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Is It Magic? No, It’s L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream!

February 16, 2012

I love my natural looking skin makeup; there’s nothing worse than looking caked in slap, with that tell-tale tide mark at the jaw! That is why I love these new BB creams currently entering the UK market. Previously I raved about Garnier’s new BB cream but, being open-minded, I knew I’d have to try another brand’s BB cream sooner or later so here it is: L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream…

With this cream, I was expecting another lightweight balm-type product – which is why I was so surprised; it’s very liquid, so you need to be sparing with it to avoid using too much. When first out of the tube, the fluid is completely white. Now, I know I’m pale, but I’m no Geisha! But this all changes once you start to massage the fluid into the skin; it contains tiny spheres of pigment which burst with blending. I found this quite fascinating initially until I noticed how granular the texture seemed; it was almost like fine grains of sand which dissolved with heat from the fingers.

I found it quite difficult to control the depth of colour with this product. I generally like to blend my skin makeup well into the skin. But the more I did that with this, the darker the shade became. Sadly, this resulted in a tide mark at the jaw.

This was not what I was expecting from a so-called BB cream; firstly, it’s more like a fluid than a cream, secondly it morphed into a light coverage foundation – which I wasn’t too happy about. I thought it also seemed extremely similar to Revlon’s Natural Skin Matching makeup, which does exactly the same thing on the skin.

Suffice to say, I won’t be swapping my beloved Garnier BB Cream for this newbie from L’Oreal; it’s too dark from my skin tone – despite picking the paler shade of the two. It also seemed too much like a foundation for me. I also found the grainy texture to be a little off-putting; if your skin is sensitive, then having to blend a product like this might not be ideal.

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