L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation (or L’Oreal Nude Magic for short) is quite an unusual foundation to hit the high-street beauty market. It’s basically the high-street ‘dupe’ of Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation – a powder/pigment base that’s suspended in an oil liquid that is very very runny, and when applies to the skin sort of ‘vanishes’ to leave a silky, powdery soft texture on the complexion.
The finished result is matte, but not dull coverage that looks evened out but still very natural. It feels lovely to use – if quite unusual. It is unlike any ‘typical’ foundation texture out there. Downsides are that the shake, dip and blot application (shake the bottle, put a finger over the opening and tip up so product is on finger, and then blot on to your face – and blend) is find for at home, but not one for on the go as it would just take one slightly misplaced finger to result in a whole lot of mess. Also, much like the Armani version, it applies great but over the day it can tend to ‘grip’ to any dry patches and make these more noticable than you might like. Usually a touch up can counter this, but something to consider if your skin is on the dry side.
A note on the bottle too – it’s nice and compact, short and fairly slim so dimensions wise it works well for travel. It is glass, so not one you want to drop (just imagine the carnage…) but the matte finish makes it look and feel nice and slick and more premium than the price. It also contains SPF, which is always handy to see.
Overall, I think that if you want a natural looking finish and maybe have normal to oily skin then this is a great high-street foundation to try out. If you want something that’s quick and easy to apply or a good ‘Sunday’ (i.e. lazy day) foundation then L’Oreal Nude Magique is a good bet.
L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation* is available from Boots (£9.99)