B.B. Creams are flooding the U.S market this year, and today I have a review on L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream which recently hit the shelves. The retail price is $10.95 for a 1.0 fl. oz. tube, and you can view the ingredients by clicking on the link above, then clicking the Ingredients and Innovations tab to the right.
The packaging is a simple plastic tube that measures about 5" in length with a screw on cap. The product is dispensed through a narrow tip.
According to the label, this product primes, perfects, hydrates and corrects skin. It's interesting how they capitalize the B.B. and the B's in Beautifying Beads. It makes me wonder if this is meant to be an American version of a true B.B. (Beauty Balm) cream, or if the B's are simply referring to Beautifying Beads. At any rate, it's an interesting product, and while American B.B. creams don't measure up to Asian B.B. creams, this product does have some unique qualites.
Available in four shades (I'm using Medium), the cream appears white right out of the tube. It's filled with tiny dark grey "beauty beads", which have a sandy feel to them. The formula itself is of medium consistency. I don't really notice much of a scent with this product.
Once you begin to apply it, which feels a little strange with those gritty beads, the cream smooths out and the beads will melt right in to your skin.
After a little blending, you're done! This cream transforms to match your skin tone, and surprisingly, it's really pretty close to mine. If you look along the inside of the arrows, you can see where the beauty cream is, and my bare natural skin is on the outer edges.
Below shows the product on a Kleenex right out of the tube on the left. I let it sit for about half an hour to see if it would change color, but it never did. Then I dabbed a bit on my fingers and swiped right next to that, showing how once the formula touches your skin, the color emerges. That must be the "Magic" in the product name!
I think it's pretty impressive that this cream changes color and transforms to match my skin as well as it does, but it doesn't provide a whole lot of coverage. The tube says that it creates a flawless bare skin finish, and while I do like the way it looks on my skin, I still need to use concealer for problem areas. It does do a nice job of evening my skin tone, but under my eyes and some darker imperfections on my skin still need additional coverage. It's very light feeling, which is another thing I like about it. Some B.B. creams feel very heavy and almost greasy to me, but this one feels very nice.
The fact that I still needed to use a concealer is not a big deal for me, because I have that same issue with every skin base color product I use. The one drawback for me with this product is that it settles into my pores and that it's noticeable. I find if I use a primer just on my nose first, then that problem is very minimal. But the point of these B.B. creams is that they are an all-in-one product, so technically, I shouldn't have to do that because they all claim to prime. I use it on my skin with no moisturizer, and my skin looks and feels hydrated and soft. It also does a good job of giving my skin a dewy finish with no oil breakthroughs. So maybe the built in primer works well for keeping oil at bay, but it didn't work as well in the pore department for me. In a perfect world, one product would miraculously transform us, but it never seems to work that way!
All in all, I like this product rather well. It feels nice on my skin, it's a decent match, it's scientifically fun to play with and watch the magic color change action, my skin looks even and almost flawless (with the concealer in place!), and according to the label, the ingredients will improve my skin over time. We'll see how that plays out over the next couple of weeks! Rite Aid has bogo half off L'Oreal this week, so I payed $5.47 for this product, and full price for their new True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, which I'll review soon.
Have you tried this yet? What are some of your favorite B.B. creams? Has anyone found a B.B. cream that's changed their life, so to speak?