As promised, today I have L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder to review. My sister allowed me to borrow her bottle to try out for the blog, so I have the shade 314 Creamy Natural. Here is what L’Oreal has to say about their Magic Nude Liquid Powder: “Get the ultimate un-makeup look with Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 18. Revolutionary liquid transforms on contact, leaving a soft powder like finish. This foundation is so amazingly lightweight it’s like wearing no makeup at all! Just shake and apply – it’s magic!”
First off, let me say that I am really glad to see innovative products like this in the drugstore. Though I don’t think Liquid Powder is the first of it’s kind, L’Oreal’s version is certainly something different as far as drugstore makeup. That’s pretty cool. L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder comes in 12 shades that all run pretty dark. Creamy Natural is only the third shade in the line, but it is definitely too dark for me. It isn’t imperative to get a perfect match, however, because the foundation is so sheer that you can fudge the shade and still be fine (more on that later).
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder comes in a heavy glass bottle with a small opening and no pump. The bottle does not hold the standard one full fluid once, but holds .91 fl oz instead. Though I like the luxe feel of the bottle, overall I hate the packaging. This foundation would have been much better served with a pump because when the say Liquid powder, they aren’t kidding around. The runny texture can be a huge mess during application. If you try to pour the foundation on a sponge or the back of your hand, it has the potential to run everywhere. Unfortunately, the super small opening makes it a pain to get any foundation out of the bottle without pouring. Look how small it is compared to Revlon’s Nearly Naked below. It is very poorly designed.
The directions for application that L’Oreal has for the Magic Nude Liquid Powder are: “Shake Well. For best makeup result, pour just a few drops onto fingers and apply directly onto skin. Not recommended for use with a sponge or brush.” Don’t trust them, they lie. I tried applying with my fingers and it was a mess. It didn’t blend into my skin very well at all and clung to my dry patches. It looked terrible and there was no coverage. Next, though I figured a sponge would be the best application method, I tried a brush because that is my normal way of applying foundation. After dotting it on with my fingers and blending it in with a brush, I liked the finish better (no more clingy flaky areas) but Liquid Powder still provided practically no coverage. Also, the brush sucked up product like crazy. Finally I went with a damp sponge. This is definitely the best application method for a super runny formula like this. I got a smooth, blended finish and was able to build up the coverage a bit with the second layer. It was still definitely light coverage, but at least it wasn’t so sheer that you couldn’t tell I applied makeup. It also has a pretty strong smell, somewhat reminiscent of flowers and alcohol. The scent lingers.
Magic Nude Liquid Powder never set fully matte on me. It was more of a semi-matte finish that had a rather dull cast. This foundation really did nothing for me. I did not set it with a powder because that would defeat the purpose, but unfortunately it could really use it. Magic Nude Liquid Powder only lasted a few hours before it started to fade. Around 4 or so hours in, it fades to nothing. There may be someone with different skin who could wear Magic Nude Liquid Powder and like it, but I’m not that girl. From start to finish, L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder was a huge fail for me.
In short, I’d recommend passing on L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder. Though I appreciate the effort, the product really missed the mark. I don’t have anything positive to say about the product, so let’s just leave it at that. L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder retails for around $12-13. Save your money and try something else.