Sunday, December 10, 2017

LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation Review

Which oily/oily combo skinned makeup junkie wouldn't love a matte full coverage foundation? I reviewed this on my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago when this product was launched in the US. It retails for 6USD but I recently found it on a Watsons pop-up for $9.90 in Singapore, which is a really great price because it is pretty close to the converted price. 
This comes in 14 shades and I use the second lightest shade CLM352 Natural. I think it is a pretty close match to my NC20/Laneige #21 skintone. The next shade darker seems to be really dark and a huge jump but I generally think that the range is catered more towards tan-dark skin tones. 
Ingredients list:
Perhaps due to the low cost nature of this product, they have decided to use parabens as a form of preservatives. I haven't come across many reviews that highlight this but so if you are sensitive or cautious about parabens then this foundation is not for you.

This comes in a plastic tube with a pump. It feels pretty cheap because it is cheap so you really can't expect much. The pump takes awhile to pump anything out the first time. The good thing is that you get 1.3fl oz/40ml of product, which is more than the typical 1oz/30ml foundations usually come in. 

This has a thick liquid texture but it spreads easily. I have tried applying this with my fingers and with a brush and they looked good both times and went on easily. It doesn't dry and set super quickly so you have ample amount of time to work with it. 

Unlike the hype, it doesn't have super FULL coverage but the coverage is pretty high. It definitely evened out my skin and concealed all signs of redness. It covers some pores and makes most of them smaller. However, I can still see some darker spots showing through. This dried down to a powdery matte finish but it doesn't cling onto or accentuate dry flaky skin. 

This foundation does not seem to have any hydrating properties so if you need to, please moisturize before applying this foundation.

Oil Control
This is where I am most disappointed in this foundation. The oil control lasts only a maximum of 3 hours or less. I always find nose and cheeks SUPER SHINY (we are talking grease pan status) by 3 hours and I have to blot every 3 hours. I have tried it with a basic mattifying primer and the Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer. I have also tried setting it with some setting spray but the oil control results are still the same. I haven't tried setting it with powder because the finish is already so powdery matte but it might help. 

This foundation transfers with oil and sweat. So, because it does not help with oil control, you can imagine that all the blotting will eventually remove a lot of the foundation. It transfers quite noticeably so you can definitely see vivid beige patches on your blotting tissue. 
Both pictures show the foundation applied but taken under different lighting.
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5

I decided to rank this foundation below the VDL Perfecting Last Foundation and above the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream mainly because of the smooth powdery matte finish, high coverage, affordable price tag and shade range. If you are considering oil control, SPF and ingredients, then this will go below the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation. However, since my Lioele TTS BB Cream does transfer (without setting powder), then I think I would prefer the LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation over the BB Creams. 

To read up on other foundations/bb creams that I have tried and reviewed:

Current foundation ranking list:
1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation(030 Sand Beige) 
3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
4. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
5. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Foundation (010 Soft Ivory)
6. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+/PA+++ (#21) 
7. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
8. Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation (112 Natural Ivory)
9. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
10. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30/PA++ (V02) 
11. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
12. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30/PA++ (Natural Beige) 
13. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43/PA+++ (Natural Beige)
14. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34/PA++ (N04 Neutral Beige)
15. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)