They tell me imitation is the highest form of flattery. Perhaps Maybelline Dream Mousse is feeling all kinds of flattered that L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation is looking all kinds of similar.
L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation just recently launched and should be at your local drugstores. It’s a whipped souffle-like foundation much like Dream Mousse. Don’t quote me, I’m not an expert, but this is probably only the second whipped foundation within the US market. I can’t honestly think of another available here in the US.
Now I like whipped foundations ALOT particularly Bourjous’ version, damn that stuff is amazing. However, I’ve had my ups and downs with Dream Mousse and normally stick to using it in the Summer when I want lighter coverage.
I was all about trying this new version from L’Oreal and was quite curious how it would stand up against other formulas I’ve tried in the “whipped” realm.
Let’s have a look!
A new whipped foundation with a smooth, creamy, souffle-like texture from L’Oreal!
Without a doubt L’Oreal successfully gets the formula down pat. The texture is smooth, creamy, dreamy, and just beautiful. The product feels amazing. Like whipped up silk! Maybelline’s version has more of a whipped texture…mmm think of Maybelline as meringue and think of L’Oreal as whipped cream in terms of formula.
I got my shade in Creamy Ivory but it proved a bit too muddy and dark but that actually didn’t prove a problem as it did create a really nice, smooth finish on my skin. It acts to smooth skin and even it out. I think it would be best suited to those who already have good skin but are looking to ease dullness or just need something to make them look more lively however anyone with major problem areas, acne, etc…might find this doesn’t do the trick.
The problem is….
Although the formula feels really great on your finger tips or when you’re swatching it’s not nearly as comfortable during application or at least for me it isn’t. It has a silicone-feel which I abhor. This is one reason I avoid products such as Smashbox Photofinish, this basically feels the same way but thankfully it doesn’t break me out or make me itchy the way PhotoFinish does. I will say it does feel interesting going on very silky, very smooth, and really does brighten up my face and creates a good, even, more flawless finish for makeup however…
It oxidizes within an hour or less on my skin. The formula runs on the thinner side with really light pigmentation so the effects last little less than an hour. You’ll soon need a touch up as this isn’t a foundation that will be sticking around for too long particularly if you’re not one for setting your makeup.
I do recommend it for dry perhaps normal skin because oily skin may find it’s a bit too greasy for them. It feels amazing on my dry skin but I’m betting if I try to wear it in the Summer when my skin is considerably more oily, it won’t look as great.
If you have fine lines I imagine this will look great as I can definitely see it acting as a foundation as well as a primer however since it wears away so quickly one wonders if it’s even worth trying.
The jar will put alot of people off of it since application is done by dipping in with fingertips. I’m not a fond fan of such application and prefer tubes or pumps.
- Anyone looking for natural, lightweight makeup that perfects skin and doesn’t mind a short wear time (this does create a good even flawless look to skin but it wears for such a short time that it really breaks the deal for me).
- Anyone seeking to skip out on primer (this could possibly work as a combination of primer and foundation in one).
- Anyone with good skin that just needs a lighter, less pigmented foundation to even out their complexion.
- Those with oily skin!
- Anyone who needs heavy coverage for concealing problems.
- Anyone who has problems with foundation that oxidizes quickly (if you’re looking for long wear, look elsewhere).
- Those who aren’t keen on finger to jar application (germs, bacteria…etc…make the jar a poor choice).
The product has some good points particularly for those, like me, who prefer a lighter foundation. I like the lightweight feel of the product and even like the way it feels at first touch however it does remind me of Photofinish a bit too much and I get a bit of an uncomfortable feeling as I apply due to this. I could possibly ignore this fact if it wasn’t for the wear time which is pretty much under an hour for me. If I’m lucky I get an hour’s wear as it quickly oxidizes and disappears on my skin. I think the shade selections could possibly be a problem even though it seems to cover alot of tones, I always find drugstores go with alot of beige. The product has the potential to be good but has a little bit too many bad factors that need work. Possibly worth a try, you may be successful with it, but personally I didn’t like it.
Anyone try it?
What did you think?