I already mentioned this in a post: I seldom review foundations. I think I’ve tried enough of them. I just don’t know how to talk about them and how I would make my assessment.
I change my mind a lot (about foundations, except for Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer [SSE]) and I also didn’t know my coloring. I feel like I’m not equipped to review foundation.
I decided that I should just write about face bases when I’m almost done with them.
But 2 weeks ago, the inevitable happened:
Please consider not placing your products in glass bottles. There are clumsy people like me who drop and/or bump themselves on stuff and furniture a lot (Becs, you’re a witness to this.)
The good thing (looking at the bright side here) was that I’m two-thirds of the way through.
Before I bought Kevyn Aucoin SSE, L’Oreal Lucent Magique was my most frequently used foundation. But I treat it more as a tinted moisturizer than a foundation because it is very emollient and it has low coverage.
I usually skip my moisturizer when I use this because it’s moisturizing enough for me (imagine my mornings: wash, serum (or not), then the l’oreal lucent magique foundation).
It is how I imagine Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer would be. By the way, this has SPF 24 PA++ — not enough protection for some, but good enough for me.
It can technically be built up to medium coverage but I don’t believe in building up face bases. If I want medium coverage, I will buy a medium coverage foundation. Don’t blame a low coverage foundation for looking cake-y if you built it up.
Finish and Color
This foundation is dewy. Which I probably should have avoided because I have oily skin. But I’m very very tolerant with shininess and it’s rare that I find a drugstore foundation with a shade that is so amazingly yellow (I owned the shade G4 – Gold Shell). Most low to mid-priced choices that are classified as warm or yellow or gold do not appear yellow on my skin. They usually look orange or beige on my face.
Given the amount of moisturizing ingredients in this foundation, it’s expected that it won’t last long. I can imagine a lot of people hating this — particularly, fellow oily folks. But since finding the perfect-est shade is more important to me than any other face base/ foundation feature, I don’t really care.
I was just after something that will give me a nice wash of color and wouldn’t make me look dirty at the end of the day. I don’t see foundations as magical potions and expect them to slow down my oil-producing factory of a face. I’m ok, at the least, with looking neat-ish and humanly as the hours go by. I’m used to blotting anyway.
If you don’t prefer shine and you need to cover up redness and/ or hyperpigmentation. This is NOT for you.
I would buy this again, but I recently bought Koh Gen Doh (KGD) Aqua Foundation. I’m blaming this entirely on Shari, because she described the latter on twitter as satin light-medium coverage. I wasn’t going to purchase KGD, but since it seems like an amped up L’Oreal Lucent Magique, why not try? Right? It’s on sale anyway.
If KGD is not significantly better, I’m going back to L’Oreal.