True Match powder by L'Oreal

I was getting ready for work this morning and figured I best throw a powder compact into my bag because my skin has been rather shiny over the last few days. Talking of which Adryen said to me a while back “Joy your skin looks beautiful. It’s really… shiny… and stuff” I knew he was aiming for a compliment but couldn’t help being ever so slightly offended. Kinda like when he said my hair looked really flat when he apparently meant straight. Sometimes choosing the right word really is important! :)

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, we were talking about my ridiculously shiny face, which got me thinking about the best powders I’ve come across. One of my all time favourites is definitely True Match by L’Oreal. This stuff is bloody brilliant!

I’ve been using this for about 4 years (not the same one you understand – although that would be seriously impressive – I think I’m on my 4th or 5th now) and the first thing that impressed me about it was the extraordinary variety of shades; my skin is unbelievably pale during the winter months (tans fairly easy when there’s some sunshine) and I find it hard to get foundations and powders that are light enough but the Rose Vanilla matches my skin tone perfectlyThe compact itself is actually quite nice if a little simple; basic powder pan on top and there is a small section underneath that has a little mirror and sponge. I’m really anal when it comes to hygiene so never actually use the sponge but it’s always handy to have “just in case”

As for the texture, well it really couldn’t be any better! I love how it’s silky smooth, light as air and feels so finely milled that you hardly even feel like you’re wearing anything. Which might lead people to expect pretty poor coverage but nope, this can be built up from a fine sheen-absorbing layer to a proper medium coverage foundation that even does fairly well against dark circles and the like. Pretty amazing, no?

I’ve gone through dozens of different powders over the years from Chanels poudre universelle compacte and Estee Lauders aeromatte ultralucent powder to Cliniques stay-matte sheer pressed powder and Bobbi Browns sheer finished pressed powder and I can say without doubt that if I could only use one of them for the next 10 years it would be L’Oreals true match

Do you have a powder you always reach for? Or do you like to use a big variety of brands? ♥
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