It's been 2 weeks since I've laid my hands on this beauty. During the Lancome Review Party, we were each given a bottle of the Maqui Blanc Miracle Fluid Foundation to try out and review. Mine's in the shade of O-04 (there's 6 shades available).
This is Lancome's first 12 hour lasting brightening foundation and the shades & texture are designed for Asian skin. Awesome!! I've always had a problem with foundations that look great freshly applied then when I come home and look in the mirror, it's oily, patchy, streaky, oxidized and cakey. GAHHH! The horrors..
The bottle looks real pretty but I'm so afraid of dropping it x_X
One thing I watch out for with liquid foundations is the presence of a pump. I once wanted a certain foundation so much but didn't get it simply because it didn't have a pump =_= Pumps are more hygienic, less messy and it's easier to control the amount. IMO, the Maqui pumps out enough for a single area (one cheek, half a forehead etc) but I can choose to pump out less as well. So far, I haven't had any problems with the pump. It's smooth and doesn't get messy like some others.
This is just the foundation, brows & a touch of blusher. Love how it instantly brightens up my face (freshly applied, it's too fair but it adjusts a lil) and evens out my skin. The liquid itself is watery and spreads easily which is good since you're supposed to apply it with your fingers in a circular motion. For areas where you need higher coverage, dab it on. Maqui offers a light to medium coverage, which is awesome considering the fact that it feels so light until I don't even notice it there.
"Aura-Bright™ technology works to reproduce and boost the pinkish and bluish tones of skin’s inner light to reveal a naturally radiant and brightening finish"
After 4 hours, without blotting. Foundation doesn't seem to have changed. It doesn't oxidize as much as my other foundations. Sorry it looks kinda dull due to the different lighting =_=
"Maqui MIRACLE contains a specific complex of ingredients that resists sweat and humidity to keep the complexion looking fresh and radiant up to 12 hours. It has a lightweight, oil-free and mineral-rich formulation which provides wearer a light and airy sensation all day long and glides onto skin smoothly to create a perfect and pore-less finish."
Everything is right except for the pore-less finish. You can still see my pores (didn't use primer) but I don't think any liquid foundation has covered my pores before.
Love how this foundation makes my skin glow while looking natural ^_^
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After 12 hours, my face has gotten oily (Maqui has quite good oil control) but with some blotting, the foundation still looks amazingly fresh and the brightening effect is still there. No caking, streaking or patchiness ^_^
"Maqui MIRACLE also features Lancôme’s NeuroWhite™ complex that enhances skin’s clarity every day; and SPF 26 PA++ UV protection that helps prevent the appearance of brown spots and protect skin from the damaging effects of daily UV exposure"
Apart from brightening my face, it also protects with SPF 26 PA++. Maybe it's psychological but ever since I started using this foundation, I feel that my face looks slightly brighter even without makeup o_O
I gotta say.. I'm loving this foundation ^_^ There's also a compact foundation so you can check it out if you're not into fluid foundations =)
Ingredients : Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Mentha Piperita Extract/Peppermint Leaf Extract, RNA, Zea Mays Extract/Corn Kernel Extract, Rosa Centifolia Extract/Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract/Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Talc, Arginine, Silica, Pyridoxine HCl, Alumina, Aliminium Hydroxide, Phenylalanine, Magnesium Sulfate, Mannitol, Nylon-12, Tyrosine, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract/Lemon Peel Extract, Maltitol, Distidine HCL, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol
Size : 30 ml
Price : RM 130
Made in Japan
Pros : Good pump, brightening effect, lightweight, spreads easily, light-medium coverage, doesn't oxidize as much, long lasting, natural looking, quite good oil control, remains fresh after a whole day
Cons : Price (you pay for what you get)
My conclusion : IMO, this is a really good foundation! Love the long lasting brightening effect =) If only there were more shades (darker ones) to choose from though =/
** Product was provided by the company for reviewing purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.