It’s amazing - the Lancome Mat Miracle Foundation has triumphed all other foundations currently in my possession. 80% of the time I use this, while leaving the rest to be distributed among new foundations to be tested, existing ones which are pretty good but are overshadowed by Lancome Mat Miracle, and those not-so-suitable ones waiting to be given a second chance.
Truth be told, I was apprehensive when I received the Lancome Mat Miracle. I remember not having such a great experience with my previous Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation despite my review, afterall. Skin changed and over time, my skin decided that the Maqui wasn’t to its liking – too greasy! It was, afterall, meant to give a glowy finish but my skin confuses glowy with oily, so... BLEAH.
But you know you’ve discovered gold when you reach for the same bottle of liquid foundation over and over. And I have, with the Lancome Mat Miracle.
At first glance my skin looks pretty okie here, especially with the very flattering lights from a makeshift makeup table at the Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited event recently. But if you look closely, there are plenty of weird stuff going on on my face. Lol.
Love that it was 'designed for Asian Skin'. 😀
(WhOOps! I just only realized the 'shake well before use' instruction. I never looked so closely at the bottle before taking pictures for this review, that means I never shook it before. Teeheehee!)
BO-01 Perfect Shade For MAC NC20-25
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of knowing one's foundation shade against a ‘standard’, usually MAC. But I use Lancome as well and mine’s BO-01, which stands for Beige-Ochre.
It’s like knowing how much USD translates into your own currency. Not many people know how much is KRW50,000 to SGD. But it’s easier to understand when you say it’s USD45. Good right, my analogy? BAHAHAHA!!
BO-01 is perfect for my strong yellow undertones. I’m so yellow! Whenever I’m beside Mr Mode, I look like I have jaundice coz his skin is a healthy tomato red. Lol.
You can see that even though both Lancome foundations are BO-01, the Mat Miracle is slightly more yellow than the Maqui Blanc Miracle, just very slightly.
Evonne and Yina both use O-02. Go check out their blogs for swatches of O-02!
Full Coverage To Hide My Blemishes
I can imagine this Lancome Mat Miracle looking incredible on good skin.
I have blemished skin – the whole deal complete with acne, scars, spots, and yet this foundation covers imperfections really well. So much that a light layer of concealer is all I need to cover up more intense scars or pimples, and sometimes I have to evaluate whether a spot is even worth covering up further since the foundation would have done a decent job in concealing while keeping it looking natural at the same time.
Oh goodness, I'm full of praise for the Lancome Mat Miracle!
But it’s true, I really do love this foundation a lot. Great coverage, perfect shade, no side effects of breakouts or irritation, shine-control, long-wearing. What’s not to love, you tell me!
Pump bottle. Another +1!
Love the frosty bottle of the Mat Miracle 24H. That's the Maqui Blanc Miracle beside it, with all its words gone. I don't think I even used half of it. Money wasted. 🙁
Long Wearing But Not 24H
Like, duh! No foundation lasts that long! None should.
The Lancome Mat Miracle is by far one of the longest wearing foundations I’ve ever worn, lasting over 6 hours without significant fading. My skin oils up pretty quickly and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere brings shine to my face (not in a good way!) within 2 hours. In comparison, this Lancome one always manages to hold up for much longer. It is rather resistant to sweat and transfers a lot less than most foundations, clearly concluded from my intense dance sessions.
Most of the time I don’t apply any powder atop the Lancome Mat Miracle Foundation, and by itself feels comfortable on the skin.
Review for Chanel Perfection Lumiere coming up soon!
Go Flawless With Sigma F80 Kabuki
The days when foundations went on before my favorite foundation brush Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush came into my life are just a blur. No other brush manages to give me the same result the F80 produces.
Sometimes I look at my naked, blemished skin and sigh, and then after applying the Lancome Mat Miracle with Sigma F80 brush, I'll go "Eh, okie what, it doesn't look too bad." LOL. Power of makeup, no, power of good makeup PLUS power tool.
Comparisons With Other Liquid Foundations
Much less oily than: Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation
Has slightly more matte finish but shine control is similar to: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation
Less glowy finish than: Chanel Perfection Lumiere SPF 10 (review coming up!)
Of course, I make sure my skin is moisturized and apply a base before applying any foundation. My favorite makeup base now (and has been for the past 3 months) is the Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF25 in Natural Green. Makeup base is just another term for makeup primer. =) The Dollish Veil Vita neutralizes the redness in my skintone and evens out minor imperfections instantly. It has very sheer coverage and I'll even wear it on its own when I just want some sun protection and skin brightening. LOVE IT!
Products Mentioned In This Post
Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation - Price: SGD66.00. Available at all Lancome counters, not available on amazon. Maybe coz it's 'designed for Asian Skin'
Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush - Doll To Doll Cosmetics
Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - Available at all Bourjois counters, not available on amazon.
Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF25 - Doll To Doll Cosmetics
Choose 01 Gorgeous Purple to counteract sallow undertones for a vibrant, energized look.
Choose 02 Natural Green to neutralize redness in skin and conceal blemishes.
If you have oily skin and plenty of blemishes (they usually come together, boo!), give the Lancome Mat Miracle Foundation a go!
Bun Bun rates the Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation BO-01:
I wonder how the Lancome Mat Miracle compares against the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Foundation. The MUFE I had was a shade too tan for me; I might want to give it another shot some day, in a lighter shade. Anyone using both the Lancome and MUFE now?