In stead of posting two separate reviews on these foundations, I decided to do just one. Mainly because these foundations are very comparable! I’ve been using them both (I switch up a lot) and I’m loving them. As you know by now, I have extremely oily skin. Not just my T-zone unfortunately, my cheeks get very shiny as well.
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup and Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation are both ‘liquid to powder’ foundations. Keep reading to find out what I like about them, and what I don’t like.
Sorry for my bottle’s appearance, forgot to wipe it…
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
How it’s described: Consider Immaculate the miracle foundation for oily skin. This breakthrough liquid to powder formula absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish, without the need for touch-ups. In a consumer study, Immaculate’s advanced formula was shown to target oily, acne-prone skin.
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 18
How it’s described: Get the ultimate un-makeup look with Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 18. Revolutionary liquid transforms on contact, leaving a soft powder like finish. This foundation is so amazingly lightweight it’s like wearing no makeup at all! Just shake and apply – it’s magic!
I am shade ‘Soft Sable’ in the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and ‘Classic Tan‘ in L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup. Both foundations match my skin tone pretty well (compared to aNC45 in MAC Cosmetics).
Both foundations come in a sleek, glass bottle, that is very tricky to travel with, but look oh so pretty in my bathroom! Hourglass Immaculate has a pump, L’Oreal Magic Nude does not unfortunately. I say ‘unfortunately’, because both are thin liquids that tend to get all over the place.
L’Oreal Magic Nude is much, much thinner than Hourglass Immaculate though, it’s almost water-like. You have to be very careful applying it. So as far as application goes, I prefer Hourglass’ foundation, much easier to apply because it’s a little thicker and the bottle has a pump.
Regarding the finish: they both ‘transform’ from liquid to powder as I blend and they have a matte finish. They feel very light on my skin! I can’t really feel that I’m wearing foundation, which is a huge plus in my book! I do think that Hourglass Immaculate lasts longer on my oily skin. When I remove my foundation in the evening, there’s not much left of the L’Oreal Magic Nude.
L’Oreal Magic Nude has an SPF of 18, while the Hourglass Immaculate doesn’t have any protection against the sun. This is fine with me, because I don’t like how SPF looks on pictures (it makes you look like a ghost). Also, SPF 18 isn’t enough to protect my skin from the sun anyway, so it doesn’t really serve a purpose.
Overall, I love both foundations! I prefer Hourglass Immaculate, because of the application (much quicker) and finish (wears well, longer lasting). However, I wouldn’t mind repurchasing L’Oreal’s Magic Nude! It’s much more affordable and almost does the same thing.
You can find L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup at most drugstores and mass retailers, it retails for $12.95 (27 ml). Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation can be found online at hourglasscosmetics.com and at Sephora. It retails for $55.00 (30 ml). I definitely recommend either of these.