L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer swatch, L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Base

Because I liked the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream, I simply assumed that I would like their Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer too.  Wrong assumption.  I really wanted to like it; because I mean, doesn’t it look all gorgeous standing there in its sleek, sexy white packaging?  But appearances aren’t everything.  Le sigh.


First and foremost, I ALWAYS use face primers under foundations.  ALWAYS.  I have to because  I have dry, flaky and porous skin and I need a primer to provide a smooth base to allow foundation to glide on.  I used to be a make-up snob so my first few primers were of the high-end  brands – Shu Uemura – and then I was introduced to some fantastic primers from drugstore brands, e.g. FACE OF AUSTRALIA and SHE.  It’s kinda easy though – just load ’em up with silicone!  I don’t mind because they do the job.

So why did I not like L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer?  Because when I put it on and then applied foundation, this happened :

Instead of smoothing over my flaky skin, L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer enhanced them!  I have no idea where these flakes came from!  They were never there beforehand because I have been religiously using my exfoliating machine.

Flakes aside, my fine lines haven’t been ironed over.  Sadly, I was NOT impressed.

L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer review

Admittedly, it does claim that it is a “pure light primer” so I shouldn’t be expecting full-on silicone-smooth face action.  But the ingredients tell me that there should be a good amount of silicone in there so I don’t know what happened.

L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Base, top beauty blog

Apparently, it can be used as a highlighter too because of its subtle pearly sheen.  And that’s what I will use it for from now on.

To me, L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer isn’t my ideal primer base but its saving grace is that I can use it as a highlighter.  I’ve been using it to highlight the bridge of my flat Asian nose.  However, if you want to try it, buy it here.


Have you tried any products in the L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique range?  What is your favourite face primer?  And does anyone want to try this?  Would it be rude to do a giveaway on a product that has already been used by me?

12 Comments on L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer

  1. Debbie | SmartPoppy
    05/04/2012 at 9:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Ling,

    Thanks for the honest review! I haven’t really tried this specific product by L’Oreal and it looks like I’m not gonna try it because its flakes highlighting effects, haha

  2. Ashlynn
    05/04/2012 at 9:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Good thing I didn’t buy this… i hate when products emphasize flaky spots on me.

    • Ling
      10/04/2012 at 2:10 pm (6 years ago)

      @Ashlynn, I know 🙁 but maybe it’s just my skin…or maybe it’s not…?? I couldn’t find any other reviews online

  3. Eden-Avalon
    07/04/2012 at 6:42 pm (6 years ago)


  4. Michaela
    10/04/2012 at 2:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Eek! I hate it when products do this to my dry skin! I’ll stick to my FOA and Smashbox primers!

    • Ling
      10/04/2012 at 2:47 pm (6 years ago)

      @Michaela, The FOA primer is the bees knees!!!!!

  5. fufsy
    20/11/2012 at 11:37 am (5 years ago)

    i’ll take it if you dont want it

    • Ling
      29/11/2012 at 1:17 pm (5 years ago)

      @fufsy, Awww…unfortunately you’re too late. My ex-colleague took it.

  6. Rachel
    21/11/2012 at 6:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Can you recommend any other Primers?

    • Ling
      29/11/2012 at 1:16 pm (5 years ago)

      @Rachel, PLENTY! Face Of Australia, Laura Mercier, Smashbox, MAC…plenty plenty! What type are you looking for?