What it is: Loreal True Match Radiant Serum Concealer is a high-medium coverage concealer with a thinner more fluid consistency and natural-matte finish. It is supposed to also have skincare properties with hyaluronic acid for hydration and caffeine to help depuff the under eye area.
Price/Quantity: $15.99 for 0.33 fl oz / 10 ml
Shade Range: 24 shades
Packaging: Mostly a typical concealer container but the doe foot wand is a little more unique with one flat, broad side, sharper edges and a slightly pointed tip. The product doesn’t coat the wand too heavily but if I’m applying concealer to the face directly from the wand, I feel the need to wipe the small amount of excess product off on the neck of the container. The applicator has a soft fuzzy texture that feels comfortable and plush against the skin. The edges are not too sharp and the pointed tip isn’t too pointed but does offer a tiny bit more precision than a typical doe foot applicator. Brand new, the product came sealed with a small sticker holding the top and bottom portions of the tube closed.
Smell/Fragrance: I don’t smell any fragrance at all but there is a noticeable alcohol scent during application. It’s not super strong but it’s enough that it isn’t easy to miss.
Expiration/Shelf Life: 12 months after opening
Ingredients: These are the ingredients for the shade C2 from the Ulta website.
C2: Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Caffeine, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Silica Silylate, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tin Oxide. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides, Mica, Ci 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride. (F.I.L. N70031568/1).ulta.com
Shade: I picked up shade C2. I use the Loreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation in N1 but the concealers in N1 and N2 were both sold out at the time when I ordered, so I decided to give the next closest option a try. I’m glad I didn’t get those other shades because C2 ended up be much lighter and more neutral than I was expecting. I’m guessing the other two would’ve been way too light on me.
Application: I’ve tried applying this with a small flat synthetic brush like I do with many other concealers. It works fine that way. If I lightly scrape excess product off on the neck of the bottle, I can also sweep the applicator directly across my under eye area and get a nice thin, even layer of it on the skin. I don’t normally use that method, but it seems to work well with this concealer. If I apply it that way, then I just quickly tap it out with my fingers and the coverage ends up even and well blended. I can add a second layer the same way if I want to build up the coverage and it layers over itself well that way.
Texture/Consistency/Finish: This has a thin, lightweight texture that feels very fluid when I first apply it but it dries down as I blend it out. It even has that faint alcohol scent that is sometimes present in thinner complexion products. In the container, if I look at it REALLY close under just the right lighting, I can see the finest bit of pearl in the formula. On the skin with actual use, I don’t see any pearl or shimmer whatsoever. I do not feel this actually looks radiant at all. Once this is applied and sets, it looks like a matte finish product. It sits closely to the skin which I like but it is dry looking and all the micro fine lines in my skin are visible because of it. The longer it sits on the skin, it’s as if the moisture in the product continues to dissipate, leaving behind the powder pigments. Over time, as I’m making facial expressions and the skin is moving, the powders kind of gather in those lines and give the surface of my skin a lightly “cracked” appearance. This all sounds kind of dramatic and it’s only noticeable very up close. From a normal distance, it’s not all that visible, but most of my other concealers don’t do this.
During a full day wear test (set with powder), I noticed that by the end of the day I had no creasing under my eyes and the dryness that I see when I initially apply the product went away. The skin looked more normal, more hydrated, and smoother but still matte. The cracked appearance went away and I no longer had the issue with the product looking like it had migrated into the fine lines of my skin.
Coverage: High medium, almost full coverage. I’m surprised by how much coverage this offers for being a much thinner consistency. It works both for the under eyes and as spot concealer, though I think the consistency is more geared toward the under eye area. It is buildable to an extent but can lift previous layers of itself that have already dried down. The lifting issue happened more on my nose and when using it as spot concealer. I noticed hardly any lifting at all when I used multiple layers under the eyes.
Longevity: I have wear tested this only once (set with powder) and found it held up well till the end of the day. I didn’t have any creasing in the fold under my eyes and the coverage stayed strong. This is the type of concealer that dries down and sets so it doesn’t transfer or rub off very easily at that point.
Pros and Cons
Things I like:
- Very high coverage, really neutralizes dark circles.
- Thin, lightweight feel. Doesn’t look or feel heavy even when layered.
- Stays in place well once it sets.
Drawbacks and other considerations:
- Says it’s supposed to be hydrating but I don’t find this hydrating.
- Not thrilled about the crackly, dehydrated appearance this has up close.
- Only going by one shade in my possession and the swatches on the product page, the shade selection seems kind of weird.
- Alcohol scent and just having alcohol high up in the ingredients in general.
Do I Recommend It?
This is another product that I’m on the fence about. There are things I really like about this and if I were younger, it would probably suit me better. But I don’t think this is a good fit for someone with more mature skin. I also don’t think it would work well for someone with dry or dehydrated skin given how the moisture in the product dissipates over time as it is worn. If you’re younger and have more normal/oily skin, it might work well. Otherwise, it’s probably a safer bet to pass on this.