This is one of those products I have been after buying for a while but kept having to shove it further down my list as I really didn’t need it. Still at the weekend I decided enough was enough I was going too treat myself and so I bought it!
I have seen this used in tutorials and also read some mixed reviews on peoples opinions of the primer and how well it works. Here are my thoughts on L’Oreal’s Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer and whether I think it’s lived up to my expectations.
I know I have to start with the packaging, I can’t help it! From a designers point of view the packaging says a lot to me about the product. The packaging looks nice and clean I like the materials they have used and it feels really solid too. So solid that it took me 10 minutes to get the lid off! Yes I struggled and have no idea why my one was so stiff!
The primer is a pearlescent cream liquid which feels quite silky on your fingers. It is fairly runny and blends it very well so a little product goes a long way.
This is the Lumi Magique Primer blended out, as you can see its glowy/shiny but not sparkly.
There are 2 ways too apply the primer and each one causes a slightly different effect;
Firstly you can apply it how I tend too use it and that is under my foundation as a base – much like primers are meant to be applied. I buff it in with a brush and then after a few minutes I then work my foundation over the top. The result is a nice dewy looking foundation. You are glowing but not in a sparkly over the top way.
Secondly you can apply it on its own or over/mixed with your foundation. This way means you get more of a high lighted exaggerated effect and means you are shiny and glowing all over the place. Not quite Edward Cullen but not far off either. I would say this is DEFINITELY an evening look. Having said that the primer really does work very well as a high light on the brows.
Lumi Magique Primer Claims;
L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer provides a light enriching base which illuminates the skin.
Provides up to 8 hours of hydration. *source*
Here’s what I found…
If your skin is looking flat and dull – you know when you’ve had a party hard weekend, or very little sleep because of a new baby…. this primer is brilliant. Just apply it under your foundation, even the small amount will brighten dull skin and make you look ‘fresher.’ This is how I have been using the primer and found it works really well.
On its own, on top of or mixed with my foundation and I’m just one massive glow fest! It really isn’t attractive or not on my skin anyway. I tend too look like I have splashed Benefit’s High Beam everywhere. Which mentioning that reminds me; if I was too liken this product in consistency and effect I would say High Beam is a close contendor. This is more of a natural glow where as I feel High Beam is slightly more iridescent in finish (Ethereal maybe). They both feel very similar on the skin.
It did hydrate my skin although for 8 hours? Well I think that’s a slightly high claim also in my case hard too prove with the extra moisturising creams I use on my face daily.
Am I glad I bought it…
Good question. I am glad I bought it as I think its a lovely product, however I feel if I had of purchased it in a couple of months (Nearer too Summer) this would be more used in my makeup bag. Its not something I have gone too daily to use as my skin doesn’t always need ‘brightening’ but I have used it and found when my skin is looking a little pallid this helps.
As far as reactions go I haven’t had any to this. I was worried as after prolonged used I did find with the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer (Review here) that I had a massive breakout which only went when I stopped using this primer. My mum has since been using the Smoothing Resurfacing Primer and thinks its great.
At £9.99 for 20ml this is going to last you ages, so is reasonably good on the pocket and in my books helps with tired skin. If that sounds like you, then this product is for you!
Lots of Love,