I 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:
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!