Tried & Tested: L’Oreal Paris Lucent Magique

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The L’Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Light Infusing Foundation packs a pretty powerful punch for a drugstore product. I received a full-sized sample and was eager to try it out, because I’m always on the lookout for a drugstore-priced foundation with department-store quality. This looked like a pretty promising contender, so how it did do after my week-long experience with it?

 

 

The Good

First and most important of all, I LOVE the way this foundation feels. It’s light and almost watery, and it actually feels really similar to the Lancôme Teint Miracle. I got it in a shade called G7 Gold Bronze, but probably could have done just as well with something one shade lighter.

Depending on how you thick you lay it on, the foundation has medium to full coverage. It contains SPF 24/PA+++, which is adequate for days when you don’t plan on being out in the sun for too long. Part of its winning claims include its “light-infusing” properties, which promises “lit-from within complexion, flawless coverage.” I guess those parts of the claims worked on me: it gave my skin a glow not unlike the one I get when using the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!.

IMG_8177The packaging is pretty good too for a drugstore product: it comes in a glass bottle with a metallic frosted pink pump dispenser that matches the typography. The cap is made out of a basic plastic, which kinda brings the whole design down for me, but shouldn’t be a problem if you’re not too concerned with packaging,

The Bad

Here come the downsides: despite claiming to be oil-free, the formula gave my combination-oily face a pretty greasy look by about lunchtime. I also noticed how 2-3 pimples would consistently crop up on my chin and cheeks at the end of each day; maybe despite the lightweight feel, the actual formula was just too rich for my skin.

Thankfully the pimples were minor ones, and they subsided the next morning after I dabbed them with my go-to overnight zit treatment (an application of Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment under a thin layer of mud mask).

So while I can forgive the lunchtime greasiness that resulted from wearing this particular foundation, I could not deal with new pimples breaking out on the surface of the skin every day. I found this to be really unfortunate, because I really liked the texture of this product. My skin might just be too oily or sensitive for daily use with this product, but maybe it’ll work better on someone with dry skin.

If you have dry skin and are looking for a drgstore-priced liquid foundation that looks and feels like the Lancôme Teint Miracle, then I highly recommend this product. For those of you with oily skin, I guess we must press on with our quest!