Last year, Lancôme introduced the Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact, which I talked about and showcased then. During that period, while I loved the product, I was not able to fully relish and appreciate it due to my on-again off-again breakouts (stabilizing skin, grr). Aside from a LOTD feature, I didn't post or review much about it.
These days, my skin has gotten so much better and if not for my dark circles, I might actually embrace heading out foundation-less altogether. I have some acne scars and pigmentation but *pshhh*, what's life without some battle scars.
Anyway, my point of this post is that Lancôme had recently reformulated the Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact and coincidentally I had unearthed my sample from last year sometime in February (this year) and started embracing the full awesome-ness of this product.
The new formulation, or rather the 2012 version is said to have more benefits and more added perks compared to the 2011 one, which I was already starting to love. While I haven't officially jumped ships yet (tried the new one once or twice but still using the old), I will give you a run-down of the information first.
This may run off to be a lengthy or wordy post but trust me when I say I truly do love this foundation, 2011 offering or not.
With a slight modification to the full name of this product, the Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator SPF 35 PA +++ (yes, that is the full name) incorporates Lancôme's latest technological advances in both makeup and skincare.
While I could go into the low-down and give you the full blast of information, maybe not everyone is keen on knowing the low-down in detail. So here, in point form, is what to look out for in this new compact 'o powder.
- Incorporates the Lancôme patented Aura-Inside™ technology, first introduced with Teint Miracle.
- Enriched with purple light essence to combat dull yellow undertones and sallow-ness for an overall brightened appearance.
- Enhanced skincare benefits with the inclusion of Rose and Mint extract, along with Lotus extract, a valued anti-oxidant and moisturizing agent, popular with traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Optimized resistance to sebum and shine - no oxidizing!
- Sweat resistant
- Smudge resistant (which is super cool from what I have seen)
- Visibly reduces the appearance of pores by 43%
So that's the quick rundown of the qualities to this compact. Of course, not forgetting the ultra finely milled powder that feels very soft and light on the skin.
Like-wise with Lancôme's other compacts, I love how the refill pack is 'clipped' into the pan, instead of having to fuss with peeling the glue off etc.
Incase you are curious, here is the minor full name difference between the new and the old.
The new one being further back and the older one (2011) being in the front. It was previously known as 'Natural Brightening Creator' but has been changed to 'Crystal Brightening Creator' now.
Reason being, the purple light essence creates a unique quadraple light synergy that not only eliminates yellow undertones but brightens the skin, giving it a dazzling crystal aura.
Imagine the purple essence effect on top of the already complexion enhancing Aura Within™ technology!
Of course, when talking about Lancôme's powder compact, one cannot leave out the duo-sponge that was first introduced with the Maqui compact last year. I think I have given this sponge enough coverage the last time but here it is again:
I cannot stress how in love I am with the soft, smooth and fluffy side.
Previously only available if you purchase the foundation refills, Lancôme has seen the popularity of these little buggers and are selling the sponges individually at S$3 a piece.
While brief, I believe this covers the main gist and introduction of this product. To lighten this word-filled post and to showcase this in a way that my continuous descriptions can't, here are some video demos of the product's claims in action (videos courtesy of Lancôme).
Pore blurring demonstration
Sweat Resistant demonstration
Sebum Resistant Demonstration
Lastly, Lancôme currently has a limited edition compact design with delicate motifs inspired by Rose spring blossoms.
Like the normal compacts, this also comes to a shut with a magnetic and hinge pull, which means no clicking or 'pushing' to open the palette. The palette doesn't spill out or open filmsily in the makeup pouch either and I like this mechanism, very chic!
The Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator is available at all Lancôme counters starting April 2012. The refill retails for S$65 and the Limited Edition compact at S$27.
One can also opt for a Flash Makeover (with Teint Miracle Compact or Maqui Blanc) at any Lancôme counters! If compact powders aren't your thing, you can also request for a free sample of a liquid foundation of choice. *
*While the offer lasts!
If you have any questions about this compact, feel free to leave it below and I will address it in my upcoming review of it! I will post an update / review about this product as soon as I manage - busy times ahead - but till then, thank you so much for reading!
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I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.