L'oreal Nude Magic Liquid Powder Review, Photos & Swatches

L'oreal Nude Magic Liquid Powder:
Price: approx. $12.95/ .91 FL. OZ
Availability: Any drugstore, target, ulta
Color(s): 12 different shades
Coverage: Light - medium
Claims: "This revolutionary liquid-powder formula glides on and transforms on contact to a fresh, powder-like finish for a look that’s flawless,yet undetectable. The lightweight foundation with SPF 18 will make you feel like you aren’t wearing makeup at all!"

This slight ombre designed glass bottle has a twist off cap and contains .91fl.oz of product and SPF 18.  The product inside the bottle is very thin (not thick like most foundations), the texture is much closer to actual water.  When you shake the bottle you can hear how liquified the product actually is.  It has a typical foundation scent with a hint of rubbing alcohol to it.  This foundation blends very easily and instantly transforms into a powder finish while blending.  It also feels a bit silky and very smooth during the blending process.  The directions also clearly state to use your fingers instead of a brush or sponge.  I tried applying this foundation all three ways and using your fingers is truly the best way to achieve the best finish.  I like to place a few dots on my face and patting it around my face before actually blending it out.  Since it does transform into a powder the finish of this foundation is matte.

Swatches in Nude Beige:
You can get a very natural finish with the first layer.  The coverage of this foundation is light to medium.  It evens out the skin tone well and slightly covers redness as well as dark acne spots/scars.  It can be lightly build-able for extra coverage but certainly will not fully cover (a concealer underneath will be needed for a flawless look).  I noticed that when a second layer is applied it will look a little too powdery and will come off as cakey for us dry skinned girls.  Dry patches will be enhanced with the first layer, so imagine how bad it looks with two!  I also feel the need to add that I do have some open acne wounds (due to exfoliating the dry patches) and when this foundation was applied over those wounds it burned a little. I am assuming it burned over those areas because of the alcohol in the product.

I also recommend using powder blushes, highlighters and bronzers if that is your thing when using this product instead of cream products.  Since this does have a powder finish cream products may not apply as well as they normally would when on top of liquid/cream foundations.

  • Gives a natural look
  • Variety of shades
  • Blends extremely well
  • Silky
  • Enhances dry areas and settles into fine lines
  • Gives off a white cast due to the slight SPF
  • Can look powdery/cakey
  • Transfers
  • Lasting power is only a few hours

  I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with this product.  After exfoliating and moisturizing my face this product is perfect for short errands or going to school.  It's also good when you want a very light foundation versus a thick one.  I like that my natural skin still shines through when I have this foundation on.  For some reason when I am doing errands or going to school I like my imperfections to slightly show for example my acne scars.  I also love how silky it feels when I am blending it out, it just feels so good!  However, with all those raves the cons are the reason I knocked two hearts off the approval.  When doing two full layers my face will look extremely light and powdery as though I just took a powder puff and dusted my face without dusting off the excess. Okay I may be exaggerating that last part but close enough!  Also,  even when I do exfoliate and moisturize and prime well the dry areas still get enhanced.  Especially on my cheeks and my nose area.  Since the product has no pump and is quite watery, you have to be careful when pouring it out or else a lot of product will be wasted.  Overall, I do like the product but I would not repurchase it.

So how about it readers?!  What are your thoughts on this foundation?

Disclaimer: Sample products were sent to me for product review from Shespeaks and L'oreal, I am not getting paid for my review.. as always everything is my honest opinion


  1. I prefer a foundation or bb cream that's medium to full coverage and I prefer to apply makeup with a brush to blend it well and have more control of the quantity I'm applying on my face... I think this foundation is not for me, though I was tempted to buy it. Thank you for reviewing it ;)

    1. NP girl!! I'm glad I was able to put up the review before you gave in and got it! I agree, I think using a brush blends much more and gives more coverage than using the fingers. Since I'm usually only out for a few hours I like to own some light-medium coverage foundations. My all time favorite foundation is Revlon color stay though =)

  2. I like my foundation on the thicker side, I feel like I have no coverage if not.

    1. Right?!! that's how I feel sometimes but I just use concealer =) Thanks for commenting!

  3. This stuff broke me out!! I noticed the dry patches made it look really bad too :/

    1. oh no!!! >< I agree!! I had to deep exfoliate and use my deep moisturizer in order for it to look right and even then it settles and enhanced some dry spots. I like how it feels though.. too bad the cons are something I cannot overlook.

  4. nice post!! i am thinking maybe this is a summertime product when skin isn't as dry!!


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