I'm really digging on this for the Spring. It's not super death Texas hot, but it's not cold at all. I make sure I cleanse daily, exfoliate a few times a week, moisturize, and apply a primer mostly because I have disgusting cheek pores and I hate them more than life. The primer fills in where I need the help, and the Magic Nude glides right over everything and covers redness without caking around the nose/chin or streaking through the day. I sweat a good bit when I'm working outside, but this seems to stay put. Some redness shows by the end of the day if I don't conceal, but I don't mind. Better than having a cakey face!
Side note though, I do apply a thin layer of uhhh WNW Fergie's line mattifying powder. It's the bees knees, and might be helping the foundation.
For reference, I am usually about NC15. I wear and love Clinique Stay Matte foundation in Alabaster (shade 02). I am fair with warm peachy undertones.
I chose this in shade 312 Classic Ivory, as the 310 looked inthe bottle as though it might be just a smidgen too light. I probably could use that shade as well, I don't think there is a HUGE difference between the two, judging from the bottles. 310 looked a little more pink, 312 a bit more peach. The color is seamless on my skin and blends my face (a bit darker, redder, and more freckled) than my neck (the color of french vanilla ice cream). I don't bronze up and prefer my face to match my pale neck, chest and body.
My skin is normal to oily, with some texture issues - larger pores, primarily on my Tzone. I often have problems with foundation settling into my pores and making my skin look rougher than it really is. Generally I find that thinner textures work better for me than do the thicker ones for this issue. Then we have the delights of being a grandma, with fine lines, creases and all that jazz. Plus I am very shiny in the Tzone no matter what I do. All this conspires to make foundations difficult for me to match in color, then match in texture and wear to my skin.
As already noted, this foundation is very fluid and it comes in a square bottle with a small opening. I shake well, then place my finger over the open top and tip, then stroke that finger over a small area of my face. I find I can stroke product onto a quadrant of my face, then blend and that works pretty well. I use my fingers, haven't tried using a brush or sponge (I usually get better and smoother application with my fingers no matter what product I use). Once my whole face is done, I bounce a dry sponge or beauty blender all over, especially around my nose, cheekbones, upper lip and eyebrow area to make sure no product has settled into any crack, crevice, hole or hair. I usually powder out of habit (Guerlain Meteorites or Elf HD Powder - I'm totally egalitarian) and find I get far better than average wear from this foundation than from nearly anything else I've tried. I am always shiny in the Tzone, and have given up on the idea of a matte finish, and that is ok by me. Coverage seems to remain, even through the shine.
The finish is soft, natural, polished, not as matte and heavy as the Stay Matte, but with equivalent coverage of freckles and imperfections. I feel my skin looks a bit younger and fresher with this foundation than with most others. It is very easy to apply and blend, wears well and slightly longer than average. Best of all, when I use this foundation my husband tells me I look really beautiful, even when all I've got on is this, a little blush, and some mascara. Thumbs up, a Like, whatever. This is a good one.
After months of wanting to try Nude Magic, I decided to give it a try after clipping a $3 off coupon from the Sunday paper. I held off purchasing this foundation because of the price-- it was about $12 at Target and I would have passed again if I didn't have my coupon with me! A little steep for a drugstore brand.
My #1 concern with drugstore foundations is color-matching. I don't have the best eye for color, but I took a chance with Sun Beige. I wear MAC's Face and Body in a C5 (I have tan Asian skin) and found that Sun Beige was a tiny bit light, but a pretty good match when paired with powder (I use Stromboli by NARS).
The foundation itself is very watery in the bottle. Shake the bottle well before you apply because there is a thin layer of clear liquid that separates to the top that will spill out if it isn't mixed up. The bottle itself isn't my favorite, but it's typical of most drugstore foundations...screw top with a pour out design. Just be careful when you're pouring the foundation out.
The product itself is nothing special. It is very light, which I like, and offers light to medium coverage. It goes on as a liquid and quickly dries to a light powdery texture. It does cling to dry spots, so exfoliate beforehand. Probably not the best for very dry skin. The color was a pretty close match for me, and I paired it with my usual powder and a setting powder.
Overall, not bad. I probably won't repurchase, but I'm glad I tried it and will probably use it for everyday makeup because it is light and easy to use. Not recommended for dry skin.
