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I am a real makeup junkie. Being an ex-model, I have been luck enough to pick up lots of tips on how to enhance the good and disguise the rest. I have bought cosmetics from all over the world, from specialist and quirky manufacturers and I can definitely say that Liquid Magic Powder is in my top three beauty products - ever! So, let's start at the beginning, why use powder at all? Whilst almost every colour cosmetic manufacturer who produces foundation also make powder. However, very few promote use of both together. My own theory on this is that, because foundation on its own doesn't last too long, you buy more because you use more. There's no doubt about it, if you use foundation, powder will make it last longer and take away that moist, greasy look. But the last thing you want is a face that looks as if it's been dusted in flour, either coloured or white. No-one wants a painted mask. The main problem with many powders is that they are not milled finely enough, so they sit on the foundation and you get that horrid cakey look. To get a natural, dewey look a finely milled powder is absolutely necessary. This automatically mans you pay more money, but it's worth a natural, youthful look. And that's what you get when you use the Magic Powder. Yes, it does have that lovely feel of being spritzed with cool water, but I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the end result. It certainly isn't wet. It is the finest powder I have ever seen and felt. Other reviewers have said it's pink. It isn't, it is truly luminous. I have never had as many compliments on how well I look when wearing this product. Very few say that my make-up looks lovely, it's always 'your skin looks lovely'. And isn't that the essence of wearing makeup - to look naturally good! As with most products, the brush provided with the powder isn't too good but it does the job. Anyway, you sh
ould always use a good powder brush or, for those who want the finest application, a swansdown powder puff (yes, REALLY!). It's very difficult to apply too much but one should always brush off any excess - never rub! Your skin will look and feel lovely. Oh, and for those of us who have problems with redness, there's a new Magic Powder variation, it's a soft, pale yellow-gold (again, the great beauty secret of neutralising redness is yellow powder - forget green!). I've just bought some and will report back on results.
Liquid magic is a pretty unusual powder; instead of being dry and matt like nearly all other powders, liquid magic is moist on application, I liken it to being sprayed with a very very very fine mist of water when brushing it on. It's not cakey at all and feels as if you're wearing no powder at all; so if you are a first time powder wearer, perhaps you should try this. The powder itself looks a little pink on first glance, but when you apply it, it is translucent. I have yellow-based asian skin and I don't find it pink-tinged at all. It is a little 'sparkly' but if you avoid the oily parts of your face, it has a nice effect. I usually brush it across my eyelids, cheeks, neck and sometimes a little over my ears (if I wear my hair up). However, make sure you use it minimally, otherwise you'll look like a 5 year-old playing with glitter! The container is quite large, so you get quite a bit for what you paid (even though the price is a steep considering, its only a powder and 90% of it's water) but if you don't ensure that the lid is screwed on well, I assume alot of the water content will evaporate. Clipped into the lid of the container is a slide-out brush. The brush isn't too bad, but the bristles are a little short and could be slightly longer (perhaps with a shorter handle) so the plastic handle doesn't scrape across your face. Overall the packaging isn't too bad.
This stuff was recently sent to me by a very good friend who works in the beauty industry. I think it is one of the most useful and peculiar items of makeup I have ever possessed. Recently there has been a rash of products on the market which reflect, bend or in some way bugger about with the light. This is a good thing as it allows sheerer, lighter products to be used to create a more natural effect. These products have an added advantage in that you can apply them with a trowel in the most haphazard manner and you still look okay. Nothing, however prepared me for this weird little gem. At first glance it seemed an ordinary powder with an incredibly useless brush built into the lid which was quickly discarded in favour of a huge sable one from my makeup drawer (read gigantic chest). I went to apply a light dusting over my face and was shocked to find that the brush appeared to be soaking wet. When I felt it with my fingers I found that this was not the case but that the powder, though dry, had a funny wet feel to it. I think this is intended to be pleasant and cooling but it is actually rather horrid. Once on however the powder has a subtle sheen and allows the light to play over the face in such a way as to disguise tiny imperfections and lend an unknown luminosity. The powder can be use to set foundation and is wonderful if used over blusher, giving a totally natural effect. I shall definitely be asking for more of this.
This range was launched last year in the US and has come to the UK more recently. There's quite a collectionif products in the range, which have received varying reviews in the media etc. The one item I was actually tempted to buy was the Liquid Magic Powder - not least because it is something genuinely a little out of the ordinary - and that's not easy to find in cosmetic circles these days! Perhaps the most striking thing aout the product is the feel of it when you put it on - it really is like brushing cold water on your face. If you dip your finger in the powder it feels really wet and cold - in a nice kind of way. The product is designed to give tired/jaded complexions a 'glow'. I use it on top of foundation/powder & can hardly see it (I'm very pale) - but I'm pleased about this. It gives, for me, a very, very subtle luminosity. I usually choose to wear this on those 'not enough sleep/bad wrinkle days' and it really helps me to look less haggard and gives a more polished, groomed look. Some people have commented on the beauty boards that it's too pink/orange or that it has too much shimmer for the purpose for which it's intended. I would disagree as long as (and this is important) it's used with a *very* light touch. I would suggest that this is suitable for all skin tones (including Black/Asian) but it's probably going to be something more mature/dryer skins are interested in.