How Did Your Last Makeup Purchase Turn Out?

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Loreal True Match Lumi

YASSSS, gurl! Magic in a bottle, otherwise known as L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundation ($12.99)

magical goodnessFluffy baby kittens and pink cotton candy and glittery sprinkles and unicorns and a nap on Ryan Gosling’s abs. Otherwise, great. ๐Ÿ™‚

My last makeup purchase went great. It was at Ulta a couple weeks ago, where I found a few gems…


Like truly moving makeup gems!

One of them was something I’ve been hoping to find for years — decades even — a drugstore foundation I could love with every fiber of my being, and I finally have. I cannot stop raving about L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundation ($12.99).

I went on a 10-minute sermon about its wonderfulness to a stranger sitting next to me at the dentist’s office yesterday, and I didn’t even care when her eyes started to glaze over. I think the poor woman was wondering if I’d ever stop to take a breath (I did).

It’s not just one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve ever found, but one of the best foundations of any kind, ever. Super affordable ($12.99), available in a wide shade range, and best of all, effortlessly natural coverage, like, “What, me? Wear makeup? Naw, I just woke up like this…”

And I don’t even have to resort to special blending methods or doohickeys to make it work. No primers or fancy tools. Just a bit applied with fingers. That’s all.

Right now I’m not using it with powder because my skin’s been incredibly dry, and powder makes it look even drier, but for more coverage I’ll just top it with either MAC Mineralize Skinfinish or Chanel Loose powder.

Holy grail.

How did your last makeup purchase turn out?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Agata says:

    I was looking at this foundation at Walgreens and I was ready to get it but they didn’t have my shade. They had one bottle but it was open before and I don’t like that!

    I got L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation instead and I am in LOVE! The shade I got matches me perfectly, it applies like a dream, lasts all day and covers ALL imperfections. Not that you need another foundation, but you should try it!
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  2. Good! But I tried a sample first, so I knew what to expect. It was a primer by Dermalogica.
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  3. astou says:

    I’ve just got this morning my Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder.
    HIHIHI … but i did not try it yet, just swatched it !!!
    I’m still ill in bed…so no makeup except for a bb cream.
    But i can’t wait to add it to the Traceless foundation ๐Ÿ™‚

    I actually did a lot of purchases … is there a better way to kill time ??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Jules says:

    Ah-may-zing. I went to have my interview with NARS (and got a makeover at the same time), and they used the white gloss (Vent Salรฉ) on me. It looked fantastic, so I simply had to have it right then and there! Unfortunately I didn’t get the job (I need more experience), but hey, at least my lips looked BOMB. (I’m going back for the rest of the collection tomorrow – it’s PAYDAY!)

    Bonus, after hearing me chatter about makeup at work, at least two of my coworkers want me to do their makeup. Score!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Uh-oh, Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide, look out! Karen’s might’ve found your match. (Ha! Did not expect that pun.)

    I’ve been spending lately to combat my depression a bit, so let’s see, last night I bought some Wet ‘n Wild eye shadow crayons – one of them in Pixie to go with my purple mascara. It may be starting to crease already (4 hours wear), even with primer. Sigh.

    I also got the NARS creamy concealer on Sunday after hearing all the reviews. Feeling really good about that! And trying to wear make up more so I feel more badass and awesome instead of ugh life.

  6. Katie says:

    I finally went all-in and splashed out for Lancome 24hr foundation…it id the mist beautiful! Very happy with it.

    I also got a few different products from Em Cosmetics, of which I a very best underwhelmed with their performance.

  7. Erin says:

    Revlon HD Lipgloss and I love them!
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  8. Ruchita says:

    I actually can’t remember the last makeup item I purchased. It’s been a while! I love finding drugstore makeup gems, so thanks for recommending this. I will definitely check it out! Happy almost Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. yari says:

    Omggggg you didn’t say what color you were!? You and I are like skin twinsies didn’t you know?! Lol Btw I’ve been playing with Estee Lauder Double Wear 4 in one and I’m almost ready to commit!!! Prob will go this weekend and get it. #fingerscrossed

  10. Stephanie Smith says:

    I went to the drugstore looking for some easy to wear lipsticks, just something so I wouldn’t look like a zombie. I found Loreal Color Riche Balm in Plush Plum and Electric Pink. Totally wearable, affordable, and they look and feel great! Yay for the drugstore, occasionally! Lol!

  11. Ashleigh says:

    I hear so many good things about that foundation! I must try it soon. I love that drugstore foundation formulas are so great now.

    Technically my latest makeup purchase is still on its way (Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette! Super excited!)

    And my latest Sephora purchases have all been skincare, but I did finally cave and get one of the NARS duel-intensity shadows in Dione, and I love love love it. I’ve been wearing it nearly every day in some form.

  12. Bella says:

    Fantastically!! I bought most of the Chanel Reverie Parisienne collection (with the exception of the eye palettes and eyeliner) and I’m enjoying every single piece. I justified it by saying 1) I bought nothing from their holiday collection because it was too cool toned and I didn’t even think the highlighter was pretty and 2) I won’t buy anything else for the rest of this month LOL!

