Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it.
I was looking to replace my L’Oreal Lucent Magique when I first saw the True Match Super-Blendable line. Unfortunately, I didn’t match with any of their “W” colors. The sales assistant (SA) almost forced me to settle with W4 instead. To be fair, it was a good recommendation since W4 was indeed the closest match out of all available shades. However, I’m really particular about getting the right undertone when it comes to foundations.
A few weeks after that, I read Hazel’s (Dress Me Up Buttercup) post on Super-Blendable and saw that L’Oreal came out with a new shade: W4.5 Fresh Beige. It seems a lot yellower than W4 so I went back to Watsons and bought it (there you go, folks, that is my foundation shopping thought process).
It has the same undertone as my previous Lucent Magique G4 (Gold Shell) only half a shade darker. Most of the time, even when I buy a foundation that’s a shade too light or dark for me, as long as the base tone is correct, I can get away with it.
Coverage and Finish
The foundation has medium coverage. You still need to use concealer to cover up redness if you have any.
The foundation yields a more satin finish when applied with fingers. By the way, this foundation is super-blendable. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to work it in.
I usually apply it with a dense short-bristled brush like Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Using the latter results in a semi-matte skin-like finish. There’s dew without the shimmer.
Semi-matte skin-like finish sounds like a good thing. Unfortunately, the finish is so “skin like” that it doesn’t blur out fine lines and pores (sans primer and setting powder). It doesn’t make them look worse than they actually are, but it doesn’t do anything. This is a deal breaker for me because I only bother with foundation for overall skin texture enhancement.
Over silicone-based primers and sunscreens, pore appearance becomes a non-issue except for the extra-deep pores on my nostril area. I noticed that the foundation tends to create tiny pools of pigment inside those pores making me look like I have polka-dotted nose. It doesn’t go away even when I really work the foundation in with a makeup brush. This doesn’t happen when I use a plain moisturizer underneath.
Wear and Longevity
Without setting with powder, my t-zone and the sides of my nose gets extremely shiny within the next hour or 2 from application. If you built it up to full coverage, it can look mucky. I use the foundation sheer and I usually just use oil-blotting sheets when I notice that I’m starting to become shiny.
This foundation needs to be set with powder. I use Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder most of the time. When I don’t set it with powder, there will be a LOT of transfer, like the foundation doesn’t fully set.
When you use blotting sheets a lot (like I do), you’ll end up with barely any foundation by the end of the day. I have relatively even-toned skin so this doesn’t bother me. As long as I don’t look “dirty” I’m ok. To be honest, for extremely oily skinned people who need the coverage, I don’t think this would work. I’m almost sure it will slide off.
I didn’t notice this before but since it came under close scrutiny for the toss or keep series, I found out that this doesn’t wear off nicely :(
On most days, it comes off in patches. I guess this is mostly because of the transfer issue and partly because I unconsciously touch my face a lot.
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a screw cap top (no pump). It costs Php 899 which is almost twice as expensive as US price.
Toss or Keep?
This is a toss. I’m not sure what changed. I remember liking this the first few times I used it. Maybe I was still blinded by the high back then.
I checked Makeup Alley and the reviews are split. I am theorizing that each shade might perform differently.
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