Product Review: L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation

by Gio

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Name: Lumi Magique Foundation
Brand: L’Oreal
Size: 100g
Price: £10.99

From L’Oreal’s website:
With age skin can becomes dull and tired. Lumi Magique helps give instant skin radiance. You will be glowing inside and out.
Light texture, let’s skin breathe with 24 hours of hydration

What I liked:
– light and natural coverage
– evens out the skintone and covers minor imperfections
– consistency is neither too thick nor too thin and easy to apply
– gives a natural and dewy glow that’s flattering even on oily skin

What I didn’t like:
– only six shades available
– if you’re looking for a heavy-duty foundation, this isn’t it
– poor staying power

Makeup here in Italy may cost an arm and a leg, but at least you get samples with almost any purchase. Usually, I like to check out in store what I’m given, and maybe ask for something I’d like to try, but when there’s a queue of people behind me, I just thank the SA and go home. And last time that happened, I discovered in my bag a sample of L’Oreal Lumi Magique in n.4 Pure Beige, a shade way too dark for my skintone.

I’m not sure why the SA chose that shade for me. I’ve always been as pale as a ghost, so it’s not something you wouldn’t notice. But because it was a free sample, I put it to the test anyway. Pure Beige is definitely an awful shade for me, giving my complexion a horrendous orange hue, but, with only six shades available, I doubt even the palest one would have suited me. Which is a shame, because L’Oreal Lumi Magique is pretty good.

The consistency is neither too thick nor too thin, and can be easily applied with either your fingers, a regular foundation brush, or a stippling brush. I prefer the latter method because I get a bit more coverage that way. The foundation itself has a light coverage that can be built up to medium. Even then, though, it’ll just even out the skintone, cover redness and tiny imperfections. For more serious flaws, you’ll have to use a concealer.

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Lumi Magique has a dewy finish. Thankfully, this isn’t achieved with shimmers, so you’re not gonna look like a discoball. Instead, it provides a slight, healthy radiance, like if you were glowing from within. Because of this, the foundation can be used even by those ladies with slightly oily skin that are tired of matte finishes. Lumi Magique will provide a nice glow that doesn’t accentuate shine.

But (there’s always a but, isn’t there?), after four hours, the foundation starts to fade just a little bit, so you’ll have to powder your face, and, after eight, it has disappeared almost completely. That’s why, although ladies with all skin types could use this, I think the formula is most suited for those with dry skin. Everyone else should prime their face with a primer, top the foundation with powder, and, even then, use Lumi Magique only when they’ll be out of the house only for a few hours.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique has a not too thick nor too thin consistency that provides light to medium coverage and a dewy finish. It can even out the skintone and cover minor imperfections, but it doesn’t last long. Shade selection is very limited too.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Icaria June 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

I’ve used some L’Oréal foundations in the past and did like them but will skip this one. The fact that it did a disappearing act on you is a no go for me. Thank you for the review. 🙂

Gio June 24, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Icaria, you’re welcome. I loved the dewy finish, but I was so disappointed it disappears so soon! A foundation should last longer.


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