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L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Drugstore Makeup Review

This year, as promised, I am bringing you reviews of affordable, high-quality, drugstore makeup. High quality is not always synonymous with a large price tag! On Facebook, I asked many of you for your favorite drugstore recommendations. Some of you recommended L'Oreal True Match Lumi as a dupe (comparable, affordable replacement) for Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation. You know I love my Luminous Silk, so I was intrigued! How does this drugstore foundation compare?

I let you know in today's comprehensive review. I initially purchased the foundation back in December, used it for over a month, and came back to let you know my findings.

The bottom line: it's a great foundation. With one swipe of the pad, you get very light coverage. Or you can build it with two or three swipes for more coverage. The biggest advantage of this foundation is the price. It is typically sold for around $17, but if you use a coupon (like I did at CVS) you can get it for a significantly reduced rate. You can also find it on Amazon for around $12.

The blush I'm wearing in the second half of the video is L'Oreal True Match super-blendable blush in subtle sable.

To see all of the shades for Lumi Cushion, visit the L'Oreal website here.

You can watch my video this week to see the whole review. I hope you find it helpful!


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Comment of the Week
This comment comes from a review of Lessons from Madame Chic on Amazon.
Lynda M writes:
Oh I loved this book, but how to put it into practice? I am an English lady, living in the USA and married to a lovely, wonderful man who comes from a Minnesota Rural Farm background...there are cultural differences aplenty, as you can imagine...especially at the dinner time, where the 'plonking down' of a gallon plastic milk jug directly onto the dining table is an unfortunate regular occurrence (not to mention the roll of paper towels to be used as napkins, and the use of a tablespoon to eat most types of food) lol! Being of English origin, I have cupboards full of fine bone china, delicately embroidered linens, Crystal glasses, delicate tea cups...all of which languish unused. Ah well, I can read this book and dream of more gracious times...maybe sneak some of that gallon of milk into a crystal decanter?
On a more serious note, I realised that my own manners had deteriorated somewhat over the past 10 years or so...I was a nurse in a busy city hospital working night shifts for several years, and 'lunch' (when it existed) was eaten in 10 minutes on the run and consisted of microwave meals or hospital burgers...and my language and general manners were starting to mimic that of my patients (mostly detoxing alcoholics and drug abusers, sadly). Now that I have retired, I can work on bringing back some graciousness into my life and this book has reminded me of many things that I had let go. Time to get back to being the English Lady that I was born to be...maybe some of it will eventually rub off. Of course, not all the suggestions are practical for day to day life...I love to curl up on the sofa and relax, and cooking a three or four course meal every evening would tax both my finances and my sanity, but it's a fun read and nice to dream about.

Lynda, thank you for such a fantastic and interesting review of my book. Your image of the milk in the crystal decanter made me smile. I am so grateful to everyone who has reviewed my books online. Thank you!

This week I would love to know... have you tried True Match Lumi Cushion? Do you have any drugstore makeup favorites to share with us?

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boat people said...

Just wondering if green or natural beauty products are on your radar?
The toxic chemicals used in almost all drug-store brands should maybe be a bit of a disclaimer :)
No More Dirty Looks is a great resource (book and blog) on putting Eco-friendly,healthy makeup on your biggest organ!

Elline 23 said...

Thanks for the detailed review! I think I'll give it a try!

Dana said...

Jennifer, looking presentable always came in handy for me this morning! I woke up tired with a bad hair day, but decided to throw it up in the sophisticated chignon rather than a messy bun. On the way to work I was stopped by a TV reporter covering an issue in my neighborhood. That hairstyle prevented me from looking sloppy on camera. Thank you!

Maureen @Raising The Capable Student said...

Thank you for these reviews, my daughter is just now becoming interested in make up, and I appreciate these reviews for more affordable options - for both of us, actually!

This seems like the only possibly safe space online to comment about a group wearing their underwear in public to accept an award, and Adele using foul language and taking a "do over" during a performance. I found them completely undignified, and a terrible example for the people watching it.

Jennifer, please keep up the good fight because we clearly need someone with a voice and some authority speaking up. I'm beyond discouraged by what I saw last night.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review, I've been wanting to try this product for a few months now. I've used cushion compacts before, but was looking for a lower cost alternative.

Unknown said...


You mentioned that you will be seeking out Nyx, which is a drugstore favorite of mine not only for its affordability, but because it is cruelty free - a must for me!
While the lipsticks are not as long wearing as pricier brands, they still Perform well and are great when experimenting with new colors. I love the eye pencils as well, and find them to be of high quality.



Gigi said...

Thanks for the review! The foundation I'm currently using is okay - but I will be trying this one out. I particularly like that it has a pad rather than being dabbed on with the fingers.

Anonymous said...

I may try this, even though I am happy with my NYX bb cream. (I'm REALLY looking forward to your NYX review! I use quite a number of their products, and am eager to hear your take on them!)

Unknown said...

I found theallnaturalface.com from a comment posted on this site (I think.) I have been out-of-this-world pleased with her makeup. It's all natural, vegan, and free of parabens, phthalates, etc. I couldn't wear eye shadow for years do to sensitivity issues, even Physician's Formula Organic Wear and Clinique. My eyelid skin used to become itchy, red, and scaly. Now that I found TANF, I can wear eye shadow again. I'm so happy with their mineral foundation, blush, eyeshadow primer, makeup primer, eyeshadow, and gel liner. I didn't like the mascara, so I use Pacifica brand mascara from Target.

I hope this helps someone, oh, and they are very affordable, too, since it's a small, family-owned company, and they don't use fancy packaging.

Janessa said...

I'll second desire to find non toxic makeup. I have been using the Environmental Working Group to figure out the toxicity of products. It's a wonderful resource!

Rita said...

I've used L'Oreal makeup for years, because I like their colors. I'm going to try the true Match Lumi, but in the liquid form. I'm going to be buying makeup in a day or 2, so glad I saw your post now!

marmielu said...

After watching your video on this product, I bought some. I was needing a new foundation, but had been putting it off. I really like this! It goes on so nicely and lasts. And, it doesn't seem to creep into my wrinkles. The selection at my store was pretty sparse, but the shade I got works beautifully. Thank you so much for your video and real life recommendation!