Good Foundations: L’Oreal Paris Matte Morphose & NYC Smooth Mineral Loose Foundation Powder

By Lynnie | May 4 2010 | 12 Comments

budget foundations from L'Oreal Paris and NYC

Normally, reaching the bottom of a bottle of my trusty MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a bit of a disaster. I never have a new one ready to go: despite the fact that I know the end is nigh, I can still never quite believe it when it actually happens and am always caught on the hop.

Last week was no exception, and I wasn’t expecting much from the two tester tubs of foundation that I cracked open to replace my MAC. First to step into its shoes was L’Oréal Paris Matte Morphose, €15.49, which apparently is a ‘soufflé’ foundation for oily skin types.

Sounds delish, like, but is it any cop on the skin? Well, the short answer is yup. While I haven’t had much luck in the past with mousse-type bases, this one surprised me. Unlike others I’ve tried, it didn’t accentuate any dry patches on my overall combo-to-oily skin. The texture is different, too, because there’s silicone in the mix so it feels airy but silky, like a primer, and goes on like a dream.

I used a flat foundation brush for application it’s the sort of product that would be easy to blend with fingers. Coverage is medium, giving a semi-matte, long-lasting finish that doesn’t look flat on the skin. And while I was skeptical about the claims that pores and wrinkles would look less noticeable, given that the accompanying product photo on the L’Oréal Paris website is of an airbrushed-looking Diane Kruger, it actually did make my forehead look smoother and my complexion overall looked peachy. The colour range is fairly limited, though, with just six shades on offer.

Next up was N.Y.C. Smooth Mineral Loose Foundation Powder with SPF10, €5.99, which has actually become my new everyday staple despite the fact that I have never before gotten on with a minerrdtil powder foundation. This is a very finely milled, talc-free powder that gives me medium coverage and a natural velvety matte finish, without looking caked on in spots or settling into my creases and lines the way other similar foundations have.

It doesn’t oxidise, doesn’t look chalky, and I’m not getting tiny spots of oiliness breaking through from my pores after a couple of hours wear. Re-sult! I did need to use some bronzer or luminiser to keep it from looking flat, but that was no big deal for me as I’d probably use them with any foundation.

Now, the packaging is not exactly luxurious, the application process is as laborious as any other mineral powder foundation, and the mini kabuki brush that comes with it is, er, rubbish (I’ve been using one from Fuchsia instead) but this stuff performs really well given its teeny weeny price point. Only four shades to choose from here, but I found my perfect match in Natural Light, which is the second lightest shade available.

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12 Replies to "Good Foundations: L’Oreal Paris Matte Morphose & NYC Smooth Mineral Loose Foundation Powder"

  • sweetie says:

    Luverly, NYC might be the one to try if the lightest shade will suit me :)

  • MissFitz says:

    I’ve been using Matte Morphose lately and I’m really liking it. Where can the N.Y.C. stuff be bought? Sounds interesting!

  • Harto says:

    Anyone seen the NYC stuff around Dublin? I haven’t spotted it anywhere…

  • Sarah says:

    How light does the matte shtuff go? I’m nearing the end of precious Nars but using the lightest shade and just about light enough.. It is pasty friendly? What with the whole pale trend etc!

  • Aisling says:

    Sarah: matte stuff goes on lovely! like feels so nice, so light!

  • Empress says:

    I have the NYC loose powder and it’s brilliant! It’s available in Westside Pharmacy in Galway. Really cheap too and no funny colour about it.

  • Dee Dee says:

    Harto, i’ve seen NYC stuff in Superdrug in the Square Tallaght if that helps

  • Harto says:

    Thx Dee Dee.

  • Mamabear says:

    I’m intrigued by the NYC mineral foundation, I normally buy mine from the US but for this price I might just give it a go? I’m trying to figure out where it’s sold here in Wexford and it must be Superdrug that I saw it in? I’ve tried their pressed powder before and wasn’t that impressed – despite the glorious reviews on MUA – but sure for the price it’s worth trying at least!

  • Maudy Mac says:

    love your posts Lynnie!

  • Aoife says:

    I am absolutely addicted to that NYC mineral powder, but you’re right about the brush! I’ve been using one from an old Benefit Georgia powder…It’s working wonderfully!

  • PippaRed says:

    OMG….totally out of Mac ( every drop has been fought out) and used this today cos had a sample from a mag, used my fingers and went on smoothly, think I will pick it up until I can get my mac

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