Monday, January 12, 2015

Review + Giveaway: L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Matte Transforming Powder in N2 Nude Vanilla

For 2015, L'Oreal Paris Philippines has launched a very exciting product that seems like a dream for oily-skinned girls like me. It's called Mat Magique - their first ever oil control makeup foundation.

Studies have shown that you become more prone to shine and blemishes as you hit your mid-twenties. (Just when I thought I was way past my puberty stage!) Back then, I would get pimples on my T-zone (forehead and nose), now it's my U-zone (cheeks and chin) that's acting up. No need to worry though, since we can look flawlessly matte for hours with just a few swipes of Mat Magique.

About the product:

Primes - shine-free skin canvas for a skin balancing preparation
Covers - minimize appearance of all blemish and skin imperfections
Perfects - ultra-smooth poreless skin transformation, a refined airy smoothing finish


The science behind the magic? Thirty percent of the Mat Magique formula is made of volcanic perlite, a natural, non-irritating sebum absorber. This is the highest concentration of this shine-busting ingredient in a makeup product to date.

At the top of the box is a shade label sticker for reference. Mat Magique comes in a total of 5 shades fit for Asian skin.

The compact comes in an eye-catching fuchsia shade. It's made of smooth and sleek, lightweight plastic. It's not bulky or heavy, so you can bring it everywhere you go. It has a big rectangular mirror, and I like that the sponge has a separate compartment.


Before & After

The shade N2 Nude Vanilla is a good match for my skintone. I like how this powder instantly mattifies my skin after I apply primer. Pores and minor redness are blurred and less visible, so my skin has a more even look.

(1) Before applying the foundation
(2) After applying the foundation
(3) 5 hours later*

The third photo was taken just 5 hours after application. That's after having lunch and some shopping. Oil has already peeked through the powder, but to fulfill the no-retouch promise, you'll only need to blot it off with an oil-control sheet, no reapplication needed, and yet you'll look good for the whole 12-hour wear.

  • Comes in a sleek, lightweight compact
  • Comes in 5 shades
  • Has SPF 34 PA+++
  • Contains 30% volcanic perlite infusion to absorb and control oil
  • Feels very light on my skin, as if I had nothing on
  • Keeps me shine-free for a good 4 hours or so - blot once, and you're good 'til 12 hours
  • Makes my skin look so poreless!
  • No irritations and breakouts

  • Light coverage (good for minor redness and imperfections, but concealer is still needed for big pimples and evident marks)
  • Doesn't stay completely shine-free for 12 hours on my oily skin

  • Use a brush instead of the sponge for a lighter, more even application

Price: P499.00
Available in L'Oreal Paris counters in department stores nationwide

GIVEAWAY ALERT! I'm giving away a L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Matte Transforming Powder to 2 readers! Mechanics here. ;)

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  1. Thanks for this review. I'm really like this packaging since it's in violet :D

    1. You're welcome, Glenda! I'm liking the color of this one too. :)

  2. the packaging is lovely! i joined ms helen =)

  3. #BelieveInMagique
    my magical New Years Resolution this year 2015 to have Loreal beauty products to make my skin Magical transformation Lucky Citrine
    Fb: Nory Orito Ferrer

    1. Please submit your entry over at my Facebook page. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the great review! Everyone's would like to try this new L'Oreal Mat Magique!

  5. We have the same skin concerns.I used to have dry skin but now that I'm 21,I noticed my skin to be oily and pimples are popping out on my cheeks and chin.As for the foundation,I find it very cute .I love pink and it's nice because it has a higher SPF.

  6. Ohh.. I think I saw this release earlier in Singapore but I"m glad its available here na my oily skin really needs a matte powder :)

    1. This one launched here in the Philippines January 1, 2015. :D

  7. Does this one have refills too? Thank you for doing a review! Have a nice day!

    1. As of now, I don't think they sell refills of Mat Magique. The compact is pretty affordable at P499. :)

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    1. Mechanics will never load here, since it's on my FB page.

  9. I'd love to try this soon and see how it works for me. So far in2it and Maybelline are my favorite brands sana mapasama siya sa mga favorite brands ko :D

    1. I like In2It as well. Maybelline was a kikay kit staple of mine way back during college. Hope this one works for you, Cai! :)


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