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Friday
Feb152013

L'Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation

Have you always wanted to try the Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation but balk at the P2,200 price tag? Well,  I have news for you: the L'Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation (P845) is a very close drugstore dupe. That's not surprising since L'Oreal owns Lancome, after all! The texture, finish, down to the ingredients are very much the same with only minor differences. 

Lucent Magique promises to give skin a "radiant halo" with its liquid-light technology. True enough, it's quite illuminating - I love how my skin looks like with this foundation on. Now this kind of stuff is right up my alley, but if you're oily this might be something you want to think about.

Here's the run down!

What I love about the product

  • It gives a gorgeous radiant finish on skin. I don't see any shimmer in the formula but it has a subtle satiny shine. It looks absolutely natural with its sheer to medium coverage. Expect to it to cover reasonable blemishes and discoloration! 
  • Watery texture is light and easy to smooth all over the skin. It never feels greasy or mask-like even if the humidity is in full force.
  • I found a great shade for my yellow-medium skin (NC35) with G4.
  • Has SPF24 PA+++. Sun protection is always a huge plus, but make sure not to wear this to an evening event where you may get photographed.
  • No breakouts! Yay.
  • Pump distributes the right amount of product every time.
  • High-end packaging. From the matte-gloss box to the glass tube, this foundation feels quite luxe.
  • Very affordable! It feels like an expensive foundation but it's a veritable steal at P845.

What I don't like about the product

  • Looks shiny after about three to four hours. Nothing some blotting and retouching can't fix on my combi skin, but if you have very oily skin this is a deterrent. 
  • It's not long-wearing. It has a tendency to slide off skin after five hours if you don't wear a good primer underneath. 

Quick comparison with Lancome Teint Miracle

Teint Miracle is more pigmented and has better lasting power than Lucent Magique. In other words, you'll use less of the foundation over time! It also has French Rose Extract, which is apparently a toning and conditioning ingredient - it makes skin feel smoother and softer. 

Hence the price tag. :) Otherwise, Lucent Magique feels and looks exactly like Teint Miracle.

Lumi Magique on the left, Teint Miracle on the right. Both shades match me but the L'Oreal one is quite yellow. Well I think it's manageable

Recommendations

If you have dull, dry to combi skin then you will love how the L'Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation can perk it up. It gives the skin such a beautiful glow! I'm all for the glow! However, if you have oily skin then I would recommend that you go for a long-wearing, matte to satin foundation instead - just to be safe.

The four to five-hour wear that I get out Lucent Magique is decent. I wish it would stay on longer with no primer, but I'm normally out of the house for five hours tops anyway. If you go to the office and need the staying power, just top this off with your powder foundation, not a translucent loose powder as usual.

Verdict

Love it. I don't get clogged pores from it, it doesn't feel heavy on my face, and it makes my skin look amazing. Those are my main concerns when it comes to foundation - not lasting power as I don't work outside very long that often. I'm sure it's different for you guys! What do you prioritize more: the finish or length of wear in foundation? 

Reader Comments (34)

Tamang tama! I'm on the lookout for an affordable foundation :)

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCris

I absolutely love the finish of this foundation, judging from your photos. Once my current foundation runs out, I think I'll give this one a shot :) When it comes to foundation, my major concern is the finish. Questions that come to mind when I judge a foundation:
- Does it look natural?
- Does it give me a nice glow without making my face super oily? (I don't like foundies that are too matte)
- Does it clog my pores/give me pimples?

You can always lengthen the wear of your foundation with primers, blotters and the like anyway so wear time is not a major concern for me.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSh3lly

Been waiting for this review ever since you introduced us the L'oreal Lucent line! Just in time 'cause I was looking for a foundation w/ a foundation that offers light to medium coverage that doesn't doesn't look matte all over. Oh, and thanks for the Lisa Eldridge recommendation. She's amazing! I can't believe I've been watching a lot of YT beauty gurus for months when all I need was just to watch hers.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYette

@Yette, check out pixiwoo and gossmakeupartist as well. sila yung top 3 YT beauty gurus ko.
buti nalang mejo oily skin si lisa kaya naka-karelate sa mga oily girls like me, kaya sometimes she has recommendations or tips for that kind of skin. and parang bb creams ang swak sayo based on the specifications you were looking for in a foundation...

Thanks for the review Liz! Cheaper si Loreal compared to Revlon..I still want that whipped creme though.
Between the two(Loreal Lumi and Revlon whipped creme), ano yung you find na mas better?

