If you read last Friday's post, you know that I've been trying out L'Oreal's Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation. I think I've been using it enough now to give a solid review/opinion about the product, so here we go!
To start off, this is supposed to "transform from liquid to powder for the perfect bare skin finish" according to the description on the bottle. The formula definitely feels powder like once you blend it into the skin, no doubt about it. It also disappears into the skin (in a good way) leaving an extremely natural finish. It does a good job of evening out the skin, however it's not great for covering any spots or blemishes. If you're someone who experiences breakouts a lot of the time, I would probably pass on this (or prepare yourself to do a ton of concealing). L'Oreal also suggests that you use your fingers to apply the product versus a brush or sponge. It does go on really easily with fingers, so that's a plus for me (anything that cuts down on brush washing is a plus in my book).
As far as longevity goes, this is kind of a middle of the road formula. Unless you have very normal skin, you will likely need to touch up throughout the day to keep it looking fresh. Also, if you have very dry skin I would be a little wary as it has potential to cling to any dry patches. I tried it with a primer and that definitely helps as far as length of wear goes.
Magic Nude has an SPF of 18, which is kind of the no man's land of SPF. It's there, so the brand can boast it on the product label, however anyone that is seriously (or even not so seriously) concerned about sun exposure is going to need more than SPF 18...causing them to need to use an actual sunscreen...so, ya know, this may as well not have any. That might seem a bit critical, but I mean really, anything under SPF 30 won't do a ton for you. I think most products like to just throw in SPF to make their product more marketable. But whatev, that's business.
All in all, I would say this is maybe just slightly above the "just okay" rating. While it does have a really nice, natural finish, I feel like it would only really be great for people with very normal skin who never get a single blemish. Since most women have at least some sort of skin concern, this product won't be great for the majority. It's really too bad because if this had longer staying power it has the potential to be something awesome. However, I think it will be one of those products that will be thrown to the wayside.
Have you tried Magic Nude? What did you think?