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L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation is my new favourite foundation - there, I said it. What a bold claim, I know!
After my previous foundation (MAC Studio Finish) ran out, I decided it was time to see whether this product lived up to the hype. Thankfully, I am not disappointed.
This foundation has far exceeded my expectations, as well as the performance of my previous foundation.
There are no ingredients in this foundation that are known to severely aggravate acne.
COVERAGE & APPLICATION
This foundation has light coverage, although buildable, and is incredibly easy to work with. I find it applies equally as nicely with your fingers, a sponge or using a brush.
I purchased this foundation in the lightest colour, Rose Porcelain, as I am fair skinned. I found it matched my skin tone very well, and although there is not the largest shade range (7 shades in total), I found that matching this foundation to my particular skin tone (pale, with a pinky undertone) no problem at all.
APPLICATION: ON MY FACE
Lumi Magique applies lightly, evenly, and makes skin appear smoother and more luminous. It is very lightweight on the skin, and feels weightless. It leaves the most gorgeous, dewy glow on the skin. Using a powder on my t-zone ensures this foundation lasts all day.
APPLICATION: BENEFITS FOR MY FACE
This foundation is very hydrating, with claims of providing up to 24 hours of hydration. I have never worn any foundation for 24 hours (has anyone?!), but it definitely does not dry out the skin or look cakey, as is the case with some foundations. There is also UVA/UVB SPF 18 included, perfect for everyday use.
For the quality of this product, I think it extremely well priced! It retails at around £10.99 (Boots.com), which is very affordable in comparison with high end foundations.
WHO CAN USE THIS
Since this foundation is so luminising, it would probably not be the best choice for someone with very oily skin, but for any other skin types this foundation is heavenly!
I have found this foundation very good, and reasonably priced.
I bought this when it first came out, with low expectations, as L'Oreal hasn't always had the best foundations.
I was very surprised, as the shade was oddly perfect. My skin is very pale, with a slightly pink undertone, and I often find foundations too orange, but I bought it in Rose Porcelain, and it was a really great colour for pale, non-orange skin.
The product was great: it didn't cake on my skin, and I had no tell-tale foundation lines.
I would say it has fairly light coverage: enough to even out your skin and cover up any redness, but I would advise using a concealer with this product, as it didn't cover any blemishes on my skin. My skin also looked very radiant when I wore it, and it transformed my dull skin into something much more attractive.
The problems I have had so far have been: it doesn't last as long as I would like it too - 6 hours at best, but usually only about 4. This means I usually have to redo my foundation at lunchtime. Also, I have found it makes my skin quite dry. This isn't too much of a problem for me, as my skin is naturally oily, but if you have dry skin, I would not recommend it.
This product is the drugstore equivalent of Lancome Teint Miracle, so if you are looking for a good, cheap foundation I would buy it, unless you have dry skin.
I don't go far without wearing foundation as it covers my imperfection and leaves my skin looking healthier. I usually wear True Match by L'oreal but when I recently ran out, I thought I would give Lumi Magique a go instead.
What does the product do?
The product promises to give the skin an instant radiance which leaves it looking like it is glowing from the inside out. It has a light texture which allows the skin to breath, while covering imperfections and evening out the skin tone. It claims that it will brighten tired and dull skin. It also claims that it will hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours while protecting it from sun damage with an SPF of 18.
The product comes in a variety of shades so there should be one that closely matches your skin. They have names such as Gold Linen, Rose Pearl and Rose Sand, and they are split into warm or cool shades according to your skin tone. I chose Rose Porcelain as I have pale skin and so needed a light colour.
How do you use the products?
The product should be applied to cleansed skin which has been moisturised. I use a primer like Porefessional to fill in my enlarged pores to give me a good surface to work on. The product can be applied using either your fingers or a make up brush. You only need a couple of pumps to cover the face. You need to apply the foundation to the face from the middle and working outwards and blending the product in until you have achieved the desired look. You can set the foundation by using a mattifying powder.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear glass bottle and you can see the product inside. There is some extra information given about the product on the back of the bottle. The top of the bottle is a shiny creamy bronze metallic material which looks really pretty. You push down on the dispenser in order to release the product and the dispenser is covered by a clear lid.
