Remember how the Giorgio Amrani Maestro foundation totally swept beauty buffs off their feet with the revolutionary formula, silky feel and flawless finish? Well.. get excited, because the new L’Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation ($12.99 USD / $18.99 CAD) is pretty much the same thing (Giorgio Armani is owned by L’Oreal, by the way). This new drugstore foundation is formulated with a blend of volatile oils that distributes pigment evenly over the skin for a completely flawless, nude look.
The foundation comes in a capped bottle- one of the biggest differences from Maestro. You have to actually pour it into the palm of your hand (and when I say pour, I mean it- this still is as fluid as water) and then apply it to you face. I like to apply it with my fingers for a super even finish. I’ll apply it all over, then build in areas that need it. It has the exact same texture and finish as Maestro, so if you’re a fan of the luxury formula (or if you’ve always wanted to try but couldn’t bring yourself to splurge), I’m sure you’ll be excited for this one.
The shade range is quite extensive with 12 shades to choose from. The individual shades however, are extremely forgiving (just like Maestro). This particular shade in 310 Light Ivory is about 1-2 shades too light for me, but it didn’t look too bad after I finished applying it (with a little bit of bronzer, it would have looked perfect). It feels weightless, looks natural and has fairly good performance. I recommend wearing a primer underneath for two reasons; first because I don’t find the wear to be extremely long and second because if you have any dry patches, it really catches on and highlights them.
I did find this foundation to be more sheer than Maestro- probably the biggest difference in formula. It is buildable, so you can layer to increase the coverage, but I would definitely classify it as a sheer-to-medium coverage foundation.
I wouldn’t say it is an exact dupe for Maestro, but it’s pretty darn close. So close, in fact, you should probably try it out if you’re a Maestro fanatic because you may just be satisfied with it (and your wallet will be too).
$12.99 USD / $18.99 CAD
- Amount: 0.91oz / 27mL
- Value: $14 USD per oz / $21 CAD per oz
Permanent. Available now at:
- Drugstores & mass retailers
This new drugstore foundation is very similar to the beloved Giorgio Armani Maestro. The texture feels identical and so does the application. The bottle is different (with an open bottleneck instead of an eyedropper) and it doesn't provide the same amount of coverage, however it is buildable. I would suggest trying it out if you're a Maestro fan or if you have wanted to try Maestro, because it may just be good enough!