July 2, 2008

Summer Must Have Makeup: Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation

I think most of us crave a really light makeup when the humid, hot weather hits. Or in some cases you might be living in a climate when the weather is humid all the time!

When the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife and the heat feels like it’s going to melt your face it’s understandable to seek out a lighter, refreshing makeup that stays put and feels like you’re not wearing anything at all on your face.

In my search for a lighter foundation for the Summer I came across the Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation. This neat little wand is quite like having a large version of YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant pen. A few clicks and a quick blend later and my face is looking refreshed, flawless, and beautiful with minimal effort on my part.

The box claims that this banishes large pores but sadly I can’t give you the low down on this as my pores aren’t very large. It also promises to leave your skin flawless with sheer build-able coverage. That part is very true. The formula is ideal for the Summer as it applies as a moisturizing foundation but it dries down to a very matte finish which allows your skin to breath while keeping oily skin at bay.

I love how this wakes up my tired, dull skin and makes it bright and fresh looking as if I just washed and scrubbed my face! The formula is thick and creamy but don’t let that lead you into believing it’s heavy. It’s quite light and airy once blended and just feels wonderfully natural. It has pretty nice staying power without the help of powder. I wore it from 6 am till around 3 in the afternoon with no touch ups. Although my MSF was showing signs of fading around this time my foundation was still going strong and a quick pinch of cheek stain to freshen my cheeks up was all I needed. This contains light reflecting pigments and as I said it’s quite a nice moisturizing foundation without feeling oily. If you look close enough you can see a faint gleam and shimmer to your skin! Not so much that it looks shimmery or glittery but just the right amount to make your skin give off a bit of a glow!

I’m loving the packaging on this as it has a built in brush so if you don’t want to touch the foundation you can easily swipe on and blend with the built in brush! Click, dab, blend, done! Simple!

Bare face Muse! Wearing Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Global Glow, and some NARS lip gloss in Misbehave!

All in all a rather nice little foundation from Too Faced! The Muse enjoyed this one and I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it for purchase! Makeup simplicity is a must in the Summer heat and Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation has me covered!

Head on over to Sephora or Too Faced to snatch one up for yourself!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nell

    Hi Muse,
    I love your FOTD! You look fresh and glowing! These “bare faced” pics of yours always make me crave the blush you wear in them, UD Bronzer before now Global Glow! AAAArgh! As if I hadn´t enough MSF´s already!! Do you like them?Did you hear 3 MSF´s are repromoted in October?

    I´m from Vienna, Austria, btw, since you asked.
    Have a nice day,

  • mauvemalady

    Oooh I was waiting on a review of this before buying it! Tried out the colors and everything at the store, but waited on a review because, well, there were other products to buy…

    Do you recall how much is in there? –Wait, I can look that up. Rather, does it look as though, when the foundation is running out, the shape of the container is such that one wouldn’t be losing the last of it due to poor packaging? Can you squeeze the last bit out of it? (Need to know so I can maximize new makeup purchased pre-Japan).

    Also thank you for the tons of Japanese makeup links the other day; I looked at all of ’em and eagerly await my trip!

  • Liz

    Wow, I’m sold!!!

    How much does it retail over there? I think there’s only one Too Faced counter in Dublin…. must check it out.

  • Liz

    Hi again, okay, I checked online. This wand retails for $32.50 in the US pre tax and £20.00 in the UK (tax included). That means, it’s probably going to be somewhere between €25 and €30, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it is even more! 😛

  • Aya

    Oh WOW! You are glowing! Love the fresh-n-clean look 🙂 Is there a way to clean the brush?

  • the Muse

    Hi Nell!

    Thanks!!!!!!! Global Glow is great but you have to be careful as it gives a dirty look hehe!

    MSF’s are awesome. I adore ’em. Bare face or over blush they are simply yummie 😉 I heard about the repromote in October awesomeness..Petticoat is in that lot that is coming back! It’s my fav MSF 🙂

    Oh awesome! I was wondering where you are from 😉

    Have a good day! Nell you had asked me about posietint and UD right? or was that someone else….?