  13. Sylvia says:

    I’ve been trying to control myself and not buy anything… But yesterday I relapsed. I bought Nars sheer glow in Barcelona and Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Bauhau5. I am in loooooove with the lip stain it is beautiful. The foundation I love in natural lighting but when I took pictures with flash it gave that white cast which I don’t understand because it doesn’t have spf in it:( I don’t want to return it because it is beautiful. Any suggestions ladies?

  14. Barb says:

    It went great! I’ve been on the hunt for a long-wearing foundation with great coverage. I heard tons of good things about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and I spent my Sephora gift card on that. I love it! I’ll have to keep my eyes open for this Loreal one as a back up!

  15. Tracy says:

    YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation has become by go to this winter over my Armani Luminous Silk and Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in 3 Shakes has been a god send for an effortless slightly smokey eye. I blend both out with my fingers which cuts down on my get ready time in the morning.

  16. Divya says:

    My last makeup acquisition (a Christmas Gift) was Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Scenario and it has the whole 90’s vibe down to the T! Amazing colors and finish and just makes the pout look oh so sexy! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  17. Allison C says:

    Funny you should ask! I just got back from the post office. I stayed up too late one night watching HSN. I should know better. I bought a “miracle” coverup product from Signature Club A/Adrienne Arpel that’s supposed to mask wrinkles. When I got it, it turned out to be just like L’Oreal Miracle Blur that didn’t work for me either. So, it cost me $15 in shipping costs not to own this product, lol
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  18. Lisa M. says:

    I purchased the Philosophy Hope in a Jar foundation in light 5. The color match was spot on and the coverage was natural looking. Unfortunately, it really burns my face when I apply it, so a no go.

  19. Stacey says:

    I picked up a new Essence blush at Ulta a couple of days ago that is a beautiful shimmery, (not glittery) peachy shade. Was only $2.49 and it lasts all day on me although that is over primer and powder. Going to pick up one or two more colors soon.

  20. Katia Audrey says:

    I’m drooling hehe! I guess this is not the same as their Lumi Magique? If not I can’t wait for it to come to Greece (or in any online European store for that matter!). Happy Friday!

  21. Estefania says:

    I’ve always been fond of Tru Match Lumi! I actually found it to be nearly identical to the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

    My most recent makeup purchase was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, and it was a smashing success!!! I’ve been using it every single day, and I’m really impressed with it.

  22. Jenny says:

    I really want to try this one out because so many people love it, but I am really stinkin’ pale and their lightest shade is too dark for me ๐Ÿ™
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  23. kwmechelle says:

    The last drugstore gem I found was the NYX brow gel. Holy smokes. Game changer. Another goodie that I bought without even swatching first was the mac viva glam Rihanna 2. I ordered it from Nordies & pair it with nightmoth + explicit. I’ll be singing the praises of this lip combo forever!

  24. Krista says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this foundation forever and I think you just convinced me!

    Today was my first day trying the new loreal infallable matte foundation and so far, I’m liking it!
    Krista recently posted … Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color

  25. Kelly B. says:

    I’ve seen you raving about this on Twitter too and you’ve almost convinced me to pick one up ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t even remember what I last purchased…is that sad?? ๐Ÿ˜€
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  26. Katherine M says:

    SO happy for you on the foundation working! When you find a good drugstore foundation, hold on to it for dear life! Or ANY foundation for that matter.

    I last got another Holy Smokes cream shadow by Benefit at Sephora in JC Penney and one of the waterproof eye shadow pencils by Sephora in Lilac. My old Holy Smokes shadow had dried up and I love how versatile and long-wearing it is. It pairs great with Laura Mercier in Stormy Grey, a suggestion you had given me when Benefit came out with the new creaseless cream shadows! The Sephora waterproof eye shadow pencils are great – they don’t crease and will stay on through a workout.

  27. tirurit says:

    Oh my! Trouble coming my way!

    I love the LM Flawless Smooth Finish fluide foundation that I tried following your raves… so I am in trouble if you say that this one is amazing as well!

    Fortunately, last week it had not arrived yet to this side of the Atlantic, so I have some time still to count my pennies!
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  28. Rachel P. says:

    Hi Karen!! I haven’t been around in awhile (busy new year) but it’s good to be back! I’ve missed your blog.

    Lumi is great! I’m usually too oily for it, but in the dead of winter, it’s perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ My recent purchases have been good and bad! The ELF matte lipsticks = so terrible. Good thing it was only $2. Successes for my Ulta/drugstore visit last week have been the L’Oreal Pro Matte Infallible foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless powder (seriously silky!), the IT Cosmetics Vitality lip stains (in gloss and lipstick form), NYX Butter Gloss in Devil’s Food Cake, and Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Cleansing Lotion.

  29. Debra says:

    Don’t know yet because it’s on its way!

