The next three are Rose Beige, Beige and Rose Vanilla.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Genius
L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius

And in the same order as a swatch.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius gives a velvet finish so I’d personally rule out using it on that basis alone, but I’m wearing it now as a test and have to say that while my skin doesn’t feel dry, it doesn’t feel as though it has the same flexibility and softness as when I use a liquid. I think, in reality, that this is a foundation for younger skin; any velvet formulas tend to amplify creases or pores and I’d want a lot of moisturiser underneath before wearing this which would rather defeat the purpose – I might as well be using a hydrating fluid foundation.

But, if velvet finish is your thing I can’t really fault it. Its £12.99. If you prefer a liquid, Lumi Magique is HERE and I recommend it highly. I don’t have a launch date for the compacts and they’re not on-line yet but may well be in store already.

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