L'Oreal Matte Morphose FoundationI found a sample sachet of the new L’Oréal Matte Morphose Foundation in the latest Glamour magazine and was curious to see what it was like because there are ads for it everywhere at the moment, claiming the following:

“L’Oréal Paris Matte Morphose achieves a matte, luminous finish for up to 12 hours.  The feather-light soufflé foundation extends effortlessly across the skin with the lightest touch. Imperfections, fine lines and pores appear reduced.  Skin feels peachy-soft and looks transformed.”

This consistency of this foundation is pretty similar to all the “mousse” cosmetics that you can find within other L’Oréal brands like Maybelline and Lancôme, but Matte Morphose is different in that it is silicone-based and doesn’t contain talc.

I like silicone-based cosmetics.  I find them the most natural-looking as I’m generally happy with my skin’s texture, and don’t want to cover it up with foundations that are too dewy or matte.  My skin doesn’t seem to mind silicones (although my hair does!).

You can really feel the silicone in Matte Morphose – the foundation actually felt slippery when I was trying to spread it out, especially over my greasy moisturiser which I use for my dry skin.  However, within a minute or so, I realised that all the slipperiness had disappeared, and my skin just felt peachy and matte (but not matte in a dry, chalky way).  I only needed the lightest dusting of finishing powder over the top (I usually use a lot to counteract the shine from my moisturiser).  If I had used a less shiny moisturiser underneath, I think the finish would have been more matte.  But I was happy with the effect… it looked very natural and fresh.  Matte finish foundations usually make me look like an old lady.

The coverage is light-medium.  It provides more coverage than my Yaby Liquid Foundation which is definitely sheer in comparison.  I could have gone without concealer if I was feeling particularly lazy.  But when I did wear concealer, it really held in place due to the semi-matte finish of the foundation, and I needed to use much less of it than I usually would.  I only needed to lightly dab the concealer on instead of smearing it on teenager-style like I usually do.

While it’s not a drying, “cakey” foundation, I think Matte Morphose might still accentuate any flaky bits, so it’s probably best to steer clear if you do have flaky skin.

The sample I tried was in “140 beige natural” which looked a little too dark when first dotted on my face.  But spread out, it was a pretty good match on me.  I’ve since looked at the other shades in Boots, and I didn’t see any that were any more suitable.

I didn’t bother to wear a primer underneath the foundation, because I didn’t think the extra layer of silicone would have made any difference.  And I was right – my skin still looks peachy at the end of the day even without a primer.

After my very small trial of this foundation, I’d be happy to buy it.  Although it’s not a must-have at this point because I don’t use foundation on a daily basis… just for “special occasions” (why do I sound like a loser when I use that term?) or when I feel like playing with make-up.

Here’s a cross-eyed photo I took immediately after applying the foundation and my other make-up:

L'Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation 140 Beige Natural on face
The ingredients of L’Oréal Matte Morphose are:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminium Hydroxide, [+/- May Contain: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499]

If you’re curious about trying Matte Morphose for yourself, you can currently order a 1ml sample from the L’Oréal website.  The full-sized pot is £11.99, but is on offer at £9.99 at the moment in Boots.

(Image of product was taken from L’Oréal website)

Update (25/06/2010): I can’t believe I posted that awful picture of me up… I look so pale and deathly! Not really doing Matte Morphose any justice!

21 comments on “L’Oréal Matte Morphose Foundation: First impressions review

  1. aw this foundation looks great on you, you look so pretty!

    i haven’t heard about this yet! the packaging looks interesting. thanks for the detailed review 😀


  2. It’s not cross-eyed, come on 😉 The foundation seems to have a really nice finish on you!

    Can you please say what lipstick and blusher you’re wearing in the photo?:)

  3. @Anita: Aww thanks! I’m surprised you haven’t seen ads anywhere yet – I seem to be seeing them everywhere!

    @Olaola: Haha well I’m definitely a little cross-eyed from looking right into the camera lens! The lipstick I’m wearing in the photo is NYX “Spell Bound” but just lightly dabbed on, and I’m wearing Illamasqua “Tremble” blusher with NYX Mosaic Powder in “Highlighter” on the higher parts of my cheeks.

  4. Wow, I don’t think that L’Oreal foundation is sold in Canada at least I haven’t seen it. It looks beautiful on you!

  5. U look perfect! I’ve tried it on my hand today and i was fascinated @-) I wish it would look the same on my face…i’d be on cloud nine! Maybe i’ll try it… Ur face is commercial perfect! 😉

  6. I’ve already tried it and I have to say that is the best foundation for me ever!!! Totally love it!!!

  7. Thanks for providing this review! I often feel like it’s you guys that get all the good makeup, so it’s nice to have someplace to read about all the makeup we don’t have in the States.

  8. i have always been using expensive stuff from Dior , YSL, Chanel etc,,, but i tried Matte Morphose the other day and if u use it with the resurfacing and smoothing primer (L’oreal) its absolutely fantastic! I have never been so happy about foundation , u cant even tell there is a foundation on my face, it looks so natural, also the color was a perfect match… 100% recommend to everyone

  9. @Veronika: I’m glad you like the foundation! It’s great stuff isn’t it? Really different to all other foundations (even the other mousse ones).

    @The Kindly One: I’m sure it’ll launch in the States soon! I always feel like it’s you guys in the States that get stuff first! And you have more variety too!

    @Anonymous: I find that L’Oréal Matte Morphose doesn’t even need a primer, it’s like it has a built-in primer! I’m glad you like it so much!

  10. I got a sample pack for the Cosmo magazine, tried it and loved how it looked and felt. unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere (I live in Canada AB) Don’t know what to do : (

  11. I was looking for cross eyed photo lol!! is very good photo your face looks clean and fresh I think I will try this foundation thanks

  12. @Annie: This product has just launched in the US under the name L’Oréal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation if you’re still looking for it!

    @Barbara: Hahah that’s funny how you found my blog and that you ended up wanting to try the foundation afterwards!

  13. Hey, this foundation looks much pretty on you 🙂
    so,I have a question ,
    This fundation is non-comedogenic?

  14. I just bought this foundation and it looks so bad on me! Most foundations always look bad on me though, not sure why its so frustrating. I find it makes me look ghostly and cluttered. Such a shame because everyone else seems to not have issues with it.

  15. @Anonymous – Thanks! I’m not sure if it’s officially “non-comedogenic”. But it is very siliconey and I know some people feel that silicone-based products clog their pores (and others are completely fine).

    @Dr Shivani Sud Thakur – Thanks, hope you like using it too!

    @Anonymous – Oh no, that’s a shame! Ah well, I guess it’s like any make-up product – will work great for some and rubbish for others. I get that problem a lot with mascara!

  16. it’s an amazing product…I’ve been using it for a year and it’s perfect for my skin…it gives me a natural look….

  17. can anyone tell me about Matte Morphose foundation . is it good for summer does it last long or not.

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