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I love the idea of BB creams but unfortunately a lot of them are absolutely rubbish. There are a few good ones out there however. The L'oreal Nude Magnifique BB cream is one of the better ones out there that I have tried. BB stands for blemish balm which means that it is a cream that offers coverage and also added skin benefits like with a moisturiser such as perhaps an SPF or vitamins. Basically they are just fancy tinted moisturisers. The first time that I tried the L'Oreal one I was a bit confused as the BB cream is actually white instead of brown and I thought at first that maybe I had bought the wrong product but it is supposed to be this colour as it has things called smart pigment capsules in it which you can actually feel in the cream as they make the cream feel grainy. When you apply the white cream to your skin the grainy pigments break up and make the cream change to colour which then is supposed to match to your skin tone. I have to say that the match this gives with my skin tone is great. My friend also uses this and she has a completely different skin tone to mine and it also matches hers perfectly and we both use the medium coloured one. This gives a really nice and sheer coverage and when it is on my skin doesn't look caked in make-up so it is perfect for those days when I want to have more minimal make-up but still have nice skin. Although the coverage is quite sheer it does do great at evening out my skin tone and making it look more flawless. I like the fact that I can easily add some more to areas where I need heavier coverage and it still doesn't look caked on and it feels so light. It does look very dewy on my skin which I think is a nice look but if you have greasy skin then you might want to use a powder on top to both set it and also take away some of the shine. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised and it doesn't make it feel dry. One thing that you need to be careful of is that this also makes my skin look like I have used a light bronzer as the colour is very warm. Again I like this look but it is something that you should be aware of before buying this. If you have really bad skin then you are going to want something heavier but this is a nice BB cream to use when you have pretty decent skin anyway and just want it to look more flawless. It is quite expensive for a L'Oreal cream as it is £10 but I think it is good enough to warrant the price.
Although I'd heard of BB creams, I'd never tried one until I received a free sample of Nude Magique in the post, which impressed me enough to make a purchase of a full sized tube for myself. This comes in two shades, light and medium. The sample I was sent was in medium, which was too dark for my skin - so how come I still ended up so impressed that I went on to spend £9.99 on a full sized tube? This cream comes in a nice smart tube, that can be stood on it's flat cap, which I love, as all the product goes to the bottom and dispensing is easy. I like to use my fingers to blend this, but you can use a sponge, and a very gentle squeeze of the tube will get this rather thin cream moving. Now, you only need a little bit to start with (and of course, you can always squeeze more out of the tube if you need to, but you can't put it back in if you take out too much. Take a look at it first though. Something looks a little wrong here. I'm not being funny but... it's lilac. Are we quite sure the right tube has been squeezed here? Yes we are, bizarrely the colour of this cream is a slightly greyish pale lilac colour, not at all the colour you'd expect to be smearing over your face. It was at this point in the process that I had to weigh up the risk. I could abandon the process now, since after all they seem to have put the wrong product in the tube, or I can chance it, smear it all over, and end up looking like an anaemic member of the blue man group. I compromised - I put a tiny dab on my eyelid - nobody would question a bit of lilac eyeshadow. The minute I began to blend though, the cream changed before my eyes into a creamy beige colour, the same colour in fact as any ordinary foundation. This does smooth in very easily, and although the shade I had in my trial (the medium) was way too dark for my skin, I could immediately see the effect it had on my skin. My freckles seemed less prominent, a couple of minor facial scars were concealed, the bags under my eyes were gone, as was the dry bit just under my chin, and the coverage looked wonderfully even with a nice matte finished. With one product, I looked the way I normally do after applying a primer, a concealer, an under eye illuminator, a touch of moisturiser, a foundation, and a powder. This cream seemed to do all those jobs on me, giving me an almost flawless finish, which, considering I'm usually absolutely rotten at getting that naturally-great-skin look, was brilliant. I was even more impressed when this finish (to which I merely added a little blusher and eyeshadow) lasted me for a good 8 hours when out and about, without any need to reapply at all. I really like this product. I wouldn't normally spend £10 on a single item of makeup unless it was something that was a treat, rather than for daily use. But, I'm happy to spend the tenner on this - not only does it make my life easier, saving me time in the morning, and my makeup bag lighter, but I just love the way it makes me look. 5 stars.
