The New Powder

LOreal Mat Magique

Powders have had a makeover. No longer the heavy textured, forgotten compacts languishing in the back of your makeup stash; they’re wising up – bringing light-injecting, skin perfecting formulas to your dressing table with an impossible to detect finish that will have you nose to mirror trying to pin-point it on your complexion. Heads up: you can’t. I’m not really a powder gal these days, a few years ago I had quite the addiction to MAC’s Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, easily going through one every three months and dusting it on at every occasion but it was a phase that I grew out of after making peace for my naturally sheeny (read: oily) complexion and now only ever reach for the stuff in times of teetering on oil-slick territory or on nights out. But 1 newly released formula is changing my mind on the matter. Enter the new-gen powder…

Now I’m a wee bit late on the L’Oreal Mat Magique bandwagon. Having hit counters a month or so ago, these powders are designed to impart a sheer and luminous healthy glow to the skin without a hint of heaviness. Available in five shades, a complexion congruent colour will act as a setting powder or light dose of coverage over bare skin or an option or two above your natural tone can be used to lightly bronze and add warmth to the face. After a swatch-a-thon on counter, I set my sights on N6 – the puuurfect match for me. I’ve since become a bit of a L’Oreal stalker and race up to the stand to enquire of N6’s presence and am always hit back with a downbeat ‘It’s out of stock’. But the yearning for the pink-cased compact just wouldn’t go away & one day I got it. No glimmer, no shimmer, just a slightly glowy sunkissed cheek – how do they do it? I’ve stopped questioning and instead have been dusting this on each morning as my powder of choice.

A budget option with the L’Oreal Mat Magique setting you back a measly Rs.399 & for this reason I’m justifying this purchase to myself as the new stash staple.