  • the Muse

    hiya mauvemalady!

    It’s rather a nifty little foundation especially now with summer!

    $32.50 USD 🙂

    Mmm that’s a good question. I didn’t notice that. I’ll look tonight and comment further on the packaging here!

    Also wondering if it can be refilled…..you got my mind thinking now heehee! Will look tonight for you!

    When are you heading to japan? I’m jealous 🙂 Take me with you!

    Fantastic 🙂 Glad they helped you!

    Have a great trip when you do go 😉 I’ll hope you stop back again soon and tell us about your adventures and purchases in Japan 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi liz!

    LOL that was easy 🙂

    Too expensive your side. I wouldn’t buy it at that high cost! Sheesh!

    Lord that’s bloody expensive. I’ve never asked you before and I don’t mean to be nosy but when did you come to live in Ireland…? I’ve always wanted to visit 😉 It seems lovely!

  • the Muse

    hi Aya!

    Aw thanks honey 😉

    Mmm I normally don’t attempt to clean these sorts of brushes in the traditional way so what I do is wipe them a free times with a brush cleaning wipe as I’m always scared to run it under water with brush cleaner less I ruin it.

    So the wipes are really helpful!

  • Stephy

    Hey Muse! Wow this product looks awesome!!! and you look georgous too!!! love the glow on ya!

    btw, did u try the foundation on your face or the back of your hand when you were picking the right shade? i always have the HARDEST time finding the right shade, no matter if it’s foundation or concealer… any tips? 🙂

  • Allysia-May

    Oh My! It looks absolutely fantastic on you. It’s got a natural glow to it which i love…shame they don’t sell it anywhere close to me.

    I’m leaving on Monday, i’ve been reading some editions of Australian Vogue and they’ve got some makeup i think you’ll love. Send your postal addy to my e-mail address and i’ll get you some to try out once i’ve settled down.

  • Roxy

    How DO you find the time to review all these wonderful products??? Can’t imagine how one would have the time, but I am oh so glad you do!!!! And that you share it with us … he he


  • Laurie

    Great review! I think this product looks very promising. I will most likely give it a try myself.

    Your skin looks absolutely flawless here too:)

  • Christina

    Thank for reviewing this! I really want to try this even more now. 🙂 Think I’ll pick one up this weekend. Thank you 🙂

  • Vivien

    You look beautiful here, your skin is soo glowy [although I think it is always wayy too perfect!] and this lipgloss looks gorgeous on you!! I hope you are enjoying your summer!

  • psychoexgirlfriend

    Hi Muse! What a lovely foundation review! Too Faced is not a brand I think of when I think of foundation. The built in brush is a great idea! Why didn’t anyone think of this? I wonder if they have a variety of skintones too. I think I’ll stop by my local Too Faced counter.

  • the Muse

    hi there stephy!

    Thank you kindly *blush*

    I normally try on my hand as I’m terribly scared of germs and bacteria that’s lurking in the store yuk! So many people touching stuff!

    It’s difficult to say 🙁 I always go for a shade or two lighter which I know is completely wrong! If it turns out wrong we have the benefit of good return policies!

    Sometimes blending on the inner wrist, where the skin is sometimes whiter, is the best bet. It’ll allow you to blend the color well plus give you the benefit of a lighter shade for your face rather than something dark, dull and beige.

    I wish I had more tips 😉 and tricks for foundation picking but it’s always a damn tedious process finding a good suitable shade 😉

  • the Muse

    hey miss Allysia-May!

    Aw thanks darlin’! darn it all I hate reviewing stuff and creating lemmings when it’s out of reach 😛

    I bet! hehe! you know me and makeup!

    Awww you’re too kind! Will do and send yours along and I can make you a little package too. Deal? 🙂

    Good luck! Happy Moving 🙂

    Will miss you! I imagine you won’t be on much until you’re settled 🙁

  • the Muse

    morning roxy.