I buy a lot of makeup products due to being a beauty blogger and i was excited to try the loral nude magique BB cream. I bought it from Superdrug, which is where i normally buy my high street cosmetics from. It cost £9.99 which i thought was quite high end for a high street product. Upon trying the BB cream i was quite pleased at how easily it glided on, the product wasn't 'stiff' or unblendable which is a breath of fresh air in comparison to a lot of other BB creams. Once i had let this set for a few moments i applied my foundation on top (as required) and noticed my foundation looked more oily than normal so i dusted some translucent powder on top to resolve that and it did. The only downside to the BB cream is that i found it made my skin look slightly oily as i mentioned, but its easily resolved. Its not the best BB cream ive tried but its certainly a step in the right direction. For me it was too expensive for what it was. To avoid the oilyness only apply to the high points of your face to highlight and dont apply under the eyes or your makeup will run. Other than that, i was pleasantly surprised.
Until recently I had never even heard of a BB cream, let alone used one. However on a recent trip into Superdrug trying to find a new foundation I stumbled across this 'new' product. To set the scene, I hate the feel of anything too heavy on my skin. I have pale, combination skin. I find it really difficult to find a foundation that is light, suits my skin colour and my skin type. My latest purchases in my quest to find the perfect foundation resulted in me purchasing this Stay Matte Pressed Power (see previous review) and this L'oreal BB cream. *Shades* As far as I can tell, this cream comes in three shades: Light, Medium and Dark. Seeing as I have pale skin I opted for the 'light' shade of this cream. *Price and Availability* This cream cost me £9.99 from my local Superdrug, who also currently have a 3 for 2 offer on L'Oreal products (September 2012). For the purpose of this review I've done a little research - it is also £9.99 in Boots (currently if you spend over £15 on L'Oreal products you get a free gift). The cheapest I've found the cream online is £7.99 from cheap smells. *Using the Product* After trying the 'back of the hand' test in Superdrug I decided to give this cream a go instead of purchasing an actual foundation. The first time I tried applying the cream at home I tried using a cosmetic sponge and did not end up with the best results! The sponge seemed to absorb all the cream and not transfer much of it on to my skin. Not the most economic way to use this cream. I quickly discarded the sponge and used my fingers instead and got a much better result. The cream was really easy to apply. It is liquid enough to be able to smooth it over my skin easily. The actual cream itself is a whitish colour with tiny little 'dots' in it. As I was applying it this colour changed to a perfect colour match for my skin, and left me with good coverage. I am actually more than happy to wear this cream as a base with no further concealers or foundations on top though I do sometimes wear the Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top. With the powder on top, which just helps set the cream base, I am really happy with the final result. I am very fussy with the 'base' I have on my skin, I hate anything too heavy or too over the top, and prefer to have a 'natural' look. I am definitely not a heavy foundation kind of girl. If you prefer to have a slightly more heavier coverage then this cream may not be for you, but the combination of this cream and the powder is perfect for the look I aim for. *Packaging* The packaging of this product is nice and simple. A white tube with purple writing on it stating what the product is, and a metallic purple lid. To be honest it's the purple that first stood out to me before I even realised what the cream was - I'm a sucker for anything purple! Once the lid is removed it reveals a narrow nib that the cream comes out from - great for making sure you don't squeeze out too much! *Summary* Overall this is a good product - it works for me, and is currently keeping me happy. I like the results of the cream on it's own, and these results are enhanced by the powder. It is so lightweight on the skin I can barely feel it - a great plus point for me. Gives a natural look rather than a more heavy 'it's really obvious I'm wearing make-up' look which again is another plus point. I've tried more expensive foundations in the past and not had a result as good as I get from this cream, so I'm happy with the price too. One 30ml tube has lasted me over a month of pretty much daily use so far and there's still quite a lot in the tube.
