BB Creams have been all the rage recently, and I love trying new stuff whenever I get the chance. So I was super excited when the folks over at SheSpeaks invited me to try the new L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream.
I’m already a huge fan of L’Oréal and usually wear L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute liquid foundation. I’ve also been a loyal user of their Feria hair color for years. L’Oréal people, if you are reading this, please don’t ever stop making #58…and put the other lady’s picture back on the box!
What L’Oréal Paris says about Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.
To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.
What I say about it: First, it makes a good primer and definitely helps make enlarged pores look less noticeable. Goes on smoothly, and didn’t cause my skin to break out. It did a pretty good job at automatically matching my skin tone, but didn’t provide enough coverage to wear alone. It might for someone with less imperfections…I apply it and then use concealer and mineral makeup powder over it to reduce the shine and add more coverage.
I may have set my expectations too high but I felt disappointed with a couple aspects: most importantly, it lacks SPF…I feel strongly about always wearing sunscreen and would have preferred that I not have to add an extra layer. It’s just easier and faster when it’s combined in my foundation or primer. Also, I’d like if it was more of a matte finish. I tend to have oily skin and when I wore it without powder, I looked shiny. My dream “Magic BB Cream” would be an all-in-one sunscreen, serum, primer, and mattifying makeup. I still enjoy using it and will buy it again when I spot a great sale and have a coupon!
L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in four shades and is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. Click here to find out more.