    I ordered the Hourglass Modernist in Color Field today. i shopped my stash and half-way through applying dupes I knew — it was —

    futile to get the same finish! Finish as in “end result” and finish as in “texture.”

    It’s my first Hourglass eyeshadow purchase so there is something to celebrate. But today I wanted just to celebrate work, life, and love, not necessarily in that order!

    • Debra says:

      And I’m not gonna believe the negative reviews on this and the other Modernist palettes. You either love these things or hate them. I’ll go with the love!

      • Karen says:

        Hey Debra,

        Color Field is my fave out of the bunch so far! I think it’s a matter of application. I tap off my brush first and swirl it on the back of my hand to work the powder into the bristles and then apply it on my lids. When I do it that way, I’m rewarded with beautifully blended shadows. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Happy Friday to you!

  30. Sylirael says:

    I’m still wading my way through trying everything in the Give Me More Lip Set I got via Jaa! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been worth every cent – I’ve discovered so many new loves, like Bite Palomino and Hourglass Icon…
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  31. Cathy says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for this recommendation! I have been following your blog for awhile now, and I think we have the same skin tone and prefer the same colors (I just bought the Modernist palette in Color Field and absolutely love it too!). I was wondering what shade you got because I think it would be the same shade for me too.

    Thanks! Love your blog, so informative!

  32. Erika says:

    B+! I got the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara and a new Revlon lip gloss; I really like both of them.

    I guess I’ll be taking my favorite Lancome foundation into the drugstore to match my color to L’oreal! I’v heard they are all under the same company umbrella, so maybe a match will be easy.

  33. Alesia says:

    Hi! I have been looking for a good one. Do you think it’s good for sensitive skin? What color are you? I am the same tone as you are! Thanks!!
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  34. Cyndi says:

    I’d been hearing a lot of good things about the Lโ€™Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundation and had wanted to try it for a very long time… I too finally picked one up and tried it recently… and I am in love as well!! It is amazing and looks so natural!!

  35. Cel says:

    I NEED to know what shade you use

  36. Lori P says:

    My last makeup purchase was two of the Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palettes in Monochrome and Color Field. I having loads of fun playing with them and I went ahead and ordered Exposure.

  37. Elena says:

    I was at Target wandering aimlessly buying anything my stomach desired and I decided to look at makeup while I was there too. I ended up buying Rimmel’s new Provocalips in the shade Kiss Fatal. I read about it a loooonnggg time ago on some UK blogs and it is finally stateside!

    Man the color is a beautiful natural berry and it really is super long wear! I can kiss my hand and it doesn’t transfer. Lasts through my lunch break and when I drink from my water bottle I notice it doesn’t transfer there either! I was really blow away! I’m gonna pick up more shades! It is a little drying but not too unbearable.

  38. Julie says:

    I’m really glad that this worked for you Karen and I did too for the first hour I had this on. After that it just slid off my combination to oily skin. The local Sydney humidity likely didn’t help but beware girls if your skin ‘eats’ foundation. Such a pity because I loved the initial finish too! ๐Ÿ™

  39. This seems to be magical.. An u know I am in need of a foundation an this is going to be it !!.. I have a dry skin so I think it should work for me.

    My last drugstore purchase was sephora jumbo crayon and I just loved it.. Its performance amazed me .. Will be going back to hoard more ๐Ÿ™‚
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  40. Iris says:

    My last makeup purchase was the Hello Kitty anniversary palette. I managed to grab it for half off. I haven’t used it yet (I’m still admiring the prettiness) but will do so soon.

  41. Lancy says:

    I recently got some hot red lipsticks from L’Oreal paris!! And am totally loving them!
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  42. Lancy says:

    I recently got some hot red lipsticks from L’Oreal paris!! And am totally loving them!
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  43. Kim says:

    It’s been a little while and I only got the usual staples so, from that standpoint, it’s always unicorns and puffy clouds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Friday!

  44. Erin says:

    I really like this foundation too! Wish they made lighter shades in it, I have the lightest which doesn’t always work for me (a ghost in the winter).

  45. April says:

    Karen, is this anything like MAC Hyper Real? I’ve been looking for something comparable since they dc’d it.

  46. fancie says:

    I need to get my hands on that foundation! My most recent purchase was a few of the new Rimmel lippies. I’ve only tried 2 of them so far but I’m not feeling them. Hopefully the others turn out a little better
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  47. Charlene says:

    Oil control is my pivotal issue and from what I just read about it sliding off oily skin, I’ll pass.

  48. Nicole says:

    Absolutely random, but I think you might like this to help keep your dry skin in check this winter. Next time you hit Sephora ask to get a sample of Ren’s Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil (, six to nine pumps should last you three nights. I swear this stuff is liquid gold – the choir sings, angels soar – I think you catch my drift. The scent isn’t super awesome (my husband isn’t a fan), but it makes my skin glow, and my year-round flaky skin is practically obsolete.
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