L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation with SPF 17

Hi Pretties!

This review is on the L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation with SPF 17.  I know, I know… this range has been out FOREVER… it’s only recently I decided to try this very loved foundation out for myself! My only question is — why did I wait so long??  Really loving this!

On the L’oreal website, the product is described as follows:

True Match Super-Blendable Makeup precisely matches your skin’s tone and texture and coordinates perfectly with True Match Powder, Blush and Concealer. Formulated with Precise Match Technology so you can control coverage and fine-tune it. Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers, so all you see is beautiful, radiant, flawless skin.

Finish: Natural

SPF: 17

Coverage: Light to medium

Skin Type: For all skin types

Available in 23 skin-true shades

I have the shade 5.5 Suntan, which was labelled as a “new shade”. I have to say, it is the perfect match for my skintone right now this summer (how appropriate is the shade name too?!). And out of the 23 shades they offer, I’m sure to find another perfect match for the cooler months when my tanned face wears away. With the shade selection being so vast, it’s great — I have a yellow-undertone to my skin and a lot of drugstore foundations are too pink or too orange. The True Match range has shades that will suit so many different skintones!

I purchased a 30ml bottle on sale from Target for $9.99Cdn.

The formula is very liquidy, so I  have to be very mindful of pouring this out slowly onto the back of my hand. I’d say about a dime-sized amount is more than enough product to cover my entire face to give me a very even-toned, natural, radiant and most importantly, skin-like finish. I apply this using my Real Techniques buffing brush and it’s the perfect tool for helping me achieve such a natural finish. It leaves semi-dewy finish, which is the finish I usually favour for my combo skin. Coverage is definitely light but can be built up easily to medium. Even after having primer underneath this, I don’t feel any heaviness on my skin — just awesome.

I’ve really been enjoying some other drugstore foundations lately – Maybelline FitMe, Revlon Nearly Naked and Rimmel 25-Hour Lasting Finish foundation. These are all awesome in their own right, but I think I’m going to have to put the L’oreal True Match foundation at the top of my drugstore foundation list right now!!

I see the True Match range has blushes, powders and concealers too!  Uh oh.. I feel another shopping trip on the way!!

Great foundation and I would definitely repurchase!!

Have you tried the L’oreal True Match liquid foundation?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried anything else from the True Match range?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!!

I give the L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation with SPF 17:  a STANDING OVATION

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!



On The Rotation: Lip Balms

Hi Pretties!

One beauty staple I cannot ever live without is lip balm. I must always have lip balm at arm’s length! It’s the first thing I put on my face when getting ready in the morning and the last thing I put on before hitting the pillow at night. I can’t stand the look and feel of dry, chapped, nasty lips!!

I’ve had three lip balms on rotation over the last many months:  Nuxe Rêve de Miel, Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment and Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm.

What I like about these three lip balms is that they cover all low and high price points and they are all different (in formula), yet very effective at keeping dry, chap lips far, far away!

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment – around $3 Cdn

This is the cheapest of the bunch and works like a charm. I’ve repurchased this particular lip balm over and over again — always dependable. This one has a bit of medicinal smell and a slight tingle to the lips, but nothing overly unpleasent. The formula is one that is like Vaseline, but thicker, so it’s got a bit more “grab” while it’s on the lip, without it feeling heavy or sticky. I’ve got one of these in my makeup bag and an extra at work at all times. Wearability-wise, this balm lasts a good while on my lips, while absorbing into them and keeping chap lips away. And when I’ve got a bout of dry lips, this heals that problem up in a jiffy.

I give the Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment: a STANDING OVATION

Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm – around $8 Cdn

This is my “treat” lip balm. With the subtle scent and taste of strawberries (yum!) this is always a pleasure to put on. This formula is probably the closest to the texture of Vaseline, yet still a bit thicker. Although it’s a light pink colour, I don’t find that it really leaves any colour on my lips at all — which is a good thing, if I ever layer lipstick over it. This one glides on very easy and absorbs well, leaving my lips feeling hydrated and smooth. I tehd to use this on days when my lips aren’t too crazy dry — it gives just enough of a layer of moisture to keep my lips feeling happy. The tin packaging is a nice touch and I just love the apothecary/vintage look of the label.

