So here it is...
L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream Review...
According to Marie-Claire, Vogue and all these other 'fashionista' magazines, BB creams are the 'hottest' new thing to hit the world since the last hottest new thing. They claim the BB creams are mainly an Asian trend, but the lengthy research of yesterday tells me different. The first 'Blemish Balm' was created by Dr. Christine Shramek in the 1950's and the original purpose of the creams were for patients who had laser procedures and surgery, so the skin was both protected and the blemishes covered.
Why have I mentioned this brief history? The answer is simple and is because I can't abide when credit is taken by those who didn't do the work, such as it is with the pop charts turning classic songs into something irritating and unrecognisable. Or when a great movie is remade and causes nothing but despair and agony in the viewer as they sit, watching and remembering a great script and cast, without a two and a half hour long display of what a company can do with CGI.
I digress! Back to the subject at hand. Since I always forget to add the price of the products I use and review, I'm going to put that first so you can see what you get for your money and then as you read, you can decide if it's worth it or not. I paid £7.99, which was reduced from £9.99 at Tesco. Now the product itself...
The packaging is plain and simple. White with metallic lavendar writing, which is nice and yet nothing to write home about. Says something when the 'hottest new trend' doesn't come with an eye-catching package. Though one could say not being 'in your face' is a good thing, or maybe the company is trying to say the product sells itself without the need for an exciting display. The package also makes the following claims:
"Nude Magique BB cream is the ultimate all-in-one perfecting cream. A feather light hydrator which transforms on contact with skin, releasing smart pigment capsules to correct tone, cover imperfections and refine skin texture."
When I saw the little square sample, I thought "That will be just enough to cover my chin!" However this was not so and I soon discovered a little does go a very long way indeed. A pea sized blob, or smaller, is all that's required. Seriously. A pea sized blob for an entire covering of the face. Impressive to say the least, especially when I compare it to how much foundation is sometimes needed.
The consistancy is somewhere between gel and a liquid foundation or tinted moisturiser. What made my eyebrows raise was the colour of it! The colour is white. Yes, white with micro odd silvery bits and I can assure you my thoughts ran along the lines of "This is supposed to be an alternative to full foundation and concealer?! Yeah...!"
It did and my eyebrows pretty much disappeared into my hair, which brings me to my next point. Since I applied this after moisturiser (Catch A Wrinkle In Time by Soap & Glory), I expected it to be easy to apply, but not so. With the consistancy being what it is, I found it 'mattified' extremely quickly and if my hair line (and eyebrow line) was anything to go by, then most of it had gravitated there and set up home.
For a good five to ten minutes after application, there were some very visible parts where my hair and eyebrows were that had a look similar to badly applied fake tan. I can tell you I was very dubious by that point. Difficult to use, even after moisturiser, and a halo of orange? Not good, L'Oreal, not good at all.
Then the pigment capsules kicked in and slowly the orange became my own skin shade, which I was extremely thankful for! So while the Magique is working its magic, you can sort your eyeliner, mascara etc and by the time you're done, it's done. One of the BB myths is it takes less time to use a BB over your regular routine, but it's six and two threes if I'm honest.
Once the rest of my routine was complete, the cream had set beautifully. I usually have some redness around my nose and a little bit on my cheeks where my skin is more sensitive, so it was a welcome surprise to see there was a visible improvement in the minimising of that redness without the use of concealer and setting power. However, the coverage isn't 100% perfect and there are a few imperfections that are only mildly reduced, so that did mean not having to use concealer and that did shave off some time.
Now we get to the nitty gritty. How did this BB cream perform under sun, heat, and activity? The package boasts a dewy look, so I was expecting a little bit of shimmer, perhaps a bit of radiance like I get from a highlighter, but this was not the case. The finish was matte with a hint of dewy along my upper cheekbones, so the oil control of this product is excellent and yet a little disappointing as very little 'dew' could be seen. That said, it does work with your own skin, so it might look completely different on someone else.
Which is another point I must strong make. Where foundation is concerned, you NEED to get the correct shade or you're going to look silly. With L'Oreal and the majority of other BB creams, there are few shades to be had and all seem to be along the lines of Dark, Medium, and Light. I used Medium Skin Tone, but I must advise each person to test each shade before as this isn't something to be purchased online if you're a beginner to BB creams.
What is good to know is the skin care component in L'Oreal Magique. There is an SPF 12, which makes me very happy as, even when there are clouds and rain, those pesky UV rays get through and do what they're known for. With this specific product, there isn't any need to add more gunk and as we know, a ton of gunk leads to badness.
So to sum things up into a nutshell. We have light coverage, a mildy dewy look, and perhaps ten-fifteen minutes shaved off our normal make-up routine and the comfort of SPF 12. Is that worth £9.99?
My opinion? I have to be honest and say that it will be cheaper in the long run and much, much kinder to your skin, especially if you use foundation and concealer on a daily basis. Not just that, but as someone with pale skin that can brag about redness, it's well worth it to me. For someone who doesn't use foundation a lot, then this is the epitome of perfection. You get sheer coverage, a natural look, and it will last you eons.
L'Oreal Nude Magique scores a fantastic 8/10!
Edited To Add:
Oh my stars! I can't believe I forgot to mention that L'Oreal Nude Magique is 100% waterproof! Unlike foundation, which is known to streak and streak badly, this does not. It stays put, no matter how much water you pour on it. Yes, I did hold my hand under the tap for a good five minutes to see if this was true and an old saying springs to mind. "Water off a ducks' back." No steaking, no 'tear marks' no nothing. So please add this to my review and I promise my next review will be better, and I won't forget anything!
My next review, as it happens, will be tomorrow and it will be Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline, so we'll not only have a review, but some healthy competition and a decent comparison for L'Oreal! I'm looking forward to it :-D
P.S. I will be ordering a sample box of BB Creams by Skin79, which is a company very popular in Korea where Blemish Balms are very popular and have been used for a very long time. It'll be fun to see how our Western World products compare when faced with longer standing, much more evolved products.
So until tomorrow, stay safe and keep smiling :-)