Still not shying away from trying to find the perfect BB cream, the next stumbled across was L'Oreal. Priced as reasonably as any other traditional foundation, I didn't have expectations of it. Like many BB creams it promises celebrity-esque perfection. The tagline 'Bare Skin Beautifier' being nothing new. But as you continue to read about how it works, you realize it isn't the same as other BB creams. It claims to adapt, within reason, to your skin tone. That it mimics the texture and glow of bare, natural skin. And that's exactly what it does. Packaged in a narrow, purple capped tube it like all BB creams promises to 'perfect' and 'beautify'. It also explains the technology behind it, the smart pigment capsules within the foundation that transform to your skin tone. It's quite a runny, thin consistency, making it tricky to apply without dripping. When you apply, the molecules within the liquid are slightly gritty, but not irritatingly so. Within seconds, it's altered on your face from the silvery white color to your skin tone and you're ready to go. It provides reasonable coverage and is long lasting, it blends beautifully into your natural skin tone. Having experimented, I have found that application with the fingers opposed to a sponge appears to be the most effective way of blending it into your skin tone. Feeling light on the skin, it gives you the confidence boost of a heavier foundation with it's coverage and healthy glow it seems to provide. While it doesn't offer fantastic coverage, it provides a natural, dewy look. And despite the formula being tricky to apply cleanly, the results appear to be worth it. By far one of the best BB creams I have tried.
Ever since this new BB cream craze hit the UK I've been trying a few different ones from different brands trying to work out what all the fuss is about. I have already reviewed the Garnier BB cream which I personally felt was no more than a really nice tinted moisturiser. I wanted to try this L'Oreal one as I like a lot of their products and had high hopes for this one. The cream comes in a long skinny plastic tube with a twist lid. The body of the tube is white, ever so slightly iridescent plastic which is really flexible and easy to squeeze to get the contents out of the tube. The lid is a purple shiny plastic which twists off to reveal a elongated nib through which the product can be squeezed out. The bottle has writing on the front and back, predominantly in purple and silver which compliments the bottle really well and gives the product an overall clean and consistent look. I like the design but the colours say moisturiser to me rather than a tinted moisturiser/foundation. This isn't a major criticism and generally I find the design very functional and easy to use but it wouldn't immediately jump off the shelf at me without taking the time to read what it is and what it does. The cream is very thin and light in consistency with tiny little tinted beads dispersed throughout. The idea is that you rub it into your skin and the beads adapt to the colour of your skin to create and even looking foundation cover over your face...in theory. What I found most unpleasant about this is that there are a lot of beads and though they are small they are quite hard and rubbing them into your face feels very rough and rather unpleasant. The cover of the product isn't as good as my foundations that I used regularly so I would tend to use it as a base rather than a foundation, but it isn't exactly a great tinted moisturiser so using it has just left me wondering what exactly does it do? I guess it would be better for holiday or summer where you only want light coverage, though rubbing that in on a sunburnt face would be incredibly painful and ill advised. It does had SPF 12 in it though, so I guess summer would be the time to wear it. This product costs a shocking £9.99 for what I can only describe as a rather skinny bottle. I actually think this is a massive rip off. If it is a foundation, which is what the product information says, then I pay less for better products that I use regularly. If it is a BB cream or tinted moisturiser then it isn't a good one and it is uncomfortable to use. My recommendation would be to steer clear of this, I think L'Oreal having seen the buzz about BB creams have jumped on the bandwagon with a product that really misses the mark for me. I'll stick to my Garnier BB cream that serves the purpose of a perfectly good tinted moisturiser. Overall, all hype and absolutely no magic anywhere to be seen.
L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream / Light mimics the texture and glow of perfect, healthy bare skin / '