A perfect foundation: myth or reality? That’s the question I’m always asking myself. And even though I have a couple of favorites now, 90% of them are high-end products which mean: pricey! That’s why lately I’ve been focusing mainly on the drugstore segment. I want to have the same the result but for less money! Am I crazy or is it a reality? I don’t know yet. What I do know is that lately I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint and as soon as I saw it on the shelves I took this baby home to test it.

In France, this foundation is sold (among others) in supermarkets where people buy food and other stuff. If you buy your makeup there, it will be packed in a supplementary carton box, pretty ugly but I don’t mind.

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The bottle itself is very pretty! It’s made of matte glass, is transparent with the name written on it in purple letters, the same as the top.

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This is what the backside of the packaging says. The description is again specified for the region so it’s only in French and Dutch.

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I also found the description in English.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint: Product Description

L’Oréal Paris’ lightest foundation formula ever

A feather light foundation, L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation SPF 18 feels as light and fresh as water. Instantly fuses with the skin blending seamlessly to leave a silky, second skin effect.

– Perfect bare skin look
– Naturally even, shine free look.
– Undetectable coverage.
– Silky soft touch.
– No make-up feel.

So from the description I thought it would be something really light, with light to medium coverage and natural matte finish.

I must add something else: the bottle is tiny! It fits entirely into my palm; there is only 20ml of product in it.

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Here is the backside of the bottle.

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There is no pump system. When we’re talking about creams I really prefer the pump but with foundations I don’t really mind. Anyways, almost all of my favorite foundations have an opening like this. Would that be a sign?

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L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint: Ingredients

[spoiler]DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ISODODECANE, ALCOHOL DENAT., VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE,PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PEG-10 D I M E T H I C O N E , D I S T E A R D IMON I UM H E C T O R I T E , A Q U A / WATER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: C I 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, C I 7 7 4 9 1 , C I77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES] (FIL B160492/2).[/spoiler]

(Click on the ‘show’ button to see the ingredients list).

Wow this foundation is a true silicone attack! They’re basically everywhere! Normally the ingredient list would look like ‘WATER, silicone, silicone,’ etc…But here we see silicone, silicone, emolients, alcohol other polymers and silicones and only then water! This foundation is almost purely 100% silicone! So definitely, not for you if you’re sensitive to it. Or to alcohol! There is pretty a lot of it as even though masked by perfumes, I could still smell it!

I bought L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in a color 110 Warm Ivory (Ivoir Doré). This is the lightest shade available in France and seriously, I don’t understand why the lightest shades of drugstore makeup products are never ever available in France? Seriously, it’s not funny. As you could have guesses, this shade is too dark for me but I had no choice, I wanted to test this product so badly! Normally speaking, this foundation comes in 8 shades:

  • 100 Porcelain (which would be perfect for me but which is not available in France),
  • 110 Warm Ivory – the shade that I ended up buying,
  • 120 Ivory (update: 120 is lighter than 110!),
  • 140 Pure Beige,
  • 150 Nude Beige,
  • 170 Natural,
  • 190 Rose Beige,
  • 220 Golden Sand.

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Here is the swatch. When I saw this, I had to double check the shade that I took. I mean, this looks really dark!

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Once blended out, it looks a whole lot lighter. And I must tell you, if you apply your foundation with a brush and make sure to blend everything very well out, it will look even a bit lighter. So still too dark but not as dark as it comes out of the packaging! Phew!

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L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint has very liquid texture. I applied a bit on my hand and look! Personally, I prefer creamier foundations, this just drives me mad as I always apply foundations on my hand and then on my face!

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My Opinion:

First thing which is very important thing: the color of the foundation matters a lot! Make sure always to choose the matching color for your skin, otherwise you are risking hating the product! So as I said, the color 110 ivoir doré/warm ivory is the lightest color available in France but it’s so dark! Way too dark for me, even if I apply a tiny bit and blend it out really well! This could have been a good ‘me bronzed’ shade but as we’re in the middle of the winter, I can’t really wear it. Porcelain 100 would have been a better choice but it’s not available in France! The texture is very liquid (almost like water) and siliconey, thus the foundation glides easily over face, it is also well blendable. It gives a light coverage; you’ll definitely need a concealer and a powder. Because of many silicones it almost feels greasy on the face but it actually dries up after a couple of minutes and then gives a ‘dry’ finish. If you have any dry patches it will highlight them, as well as large pores and all the imperfections (even tiny face hair that I didn’t even know I had!). This comes probably due to the color but I see it very well on my skin! The thing with this foundation is, after all of that being said I look myself in the mirror and I like what I see! Despite everything it gives a nice natural healthy finish but…only after you’ve concealed all the imperfections and powered off the excess oils. I think I’ll try the lighter shade and see if it makes any difference.

Overall note: B.

Where you can buy it:

Boots, feelunique

Here is my face before the application. As you can see, I have rednesses, large pores and some pimples on my forehead.

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Here I applied L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 110 Warm Ivory. You can see that the shade is too dark for me!

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Another picture before the application:

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Here I applied L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 110 Warm Ivory:

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Here I only applied my day cream:

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Here I’m wearing L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 110 Warm Ivory:

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If you thought that it looks really good…here’s a close-up! L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 110 Warm Ivory didn’t cover any pimples or rednesses…

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Here is the full makeup. I applied tons of Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick on my T zone, MAC studiofinish concealer on the imperfections and under the eyes and fixed everything with Essence transparent matte powder.

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I’m also wearing bobbi brown blush, guerlain meteorites crazy pearls, revlon lip gloss, essence eye sorbet, UD naked basics, catrice mascara ultra black and elf brow gel.

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What is your favorite drugstore foundation?

update: I tested the other shades and guess what? 120 is lighter than 110 (about a tone and much less yellow)! Can you find any logic in here?