Review: L’Oreal Mat Magique, Does Not Leave Cakey Finish and Affordable

Normally, I will lower my expectations towards mat foundation powders due to my skin type as it gets oily easily over the t-zone with the humidity in Malaysia tropical weather. When I received L’Oreal Mat Magique, I hope for the best that it will turn out good for me. Let’s  go on with my 2 cents on this compact foundation.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory

‘It is enriched with a superior unique mineral that is a beauty breakthrough: Natural Volcanic Perlite. This mineral is known as it’s excellent matting effect and sebum absorbency, giving Mat Magique it’s 12-hours shine-free* action. Make-up looks fresh always as if you just applied it on!

While Mat Magique offers a matte finish, it never leaves behind a dull or chalky effect once associated with previous matte looks. Even with it’s lightweight airy powder, Mat Magique lets you achieve the ultimate coverage to conceal skin imperfections for a poreless-looking effect.

The results? Oil control up to 12 hours for a shine-free* perfectly matte skin effect – with just one product. At SPF coverage of SPF34 PA+++, Mat Magique also protects skin from harsh UV rays. So not only do you get a beautiful make-up effect, skin is perfectly protected for long-term beauty.

Mat Magique is available in three refillable shades that is specially formulated for South East Asian skin tones:

R1 Rose Ivory, N2 Nude Vanilla, G2 Golden Ivory’

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory 2

The size of the compact is very handy, one palm be able to hold it and it will easily be fit into makeup pouch.  The case is rounded, pretty much reminded me that it looks like a purse.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory 3

On the inside of the case, there is a full length mirror, compact foundation and sponge. I do find that the case might be slightly flimsy as it is full lightweight plastic.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Close Up

A close up on the compact foundation and you are able to see how fine the powder is. As I have seen the texture, I’m getting more anxious to find out more about it. The shade that I have here is Golden Ivory, the darkest shade of 3 shades available.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Ingredients

From the ingredients listing, talc would be the main ingredient. Also, I notice that there is kaolin which is able to help to absorb oil whereby it will keep oiliness at bay. This powder is free from paraben and alcohol.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Application

Normally, I would use makeup brush to apply my makeup and I would use sponge in the case where I’m out of reach on my brushes. For this compact foundation, I use a flat top brush to apply it on my face after liquid foundation. Though this compact foundation is quite dark, my liquid foundation is a shade lighter therefore the powder helps to balance the shade. The powder goes on and work very well with my liquid foundation.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Before & After

Here is  a before and after whereby my skin tone is very much adjusted from before with matte finish. The compact foundation does look very natural on me and I love how it doesn’t look cakey at all. It gives quite an effortless airbrush effect without being overly done.

Above all…

I’m quite happy with L’Oreal Mat Magique especially how it doesn’t look cakey even though I layered it on top of my liquid foundation. I have been using this almost everyday now and I’m amazed how affordable it is. The only backlash for this compact foundation is that it wasn’t able to completely control oiliness because after having it on for an hour, my nose area started to oil up a little. Even so, it does help to control oil in a way that I don’t find my skin is oily as before after blotting. What I’m also happy with this compact foundation is it’s staying power especially after blotting my skin oiliness, it doesn’t come off as easily but it could stay well for me up to 6 hours.

Price: MYR39.90, MYR19.90 (refill)

Weight: 6.5grams

PROs:

  • Does not appear cakey
  • Free from paraben and alcohol
  • Controls oiliness
  • Affordable

CONs:

  • Does not completely control skin oiliness

My Rating: 4.8/5

 

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This foundation was provided by L’Oreal for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++, Just Because It Didn’t Work Well On Me, Doesn’t Mean It’s A Bad Powder

This new foundation powder is already on the shelf as they have been launched just recently. It has been quite some time since their last powder and this definitely brings much more refreshing image. Introducing the new powder of Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++

‘Gorgeous skin is rocking the catwalks this season. You can now show off a more than flawless complexion with Maybelline New York’s latest cake powder breakthrough.

Thanks to its unique Clean Touch Powder System, White Superfresh Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ leaves behind an ultra-smooth surface on your skin. The innovative system goes beyond sebum absorption; it helps to speed up sweat drying and evaporation so skin remains clean. On top of that, the Clean Touch Powder System’s Mineral Perlite content contains 5X the absorbing powder of talc, making it more effective towards sweat and sebum. With one application, White Superfresh Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ absorbs and entraps sweat and sebum, as well as speeds up sweat evaporation to prevent build-up. This faster drying action results in a clean touch and fresh makeup all day. You no longer need touch-ups!

This unique formula makes White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ perfect for all-day use, especially if you are always on the go but still want your makeup to look fresh from morning till night without having to touch up constantly. Providing up to 12 hours of long-lasting freshness and 12 hours of UV protection, White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ ensures that freshness stays true while your complexion appears white, even throughout your busy schedule. Pores don’t get clogged up either with its lightweight formula.’

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ Compact

I like how this new compact design as it looks very simple, white and clean. It comes in rectangular shape with rounded corners.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ Open Compact

Upon opening the compact, there’s a full sized mirror, foundation cake and sponge. Normally, I would us my brush to apply but I will still keep the sponge in case I need it.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++Texture

A closer look on the compact where the powders looked fine and matte. The shade I have chosen is Honey, the second darkest shade that they have.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++Honey Swatch

Honey has quite a bit of yellow undertone and from the swatch, the powder doesn’t seem to be as fine as I expected.  This shade does look slightly darker for my skin but it goes well if I use brighter liquid foundation.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++ingredients

From the ingredients listing, I could se that there isn’t any alcohol and paraben which will be very kind to the skin.

Maybelline White Super Fresh Long LAsting UV Cake Powder SPF34 PA+++Before & After

Here is a before and after, pardon the huge breakout on my forehead. I tried to apply sparingly, otherwise it could look very yellow on me. I could tell that it provides light to medium coverage as it did not fully covered the breakout, bare in mind that I did not apply liquid foundation here. It brightens instantly with matte finish.

Above all…

I love this powder because it feels light on my skin and gives a decent matte coverage. It also instantly makes my skin looks brighter on camera but in real, I couldn’t see that it is.  My skin started to get oily after 5 hours on my nose and t-zone area, that’s where it started to wear off. I have been using it for more than a week now and I hope this could stay better on my skin. This isn’t a bad foundation, just because it didn’t work well on me. If you do not have crazy oily skin like I do, I do recommend this powder for you to try.

Price: MYR23.90, MYR11.90 (refill)

Weight:  9grams

Availability: All nationwide leading pharmacies

PROs:

  • Very affordable
  • Matte finish
  • Instantly brightens skin
  • Light to medium coverage

CONs:

  • Didn’t last long

My Rating:4/5

 

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This powder is provided by Maybelline for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh