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April 22, 2011

Review: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Argan Matchmaker Serum Foudnation $42/1oz. (photo credit:

What is it?
A serum foundation formulated with chameleon pigments, an innovative color matching technology that goes on white and instantly adjusts to match your unique and changing natural skin tone as it balances and nourishes.  It comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. 

Why did I sample this?
I tried the Light/Medium to see if it really bridges all skintones. 

Should you sample this?
I normally use Josie Maran’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (click here for my review).  This serum is oatmeal colored with dark specks.  I tried this for two consecutive days: Day One – I used my fingers and it looked mask like at first then it disappeared or absorbed to look very natural.  Day Two – I used my beautyblender (click here for my review) and achieved the same results using less product.  I asked my husband and Nicole if they noticed a difference and both said no.  The true test was using it on my Caribbean vacation.  It did not match at looked like a mask, maybe when I'm tanned I need the Medium/Dark.

Should you sample this?

This foundation serum is expensive at $42 for 1 oz.  I will continue to use my Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 which is $38 for 1.7 oz. (you get almost twice as much product and the benefit of SPF 30).  This foundation does not contain SPF.  Both the foundation and tinted moisturizer provide similar coverage, unless I have a tan.

You should not sample this.  As an alternative, if you are looking for similar coverage in a tinted moisturizer which costs less and contains SPF, I would suggest the Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30. ~ Tamiko

Tamiko used light/medium

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation


  1. The key to this product is applying the right amount. You only need a pearl sized amount per section of the face. It's called a serum because that's a guide for how much to apply. It's also mineral based so it has to be buffed in with a brush. Try using a fluffy synthetic one since it is a liquid. If applied correctly, you shouldn't see it on your skin. I'd suggest trying it again and see if you both get better results. Good luck!

  2. Hi Jenni,

    I will try it again with a smaller amount and a make up brush and see the results. Thanks for the tips. ~ Nicole