Review: L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

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I recently picked up a bottle of L’Oreal’s newest foundation, “Magic Nude Liquid Powder” foundation. Count me intrigued by the name!

The website boasts that this “revolutionary liquid transforms on contact, leaving a soft powder-like finish,” like “wearing no makeup at all.”

The packaging, lacking a pump, is average and must be poured out onto the hand (or a flat surface) prior to application.

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The first thing I noticed when pouring the foundation out of the bottle is its watery consistency. As you can see, the foundation runs quite a bit and could easily spill if one isn’t careful. A pump would have been useful in this case. The company recommends shaking the bottle well prior to application.

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Of note, this foundation contains SPF 18 and comes in 12 colors. (This is a good color selection, as far as foundations go.)

Bare Face:

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After foundation application:

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The foundation does have a weightless feel and seemingly disappears into the skin. It offers light to medium coverage, so those with major blemishes will need to apply concealer as well. I did not feel the need to add powder after foundation (as I normally do) since the foundation does indeed assume a matte powder-like appearance, as the advertisement claims.

Full face of makeup:

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Throughout the day, my skin became shiny in the T-zone — and required some blotting. The finish, although appearing matte initially, therefore did not remain so at midday. I didn’t notice any patchiness.

I think this foundation is a mixed bag. The SPF 18, the price, and the color selection are all advantages. Nevertheless, the difficulty of application is a definite con. In addition, I would recommend this more for dry/mature skin as opposed to oily/combo as it does not retain its powder-like finish on the latter skin types as the day goes on. For universal appeal, I think L’Oreal’s trusty True Match liquid foundation has more to offer.

Final Score: 2.5/5 Stars

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Available at Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite Aid, and ULTA for $13

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Review: Revlon’s “Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup”

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Today I’d like to review a relatively new foundation from Revlon, its Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup. The company promises a “truly decadent” foundation, with a mousse-like texture which feels “like skin.”

Does this foundation deliver?

The packaging feels rather substantial, with a screw-on top and glass jar reminiscent of more luxurious brands like Chanel.

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My shade is the palest in the range — Ivory 110.

The foundation glides on with a rich but soft texture, mousse-like, indeed “like silk”! The consistency feels quite thick initially, until blended. (See the swatch below.)

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Time to test the product!

Before foundation application (no makeup):

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After foundation:

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As you can see, the foundation covers my imperfections very well, particularly the red areas around my nose. The product can be built up to full coverage if desired, or dialed back to a lighter consistency. It truly feels luscious on the skin!

Following full face makeup application:

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This wonderfully creamy (and affordable!) foundation suits both oily and dry skin types by offering moisture to the latter and a demi-matte finish to the former. (It remained shine-free on my very oily skin at the day’s end.) It truly is a Holy Grail foundation, in my opinion. The only disadvantage is the lack of sunscreen, a problem which can be remedied by either SPF-containing powder above or moisturizer underneath the foundation.

Final score: 4.5/5 Stars

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The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation is available at Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreen’s, and Rite Aid for $11.

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