L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint, First Impressions & Review

by - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For the last couple of months I have been in search of a lightweight foundation that I can use on a daily basis, especially during working hours. I read a lot of reviews, sampled quite a few brands and ended up with this little fellow here. The L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint.

Where do I even start? 

First off, I love the packaging. The small frosted bottle with the metallic purple(one of my favourite colours ever!) letters and cap is not just good looking, but also very practical. I store it laying on my Muji drawers and I'm not worried of it spilling out. But let's talk application and coverage.

L'Oreal claims the formula of the foundation is lighter than water (eau means water in French) and I have to disagree, but only just. I can attest that it's as light as water, won't clog your pores and will allow your skin to breathe. 

The application is easy, although a bit messy. You have to shake the bottle well, then tip on your finger and what is left is enough to cover one side of your face (it takes me four tips to properly cover everything, one for each cheek, one for my forehead and one for my chin). This means though that if you're not careful you may spill some, which makes me think they could have put more thought into. Another concern of mine is how hygienic it is, even if you've washed your hands before application. 
The liquid formula glides in a seamless way to the skin only if you use a brush (foundation or buffering) or a beauty sponge, when applied solely with fingers it looked patchy. It has a satin powdery finish which I personally adore and the distinct L'Oreal smell that most of their products have, but only very faintly. 

Coverage wise, it gives a most natural, very light finish. One layer won't hide any blemishes, but it will balance any discolouration or redness you may have (it does a perfect job covering the redness I have around my nose and cheeks in a very natural way). Two layers will just about hide freckles, but again won't do much for break outs. Used along with a concealer and you may get a light to medium coverage result, especially if you decide to set it with powder. 

It comes in 6 shades: 100 Porcelain, 110 Warm Ivory, 140 Pure Beige, 150 Nude Beige, 190 Rose Beige and 220 Golden Sand and has SPF 18, which may not be great for photos (you will get a bit of flash back) but is so useful if your daily moisturizer has no sun protection.

One more thing I have to mention here is its staying power. I put it to the test by wearing it to work, where I tend to get sweaty because of the lights and stuffy atmosphere. Not only did it last 8-hour shifts but didn't go cakey either, like some other foundations I've tried in the past. I was impressed to say the least!

Now as it comes to my personal preferences.
I sampled both 100 and 110, but the one that suits my complexion better is Porcelain. I opt for only one layer which I blend with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and it makes my skin feel as if I have nothing on (exactly the reason why I purchased the foundation) but still balances the redness around my nose without hiding my freckles. I do use concealer under my eyes and a setting powder, only because I have a very oily complexion and the powder helps keep me looking matte rather than shiny, but I believe normal and dry skin types could easily wear it just on its own. 

So would I recommend it to you? Sure I would, if you're in the market looking for a natural finish foundation, similar to a tinted moisturizer but with a better finish. But if you're looking for medium+ coverage, then this little fellow is definitely not your guy. 

Do you like using foundation in a daily basis? If you do, what coverage/brand/product do you opt for?

Until next time, 


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