Magic Lumi Highlighter
Last Updated:03.26.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Magic Lumi Highlighter earns its name for the subtle hint of shimmer that it imparts within the medium coverage concealer. The “lumi” effect is really understated, but it does give just a hint of luminescent glow, which, combined with the satin finish, is particularly attractive around the eye area.

The liquid formula is dispensed through the click-style pen, which makes application a breeze. This won’t be an ideal concealer for those who need a matte finish or who need to disguise acne blemishes, but it’s worth a try for others.

Note: This product does contain alcohol denatured, though we suspect the amount of alcohol is less than 1%, and we detected no scent or “cooling” sensation from its presence.

  • Liquid formula offers medium coverage.
  • Slight shimmer finish adds an extremely subtle glow.
  • Satin finish.
  • Particularly attractive for use around the eyes.
  • Dispenses through click-style pen, making application a breeze.
  • Not for those who prefer a matte-finish concealer.
  • Subtle glow and satin finish isn’t the best if you need to disguise blemishes.
Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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Best concealer find so far

With recently-developed under-eye bags but without the willingness or budget to go to extreme measures to fix them, I'd tried many different products, with varied results, until I found this. Other concealers would cover the bag shadow, but dried up and made whatever fine line extremely prominent. Not this: I use no1 (Light), apply with a rather precise concealer brush to the shadow, as I learned from a makeup artist's tutorial, and this is luminous to counter the bag shadow and does not dry up.

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