The newest foundation offering from L’Oreal is like nothing I’ve tried before. Cushion foundations are still finding their footing in the Western market but if this one is anything to go by, I think I’m going to become a little obsessed… the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Liquid Foundation* is definitely one to check out if you’re into glowing skin and a comfortable feeling to the skin.
Completely practical, compact and cute – I kind of can’t get enough of the purple packaging. You open the lid to find a soft sponge applicator, sitting on top of another airtight lid – when you open this you find the foundation-soaked sponge, the system works well to keep the sponge from drying out. The packaging is also perfect for touch ups on the go.
The BeautyBlender is the perfect tool to apply this with, I’ve found. It’s a little softer on the skin than the sponge that’s provided. Two quick taps into the sponge provides just about enough product to do half of the face. This foundation feels literally weightless on the skin, as if I’m wearing nothing at all. It easily blends out and ends up looking just like skin. I’ve never really experienced a foundation that does this good a job of blending out into nothing. It’s completely invisible on the skin, but somehow still provides a good dose of coverage.
I find that the coverage is very natural, somewhere between light and medium depending on how much is on the sponge as you apply. It evens out the skin tone and covers minor imperfections but is by no means a high coverage foundation that will give you a flawless finish on it’s own. It’s not very buildable beyond a medium coverage. The finish is the cherry on top of an already great product, the perfect natural looking, healthy glow. The fact that you sort of pat this foundation in, rather than blend it in with a brush, adds to the glow factor.
I’ve been setting this down mostly with a translucent powder which doesn’t really get in the way of the glow but makes it less likely to transfer. I don’t normally expect much from foundations with this much of a dewiness to them but I was pleasantly surprised by how this lasted. After a good 8 or 9 hours it starts to settle into pores and gets a little oily, looking a little too glowy if my skin’s having an oily day but on other days it holds up just fine, looking just as nice as when I leave the house.
I have the shade 01 Porcelain and although I was expecting this to be way too dark for me, I was actually surprised by how well it works on my skin, it’s only the tiniest bit too dark and it’s definitely a little too yellow but blending it down the neck makes it look natural enough to get away with. For good measure, I’ve mostly been adding a drop or two of The Body Shop’s Lightening Drops (I’ll be reporting back on them soon, hopefully) to the BeautyBlender as I apply. The range has 6 shades in total.
If you have dry skin, I can see this base working wonders – it’s glowy yet natural and feels really hydrating and lightweight on the skin.
If you have oily skin, it’s worth setting this down at the start of the day to prolong the wear before the oil starts making the base look too glowy.
I’ve been totally loving this foundation over the last few weeks and actually wearing it most days. It’s glowy but not too over the top, it applies beautiful and it stays put through a long day. Definitely worth checking out as it starts popping up in stores soon!
Does this foundation sound like something you’d like?
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