Love It or Leave It: L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

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For today’s Love It or Leave It, I decided to talk about the L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup. I got the shade 312 Classic Ivory. At Walmart, this foundation is going to cost you roughly $11 to get .91 fluid ounces. With most foundations this price, you get at least one fluid ounce of product so that’s kind of a downer. Let’s talk about the packaging. It is a small lightweight glass bottle with skin tone and purple accents. This product is supposed to give you a no-makeup kind of look whilst giving you some sun protection. The sunscreen in this has an SPF of 18. This foundation is a liquid that you shake up before applying. On contact with your skin, it dries to a powder consistency. L’Oreal recommends that you apply this with your fingers rather than a sponge or a brush. They say to shake well and pour a few drops on your fingers. This foundation is SUPER thin in consistency so just barely tilt the bottle.

I decided to try it out all three ways: fingers, sponge and brush. I didn’t apply primer or powder for these demos. The only things on my face were moisturizer and the foundation.

Let’s talk about applying with the brush first. I used the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply this foundation. I dotted the foundation all over my face, blending it out with tapping and swirling motions. The brush created a light coverage, airbrushed appearance. It blended everything out nicely and left a beautiful finish.

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For the sponge demo, I used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. I dabbed it all over my face and blended it out using tapping motions and the dampened sponge. The sponge seemed to soak up all the product because my skin looked no different than before I put my makeup on.

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Lastly, I applied the foundation with my fingers. Again, I dotted the product all over my face and blended it out using tapping motions. You could definitely tell that I had product on my face this time which was a plus!

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Should you love it? Should you leave it? Do you need it in your life? This foundation is a VERY light coverage, almost a tinted moisturizer type of product. The general rule of thumb is that once you apply powder no more liquid makeup can go on that particular area. Well this product sets up as a powder so you can’t really build up the coverage because the liquid won’t stay. Because it sets up as a powder, this foundation really clung to any dry areas on my face. When I buy foundation, I’m looking for something that will be somewhere around medium coverage to cover up any redness or discoloration. This product just didn’t do that. It was long wearing though. As you can see from the pictures when I applied it with my fingers, it lasted a good 4 – 6 hours before it started fading and getting shiny. The brush also created great, long lasting coverage. The coverage from the sponge demo was non-existent though. During the summer, no one wants to wear a face of makeup. You downsize to lighter things due to the heat. This foundation would be great for summer time if you are looking for something that will last through the hottest months while being lightweight and barely there. It would also be great anytime of the year for a no-makeup kind of look. I personally wear a tinted moisturizer in the summer that I mix up myself so I don’t need another lightweight foundation right now. It’s also a bit pricey in my opinion considering the fact that it is basically a tinted moisturizer/BB cream type of product. Would I buy it again? Yes, but not until I finish up by tinted moisturizer. I actually ended up taking this product back because I knew that I just wouldn’t be using it anytime soon. It’s a great product and I liked it, but for right now it just wasn’t something that I felt like I HAD to have. I would buy this again with coupons. I wouldn’t pay full price for it due to the amount you get. It was a love it and a leave it. I love the idea behind it, but it just wasn’t something I needed right now.

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