Whenever I do roadtest foundations, I usually really take my time to see that it’s not just a one-time thing, or it will disappoint me after 4-5 applications. I mean, investing in a bottle of liquid foundation, or a compact for pressed powder is not exactly cheap, so I take my time reviewing just to make sure that the effects are consistent and I can give my readers the best review possible for it.
I was given a chance to try two of Lancome’s really promising foundations – one in liquid, and one in pressed form. It was just perfect because I have really oily skin and God knows how it will slide off if I don’t set the liquid foundation application with a powder-based one.
The first product, of course, would be the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Brightening Creator Fluid Foundation. Liquid is applied first on the face prior to setting it with powder, so I am reviewing it first.
Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Natural Brightening Creator Liquid Foundation is described as a mineral-rich formula – gentle, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. It neutralizes yellowness, and recreates instantly a healthy look and brightening the face. It is formulated for Asian skin ( oh yay! ), and on benefits side, it has SPF 26/PA++, and improves skin clarity from within. While I am not banking on the skin care benefits of makeup ( I feel that makeup is makeup, skin care is skin care, ) I would like to review it as makeup – on how it fares on the skin, and recreates beautiful skin. Ready?
What I have to say about the Lancome Maqui Blanc Liquid Foundation :
* The shade I tried was BO-03. It’s yellowish, complimenting my skin color and tone. I always go for yellowish foundations. This type of yellow is the soft kind one that corrects redness.
* Love that it has sun protection. For days when I feel like I’m about to pile up alot of stuff in my face, and when I’m feeling icky about applying sunblock, I get a free pass! Woot!
* But then, it feels light on the skin. I didn’t feel like I was piling on heavy stuff on my face. Good stuff.
* Coverage is buildable. We start from mid-sheer, that can be layered until full. But I think that you only need to apply it until you reach medium coverage if you’re going for full coverage, as the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder will have enough coverage to set your look into a perfectly flawless face.
* It is water-based, that is why I feel comfortable with it that it won’t clog my pores. I really do like alot of liquid foundations but with their nature, being oil-based, or silicone-based, but the former being too rich, and the latter having pore-clogging potential, there is always a tradeoff. With Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Fluid, I don’t feel any tradeoff happening there.
* It is long wearing. Doesn’t slide off, no “erasures” encountered within the day.
* The formula of the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Brightening Creator Liquid Foundation is bursting with light-reflecting pigments, that makes my skin look soft focus, blur away my depressed scars, and just make me look really flawless, and having soft, beautiful, radiant skin.
* It doesn’t look like I’ve piled alot of makeup on, and it just mimics good skin! This, I think, is the best part of it!
Aside from the liquid foundation, I also got to roadtest the one product that Asian beauty bloggers have been raving about – the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder.
For the first time, especially designed for Asian women, Aura-InsideTM technology is enriched with a brand new purple light essence. Purple being directly complementary to yellow on the colour spectrum, this unprecedented light essence helps effectively neutralize the dull, yellow undertones; one of the mainconcern of Asian women, lighting up the complexion. As a result, this unique quadruple light synergy creates a dazzling aura of crystal brightness that seems to come from within.
In another first, the beautifying effect of Aura-InsideTM technology is supplemented by specific ingre- dients selected from Lancôme’s Blanc Expert whitening skincare line, notably Rose and Mint extracts. They are combined with anti- oxidant and moisturizing Lotus extract, long valued in traditional Chinese medicine.
This ultra-complete for- mulation, unprecedented for a compact foundation, is reinforced by an exceptional 12-hour staying power. Optimized resistance to shine andhumidity – a must in the exceptionally hot and humid conditions of the Asian summer-is provided by advanced absorbent pigments and fillers.
To verify the ultimate wear of its new formula, Lancôme asked Asian women in Singapore to test Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator during the month of July, the most challenging time of the year. 81.6%* of women agreed that it controlled shine during the day, resisting sweat and sebum, while 89.3%* said it reduced the yellowish tone of the complexion. Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact is also proven to visibly reduce the total area of pores by 43%**.
I love it that Lancome has chosen to test this powder during the hottest time of the year in Asia, in Singapore – a place where it’s perpetual summer, and really humid! I could only remember during my stay in Singapore that all the makeup I thought are great for humidity and oil control would work there. Boy I was wrong. Singapore is really another ballgame. It’s the ultimate place to test for such products! If it works there, it will work anywhere!
So without further adieu, here is my review of the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder!
What I think about the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder
* My shade is B0-02. Take note that even if the shade suggests that this is lighter than the liquid foundation I have, this is actually just my shade or even a bit darker. So better to swatch on the counter for your shades before making a purchase.
* The coverage of the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder is buildable as well. It can be applied with a brush, buffing lightly on the skin for sheer coverage, and for fuller coverage, a sponge may be used.
* It makes everything look flawless!!!! Even if I use other liquid foundations, or BB creams, and just use this to set, it just gives me that really soft-focus, flawless look! I feel like my skin is a mirror, all even ( even if it is not ), with a soft, beautiful glow whenever I use this! I am officially hooked! But of course, for formal occasions, a must-do is applying the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Fluid for amplified results!
* My face looks…bright with this. In the good sense. If you check out print ads by Kose, or other Asian brands, you would see that the models’ faces are bright and radiant. Very angelic, and very ethereal. Well, this powder aims for that effect! I feel that my skin looks really beautiful with this powder. I’m keeping it! Haha!
* Several blogs have pointed out that the oil control of this powder was amazing. For an oil-mine face of mine, I deem it moderate. I still need a dusting of oil controlling loose powder on top for more oil control, and oil blotting sheets for that matter. Maybe my skin is just a really hopeless case, but for those who have moderately oily skin, you’re in for a treat here. You get flawless looking coverage, and yet you get that good oil control!
* Even if I pile up for more coverage of this, my skin always looks like real skin. I don’t look like I’ve worn so much makeup.
* My ending description for the powder, in Filipino, with all emotion, “ang kinisssss!!!!”
Call these products Holy Grail material? Oh yes they are! These two products are heavensent, and when used together, I would really get compliments on how great my skin looked. Take note – skin, not makeup! I would point out that it was just makeup, and they would say that the foundation just doesn’t look like foundation. At most, it would only look as if I’ve applied a very thin layer, whereas I would apply alot for coverage because of my scar revision treatments lately!
I am also very, very happy that the formula, and the shades are formulated for Asians. We will definitely never go wrong with getting our perfect shade with these two!
But if given a chance to choose, I would really consider the Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Powder as the more indispensable one as I am a powder person, and I don’t really use liquid foundation everyday because of my open pores ( DNA, sigh ). If you ask me, I really cannot live without it!
Last words? Highly recommended!