Wednesday, October 20, 2010
L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base
L’Oreal has teamed up with Makeup guru James Kaliardos, and legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista to create Studio Secrets. A range of niche products that is affordable and as convenient as a trip to your local drugstore.
The Magic Perfecting Base claims to “transform fine lines and large pores into smooth, shine free, soft feeling skin”. What more could a girl ask for? So, I decided to put it to the test.
I started off applying the product with my fingers; I find a sponge would soak up the entire product not giving you an even exchange of coverage. A foundation brush would also work but I still think using your fingers with this product is the best. Its velvety consistency glides easily on the skin, giving you a good base for foundation.
I let it set for about 30 seconds and it felt nice, super smooth and velvety to the touch. I did notice a dulling of my oversized pores and fine lines! Halleluiah!! The product also leaves a matte finish as it claims! So far so good! I then proceeded with applying my normal liquid foundation (I am currently using Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation with SPF17 which I love!) with a foundation brush and smoothed it with the Beauty Blender sponge. For some reason it then felt way to heavy on my skin. Which was strange, because this foundation normally feels amazing. After a light dusting of powder to set the foundation, it looked flawless, but felt like a light spackle on my skin. All night I found myself feeling as if I was extremely shiny and felt self-conscious that it was too much and people would notice and think I was heavy handed tonight when applying my makeup. But when I looked in the mirror, it was nothing more then the average glow and after a quick blot, my skin still appeared quite flawless. So with that said, I feel this product does live up to what it claims. Other then feeling to heavy for my own taste, I was satisfied with the appearance of my skin and the over all results.
As a makeup artist I would definitely use this product when I work, and on my clients. But I can honestly say I would never wear it myself under foundation. I may wear it alone, with a dusting of powder, but that would be it.