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L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum Review

Hiya everyone, coming at you with another base product review today. This time for the L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum. That name might be quite a mouthful, but the product itself is exactly what I’ve found myself looking for recently.

I’m into lightweight, light coverage, barely there skin tints. This is just the ticket and when I saw L’Oreal were releasing this product, I knew I had to try it!

L’Oreal is one o my favourite drugstore brands. However, I have found their base products to be a bit hit or miss. Some of their foundations are amazing, a couple haven’t worn that well for me.

I’ve been busy testing this Tinted Serum for the past few weeks. We’ve also been having a heatwave in the UK, so this base product has really been put through its paces!

Let’s get into the details of the L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum!

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COST

The L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum is £13.99 for 30ml. 30ml is pretty standard for a base product.

It works out to be £0.46 per ml which is quite affordable. I have also found that I don’t need to use much with each application, so it’s going to last a while!

You can currently purchase the Tinted Serum from Look Fantastic, Boots and Superdrug.

PACKAGING

This Tinted Serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It isn’t my preferred packaging for a foundation. However, it works with this type of product. This is a very runny product, so if it were to come out of a pump, I imagine it would splatter everywhere and drip all over your hands.

I do find that if you’re not careful placing the dropper back in the hole, product will come off the sides of the dropper and build up around the screw top. Slight negative as you will end up wasting product. I try and put it back in the bottle super carefully, but the hole is quite small as well!

All in all, I like the packaging. It feels weighty and more substantial than some higher end foundations.

SHADE RANGE

The L’Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum comes in 9 shades. I would say they are quite evenly spread from light to dark. The deepest shade is pretty deep and since this is a tint, the colours end up being more flexible.

There’s one truly pale shade, then 4 light/medium and 4 medium/deep. For once, I find the palest shade is really neutral and a great shade match. The way they’ve numbered them, the palest shade covers 0.5-2 and the deepest is 10-12. The other shades are all just between 2 shades, so 5-6 for example.

I have had issues in the past with drugstore foundations being soooooo warm toned/orange. Their pale shades are way too warm and dark for me. I’m glad that shade ranges are expanding from high end to drugstore at both ends of the spectrum. It shouldn’t be that only light/medium skin tones can get a good colour match.

This is the shade 0.5-2, Very Light.

CLAIMS

  • 1% hyaluronic acid to plump skin
  • natural luminous finish with mineral pigments
  • unites skincare and makeup
  • sheer formula dedicates itself to a variety of skin tones
  • flawless nude finish
  • brightens and evens skin out
  • non comedogenic and dermatologically tested
  • suitable for all skin types

Hyaluronic Acid is well known for being hydrating to the skin. It can retain 1000 times its weight in water. I use a Japanese Hyaluronic Acid Essence most nights in my skincare regime. But I put it on damp skin because I have researched and many people say that if you put it on dry skin, it sucks the moisture out of your skin. The idea is to suck more water into your skin, not suck the moisture you do have.

However, with this product, since it’s a skin tint, you need your skin to be dry? So I question how plumping and hydrating the hyaluronic acid would be. I’m no scientist though, so maybe there are other things in the formula that promote this.

I agree that the finish is natural. It’s not matte, but it’s not dewy, so yes natural luminous is a good way to describe it. I will talk a bit more in a minute about how this performs on the skin and a product I think it’s similar to. I will also say now that I do love this product, it’s been performing well for me. The formula is just a bit confusing to me.

Uniting skincare and makeup… yes it has a skincare ingredient, but I’ve already said above how I’m not sure how effective the HA would be in this formulation. I don’t find the formula overly drying, but it’s also not super hydrating either…. It does have a lot of alcohol in it to help it evaporate, so to me that’s a more drying ingredient.

I find this product really quite baffling. Opinion of how I think the product performs aside, it’s touted as being hydrating, yet denatured alcohol is the fifth ingredient. In this case it needs the alcohol. These types of product are usually alcohol and dimethicone heavy. It’s to do with texture, glide and how quickly it sinks in/blends to leave behind the almost powdery finish.

I will say Hyaluronic Acid is high up on the ingredient list too, but below Dimethicone and Alcohol Denat. I could be miles away and L’Oreal’s chemists have found a way for the Hyaluronic Acid to still be hydrating. However, from what I’ve read and heard over the years, that’s not how I have been lead to believe HA works.

I definitely agree that the formula is sheer and flexible between skin tones. It does leave a flawless finish. It’s super lightweight on the skin and you wouldn’t think you were wearing anything.

I don’t find it brightening, but I do think it evens my skin out. It glides over pores and doesn’t settle into lines. It doesn’t look dull on the skin, but I don’t suddenly look in the mirror and think “wow my skin is so bright”.

I do agree that I haven’t found it to be comedogenic. It hasn’t broken me out or had any negative effect on my skin. I’ve worn this product about 10 times now.

As for it being suitable for all skin types… almost. I think the driest types of skin may find this to be a bit powdery and dry on the skin. I do find it clings to the few dry flakes my combo skin has, so for super dry skin I don’t think it would be flattering. On all other skin types, I think it would look great. My skin hasn’t been overly oily recently, but this still looks great on my skin.

APPLICATION AND WEAR TEST

For me, the easiest and least messy way to apply the L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum is to place a few drops directly onto a dense buffing brush. I use the Estée Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Watery Glow Primer and I don’t set my foundation with any powder. I use 4 spritzes of MAC Fix+ at the end of my makeup application.

I’m sure you could drop this onto skin, but I wouldn’t want to contaminate the whole bottle for a start. Also, it’s pretty runny so it would probably run off my face before I’ve finished faffing about trying to get the dropper back into the tiny hole on the bottle and picked up a brush.

I find that a damp sponge just sucks this product right up and you’ll be left with nothing. I use about 2 drops for my chin, 2 for my forehead and 3 each for my cheeks. Because this formula dries so quickly, I find it easier to work in sections on my face. Beware if you are sensitive to scents, this smells quite strongly of alcohol. It dissipates after blending and you can’t smell it on your skin.

This formula glides onto the skin and blends in very quickly and easily. Although you have to work quickly, I like that the formula allows you to blend it quickly. There’s nothing worse than a product that dries quickly, but sticks to one place so you can’t blend it.

This evens out the skin and covers the worst of my redness. I do still need to conceal any acne I may have. I think the coverage is just right. Enough that you notice a difference, but not so heavy it’s like a mask. It dries down to be a natural finish, not flat, but not dewy.

I find the finish a bit powdery actually. It reminds me very much of the Lancome Miracle Air de Teint which has been discontinued. I used to absolutely love that stuff and one year I wore nothing but all Summer. The shades were a bit crap, too warm or too grey. However, since there wasn’t much coverage, I could just about get away with it. Since that product was discontinued, I’ve been on a quest to find something like it. And I finally have! This performs just like it, it smells the same, it feels the same on the brush and with how it applies. It lasts just as long, it’s easy to wear for Summer and I’ve found a shade much better for me! Although I find the whole plumping tinted serum aspect confusing, the actual product is gorgeous!

I have certainly tested this Tinted Serum extensively. I’ve worn masks for hours where I could feel sweat dripping underneath it. Bearing in mind it is not usual for houses in the UK to have air con, I’ve done a workout on the hottest day of the year, gone from muggy rooms to ones with fans. I’ve sat in a hot car with my air con off as I was listening for sounds as I thought something was wrong with my car. It’s been into air conditioned supermarkets and then hot outdoors, humid walks etc. Nothing phases this product. It’s not transfer proof with masks, a little will come off.

However, it never looks like the mask has just taken half your face off. I’ve been amazed at how well it lasts. It doesn’t seem to change throughout the day either. My oils are kept at bay, it doesn’t ever look heavy or cakey. No separation, it just stays looking fabulous until you take it off. Yesterday I had it on for 14 hours and it looked perfect.

Here is it just after application:
And after 12 hours on the hottest day of the year, after a 45 minute workout and evening walk:

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Well, this has been a journey haha! I don’t think I’ve ever been confused by a formula before and had so many conflicting comments! But when we got to the application and wear test, I hope it became clear that I actually love this product and think it’s well worth the price! It’s actually a bargain for how it performs. I say that purely because it’s so like the Lancome for me and that was triple the price at least.

I love how I can put this on and forget about it, I know it’s going to look good all day. It’s not one of those base products that’s high maintenance and you have to keep touching it up.

If you’re after a lightweight, easy to use skin tint that will last through hot, humid weather, then the L’Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum might just be exactly what you’re looking for! I will definitely be wearing it all Summer long, it’s so easy to wear. It looks gorgeous, it wears super well, it never looks heavy on the skin. I just love it!

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Annie N

Recipe developer, food photographer, make up and skincare addict, lover of tennis and motorsport.

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