7 Jun 2012

Review: L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation

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I've recently been trying out this new foundation by L'Oreal called Lumi Magique, which I was quite intrigued with since I love their Lumi primer. This is a medium coverage foundation that has a luminous, glowing finish, similar to Neutrogena Healthy Skin and Nars Sheer Glow. This type of finish is really my favorite at the moment, because to me it looks the most like natural skin. I'm overall not a fan of the completely matte, powdery finish of some foundations.

Here's what I like and don't like about the Lumi Magique.

  • Available at drugstores, therefore less expensive than department store brands. However, as far as drugstore prices go, L'Oreal is on the higher end of the spectrum, at least here in Europe. Still, this foundation is quite affordable.
  • Good, buildable medium coverage. It has better coverage than the Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation, but doesn't look quite as flawless as the Nars Sheer Glow. Leaves a fresh, dewy glow to your skin without adding any shimmer or sparkle. It can be mattified with a powder if you want to tone down the luminous finish.
  • Pump dispenser is easy and mess-free; I also like the rose-gold packaging.
  • Wears wells on me for an acceptable length of time.


  • Very limited color range (at least here in Switzerland) and even this one named Rose Porcelain (which makes me think it will be slightly pink based) goes on very yellow, almost leaning toward orange. This can be corrected with a white foundation if you have fair skin, but it's a hassle. The limited color range means it might be very hard for some to find a good match.

Overall I like this foundation and think it's a great purchase from the drugstore if you can find a match. At this point I'm not sure if I would repurchase simply because my skin is so fair that even the lightest one looks quite yellow on me. I will try to blend it with a white foundation to even it out, but if you're lucky enough to fall within L'Oreal's rather narrow colour range and you like a dewy finish, I definitely recommend checking it out. If you have oily skin or live in a tropical climate, I would probably stay away.

Watch my video tutorial to see how I apply it.

Watch the video directly on Youtube here.

The brushes I used for the foundation at are all from Sigma and are available here.
F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki
P82 Precision Round Brush
F84 Angled Top Kabuki


  1. Anonymous6:08 pm

    Tolles Video!
    Welchen Lidschatten hast Du benutzt? Viele liebe Grüße aus Deutschland...

  2. Anonymous6:24 pm

    Hi!! Can you make a makeup tutorial for the look of the photos here?? I think it's perfect as a natural beauty makeup, for enchansing the natural beauty of everyone of us on a daily basis!! at least can you tell me the products used on eyes, cheeks and lips?? pleaseee xD thamk you in advance
    xx from Italy

  3. Hi Julia, lovely foundation on you! What eye makeup are you wearing here, please? thanks!

  4. Das zweite Bild ist sehr hübsch! :)

  5. Finally found a good review for the Lumi products. Thank you. Definitely getting the primer. Summer in Southern Florida makes any kind of foundation difficult. Right now I'm using The Balm Shelter tinted moisturizer. Covers really well and doesn't melt.
    What is the great polish you are wearing?

  6. Anonymous9:50 am

    What lipstick are u using here? Im trying to find something like that color

  7. Anonymous6:35 pm

    Hi Julia,
    thank you so much for this good and very helpful review.
    Can you make a tutorial for the eye and lip make up? This would be so great! It looks gorgeous on you and it still looks very natural :)
    Greetings from Cologne!

  8. Hey Julia,
    thanks for reviewing that foundation, I've been meaning to try it out, and now I know what to expect. I have the lumi primer also and it was a pleasant surprise I might say, since I don't really trust drugstore brands. Btw, I love the lipstick you were wearing, could you please tell me which one is it?

  9. Hi Julia
    Love your makeup tutorials! Could you please tell me the eye shadow you used? Could you do a another tutorial for women who wear glasses?

    From a loyal follower in New Zealand

  10. Hi.

    I have one question. I use Revlon ColorStay Normal/Dry Skin #150 Buff and i wanna buy Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid makeup. Can you please tell me, if is color #150 of Revlon same as the Neutrogena's #40 Nude or i need take lighter color?

  11. I found this in Canada and same thing - very limited colour tones... You can really see how yellow the colour is on your skin... :( which is too bad because I liked the tester that I took home but would have to mix it with something to match it up.

  12. Anonymous8:37 pm

    hallo Julia, hab mir diese foundation wegen deinem post hier gekauft, zufällig auch in rose porcelain, ein bisschen zu hell aber sonst echt super. Danke für deine Bewertung , ich hätte dieses produkt im laden sonst niemal beachtet muss ich ehrlich sagen.

    grüße aus hamburg

  13. i'm loving these luminous foundations and concealers
    Looks great on you


  14. It looks great on you. I will definitely check it out when it lands near me in the US.

  15. you look gorgeous with this foundation!
    please follow me back at



  16. Hey, I am looking for great hi end as well as drug store find foundation and coverage secrets for medium shade ethnic skin. If you can help with that pleases do!!!

  17. Anonymous4:19 pm

    This product was not for me, greasy, messy with eye makeup. I have used L'oreal for years, but was very dissapointed in this new product, would not recomend it. Peggy

  18. So this is now available in the US under the name True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous. Comes in 15 colours here, and I just bought W1-2 today. I'm super-duper fair-skinned (I'm a NARS Siberia (SG); in original True Match I'd wear W1), this is slightly too dark for me. If I blend it in, it's fine. It also says "may contain bismuth oxychloride" (known skin irritant, usually found in mineral foundations), and I wonder if the bottle I got contains it. I put about a pump's worth on my face (enough to cover cheeks and the chin, and about half an hour or so later, some of that area started to itch, so I had to take it off. :(

  19. Hey Julia, it is a bit irrelevant with this video now but i noticed 2 things: you said your eyebrows have a growing problem, i had that too and i used a Pfizer brand eye ointment called "Terramycin"(i know its crazy) on my eyebrows and it started to grow, it also protects your eyes and enhances your lashes, i have no idea how :)) i applied it before i went to sleep. The second thing that you mentioned before in your videos is the creasing around your eye, you can try "stay, dont stray" from benefit, you can use it also under your concealer. Ok, please feel not offended, i just wanted to share my own ideas, love you, Ceren from Turkey.