Review: L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation (Ft. Before & After Pictures)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013


Review: L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation
L'Oréal's latest offering, Nude Magique Eau de Teint, has burst onto the foundation scene and taken it by storm. The sleek glass packaging, 'lighter than air' claims, and rumblings of being a Giorgio Armani Maestro dupe has caused beauty lovers everywhere to stand alert. Personally I had zero intention of picking this up as I just didn't think the formula would be for me, particularly given my recent let-down with YSL's Youth Liberator Serum foundation. Yet it appeared on offer in a local chemist one month ago (€7.99 reduced from €12.99) and I'm only human. I spoke of it briefly in my Recent Purchases video and now, finally, here I am and these are my thoughts.
Review: L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation
Packaging: A beautiful-looking glass bottle which contains 20ml of product (1/3 less than the standard). This comes without a pump and so it can get a bit messy when it comes to application.

Shades: Although L'Oréal are a 'drugstore' brand they usually have a good selection of shades available, and I think this shade range is surprisingly limited. At least in Ireland there appears to only be 6 shades currently available. I originally picked up Nude Beige, but found it slightly dark for me. As it was on offer and I was so impressed with the finish I went back and picked up the shade Warm Ivory (see comparative swatches below). Although upon swatching this shade may appear somewhat dark ('Ivory'?!) it's so light that it actually blends fairly seamlessly with my skin.
Foundation Swatches (L-R): Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation (Ivory), NARS Sheer Glow (Deauville), YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat (BD40), Bourjois Healthy Mix (54), L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation(Warm Ivory)
Formula: Very liquid (lighter than water), which as I mentioned, is a supposed formula dupe for Armani's Maestro foundation. Unfortunately this is a claim I can't attest to as I've never tried the latter. However, the blurb of this revolutionary formula is that volatile oils gradually evaporate as the formula is applied to the skin, resulting in an 'evanescent texture'. Just nod.

Application: Because the formula is so liquid and the pigments are so light you only need a tiny amount to to get a light layer all over the face. Just shake the bottle with your finger at the top of the neck (a la NARS Sheer Glow) and with the drop on your finger tip dot over the face (as below). It's recommended to blend out with your fingers but as usual I prefer to buff and blend using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20. It blends out beautifully and feels silky smooth on the skin.
Review (Before & After Photos, L-R): L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation
Finish: I absolutely love the finish of this foundation. It's unlike my usual dewy preference, instead offering a natural matte finish, meaning the skin isn't glowy nor is it flat. I certainly think it's true to its 'nude skin' claims. As you can see below it has minimised pores (sans primer), reduced redness, and evened the skin tone while still looking like real skin. My complexion certainly looks healthier and with my freckles clearly showing through this is the kind of light finish I'm leaning towards more and more. Obviously it's not enough to cover any dark circles or serious blemishes - but that's what concealer is for!
Review (Before & After Photos, L-R): L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation (Warm Ivory)

Longevity: I find this foundation to last a decent working day, and given the light coverage there's no dramatically noticeable wear as the day goes on. Touch-ups with concealer (currently Maybelline The Eraser) around the nose or under the eyes is more than sufficient to keep the skin looking fresh.

Negatives: My qualms with this foundation include the limited shade range, the absence of a pump, the less than standard 20ml of product, and the fact that on days where my normal-dehydrated skin does have dry patches it really clings to those areas, highlighting any fabulous flaking more and more as the hours pass. Having said that, most foundations I've tried (including my beloved NARS Sheer Glow) are guilty of the same - really skincare and skin prep in general is important for the foundation to work and look its best.
Review (After Photos): L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation (Warm Ivory)
Overall I am highly impressed with this foundation and it's totally taken me by surprise! If you're in the market for a light, skin-like foundation that's reasonably priced (and has a shade for you) then I'd highly recommend giving this one a look. Nude magique indeed. 

Available for €12.99 - €14.99 at L'Oréal stands nationwide and Boots.ie.

Does it sound like your kind of foundation?

20 comments :

  1. It looks really natural and undetectable on your skin in the photo, you have beautiful skin!

    www.makingmeblushblog.wordpress.com

    xx

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    1. Thanks Alice, I do think it's very natural looking!

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  2. Orla those last photos of you are incredibly pretty - I'm sold!

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    1. Cheers Emma, it's an interesting one!

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  3. I think I'll give this one a miss my skin is naturally dry and struggles with foundations at the best of times I don't think this would work for me!

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    1. I feel ya, not sure how much longer it'll fare for me as it gets colder! :/

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  4. This looks gowjus on you lady! I'm loving mine and it's fast become my every day foundation of choice.

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  5. I've always been really interested to try this and I love the packaging. But I'd have to give it a miss because it clings to dry patches :( xxx
    Life of Verity

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    1. It's a pity alright! Darn dry patches! :(

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  6. I have been dying to try this... roll on payday..

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    1. I'll be interested to hear what you think Donna!

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  7. It looks so natural on you, I am using Sheer Glow now and love it. I havent seen this in Dubai but would be tempted to pick it up when I am home in the UK at Xmas. You know, just for comparison purposes....

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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    1. It's less coverage than Sheer Glow for sure and more matte....definitely worth it for testing purposes though! ;)

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  8. Oh it looks so natural and beautiful but it probably wouldn't be suited to my dry skin which is certainly fabulously flaky at the minute!

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    1. That's a pity, still Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is the other fab option for dry skin that looks very natural, so not all bad...;)

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  9. is it odd that i think you're skin looks far nicer without?? i really dislike that it doesn;t have a pump, makes it so awkward, and definitely agree about the limited shades.x

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    1. Thanks Jess - I'll take that as a compliment! ;) Ya, it is fairly annoying - makes such a difference to have a pump!

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  10. I picked this up a while ago (also, when I spotted it on offer) and I agree - I love it and it's so unlike foundations I usually love. I'm going to wait until a few pesky blemishes clear up before I give it ago. I think you need quite a hydrating day cream and/or primer underneath if you're prone to dehydrated skin. I wish there was a pump with it, but I love the way they've marketed the "tip of your finger" technique for dispensing and application :P

    It's an enigma this one!

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  11. It's looks brilliant on you! Only issue is I have dry skin :( I'm also VERY pale so am struggling to find a suitable foundation :(
    Any recommendations ?

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