When I first saw the L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream in store, I was doubtful yet intrigued. This has got to be the strangest BB cream I’ve come acrossed and used. It’s unlike any BB creams I’ve seen. First of all, it comes out of the tube pearlescent white, and it’s grainy. In fact, it resembles more of a facial scrub than makeup!
If you think I was skeptical using this, well, you can say that again. Still, curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to try it out on my skin. Thankfully, I was given a tube of the BB cream in a goodie bag from a L’Oreal blogger event I attended in June. Time to get my guinea pig skin on!
And you know what? It’s surprisingly not bad.
Micro-pigment capsules self adjust upon contact, transforming your skin. Flawless, ultra light coverage for the perfect nude skin look. 24HR hydration.
Aqua/Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isoeicosane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Methylparaben, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates/C9-15 Fluoroalcohol. Phosphate. Tocopherol. Panthenol. [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides]. (F.I.L. B49725/1).
When it’s rubbed on the skin, it changes from the grainy white substance to skin colour. The one I’m using is Fair Skin Tone, and strangely enough, it suited my skin tone to a T.
I don’t know if I can even say this is more like a tinted moisturiser than a BB cream, because it has very sheer coverage, even less coverage than a lot of tinted moisturisers have. However, I can say that it does what it’s told, and that is to create the glow of nude-looking skin. It evens out my skin tone well. It’s my skin, but better.
If you’re looking for a BB cream that can give you at least some coverage on the skin, I’d say forget this one. It barely gave me any coverage nor did it mask much of the blemishes and redness on my skin. However, I do find it quite a good base for makeup. When worn alone, it gives my skin a very subtle glow. I like using this with a very light sweeping of loose powder on my face. It looks like I’m not wearing makeup but still enough for the skin to not look sallow.
I’ve read reviews about this BB cream oxidising on the skin after a few hours of wear. Fortunately, I did not encounter this problem.
Am I convinced that this is a BB cream? To be honest, not really. I’ve tried many BB creams and this just does not have that consistency, colour and coverage that I look for in BB creams. But for something quick and easy to use, something that evens the skin tone, something that gives the skin just that tiny hint of glow, then I’d recommend you give this a try. At least, swatch it in store and see the transformation of the white substance to your skin tone. I found it oddly fascinating
L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream retails at AU$26.95 for 30ml and is available at Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies nationwide. It comes in two shades – Fair Skin Tone and Medium Skin Tone.
What I like about it: Evens my skin tone, gives a very subtle glow to the skin, interesting formula
What I do not like about it: Coverage too sheer for my liking, doesn’t really follow the definition of BB creams