L'Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation, BB Cream, Concealer Swatches

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

L'Oreal has launched the Lucent Magique range, consisting of foundation, BB cream, and concealer. The Lucent range of products claims to give you a dewy, flawless glowing canvas that looks like you have no makeup on. It's a way to get that lit-from-within Korean pop star look that's been pretty popular in Asia lately. And, I've got swatches!

First, let's start with the foundation, the L’Oreal Lucent Magique Light Infusing Foundation. In Singapore, we get 6 shades, in a mix of undertones. The shade names start with R, G, and N - R (Rosy) denotes pink-toned shades, G (Gold) denotes warm shades, and N (Neutral) is for neutral undertones. Part of the selling point is also that the Lucent foundations have light-reflecting pigments to give your skin a dewy look.

L-R: G7, G4, R2, N7, N5, N2

G7 is a deep, warm-toned shade.
G4 is a medium, warm shade.
R2 is a fair shade, around the same lightness as N2, but it's pinker than N2.
N7 is a deep neutral shade, less yellow than G7 but comparable otherwise.
N5 is a medium neutral shade.
N2, which I think is closest to my skin (MAC NC20), is a neutral light beige.

The foundation has a lightweight texture that dries quickly. During the demonstration, the makeup artist explained that for such a quick-drying foundation, the dot-and-blend method may not be as effective as the foundation would dry too fast. Instead, she applied it evenly to sections of the face with a foundation brush and blended instead. We were shown the "CCTV technique" - apply the foundation in a C shape on both cheeks, a T on T-zone, and a V on the chin. To set, she lightly dusted over the foundation with the L'Oreal True Match powder.

The L'Oreal Lucent range also consists of a primer and BB cream, as well as two shades of concealer. Let's start off with the Lucent Magique Pure Light Primer and Lucent Magique Skin Illuminating BB Cream. Both come out of their tubes as white creams. The BB Cream is supposed to blend into your natural skin shade upon application. The primer comes out a white, light liquid with shimmer. The BB cream was a little thicker in texture and more gritty.

loreal lucent magique bb cream primer

Lastly, the Lucent Magique Pure Light Touch-up Pen. This is pretty multi-purpose too; in addition to being used as a concealer, the makeup artist also used it as a eyeshadow primer/lid brightener to good effect. There are two shades, Light, and Fair. A handy tip given to us was to use the concealer on the brow, cheek bone, and a dot at the sides of lips for a brightening effect.

loreal lucent magique concealer

Light is a pink-toned light beige.
Fair is also a light beige, but more yellow.

I've always thought L'Oreal was one of the better drugstore brands for foundation, due to the good shade range and aesthetic elegance of the products. The Lucent Magique range hasn't changed my mind - the foundation is lightweight and covers well, and comes in realistic skintone shades. If you're looking for a high-end foundation on a drugstore budget, this is worth trying.


  1. It's so sad there are so few shades here in asia with their foundation lines! I'm between N2 and N5 but will prob go for N5 and wear it sheerly! Thanks for swatching all! :)

  2. Wow!!! Lots of great choices. Now we do not have to worry what to match with our different skin tones.

  3. Hi, i have seen both a lumi magique and a lucent magique highlighting pen, with lumi coming in light medium and dark and lucent coming in fair and light. Could you tell me if there is a difference between these two or if one is an updated version of the other? Thanks a lot! :)

    1. @Cleoella: Good question, let me check and get back :)

    2. @Cloella: I've asked my L'Oreal contact the question, and this is the answer I got:

      Lucent Magique is the Asia version of lumi magique and shades are adapted to Asian tones. Fomulation is the same, but sold in different countries under different names.

      Hope this helps!:)

    3. Thanks!! That's cleared up a lot for me. :) I've been googling like crazy but couldn't find the answer anywhere. Upon swatching I found both fair and light too light for me so I think I'll pick up the lumi pen in medium when I go overseas. :)

  4. Hi, I've been reading your posts for the past hour or so, and I am glowing happily in enlightenment!
    I really appreciate your well written, very detailed analysis of, well, almost everything!

    I have been in search for my own skin tone. But everything I saw on youtube, every article I read about skin tone only lead me into further confusion.
    I even went to Sephora for a consultation and was told that I was yellow based (I'm Korean), but that didn't make sense to me, because I pull off cool colors better than warm colors.

    Anyway, in the end, I am pretty sure that I am, like you, fair olive with cool undertone. When I was younger, I was very very fair, but that seems to change with age :P

    Anyway! I just wanted to tell you that you are doing an extraordinary job of bringing in variety of shapes and colors into this boring world. So, many thanks!!!

    PS: just to make sure I'm not going senile: your description of Light and Fair, doesn't seem to match with the light and fair on the photo...??

  5. I'm using N2 and it match perfectly with my skin tone (NC20). I've been using it for a couple motnhs and can't wait to repurchased it. And I currious with their primer and touch up pen, but it doesn't available in Indonesia :(


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