December 9, 2011

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

L’Oreal has a brand new click pen concealer they released with their Magic Lumi Collection. I love click pens they just make application super easy and they are oh so portable for touch ups on the go. I know some folks feel they are breeding ground for bacteria particularly lipglosses in this style packaging but I can’t help but love how simple and easy to use they are.

I’m a concealer junkie, I mean, I probably have more concealers than I do eyeshadows (slight exaggeration for dramatic purposes) so I was all about checking this out but was a little wary since the Magic Lumi Collection is all about highlighting and illuminating. In most cases, concealers that are meant to illuminate end up looking crazy shimmery and adding shimmer under aging eyes, not a good idea peeps.

Let’s take a look and see if L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer is worth a go.

This one comes in three limited shades of light, fair, and medium. It kinda a majority of skin tones off the list here and ranges in the fair, pale, to medium range so if you’re olive or darker or even medium for that matter you might find these shades are an ickle to light for your liking. I hauled the middle shade which was light and sadly it was a no go as it had pink undertones that simply didn’t work well with my medium fair skin. The shade fell in the realms of porcelain.

Now outside of the poor shade selection the product itself isn’t quite a concealer. Thankfully there isn’t any shimmer, sparkle, or illumination to worry about here but the formula is sheerer so it lightens and brightens areas up on your face such as under your eyes but doesn’t technically conceal major problems.

You can use it down the sides of your nose, under your eyes, and on other “shadowy” areas to brighten the areas up and to some extent I will say it did a fairly good job of brightening up my eyes (although it proved a little TOO light for me to comfortably to walk out with) it doesn’t technically conceal darker circles, baggage, etc…it does ease the appearance of finer lines which is a plus.

The formula runs on the thinner side and has a bit of a watery texture that blends easily and doesn’t dry my eyes out in the least. It’s not hydrating or super moisturizing but it isn’t drying either which is a bonus.

Overall, it really wasn’t something I enjoyed. The color proved wrong for me and the sheerness of the product was disappointing. I do think a fairer skin tone will actually benefit from use with this and feel it brightens up tired eyes quite nicely. Also, if you happen to be a wizard at highlighting areas on your face this pen does the trick. Just don’t go into a purchase believing that this will be a full on concealer that offers coverage for darker circles and baggage as that it does not do.

Available now at drugstores.

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  • nouna

    Thanks, I am always lookin for news concealers 🙂
    I hope I will find swatches of the fair one

    Did you check the foundations? I am very pâle. I have a foundation whi suits me: the beige ivoire from l’oréal

    • the Muse

      there aren’t any foundations nouna just a primer, concealer, and blushes 🙂

  • Mandy

    Muse, can you recommend a good “winter” concealer for under eyes? All around my eyes gets so dry in the winter, despite moisturizing! I use Benefit Boi-ing most of the time, but in the winter my dry skin just doesn’t want to cooperate and it ends up looking flaky, chunky and aging me well past 21! Basically…can you suggest a good mid-range, creamy concealer with good coverage for dark circles. Thanks!

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Hi Muse, There is one I can recommend – Guerlain Perfect Light Illuminator Pen. I don’t normally use concealers as they dry me out and show up lines badly.
    I splurged on this though as it had great reviews. It’s like the YSL Touche Eclat but is a good bit more coverage/pigmented and of a thicker consistency. I love it and can wear it without worrying about it looking cakey or dry.
    Another one you could look at is Catrice Allround Concealer Palette or the Essence 3in1 Concealer which is the same product as both Catrice and Essence are one and the same company with the same identical products.
    Essence is cheaper as it is packaged for the younger buyers.
    The L’Oreal one you reviewed sounds good too as avoiding dryness is the big thing with me.

  • Majick

    reminds me of a YSL Touche eclat copy. You know more for highlighting and reflecting light away from the darkness. The YSL pen doesn;t really conceal but it brightens in a way that just makes you look rested. Maybe it would be better for freshening up during the day after the regular concealer? Just a thought.
    Thanks for the review! 😉

  • Jenna

    Hey muse! I have been using the L’oreal touché magique illuminating concealer for a while and I just saw this new product. I don’t know if you tried it, but are they the same product? Or do you know which is a better under eye concealer/highlighter? They look basically the same from the pictures. Thanks!

    • the Muse

      jenna not sure hun! I’ve actually never used touch magique hun. I’m so sorry! wish I could compare the two for ya!

    • the Muse

      Not sure Lana but I think it will be added to the general catalog but don’t quote me. Nothing about LE on the display!

  • Dory Rossiter

    Bought the product and agree with the Muse that it is thin….but don’t throw it out!!!! There is another use for it! Makes for a great under the brow highlighter. INstead of those white, chalky powders that are usually in eye-shadow kits….the Lumi is a natural looking highlight that opens up your eyes!

  • Andrew James

    I really want to try this so much because it seems like a pretty good dupe for the YSL touche eclat