I give the Rosebud Salve Strawberry Lip Balm: a STANDING OVATION

Nuxe Rêve de Miel – $17 Cdn

For my faithful followers, you know soooo bad how much I am in love with this lip balm. At $17, I thought, no way would I pay that much for a tiny little jar of lip balm.

This is my second jar.

I’ve done a full review on this little lip saver (actually, it was my first ever Try Me Pretty blog post!) — if you want to read more in depth, click HERE

In short, I have nothing bad to say about the Nuxe. The formula is much different from any other lip balm I’ve tried or owned — it’s got almost a matte, creamery-honey-like texture and is quite thick. A pretty heavy-duty moisturizer for your lips, but once you put it on, it melts like a dream and absorbs nicely into the lips. This is the one I reach for probably the most nowadays. When I get really chap lips and I put this on, I swear, within an hour my lips feel soothed, smooth and hydrated. I like this particulary at night before bed — I put a coat of this on and in the morning, I can still feel some of the product on my lips, not to mention they are always so soft!

I give the Nuxe Rêve de Miel: a STANDING OVATION

So there you have it — my lip balm rotation! Sometimes the most unsuspecting (boring?) beauty product can be the most important and loved!!

And remember — check out my “Rating System” in the menu bar above to see what ‘Standing Ovation’ and other ratings really mean to me!!

Have you tried any of these lip balms?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite(s)?  I’d love to hear your comments!!

Thanks for stopping in Pretties!


The Body Shop’s All-in-One Instablur

Hi Pretties!

I am obsessed with The Body Shop skincare products and I’ve got a few of their makeup products as well that I really do enjoy (their blushes are amazing!). When I ran out of primer recently, I thought it would be a good time to try out something new. I’ve heard about the InstaBlur primer and with The Body Shop having a buy 2 get 1 free promotion, I thought what better time to buy!


On The Body Shop website, the product is described as follows:

This all-new face perfector blurs imperfections, giving you flawless photo-perfect skin in an instant! With Community Fair Trade marula oil. Five action perfector:

  • Shine Controlling 12h
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Blemish Hiding
  • Complexion Unifying
  • Make-up Extending

Out of the 5 claims above, I’d say it definitely lives up to shine control, reducing appearance of pores, complexion unifying and make-up extending. Pretty good, I’d say!

I’ve been used to using very silky, silicone-based primers (for example GOSH, Sephora brand). I’ve recently been loving a more cream texture primers (Dr. Brandt, Benefit’s POREfessional). I’ve had some pretty good success with both formulas (but more so the cream ones). When I swatched Instablur on my hand at The Body Shop, I noticed immediately that the texture seemed to fit both a silicone and cream feel. I believe the formula consists of Vitamin E and powder pigments which give it this type of consistency. And with the inclusion of Marula Oil, it makes it very smooth and easy to blend. It is has a very, very slight powdery smell, but verging on fragrance-free.


About two little pea size dots gives me the coverage I’m looking for — in small circular motions, I put a thin, even layer all over my face. Once applied, I definitely notice a “blurring” effect — it reduces the appearance of my pores and leaves a velvety, semi-matte, smoothed out finish. It does not feel like I have anything on my skin.

I let it set for about a minute and then proceed to apply my liquid foundation, which goes on very smooth with no sort of interference or cakiness from the InstaBlur. I actually really really like the way my foundation looks with the InstaBlur underneath — it gives it an almost air-brushed finish.

During this hot, humid weather we’ve been having, the Instablur has most definitely extended my makeup wear and has kept the shine in my T-zone at bay for a much longer time.

I am thoroughly impressed with the formula and the performance.

For a 25ml tube at $22 Cdn, it may seem a bit much, but I say this is a pretty good investment and I would definitely repurchase. The Body Shop always has promotions going on so I’m bound to get a great deal on this someday!

Have you tried InstaBlur? Like or dislike? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

I give The Body Shop All-in-One InstaBlur primer: a STANDING OVATION

Thanks for reading Pretties!