This product definitely does have an interesting texture that you have to try to believe! It is super liquidy but I don't mind. This is perfect for my normal to dry skin but I could see this beeing an issue if you have super flaky dry skin because it clings to really dry spots. It's a little more coverage than a BB cream but I wouldn't consider it to be a medium coverage either. I overall really like this foundation because it leaves my skin looking so natural! If you are looking for a product to give you a little coverage but still let your natural skin shine through, this might be it! I don't think it would be great for those with a lot of acne though, just because it doesn't cover a whole lot. BUT I STILL LOVE IT!
This was such a confusing foundation for me! After hours upon hours of researching this on Youtube, you finally just have to get the courage to purchase the product for yourself and see how it goes.
I was hoping for better. The funny thing about this foundation is that when first applied, it looked absolutely amazing. My face looked smooth, but it didn't look as if I had anything on (just the way it described your skin looking). My skin looked like a babies bottom, literally.
The curve ball with this foundation is that it's ABSOLUTELY AND COMPLETELY WATERY. Seriously, when you shake the bottle, it sounds as if you're shaking water. So be careful not to pour all the liquid out, because that is what I almost did for the first time!
Throughout the day, I started noticing my face looking less and less like a babies bottom. It didn't look as flawless as when I first put it on. Then I realized, it was one of those foundations (for me) that looked utterly perfect when applied, but throughout the day, the perfection disappeared. Was it long-lasting? Uh, probably not, seeing as how my face didn't look nearly as well when I had applied it.
However, I did love the texture. It was quite weird, actually, sort of unreal. The texture is so smooth and air-like.
It's pricey, though. Especially for a drugstore foundation. I nearly peed my pants when I saw how much it was.
And yes, unfortunately, I returned it. It wasn't worth keeping.
L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder was released 2013 and I picked this up on clearance Jan. 2014 when all the stores were making room for the new spring cosmetics. I got this for $2 off the clearance price too, so it was a real bargain. I picked up #318 Natural Buff. I am really wishing now that I had had the foresight to grab a couple more bottles at the low price. I haven't used liquid foundation since I was a teen so I was not sure I would like this and it took some getting used to with application as it says it is not recommended for a sponge or brush so I had to use my fingers. I have used this several times already and it is quick in the morning for tossing on and then skipping the setting powder step. I love that it saves me that step and gets me on my way that much faster in the morning rush. This has a sheer coverage and I like the natural look very much. My freckles show through and I like that because I detest cakey stage looking makeup. This feels very light on and almost bare faced feeling. This doesn't have all day staying power though and needed a little touching up after 8 hours, but considering this is "bare skin perfecting makeup" as stated on the front of the bottle, I would expect that. My only real complaint with this is the narrow glass bottle which I feel is a disaster waiting to happen. This has a very narrow rectangular footprint and is easy to knock over as there isn't much of a base and being glass and me having hardwood floors I am just expecting it's a matter of time before this meets an untimely end when the two meet. This is going to be perfect for summer too when I don't want a heavy makeup but I do want a little something to even out my skin. I really like this product and I wish I had purchased more of them while I had coupons.
This foundation caused my skin to break out everywhere. I really wanted to like this foundation because I liked the light coverage that it gave. I found it to be very drying and I have oily skin! I would say it was drying because of the alcohol in the product. I don't know why anyone would want to dry out their skin with alcohol.
Beautiful flawless finish BUT!! there's a pretty amount of alcohol in this foundation. You can smell it and it stings a bit on the sensitive parts of my face. It's also drying out the undereye area.
I REALY liked this product. i have very oily skin and whenever i would use other products, BY the end of my school day it was just like gone lol, But this one dosen't :) it leaves my skin with a nice coverage and very dry. The only concern is.. you cannot wear this for like 12 hours straight if you have work for example.. then afterward have a party to get to , i would suggest taking it off once you get home and re apply it. MY OPINION! Overall good product i would repurchase :) #326 True Beige:)
By itself or with primer alone, this foundation settles straight into my pores and looks spotty and terrible. But, when I tried it as a builder on top of primer + my regular foundation, it was great. Smooths things out and leaves a nice matte finish. Worth a try IMO!