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.
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.
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!