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As with many other of my reviews, I received this as a free sample, which came in a box with three sachets. Put it this way- two of them are still in the box!
I've tried other BB creams, and the "medium" colour is usually slightly too dark for my pale skin, but not by much, so I tend to know that I can get away with the light colour. However with this product, the medium colour was quite dark when it came out of the packet, and when I applied it to my face I immediately turned bright orange, like a kid messing around with greasepaint. It was awful.
As for the wrinkles appear less defined claim, or whatever it is, I don't really have that many wrinkles to begin with, I only ordered the thing because it was a free sample. However, as I was applying it just to test it, and wasn't planning on going anywhere, I kept it on for an hour or so, just to see if anything different happened. Apart from remaining bright orange, there was nothing different about my face at all. My laughter lines were as visible as they always were, as were the slight crows feet around my eyes.
My next step was to wash the damn stuff off. Yeah, good luck with that. I used my usual face wash to try and get it off, but even though it had dried with the hour I left it on my face, when it came to washing it off, it was less "wipe off" as "smear it round my face so I'm streaky as well as orange". I had to dump the water twice, and still had to finish off with face wipes.
With the colour, I spotted the product with testers in a local store, and decided to see what the light colour looked like on my skin. I rubbed it onto the back of my hand, and lo and behold, it was still orange! Yes, I do have very pale skin, as I've previously mentioned, but you'd think that L'Oreal, who are usually so good with colours from what I've used of theirs before, would be able to perfect a colour for those of us who are pale.
The product states that it is SPF 20 and has UVA protection, which I'm sure is good, and I'd be really pleased to find that in other products, but to be honest, I wasn't willing to go out of my house with the stuff on, so I wasn't able to test that.
One of the most annoying things is the picture on the box (of Julianna Marguiles) also appears to have fairly pale skin, and she isn't orange...yes, I know, Photoshop and all that, but if you're gonna market your stuff with someone who is obviously not orange, you should back that claim up with a product that doesn't make everyone else look like a tangerine.
I am mad on applying for lots of free samples when it comes to make up and face creams - had read in the past about how South Korea went mental a couple of years ago for BB cream - thats where it started... For those who don't know BB cream is simply a face cream with a tint of foundation to give you a bit of colour. At least thats what its supposed to be...
I recieved these samples from L'oreal around 2-3 months ago and after running out of my normal foundation a couple of days ago I decided to crack into my free samples to see if BB cream is as good as they make out.
Like the bottle pictured, the sample is in a shiny blood red foil packet - the front tells you the product name and the fonts in gold and silver stand out against the background.
The back of the packet advises you the product is a multi perfecting anti ageing moisturiser and this particular sample is Medium and also protects your skin in sunlight as an SPF 20.
Not shown on the back of the packet but information given on the L'Oreal website is as following :
Wrinkles appear reduced... Skin feels firmer... Covers Imperfections... Enhances Skintone... Skin surface appears even... Skin feels smoother... Illuminates Complexion... Hydrates for 24hrs...
Other information given includes manufacturer details and ingredients.
Sounds great to me! I am 25 so my skin isn't in the worst of conditions but I am getting to an age now where I am realising it doesn't look as great as it used to and I want to do my best to invest and see if I can get fantastic results. So how did it go for me? Read on...
Strangely unlike a lot of other samples the packet doesn't tell you how much cream is inside it... But the full packet is more than enough to cover ones face!
The packet wasn't the easiest to open - even with the slit in the side which is supposed to make this easy? I eventually did this with scissors... You then see the cream inside - to my horror is about 10 shades more ORANGE than my normal foundation does... To be fair this horrified me as I assumed the stuff was supposed to be just a tinted face cream... As for consistancy, very thick, again much thicker than my normal foundation...
The smell also didn't do much for me - very much overperfumed and the only way I can describe the hints of scent I got was a cross between old yogurt (?) and the most horrible smelling foundation you can ever smell... Like what grandmothers wear - cheap foundation.
I am not happy with this at all and can honestly say for once L'oreal truely dissapointed me with this BB cream.
I hated the fact that the colour didn't suit my skin at all - however I cannot blame all this on the colour as I was given a medium sample and there is also a lighter sample available... What really got to me is how its supposed to be better for your skin than foundation? I don't think so judging by the thickness of it your skin will not breathe and feel the benefit of this product - it will suffercate. I'd rather stick to foundation.
... And the smell is just disgusting. When I tried this on as well as resembling an Umpa Lumpa the scent in your nose is enough to make you sick. For a big company like L'Oreal they could at least put money in to stop it smelling as rank as it does.
I only managed to use one sample - way to dark for me to continue - safe to say I looked very orange that day... and had to tone it down using a face powder to make it look a bit more even... At the end of the day my skin didn't feel any better and I will not be using the other samples to see if a difference will be made because I do not want to continue to look orange.
Suitable for Umpa Lumpa's only in my opinion. Due to the scent and thickness of this cream I will not be in a rush to try the lighter one.
At the time of writing this review you could buy the full size product in 50ml for £9.99 from Boots - normal RRP is around £15. But seriously save your money.
I always like to get free samples through my door and try out different products, and this L'Oreal BB cream was one which was sent to me as a sample recently. I received a pack containing three sachets. This was more than enough to enable me to make my mind up about the product - as I absolutely hated it and it was apparent how awful it was from the first application!
BB creams are a craze which has come to the UK in the last year or so from East Asia. They are kind of like a foundation or tinted moisturiser but are intended to give very good coverage and a completely flawless finish. The UK BB creams often seem to get carried away by claims they are miracle products which will do absolutely everything. L'Oreal is certainly not shy with their claims for this particular BB cream, as it apparently does 10 things, which is why they called it Revitalift 10!
The website promises the following:
Wrinkles appear reduced
Skin feels firmer
Skin surface appears even
Skin feels smoother
Hydrates for 24hrs
When I applied this I found it very thick, greasy, slimy and unpleasant in texture. The colour also looked completely wrong for me, as the BB cream only comes in two colours - light and medium. Both are very orange looking and give the oompa loompa look rather than anything even approaching natural. When putting it onto my face I don't feel it was hydrating, but rather it was like a thick layer of slop lying on the surface. I would not say it evened or enhanced my skin tone at all. It just make my face look dirty! The cream also went on very patchy and streaky rather than smooth, and it was difficult to blend it in to achieve any kind of even coverage. I suppose it does "illuminate" the complexion in the sense that my face looked bright orange! I don't feel it really delivers on this long list of benefits at all.
It looked so hideous and felt so uncomfortable, thick and slimy on my face that I had to scrub it off within a few minutes! There is absolutely no way I could have left the house like that.
I definitely can't recommend this and I would have given no stars if possible.
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream Light targets 10 signs of ageing, immediately perfecting your skin tone to leave it looking radiant and even, as well as providing SPF 20 and UV protection / Scientifically tested, proven results.