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPong

A friend of mine has the Lancome one and it's her favorite too like you. I should share this to her since she's looking for more affordable one that works like Lancome. Thanks for this review. I'm Combi to Oily too, that's why I can really relate with your reviews ^_^ I think I'll make a pass on this one muna. I'm eyeing for the Revlon Whipped Foundation which you've also reviewed. :)

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGen-zel

A friend of mine has the Lancome one and it's her favorite too like you. I should share this to her since she's looking for more affordable one that works like Lancome. Thanks for this review. I'm Combi to Oily too, that's why I can really relate with your reviews ^_^ I think I'll make a pass on this one muna. I'm eyeing for the Revlon Whipped Foundation which you've also reviewed. :)

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGenzel

Sounds interesting! I'll try this after I finish my Revlon whipped cream foundie :) Thanks for the heads up Ms. Liz!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

This would be perfect for me! Since the first thing I get paranoid about foundation is getting clogged pores! That's why I rarely use foundation and stick to BB cream. :| But the finish of this one looks good and that's what I focus on anyway, because I don't stay out too long naman. Thanks for the review!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana

Oil control and lasting power are my concern with foundations. I also love glow. I like dewy finish but I'll also like it if it will stay on for long hours and has an oil control, I don't want to walk with a shiny face and worry that I have to blot every now and then. This product looks good, with SPF too ( I always want an all in one product :)), and something that always feels light on face) The pump and packaging is a plus point, I think this is a worthy drugstore foundation to try.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

Now I'm thinking whether I should get this or Revlon Whipped Creme. Thanks for this honest review and for comparing it with Teint Miracle!

I tend to prioritize finishes more than wear time even when I "forget" to put primer on. However, I think I should find a foundation with a good balance between the two. My future line of work would require me to work from 8-12 hours (I don't regret choosing to go the engineering way... yet. :P) and I'm betting I won't get to do touchups that often (nor would a heavy amount of makeup be required unless for meeting with clients and the like).

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Oil control and lasting power are my concern with foundations. I also love glow. I like dewy finish but I'll also like it if it will stay on for long hours and has an oil control, I don't want to walk with a shiny face and worry that I have to blot every now and then. This product looks good, with SPF too ( I always want an all in one product :)), and something that always feels light on face) The pump and packaging is a plus point, I think this is a worthy drugstore foundation to try.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

Not so random question: Do you need to use highlighter pa when using this type of foundation? I got curious as to how L'Oreal repackaged Teint Miracle's formula to justify the price cut for the Lucent Magique. Hmm. As for what I'm looking for in foundation, it's that it should be lightweight regardless of coverage and that it doesn't turn my face into an oil mine.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Isn't if too heavy on the face if you'd wear moisturizer, then primer, then this lumi magique?

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradrenella domiquel

Thaaaaaank you for reviewing this! My foundation right now (Laura Mercier Silk Creme) broke me out, so now I'm hesitant to buy high-end foundations lest it go to waste. Winner pa na ka-shade kita, yay. Thanks!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

Thanks for sharing another great find! I prefer both, longevity and finish. I care soo much about oiliness and what gets me less oily, gets my vote! This may be a good foundation if you're just going for daytime quick runs ( grocery, cup of coffee ) considering spf & coverage. Curious about the concealer... Will wait for the review!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I'll skip this one. i have oily T-zone areas and in my job I don't have time to re-touch often, so a longer wearing foundation and BB cream is what I preferred. 3-4 hrs is not long enough for me.'

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Hi Liz!! This is so helpful! Thank you so much for this beautiful blog post. ^^ Hope you visit my blog if you have time. ^_^

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArrienne

i'm after this product for it's finish.Parang bb cream ang effect but less the shine.i think this foundation is a must try!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpbhie

I was waiting for this review too. I think I'm going to purchase this even though the lasting power and coverage is not what I would prefer. I just want to try a brightening foundation for a change and I think this is the best choice for me at the moment.

What I look for in a foundation:
1. finish (how natural looking it is)
2. lasting power (I don't really have time to retouch but I could)
3. coverage (layering products for coverage take too much time and tends to look cakey)
*Packaging, sun protection and cost effectiveness are secondary but are still important factors.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

So now I have two choices for a foundation: Revlon photoready or this one. My work is from 7 am to 5pm and talagang pawis kung pawis since I work in a state college. Will both stay in such weather kung everyday ko silang gagamitin? Too torned between the two :(

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Mae Baltazar

i think the finish is important. it should enhance our beauty and it should look natural on our skin. i'm sure if your a kikay by heart, there will no problem when it comes to touching up..

there are products that can be long wearing but i think you should still blot and add some powder once in a while. so you will look fresh..

another great post mz. liz. :)

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChiena :)

Too bad it's not for me. :( I have combi to oily skin. Looks decent on you. :)

ChicBeauty on a Budget

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnette

This is actually a really great foundation. Definitely feels high-end. It also does not irritate my skin, which is rare. Sad thing is, N2 is a bit dark and peachy for me.

I wish we have here the lighter yellow shades. L'oreal, please bring W1-2 here! :)

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChel Pablo

This is something I'd like to try, maybe someday! I'm still in tinted moisturizer/bb cream phase. But I'm sure ladies looking for a cheaper and quality liquid foundation would love to give this a try. Thanks again for sharing another great beauty find, Liz! :)

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I have been waiting for this to show up at L'Oreal counters! It's taking so long. Haha. Really wanna try it because the Lancome Teint Miracle foundation has always intrigued me. :)

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana

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