L’Oreal True Match Foundation Shades Guide

Are you looking for your L’Oreal foundation match? Are you confused by the plethora of L’Oreal foundation shades and products?

We sure are and that’s why we’ve come up with what we hope is the definitive shade guide to L’Oreal True Match foundations.

What are the True Match Foundations and Concealers?

L’Oreal currently makes 4 kinds of True Match foundations and 4 different True Match concealers.

Each of the 4 True Match foundation has different shades, ranging from a paltry 12 shades (L’Oreal True Match Mineral Loose Powder Foundation) to an impressive 45 shade range (True Match Super-Blendable Makeup)!

Phew! No wonder it’s so difficult to pick the right shade.

Luckily, there’s a method to L’Oreal’s madness. The trick is to figure out which foundation formulation best suits your needs, and then determine your undertone and shade depth (more about that later) to find your correct shade.

Step 1: Pick Your Formulation

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup is the top-selling True Match foundation. It is an oil-free formulation with SPF 17 and buildable light to medium coverage.

It works on all skin types and is basically the jack-of-all-trades of True Match foundations.

It comes in 45 shades and if you are not sure which True Match foundation to go with, I’d suggest giving this one a try first.

L’Oreal True Match Mineral Loose Powder Foundation is my personal favorite. It has a gentle mineral formulation with buildable light to full coverage and SPF 19.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup is the glowy version of the True Match Super-Blendable foundation. It has a nice snazzy pump, anti-aging vitamins, SPF20 and is best for dry and aging skin types looking for medium coverage and a dewy finish.

L’Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum Foundation is another hydrating foundation aimed at dry and aging skin types. Because it’s basically a tinted serum, it has lighter coverage than the Lumi version.

But Wait, There’s A Fifth True Match Foundation!

I know I said there’s 4 True Match foundations but there’s actually a fifth one masquerading as a pressed powder.

The L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup is similar to powder foundations like the legendary MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus foundation and gives buildable light to almost full coverage.

It covers like a foundation and comes in an astounding 34 shades (see what I mean about this “pressed powder” masquerading as a foundation?) and it’s great for travel and on-the-go touchups.

L’Oreal True Match Shade Naming Convention

L’Oreal True Match shades are sorted into 3 groups: Cool (C), Neutral (N) and Warm (W).

This means that:

  • shade C1 Alabaster has a cool undertone
  • shade N2 Classic Ivory has a neutral undertone
  • shade W1 Porcelain has a warm undertone

Step 2: Figure Out Your Undertone

Broadly speaking, skin undertones fall into 4 categories:

Warm skin tones look more yellow.

Cool skin tones look more pink.

Neutral skin tones are somewhere between yellow and pink.

Olive skin tones have green and grey hues.

Step 3: Find Your Skin Tone Depth

When we describe someone as “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned”, we are really describing their skin tone depth.

Therefore, someone with “medium skin tone” would fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.

Step 4: Combine Undertone and Skin Tone Depth to Get Your Shade

Now that you’ve figured out your undertone and skin tone depth, you can narrow down your pick to a handful of shades.

For example, someone with warm, medium skin, around MAC NC40, would wear shade W6 Sun Beige in L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Shades

FAIR SKIN SHADES

Very Fair, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Fair Ivory C0.5 is for very light skin with cool undertones.

Very Fair, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Cream Ivory W0.5 is for very light skin with warm undertones.

Very Fair, Neutral

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Fresh Ivory N0.5 for very light skin with neutral undertones.

Fair, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Alabaster C1 is for light skin with cool undertones or MAC NW10 skin tones.

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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Bone C1.5 is for light skin with cool undertones or MAC NW15 skin tones.

See more MAC NW15 foundation matches/equivalents.

’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Natural Ivory C2 is for light skin with cool undertones or MAC NW20 skin tones.

See more MAC NW20 foundation matches/equivalents.

Fair, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Porcelain W1 is for light skin with warm undertones, or MAC NC10 skin tones.

See more NC10 shade matches/equivalents.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Light Ivory W2 is for light skin with warm undertones, or MAC NC15 skin tones.

See more NC15 shade matches/equivalents.

Fair, Neutral

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Soft Ivory N1 is for light skin with neutral undertones or MAC NW10 to NW15 skin tones.

See more MAC NW10 foundation matches/equivalents.

See more MAC NW13 foundation matches/equivalents.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Classic Ivory N2 is for light skin with neutral undertones or MAC NW15 skin tones.

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Light, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Ivory Beige C2.5 is for light skin with cool undertones or MAC NW20 skin tones.

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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Creamy Natural C3 is for light skin with cool undertones or MAC NW25 skin tones.

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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Shell Beige C4 is for light skin with cool undertones.

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Light, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Nude Beige W3 is for light skin with warm undertones, or MAC NC20 to NC25 skin tones.

See more MAC NC20 shade matches/equivalents and MAC NC25 shade matches/equivalents.

Light, Neutral

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Natural Buff N3 is for light skin with neutral undertones.

Medium, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Classic Beige C5 is for medium skin with cool undertones.

Medium, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Natural Beige W4 is for medium skin with warm undertones, or MAC NC25 to NC35 skin tones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Fresh Beige W4.5 is for medium skin with warm undertones.

See more:

MAC NC25 to NC30 shade matches/equivalents

MAC NC30 shade matches/equivalents

MAC NC30 to NC35 shade matches/equivalents

MAC NC35 shade matches/equivalents

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Sand Beige W5 is for medium skin with warm undertones or MAC NC37 skin tones.

See more MAC NC37 foundation matches/equivalents.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Sun Beige W6 is for medium skin with warm undertones or MAC NC40 to NC42 skin tones.

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MAC NC40 foundation matches/equivalents

MAC NC40 to NC42 foundation matches/equivalents

MAC NC42 foundation matches/equivalents

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Caramel Beige W7 is for medium skin with warm undertones or MAC NC44 to NC50 skin tones.

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Medium, Neutral

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Buff Beige N4 is for medium skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in True Beige N5 is for medium skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Perfect Beige N5.5 is for medium skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Honey Beige N6 is for medium skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Classic Tan N7 is for medium skin with neutral undertones.

Medium Dark, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Soft Sable C6 is for medium skin with cool undertones or MAC NC45 to NC50 skin tones.

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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Nut Brown C7 is for medium dark skin with cool undertones.

Medium Dark, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Crème Café W8 is for medium dark skin with warm undertones.

Dark, Pink

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Cocoa C8 is for dark skin with cool undertones or MAC NC50 or NW50 skin tones.

See more:

MAC NC50 foundation matches/equivalents

MAC NW50 foundation matches/equivalents

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Deep Cool C9 is for dark skin with cool undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Hot Chocolate C9.5 is for dark skin with cool undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Espresso C10 is for dark skin with cool undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Coffee C11 is for dark skin with cool undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Dark Chocolate C12 is for dark skin with cool undertones.

Dark, Yellow

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Spiced Latte W9 is for dark skin with warm undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Deep Warm W9.5 is for dark skin with warm undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Deep Golden W10 is for dark skin with warm undertones.

Dark, Neutral

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Cappuccino N8 is for dark skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Mahogany N9 is for dark skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Milk Chocolate N10 is for dark skin with neutral undertones.
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable foundation in Chocolate N11 is for dark skin with neutral undertones.

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