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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!)

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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.

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Initial Impression

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.

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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?

23 Comments on L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream – Review & Swatch

  1. Omega
    15/03/2012 at 2:16 pm (6 years ago)

    That’s quite a amazing effect.. I would have been put off by the purple too, but it certainly seems to do the trick. If only we could get more “real” BB creams here in Australia!

    • Ling
      15/03/2012 at 2:39 pm (6 years ago)

      @Omega, Total shocker! But now I’m like, “Oooh, awesome!”

  2. milktea
    15/03/2012 at 4:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I like how this product looks after you applied it. Willing to buy if and when it comes to Malaysia. It reminds me of the L’oreal UV Perfect SPF50 PA+++ Anti-Dullness moisturizer in terms of texture after application. Very natural! 🙂 Like!

    I agree. Doesn’t look like a “true” (Korean) BB cream.

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

      @milktea, Oooh, you’re so lucky that you get all the cool Asian releases of beauty products! There’s not much here for us Asians…pah!

  3. Alice A
    15/03/2012 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve used a Missha BB cream in #23 but it’s too light for my skin tone, even though I’m not overly tan. I don’t think I’ll be trying anymore Asian BB creams because they’re only available in light colours!

    But I’m super eager to try the L’Oreal one!

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:54 pm (6 years ago)

      @Alice A, That’s true. They are generally for light-skinned ladies. Have you tried the Garnier Medium – that is very tan! But not very BB Cream-ish…more tinted moisturiser…

  4. Rachel from Redcliffe Style
    15/03/2012 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I have the Garnier BB Medium and Missha BB #23. I love the idea of the L’Oreal one and will give it a go but I wouldn’t want less coverage than the Garnier. The Missha one is very thick and smells strongly of sunscreen and is a little grey on application. I really want to find something in between these two. So after all that – I love BB creams but I am still searching for the perfect one.

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:53 pm (6 years ago)

      @Rachel from Redcliffe Style, Apparently the SkinFood one is good…I love Skin79 – will be reviewing that shortly 😉

      • Rachel from Redcliffe Style
        19/03/2012 at 6:17 pm (6 years ago)

        @Ling, Thanks Ling, I look forward to reading your review. I’ll have to hunt done the SkinFood and Skin79. Rachel

        • Ling
          20/03/2012 at 2:21 pm (6 years ago)

          @Rachel from Redcliffe Style, Doh! I was going to say that I checked out SkinFood today and didn’t find the BB cream I was looking for…only JUST to realise that I went into The Face Shop which is totally NOT SkinFood! LOL

  5. kristy
    15/03/2012 at 10:15 pm (6 years ago)

    LOL when i saw the image of the white blob i was like HUH?! (very used to asian bb colours). I want to try this out of curiosity but very hesitant. I tried the garnier bb cream and that’s kind of put me off western bb creams. It wasn’t very good. I felt like a tinted moisturiser could do better. It just didn’t blend and felt like a cheap foundation.

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:52 pm (6 years ago)

      @kristy, It is one for the curious. Perhaps go for the Asian thick-ass BB creams 🙂

  6. Rin
    15/03/2012 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I have just started getting into bb creams. I’m far too dark for most of them but I don’t really care that I look like walking death. I’ve only tried the skin79 ones so far, but I do want to perhaps branch out to one that has a good shade match for me. This one sounds good!

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:51 pm (6 years ago)

      @Rin, I like the skin79 ones!! Shame about the shade matches though. Sometimes I just pile on the powder to disguise it and blend it in to make it match!

  7. Sarah S.
    16/03/2012 at 1:45 am (6 years ago)

    Oh sigh… what’s the point? Low SPF, doesn’t hide anything… why not just slap on a good sunscreen and call it a day if that’s all you get? Bummer.

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:51 pm (6 years ago)

      @Sarah S., Awww! 🙁 I guess it’s for the ladies who like light coverage 😉

      • Sarah S.
        19/03/2012 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

        @Ling, Ahhh, sorry I sound so bitter. I definitely need coverage and am jealous of anybody who doesn’t 🙂

        • Ling
          20/03/2012 at 2:24 pm (6 years ago)

          @Sarah S., Hardly!!! I stalked you on your blog and your skin looks great! And so do your long luscious lashes – totally jelly!!!

  8. Eden-Avalon
    17/03/2012 at 12:43 pm (6 years ago)

    So, I’m definitely in the camp that dislikes Western BB Creams. I mean…lipstick is a pretty generic term. It doesn’t really indicate any usage, finish, result. But BB stands for Blemish Balm. Western BB creams do nothing for blemishes and rarely work to treat other skin symptoms. I’d be much happier if Western brands would just call them tinted moisturizers…or came up with another term. And all that considering I don’t actually LIKE bb creams!

    • Ling
      19/03/2012 at 5:50 pm (6 years ago)

      @Eden-Avalon, I have noticed that Westen BB Creams have called it “Beauty Balms” instead…no blemish!!!

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