L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation Review!


L’Oreal has a new foundation on the market intriguing the beauty masses: Magic Nude Liquid Powder. Doesn’t this sound totally gimmicky? It always cracks me up when products are named “magic” something. I wish my job was to name these things. 🙂

Anyway, do you want to know if it is magic? Not so (obviously), but I like this foundation! I’ve said it many times: my foundation preference is sheer to medium and I don’t need much coverage. My favorites include NARS Sheer Glow, MAC Face and Body, and Neutrogena Healthy Skin. L’Oreal MNLP has also been compared to two high end foundations: Giorgio Armani Maestro, and Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, neither of which I’ve tried. Another comparison is an Erno Laszlo foundation.

MN2L’Oreal Nude Beige, MAC Face and Body in N2

This foundation is similar to MAC Face and Body in that it is very, very sheer and thin in consistency, even more so than F&B. Make sure that you shake it before application, per the bottle instructions. It is extremely fluid and runs out of the jar quickly. It is best applied with fingers. I didn’t even bother trying to apply this with a sponge or brush, because it just isn’t needed (it is water based). Once the product hits the skin, it simply melts right into it, and it has a lovely velvety soft texture. The finish, as claimed, is powdery, but I would say it is on the verge of a demi-matte finish. You can still wear powder on top of this without looking cakey, which is what I did.

MN3Eight hours after application

I would not recommend this product for someone wanting dramatic coverage, as it is quite sheer, but it does even out skin tone and make it look very smooth. It didn’t settle into any lines or accentuate my pores. It takes some getting used to though, because it literally seems like it disappears when applying it!

There are 12 shades in the line. I picked up the third shade, Creamy Natural, oops, Nude Beige 316- which is a good match for me. Because the consistency is so thin, there is some leeway when it comes to shade matching.

Now for my experience: this holds up all day, even with exposure to rain and major humidity. I didn’t touch up with any powder. The photo above is eight hours after application with no touch ups. One thing I love is that I can’t feel this on my skin whatsoever, which is a huge perk for me! Germaphobes will not like that there is no seal on this product, so anyone can open it up and test it out at the store. The price is very affordable; I paid $11 for mine at Target. It comes in a .91 ounce glass (27 ml) bottle, which is square shaped and has SPF 18.

Update: Thanks to my BFF for asking this question: I did not use a primer first.

Would I repurchase this after running out? Yes!

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9 Responses to L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation Review!

  1. delina says:

    Did you use. A primer first?

  2. I am going to have to give this a try. Thanks for the great review!!

  3. Sounds good to me. I don’t wear liquid foundation but I think I would like this!

  4. Jasmine says:

    hey 🙂 im about to turn 13 and i really want to give this a try, since i have really uneven skintone (which looks bad on me since im half african-amer. and have milk chocolate skin 😛 and i have white patches in a few spots.)
    The problem is: ive never been allowed to wear makeup except for lipgloss (which my parents dont consider ‘makeup’).
    How do i ask my parents to let me wear this (and mascara :D)?
    I’m old enough!!
    Also, the product mentions it creates a no-makeup look.
    I just want to use it to make my face even and smooth (and mascara to make my eyes pop)
    ~~Sorry for such a long comment!!! I just really wanted some advice~~

    • MelissaC says:

      Hi Jasmine,

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂 I would sit down with your parents and talk to them about this and your reasons for wanting to wear something to even out your skin tone. Honesty is the best policy! 🙂 A BB cream or tinted moisturizer may help as well.

      • Jasmine says:

        Me and my mom were at the store once and i pointed out the bb cream and she said that i dont need to wear makeup (because she just doesnt want me too) 😦 My parents arent the type to sit down and have a conversation, so… yeah. Also, my parents arent very strict like some parents who dont let their girls wear nailpolish or lipgloss, but my parents think makeup is for older girls, like in highschool. But i was hoping i could tell them its more of a “lotion with some color that covers spots” lol. how should i ask my mom Very Casually?
        *sorry for such a long comment again 😛

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Hi Jasmine,

    I was reading this review and found your comment, sorry it’s a bit late, but I just wanted to offer a little advice as well to lightly discuss with your mom, having gone through something similar with my skin tone growing up. I had, and have, a bunch of dark spots on my face, which in my case was due to weak points on the surface of my skin to being exposed to sunlight, etc. and not utilizing sunscreen as much as I should have when I was younger (and these types of options were not available when I was younger to negotiate with my mom for). I really like Melissa C’s comment regarding BB Cream for a few reasons. #1, first and foremost, try to choose a good BB Cream that contains BROAD SPECTRUM SPF (minimum 30) in it, as skin care every day is so, so important and it is never too early to start being concerned about sun exposure on your skin. Even on cloudy days, through glass, etc. the sun’s harmful rays will penetrate these barriers and expose you to potentially harmful rays. It is not until we women are in our 30’s that all the previous years of undetected sun damage start to rear their ugly head. (and I speak from experience here as I just had a basal cell carcinoma [cancer] removed from my hairline). #2) BB Cream, at the end of the day is indeed just a face cream. Face cream also provides many skin benefits, and it is also never too early to establish a healthy routine for now and when you are older (and old enough for typical makeup). A good BB Cream can provide an early assurance to keep a glowing, youthful, clear complexion, it prevents dryness (if that is a problem), takes care of that tight, dry feeling after you wash your face, helps prevent wrinkles in the future and ensures younger looking skin as you get older, and keeps skins moisture barrier in balance. On top of all these other benefits, BB Cream does provide the nice lighter touch of covering to even out skin tone, so it’s not actual makeup, but will also help ease some concern with your spots. Some brands to consider may be Vichy, Revlon, Maybelliene Dream Fresh, Marcelle, Smashbox, or Clinique. #3) Having said this, please try to learn to love your individuality. I know right now being young it may be something that preoccupies you, but I promise that those around you that love you and care for you don’t even notice, and are only concerned about what a wonderful person you are, and when you get older it really won’t matter. I have learned that people don’t see our perceived flaws as we do, and most of the time don’t even notice the things that we tend to beat ourselves up about or were issues when we were younger. I would advise doing some research on these creams and when you bring up your case again, be armed with the beneficial information and maybe suggest that she and you can even just go test them out and take a peek to see for herself about these newer products and how they aren’t the typical heavy “makeup” she may think they are, and maybe you guys can come to an agreement.. not the mascara for now, maybe next year 😉 if you can get this type of face cream. I hope if this is still an issue for you that this may help 🙂

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