Application and Performance
This foundation has a really silky texture. It is quite runny in it's consistency and if you dispense some onto the back of your hand, it will run off unless you keep your hand flat. A couple of pumps releases the desired amount. The product glides onto the skin easily without pulling or dragging the skin. You have plenty of time to blend in the foundation before it dries. It feeling really nice on the skin and it hasn't caused me any irritations or discomfort. It feels really hydrating and it doesn't make my skin feel dry or chalky as some foundations can. I wore this on holidays and the SPF is fantastic. On some days my face was the only part of me which didn't get burnt and I was only wearing this on my face!
The product gives me good coverage, evening out my skin tone without making me heavily made up or caked with make up. You can still see the skin through the product and it's a little lighter than True Match but it makes your skin looking healthier and in a better condition. You need to use a concealer to hide blemishes completely. The product does brighten the skin and leaves it looking illuminated. It gives the skin a dewy finish instead of the matte appearance that I usually go for but it makes my skin look brighter rather than oily. I still use a mattifying power on top to reduce the shine but the brighter still shows through nicely. It doesn't cause any blemishes on my skin as some foundations do. The foundation has long lasting results and it still looks good by the end of the day. It is easily removed using my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is a good foundation which gives medium coverage. It evens the skin tone and leaves it looking bright and healthy. It is long lasting, easy to apply and leaves my skin looking healthy. It offers fantastic sun protection and I didn't burn my face even in the temperatures of 40+ on my holidays. It gives a shinier finish that I would usually go for but this is rectified with a powder. I would happily recommend this to anyone whose skin needs a bit of brightening up.
Since hitting my 30s I have been on the lookout for a foundation that not only evens out my pale yet patchy skin tone but is also illuminating. I don't want a foundation that looks too matte as instead I am after a dewier look. So after trawling makeup alley I came across this foundation.
I went to the L'Oreal counter at Boots where I was given the usual makeup demonstration but I did actually find it quite useful to match a foundation to my pale skin (although I have had some horrific experiences with makeup ladies in Boots - namely being offered orange foundation for pale cool skin but the women at L'Oreal was very good). She matched me to their palest shade C1 Rose Pearl which is great for my skin tone - interesting their palest shade in the Infallible range is just slightly too pale but Rose Pearl in Lumi Magique is a great match. However, looking at the website the darkest shade isn't very dark so it's a foundation range for pale to medium skin tones and would be nice to see more variety. She also recommended I mix it with the Lumi Magique Primer which I originally scoffed at but it really does add illumination by mixing a drop of foundation with the primer. I don't put powder over the top though as I like the finish it gives on its own.
The foundation comes in a sturdy looking glass bottle with a pump to dispense the foundation. I haven't particularly tested it's robustness, but then again I haven't been careful with it either, but so far the bottles I have had seems to fare well. The only thing I would say is because the foundation sticks to the bottle it's hard to tell when you are running out (however, you do get a good idea when the pump starts to work less effectively).
According to the L'Oreal website "Lumi Magique helps give instant skin radiance. You will be glowing inside and out" and I have to say it does add a nice dewey glow to my skin, as a disclaimer though I should point out that I mix it with a drop of the Lumi Magique primer which helps it smooth over the skin better and adds an extra glow. The colour is a really good match for my skin tone and it is really easy to apply I simply put a bit of foundation with a drop of primer on the back of my mix and apply with my finger (I really should look at investing in proper makeup brushes but I confess I apply foundation with my hands). If I am looking particularly pasty or my skin needs a pick me up I might put a bit more on but that really is it. It does lift my skin quite a bit and also doesn't leave an awful tide line.
I love the look of this foundation as it evens out my skin tone and has a light reflecting effect so lifts my skin and looks dewy. It feels really nice when it goes on and doesn't smell too foundationy (some foundations I have used have a really strong smell) and you don't feel like you are caked in a layer of makeup all day which I hate. I also find that the foundation isn't drying on my skin which is a good thing. Overall, it does have good staying power but you might need a bit of a top up towards the end of a day at work so I do tend to reapply it if I am going out after work. It also has an SPF of 18 in it which I find really important as while SPF 18 isn't loads of sun protection it's good to know that whatever the weather I have at least some sun protection. It also is very easily removed with makeup remover.
I usually get mine at Boots, so I can get the advantage points, and it is £10.99 there (although I am sure it is cheaper online) while the primer is £9.99 and they often have a 3-4-2 offer on as well so if you are stocking up on makeup it is a good idea. While it's not the cheapest foundation on the market it really works for my skin and the colour is a good match so well worth it in my eyes. Plus mixing it with primer does mean your foundation lasts longer so isn't too much more expensive using both.
Ageing, stress and external aggressors can cause skin to become dull and tired /