One of the first liquid foundations that converted me into a liquid foundation user was Lancome Maquiliquide UV Infinite foundation way back in 2009. It was super light on the skin, did not make me oily and sat looking perfect for most of the day. I still use it now and again so when I found out it was being discontinued in favour of the new Lancome Maqui Miracle Blanc liquid foundation, I was devastated.
You see, Iam one of those rare birds who absolutely disliked the new Lancome Teint Miracle liquid foundation (oily, shiny, greasy. yikes!) and suddenly, here I was being confronted with yet another “miracle” based foundation. Would it not touch me with a miracle again? It took me weeks before I steeled myself to try it.
Thankfully, Maqui Miracle Blanc liquid foundation sailed through with flying colours, and I can safely tell you that if you liked Lancome Maquiliquide UV Infinite, or you found Teint Miracle too oily, or you have oily skin, then Maqui Miracle is probably it for you too! 😀
The new packaging is all angles and the square bottle doesn’t quite hit the spot the same way that the round frosted glass bottle does in the old Maquiliquide. At a glance, it looks lovely and elegant with all that clear plastic, but up close and in your hand, I prefer the old bottle for a more tactile feel. Feel free to disagree 😛
Formula wise, I found it very similar to Maquiliquide. It is almost as if Lancome simply repackaged their Maquiliquide formula into a different bottle and gave it a different name. That is, for me a good thing because Maquiliquide worked for me so having to readjust to a different foundation formula would have sucked.
The formula is watery and really, 1 pump is too much, I use BO-01 which is, I believe the lightest shade available. The formula is a touch yellow based so if you have redness in skin, this will help you counter-act it somewhat, and give a more even toned finish to the skin, hence the “natural brightening creator”. However, I find if I use too much, it can work the other way and make me look a bit sallow so I have to be very careful with this one. Maquiliquide, although the same colour and tone, matches my skin better for some reason.
I have applied this using the quick idiot proof method and with a stippling brush, and it works both ways. I do find that with a stippling brush or skunk brush, you might use less foundation which is always a good thing so half a pump suffices for me. I find the coverage medium and buildable to semi-full coverage. Very little is enough for my use.
Like Maquiliquide, Maqui Miracle Blanc is light on the skin, does turn me oily or shiny and once set with a little powder, lasts for hours (takes me from morning to night). If you can find a colour match, I think it fulfils everything a liquid foundation should.
Pros: Lightweight texture, Longlasting on skin, Medium buildable coverage, Not oily, Foundation shades tailored for asian skin tones
Cons: Not favouring the plastic cap in the packaging, Can be a touch too yellow toned for some
I have here some comparison swatches between Lancome Maqui Miracle in BO-01 and the others listed (you may click through the names for their respective reviews).
You can see that the Lancome foundations tend towards the yellow toned compared to the rest, and that the texture is more watery. Spread out, it doesn’t look too yellow, but I do have to be careful not to overdo it. Neutral colours like the Bourjois or Clarins foundations work better on my skin and are a better colour match for me so I use those more often. Dior’s is a little pink but also works well without too much trouble.
So as I have said above, if you have redness in your skin or a warm skintone, do give this one a go. You could possibly pick up a sample at the counters. If you have oily skin or want something that can last through sweat (well, almost) give this a look too. With this foundation on, I can bluff my way through using a bronzer and a lovely pink blush which sits well on the yellow tone of the foundation.
Have you tried this one at the counters yet? Or perhaps you own it and have your thoughts to share on this? This foundation is Made in Japan and with the Blanc in the name, I’m guessing its Asia only although the Western countries could be getting something called just Maqui Miracle Liquid Foundation – I’m guessing anyway. Don’t take my words as gospel just yet 😛
Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle liquid foundation retails at RM140/30ml at all Lancome counters. Presently available in Asia. Rest of the world unknown.