The BB cream craze took off in Asia years ago, but it’s a relatively new thing in the Western beauty world. A number of Western cosmetic brands (e.g. Biotherm, Garnier, No7, 17, MUA, L’Oreal – mainly from Europe as Australia haven’t caught on yet) have jumped on the BB cream bandwagon and come up with their own interpretations of BB creams. This has upset some hardcore Asian BB cream fans because they feel that the Western BB creams are not “real” BB creams. But that’s probably how lipstick started out too; i.e. matte lipstick is different from satin lipstick. I think it’s great seeing all different types of BB creams on the market because it means more choice for us, ladies! Anyway, let’s all be friends and declare our love for all BB Creams and get on to today’s review of L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream. (Thanks sis for buying me this!)
About L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream
L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream is the ultimate all-in-one perfecting cream. A feather-light hydrator which transforms on contact with skin, releasing smart pigment capsules to correct tone, cover imperfections and refine skin texture. Has SPF 12 and provides up to 24 hours hydration.
My Review On L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream
First up, I’m going to shorten the name to L’Oreal Paris BB Cream because I am too lazy to type the entire name. The L’Oreal Paris BB Cream is housed in a sleek squeezy tube with a thin nozzle which is a winner in my eyes because it is easy to control the amount I will use without excess waste.
Here comes the shocker…
I squeezed some out onto the back of my hand to swatch and was shocked to see that it was quite runny and it was white with tiny purple granules (the “smart pigment capsules”). White with purple??!! What kind of BB cream is this??
I sniffed it. It’s unscented.
And then I gently rubbed it into my skin. I could feel the grittiness of the smart pigment capsules but within seconds, they disintegrated and miraculously, they blended beautifully together to match my skin tone and my skin lapped it up. L’Oreal Paris BB Cream has a dry, matte-ish finish and its definitely not like the traditional Asian BB creams.
On My Face
I’m really impressed how L’Oreal Paris BB Cream adapts to my skin colour and it doesn’t oxidise. It is ultra-lightweight and doesn’t leave behind a tacky finish like the Asian BB creams I use. Being so light means that it doesn’t exactly mask all my sun spots, but it does even out my complexion.
As it provides a matte-ish finish, I don’t need to set it with powder. But it’s not as moisturising as I would like it and it doesn’t give me a radiant glow so I need to bring out the illuminators. And don’t get me started on the SPF 12 – it’s so low! What’s the point?
Classifying L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream as a BB cream may infuriate BB cream lovers. The formulation is nowhere near Asian Blemish Balms nor tinted moisturisers – it’s in a BB cream category of its own. I can sort of see why they called it Nude Magique… It’s made for girls who have almost flawless skin. For girls who have acne scars, I point you in the direction of the Asian BB creams.
One more thing – L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream comes in Fair and Medium Skin Tones…but if the smart pigment capsules are that smart, surely one shade would suit all…??
Anyway, what are your thoughts on BB Creams? Love them or hate them? Or are you still a BB Cream virgin?