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In the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan that I received in the mail, there was a sample of Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. Ive seen SO many brands in the US launching BB Creams this past year, and Ive heard mixed reviews on them. The only other brand of BB creams I have tried are from Missha (which I didnt really like).
This product normally retails for about $8. Pretty inexpensive, even for a drugstore product.
As I opened the plastic sachet, my first thought was that this must be more of a moisturizer, and not provide any coverage. I was thinking oh, another company that didnt know what a BB cream was before creating one. But as I tested it on my hand I noticed there were little beads that would melt/pop as you blended it in to your skin.
I blended the product over the scar on my left hand, it surprisingly it covered pretty well! The texture wasnt greasy at all. The Missha one I had tried in the past was a bit oily, but the Loreal one was rather matte. It had a cream to powder finish, which is great for summer and people with oily skin.
The sample I got came in the shade Light but it was actually too dark for me. I wouldnt consider myself Fair but I think that would have suited my skin better. So for you girls who are actually fair skinned, this product most likely wont match your skin at all. For comparison, according to Temptalias foundation matrix, Im around a NC 20. I use shade Nude or Bisque in Laura Merciers Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer.
I applied the product to my face using my fingers. It was really easy to blend out, and I was happy to see that there was some coverage, especially since I have a ton of acne scars and other skin issues. I didnt use any concealer or primer. But I did set it with a translucent powder (I have oily skin, so I felt the need to even if there was a matte finish). It felt really light, and didnt have to touch up anything.
After about 6 hours, the BB cream is still in place! I didnt get much oilier than normal, and I really only got oily on my nose area. I think this product is definitely worth the $8, and I wouldnt mind using it again. Its a great alternative to my everyday Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, because thats a bit pricey.
I do wish there was a bit more coverage. BB creams are supposed to provide more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but less than a foundation. To me, the coverage seems about the same as my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Also, I wouldnt really consider this a legit BB cream cus theres no SPF in it at all! BB creams are supposed to be a moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock all in one, but it failed to do that.
Overall, I liked this product as a drugstore foundation/tinted moisturizer. I wouldn`t necessarily consider it a BB cream though.
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