I have found my one true love. It’s from the makers of L’Oréal Paris.
L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup (SPF 18) is THE best foundation I have tried in terms of keeping shine at bay throughout the day. I have tried several luxe foundations that would blend beautifully, even out my skin, and give me that “glow,” but then, without fail, three hours later my forehead, nose, and cheeks would look like I smeared vaseline on them. And yes, I do use primers and setting powders.
However, crazy shine is not an issue with this magic bottle of wonderful. I was skeptical at first since the coverage is light and the texture is very thin, but I was soon a believer. As you blend this foundation into your face with your fingers it literally transforms into a powder-like texture. I have never experienced this before with a liquid foundation. It seems to disappear into my skin as I gently blend it in.
The Magic Nude Liquid Powder has a matte, but natural finish. You definitely don’t feel or look like you have a lot of makeup on (unlike how the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin feels). I got the shade 312 (Classic Ivory) and I thought it was going to be too dark/yellow, but it ended up working fine for my pale skin. One thing to be aware of is that the foundation will highlight any dry bits of skin you have, so make sure to exfoliate with a liquid toner and put a little moisturizer in any dry areas.
I haven’t been using this product for long at all, but I felt the need to immediately share my love! The first day I wore this I put it on around noon and when I got home at 9:30pm I wasn’t totally matte anymore, but I wasn’t very shiny either. For the record, I did still apply a primer under this foundation and applied a setting powder on top. It’s also probably good to note that I have been wearing this in the bitter cold that accompanies Boston winters. I have yet to test this in a hot or humid climate.
I have also experimented by mixing this with a little bit of a sample of YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in Beige 10. Normally, when I apply this YSL foundation on its own I get a nice healthy, luminous glow, but then it’s attack of the oil a few hours later. However, mixing a little of both gave me a beautiful finish with a little bit more coverage than just wearing the Magic Nude Liquid Powder on its own. Just a tip in case any of you shiny girls have some Le Teint Touche Éclat that you can’t get to work for you.
Additionally…in case any of you were interested…this foundation is supposedly an almost an exact dupe for Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation (SPF 15), which costs a whopping $64. L’Oréal Paris and Armani are owned by the same parent company…so this leads me to believe there is some truth to this rumor.
The L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup costs between $12.95-$14 depending on where you live and where you buy it. It’s a little more expensive than most drugstore foundations, but the quality is definitely there.
Bottom line, go buy this if you have oily skin and want a light coverage foundation!
Finally, thanks to the Pixiwoo Sisters, Jane Cunningham of British Beauty Blogger, and DailyMix Youtube Channel for giving me the idea to buy this beauty! And thanks to you if you made it through this marathon post!