Lancome made one of favorite foundations of all time, the Lancome Maquiliquide Foundation. 2 years later, they discontinued it *wails* and replaced it with this -- Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation.
With a new packaging, higher SPF and whitening properties, how does it fair compared to its predecessor?
Well, in terms of texture, I'd say that the Maqui Blanc is finer and blends better. However, despite having gotten the same color code as before, the shade is quite different. It's a lot more neutral (thankfully not pink yet!) and fairer too. I would've gotten a "BO" shade but they only had light shades. When first applied, the foundation would look like it's just sitting on top of my skin because the shade was so much lighter than my natural skin color. But give it about 15 minutes to settle and the color will start to blend in.
The coverage, while sufficient, wasn't as buildable as Maquiliquide's. Nevertheless, I do love the finish and glow the foundation gives. Maquiliquide was my ultimate go-to foundation for long wear and I was really hoping that Maqui Blanc wouldn't compromise on that. Hmm... it's still long-wearing but I'd still need to blot off some shine and perhaps touch-up with some powder.
When compared with the Maquiliquide, it's quite obvious that Maqui Blanc didn't quite hit the mark. However, without comparing it to what it's supposedly replacing, I'd still say it's a good foundation. Yeah, the initial color-match can be quite irritating but I can work around that. So, word of advice; when you're testing this foundation, always walk around with it first before deciding on your shade.
Retails at RM140/30ml