This week, I’m doing a brand focus on L’Oreal to celebrate the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (formerly known as L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival). This brand focus is not sponsored content.
When I first heard that L’Oreal has come up with a foundation very similar to Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion Makeup, to tell you the truth, I wasn’t entirely impressed. I don’t have the Giorgio Armani Maestro but I have tried it out in store, played with samples of it and I didn’t like it. The not-quite-foundation, not-quite-primer thing from Giorgio Armani sank into my fine lines and exacerbated them like nobody’s business. Good thing I didn’t drop a lot of money on it!
When L’Oreal launched the Nude Magique Eau de Teint, I swatched it on the back of my hand and first thoughts were “oh dear, it’s like that Giorgio Armani Maestro”. It took me a while to finally try it out on my face. But when I did, I had a 180 degrees change of mind. Turns out, I absolutely love it!
INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ISODODECANE, ALCOHOL DENAT., VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE,PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, AQUA/WATER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491 , CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES] (FIL B160492/2).
Now, just to be clear, I don’t have a bottle of the Giorgio Armani Maestro so I cannot compare the two foundations side by side. But what I can remember about the Maestro was how I really didn’t like how it accentuated my fine lines. Coverage was also poor. However, the Eau de Teint looked great on my skin. There was no emphasis on fine lines, applied like velvet (with a semi-matte, slightly powdery but not chalky finish) and my skin looked flawless yet natural. It didn’t look as though I had any foundation on. It was my skin but 100 times better.
The lasting power of this foundation is also excellent. I’ve had this on for well over 12 hours without it fading. Coverage is a medium but easily buildable to higher coverage without making the skin look dry and cakey.
Mixing #120 with #170
The Eau de Teint would have easily, EASILY shot to Holy Grail status for me if not for one thing: the damn packaging. This is something I don’t understand. It’s a very watery foundation (think microfine powder in water). When you shake the bottle, it sounds like water and not cream inside which isn’t hard to figure out that the fluid that is dispensed is going to be very runny. Yet the bottle doesn’t come with a pump but in one big hole.
It’s very difficult to dispense on the back of the hand without pouring way too much foundation out. There have been times when too much foundation was dispensed despite very careful pouring, spilling over and landing on my desk. By the way, when you’re using this foundation, do not do it while standing on a carpet. I’ve had near misses of this landing on the carpet. The packaging is frustrating to say the least.
To make it easier for me to use the foundation, I decided to decant some of it into an old contact lens case. I was sent two shades to try out, which are #120 and #170. The #120 is a tad too light for me and the #170 way too dark. So when I decanted the foundation into the contact lens case, I mixed a bit of the #170 to the #120 hence giving me the perfect shade. No more fiddly pouring, no more spilling accidents. Eau de Teint packaging, you lose. I win.
Toothpick was sanitised with rubbing alcohol before mixing the foundation
Other than that, I love this foundation. It was love at first application and I’ve been using it consistently ever since I got it. This would have been instant Holy Grail if not for the lousy packaging. If they add a pump to this, then there’s no doubt about it. I’ll give it my HG stamp of approval right away. That’s how much I love it. If you decide to try this out, I highly suggest decanting it to a pump bottle or something similar that you can get from DAISO or MUJI. Makes life a lot easier.
L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint retails at AU$24.95 for 20ml. Highly recommended for combo skin. LeGeeque has dry skin; she has tried it and loves it too.
What I like about it: Flawless yet natural finish, goes on like velvet, great lasting power, does not accentuate my fine lines despite the formula, gives your skin the “your-skin-but-heaps-better” look.
What I don’t like about it: Stupid @$#% no-pump packaging.
Have you tried the Nude Magique Eau de Teint foundation? Your thoughts? Yay or nay? If you have the Giorgio Armani Maestro, how do they compare?
Disclaimer: This product was sent for editorial consideration.