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L'Oréal Nude Magique BB Cream
Member Name: Ainat
L'Oréal Nude Magique BB Cream
Date: 02/09/12, updated on 13/01/14 (93 review reads)
Advantages: Good natural coverage
Disadvantages: A little too runny when applying maybe
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.
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.
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!
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.
Summary: A cream that definitely works for me. :-)