    It’s not really that hard or time consuming. I just do my makeup in the morning like anyone else except at the time I am using different products. I snap a quick picture and I write the review when I have a few extra minutes at my office. Bob’s your uncle..review is up and live!

    LOL I have a life outside of reviewing and blogging 😉 So most of it gets done at work when stuff is slow and boring 😉

  • the Muse

    hello there Laurie! 😉

    Thanks lovie! The BP one is coming shortly 😉

    Awww thanks! I’m kinda sporting unruly brows at the moment 😛 It’s not too flawless..I feel naked lol!

  • the Muse

    hello Christina!

    You’re most welcome. Thanks for stopping by the comment 🙂 Appreciate it!

    It’s worth checking out. It’s a nice little light foundation for Summer wear and tear 😉

    Do drop by and let us know if you get it and if you love it 🙂

    Hope to hear from you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hello Vivien!

    Thank you. I’ve never considered myself beautiful but thank you sincerely 😉 My ego is going to take a trip now hehe!

    My skin is far from perfect 😉 I have my woes like everyone else hehe!

    I’m loving this gloss at the moment 🙂 def a summer pick!

    The summer is going very well 😉 I hope yours is too!

    Many hugs!
    Thanks for the comment 😉

  • the Muse

    hiya psychoexgirlfriend !

    Thanks darlin’!

    I just loved the click brush which led me into wanting to try it out!

    They have a rather large selection of colors available so I’m sure you’ll find at least one flattering shade 😉

    It reminds me of a big old touch of radiance pen 😉 Click and banish dull skin 😉

    Thanks for the comment!

    Happy “almost” Weekend!

  • Jnie

    Ooo…that lip gloss looks fabulous on you muse.
    You and all your asian brand makeup always make me drool. I’m going to asia so your reviews have been very useful. thanks sweetie.

  • psychoexgirlfriend

    I am more encouraged to hear that they have a variety of skintones too! 😀 It does look like YSL’s Touche Eclat (I realize I probably butchered the spelling there…). Happy weeekend! (Is it the weekend yet?)

  • Emilee @ GMM

    Another lemming! I’m curious to try it out, but I wonder if it’ll work well for my combo skin, as illuminating can sometimes = oiliness for me!

  • the Muse

    morning Jnie!

    Aw thanks! 😉 Hugs!

    Thanks fab! Where will you be doing and more importantly do you have a big enough suitcase to fit me inside? hehe!

    I’m glad my babblings are helpful lovie 😉 Enjoy your time away! I’m positive you’ll come back with a major haul of yum!

    Hope you had a nice weekend!

    Happy Monday!

  • the Muse

    morning psychoexgirlfriend!

    They have quite a nice line up of color selections. no no not at all 😉

    It actually kinda sorta feels like YSL too when I’m spreading it around my face.

    Good stuff 😉

    Hehe sadly it’s over 🙁 The weekend be long gone and it’s back to work yak!

    Happy Monday though 😉


  • the Muse

    morning Emilee!

    mmmm…it’s not too illuminating. I’m a tad bit oily too due to the humidity and I didn’t experience much of a prob. Buy from somewhere you can return 🙂 That way you can try it and if you hate it pop it back to the store 😉

    Happy Monday!
    Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • janice

    i have this at home but its seems to fade on me pretty quickly. i really like the effect it gives me though, a nice glowy look. how exactly do YOU use it? i find that the brush on the end doesnt blend very well for me as it leaves streaks. which way do you put it on?

  • the Muse

    hiya janice!

    this was my must have for Summer as it was so nice and light 🙂 It gave me pretty long wear..surprised that it faded so quickly 🙂

    The brush is crap…I hardly ever apply foundation with brush anyway….I just twist some up, smooth down the sides of my face with the brush and blend with my finger tips 🙂

    It’s easier 🙂

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks for the comment!
    Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • Samareen

    Hey muse! you didn’t meantion the name of the shade you’re wearing. What’s its name and number???

    • the Muse

      i can’t even remember samareen been years since I used this and I don’t think too faced every makes it anymore..