I was hesitant to purchase this, I felt like it was going to be one of those products you see in a clearance bin. So glad I did, it's a great foundation! Goes on smooth, even and so light. It is a bit runny hence the name"liquid" but I don't see it as a negative.
I researched this foundation for months before buying it. I read countless reviews on MUA and on various beauty blogs. For some reason, I always got cold feet when I was faced with Magic Nude Liquid Powder in the drugstore. Finally, I bought the shade "Creamy Natural". I don't know...maybe I over- researched this foundation or maybe I psyched myself up just a little too much before purchasing. This foundation gives a lovely finish for about 20 minutes and then either melts away or disappears completely on me. I was a complete oil-slick after 2 hours...even when I set with powder. For reference, I have normal/combo (leaning oily) skin. The coverage was decent but it was a little splotchy. Also, the shade I got is just too pink for my NC25 complexion. Overall, this is just a run of the mill mediocre drug store foundation. Definitely not worth the $13 price.
L'Oreal recently released their version of the Armani Maestro foundation and it is called the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation. I have to say, I am very impressed, especially as a dupe for the Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup.
I picked up the color 310 Light Ivory, which I believe is the lightest shade that they make and it was a good match for my MAC NW15ish skintone.
A caveat to my review: I have incredibly dry skin. L'Oreal doesn't seem to have an official recommendation on what skintypes this foundation is good for. I love it on my super dry skin. The only other foundation I'm aware of that is based on volatile oils, the Armani Maestro foundation, says that it is good for all skin types, but I cannot attest to how either formula wears on oily skin.
I was most interested in this because it is an extremely budget friendly version of the Armani Maestro foundation, so my review is going to concentrate on comparing the two foundations.
I really like the L'Oreal Magic Nude packaging. It is a really tall, thin, square, glass bottle. It doesn't take up a lot of space on the counter. It fits neatly into my makeup organizer, unlike the Armani Maestro foundation, which is a round bottle and doesn't really play nicely with any kind of storage.
The Armani Maestro foundation comes with a dropper, which I really like. I know that some people found it really gimmicky, but I find it incredibly convenient. It allows you to keep the makeup sanitary and it makes it easy to dispense. The L'Oreal Magic Nude, you have to just take the lid off and pour it out, which is not sanitary at all. Also MESSY.
The L'Oreal Magic Nude foundation contains .91oz. The Armani Maestro foundation contains 1 oz.
Look and Feel:
The Armani Maestro foundation is made of volatile oils. When you first apply it, it feels very cooling on the skin as those oils evaporate. The L'Oreal Magic Nude doesn't have the cooling feel. It also doesn't feel as oily to the touch. I think it has more silicones in it than the Armani.
On the Skin:
I think on the skin, the products look very similar. They both sit very nicely on my dry, mature skin. They are both virtually undetectable provided you get them applied evenly. They are both so lightweight that it really feels like you're wearing nothing at all.
I will say, that like the Armani foundation, the L'Oreal will cling to any flaky skin. My skin is super dry and I think the foundation sits well, but if I have any spots where the skin is flaking off, both foundations will cling to it and make it look worse.
The Armani does seem to have more pigmentation. The L'Oreal isn't bad, but it's not quite as pigmented as the Armani. The Armani foundation bills itself as having a luminous finish. I don't think it does at all. I think both foundations have a wonderful natural matte finish that looks like bare skin. At least in the marketing, I think L'Oreal did a much better job with this aspect in calling it "nude" than Armani did with the "luminous".
I get really similar results from both foundations. I've worn them both up to 12 hours and they don't really seem to break down. I may get a tiny bit shiny in my t-zone, but nothing bad. Neither foundation seems to oxidize on me.
Finally, a genuinely light foundation! I usually mix my EL Double Wear Light 50/50 with moisturiser as even this feels heavy on my skin. It's watery but this enables it to blend well - you can use as much or as little as you like.
I have dry/sensitive skin with no blemishes but some uneven skin tone and slight acne scarring, all covered beautifully by this. It lasted all day and I didn't use powder. This is better than all the high end foundations I have tried.
I had to give this a try so when I was at my local CVS I picked this up in #310 Light Ivory I'm an NW20,N1 for reference as well. This shade is a great match for my skin and it did not oxidize as I wore it throughout the day. I didn't get very shiny either and it didn't settle into any fine lines at all nor did it melt off. It's very nice light to medium coverage in my case I only use 1 layer to get the coverage I like. It melts into my skin as well and the powder feel is pretty cool.
I like powders and creme foundations in the Winter so this with some powder over it lasts all day and it still looks good when I take it off. I don't like using my fingers but I find it is the best way to apply it because it turns to powder pretty fast. Maybe you could use a sponge to press it in after you use your hands, but I personally just start at the top and work down my face. That seems to work great and so what you just wash your hands it's not the end of the world because my skin looks good;)
I have combo skin on the dry side now and this doesn't dry me out at all or cake because I don't apply a lot of layers. It's a good foundation but they give you such a small amount which is fine but it's smaller than most for the money I wish they gave a touch more. Otherwise I would buy this again because I do like the light coverage and how it makes my skin look healthy and alive. I always match to my neck and the #310 just blends right in perfectly so I'm very happy with it. It lasts pretty long, I haven't broken out, plus it holds up well so I can't complain. Recommended!
I was really iffy on this foundation at first. But after continued (attempted) use, I've found it's really not for me. First, I hate have to use my fingers to apply foundation (what they recommend on the label) I think I've just gotten so used to using foundation brushes, that using my fingers grosses me out. I tried to use it with a brush & it just really didn't work out well. The colour was definitely too dark, but that is a common problem I have because my skin is much lighter than MAC's NC15. So, kind of a bummer that it really didn't match me. I also really disliked the consistency. It's a liquid to powder & it just felt really runny & slimey. Coverage was okay, that's about the only positive thing I can say. Didn't work well for me at all.
This is my new favorite foundation. I don't get acne very much, but I used to have pretty severe acne in my teens so I do have some redness and scars unfortunately. This foundation is light, doesn't make my face shiny, and covers just enough. It seems like it would be build able but I haven't experimented much with it in that respect to be honest. It matches my skin perfectly, it blends into my jawline flawlessly (which is ALWAYS a problem for me. Yeah Colorstay, I'm looking at you!) if you're looking for light-medium coverage you should give this a try.
I bought it for the first time today I thought it would be heavy and watery and ew, however I was amazed to find it covered my light freckles, the lightest matched my skin perfectly! It does kinda feel dry on so il put moisturiser on before hand, but amazing none the less! Buy it!
I bought this product looking for something that would be light-weight, keep my oil under control, and give me some coverage. I liked it as it was very light weight. It makes your face feel like nothing is on it! It had okay coverage, you can build it up as you like. It did control oil somewhat, not as much as I would like. However I would recommend this foundation!
I'm very happy with this. It's probably my best foundation aside from my airbrush s/b foundation from Temptu, but this is easier and quicker to apply.
I have combination skin and am 42. It's not perfect but it's the best I've seen in ages. It's my HG until further notice.