24 September, 2014 What’s New: L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation
The full name of this product is the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation, but it wouldn’t fit in the title bar. I don’t typically wear foundation on an everyday basis, but on days when I need some coverage and don’t want to simply rely on concealer, I reach for this beauty. It seems to be a recurring theme on my blog that I keep buying products recommended by Maree from A Little Bit Etc. She blogged about this foundation and about a week later I went and picked it up. She always has fab tips and recommendations and I would urge anyone with a single enlarged pore on their face to subscribe to her blog – she’s definitely representing for the oilier girls.
The concept for this foundation is quite odd – it has a liquid, almost wet texture that, when applied to the skin, dries down to a powdery, velvet finish. I usually shake the bottle for 10 seconds, apply a drop from the bottle to my thumb, and then dab onto my face and blend with a foundation or buffing brush. On the bottle it says you only need one drop, but I use about 3-4 as I like a little extra coverage. As you can see in the pictures it’s virtually undetectable when you blend it into the skin and it feels weightless once everything has been buffed into place.
The coverage is light-medium but you can build it up with multiple ‘coats’ if necessary. I wear the shade Warm Ivory which suits me at the moment, but when I’ve got a tan I mix it with Nude Beige which is slightly more neutral, whereas Warm Ivory is quite cool-toned. You definitely need to wear a primer underneath to help it spread evenly on your skin, and I have to top up with a mattifying powder halfway through a full day wearing it, although I have to do that with any foundation/concealer that I use.
The shade range is limited to pale-medium skin tones (5 in total) and I haven’t seen any other shades for darker skin, although I know the American version (Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation) comes in 12 shades, including 4 darker shades.
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a matte foundation that keeps skin looking healthy and natural, and at the same time masks minor discolouration and blemishes, and blurs out pores and fine lines. I still wear a dab of concealer on top of this, but the foundation works to keep everything looking polished and even.
For £9.99 this foundation offers brilliant value and decent coverage – until I branch out into more high-end foundations I’m happy to stick with this one. Buy here.
Let me know your thoughts on the product, if you’ve tried it, or if you have any foundation recommendations!