Product: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. This product comes out of the tube white and then changes color supposedly to match your skin. Weird, right?
Overall Rating = 3.75 Stars – Very Good to Excellent
Cost: $10.95 (1.0 fl. oz.) ($10.95 per fluid ounce) Price Category: Inxepensive
Container: Plastic squeeze tube, twist-off cap. (Nice small, pointed tip.)
Description: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is a white lotion with encapsulated pigments that are released when the lotion is blended into the skin. This product contains four elements (primer, moisturizer, foundation and a color corrector) in one. In this case, “BB” stands for “Beautifying Beads” instead of Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm.
Formula: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream has more of a lotion consistency than a cream. The formula provides light-coverage opacity and dries to a slightly powdery finish. It feels silky to the touch and is hydrating. This does NOT contain any sunscreen and offers 0 SPF. I like my BB creams to contain sunscreen, so I regard the lack of SPF as a negative.
Sensitivity: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is fragrance and oil free and is appropriate for those with sensitive skin.
“4 Beautifying Actions in 1. Primes, Corrects, Hydrates, Perfects. Flawless Bare Skin Finish.
Meet the Magic all-in-one skin BB cream, with Beautifying Beads; encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C & E. This multi-tasking skin beautifier delivers 4 beautifying actions in 1: primes to smooth skin’s texture, corrects skin for a healthy looking even complexion, hydrates for all day moisture, perfects to hide imperfections. Instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless, bare skin finish. Over time, more beautiful skin.”
Discussion: I previously discussed BB Creams in my post reviewing Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35. If you want to read more about BB, CC or DD creams, please see that post.
Colors: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream comes in four colors: 810-Fair; 812-Light; 814-Medium; and 816-Deep. Because the coverage is so light and it blends into the skin, the shades are pretty forgiving. I tried the Medium on my fair skin and it didn’t look overly dark once blended. The Light color is off and is too peachy. The Fair color is better than the Light.
Morning Review: I have used several tubes of this over the years, so I’m not new to this product. For purposes of this review, after cleansing, I applied the L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream to bare skin. (If you are going outside in the daylight, you should definitely apply sunscreen first.) The lotion has very little odor to it. I don’t know how to describe the scent other than a slight chemical smell that disappears once applied. It feels slippery to the touch. You can definitely feel the silicone primer elements. It does not feel oily or greasy on the skin at all; it just feels silky. It blends nicely and offers a light blurring coverage.
Application Tips: You will need to be careful with the tube. The tube has a tendency to squirt out product as soon as the cap is removed, so be prepared to catch any drips.
I applied this with fingers, a foundation brush and a blender sponge to see which worked the best. Due to the thinner consistency, I liked the finish the best with a blending sponge. If you have oily or combination skin, you will definitely want to set this with powder. This dries fairly quickly to a semi-matte or satin finish.
Evening Review: On my dry skin, L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream looked good for about 6-7 hours. My testers with consistent skin and combination skin got 5-6 hours of wear. My tester with oily skin needed a touch up in about 4-5 hours. Of course your results will depend upon many factors and may be different.
Overall Review: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is a quick and easy product for those who don’t want the bother of applying several layers to their skin each day. Unfortunately, you will need to apply sunscreen underneath this during the daytime, as it contains no sun protection whatsoever. (But still, two layers are easier than five.) If you mostly wear makeup at night, you may not always need a sunscreen.
- Four products in one tube
- Light coverage blurs skin imperfections
- Skin looks natural and not heavy
- Quick and easy to use
- Blends easily
- Lack of sunscreen means there is no risk of white flashback in photos
- Does not contain sunscreen
- Some skin tones may not find a compatible match
- “Light” color is too peachy for most skin tones
Suitability: L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is suitable for the following users:
- All users
Morning Rating = 4 Stars – 1 Star for lack of sunscreen = 3 Stars;
Evening Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 4 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3.75 Stars = Very Good.
Would Buy Again? Yes.
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INGREDIENTS: AQUA/WATER/EAU; ISODODECANE; CYCLOPENTASILOXANE; GLYCERIN; CYCLOHEXASILOXANE; PEG-10 DIMETHICONE; METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSS POLYMER; 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]; FIL D49725/2.
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