Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

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$10.95 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:
6/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

The only thing magical and beautifying about this product is the name. L'Oreal's attempt at jumping on the BB bandwagon ends up being little more than a standard, fragrance-free tinted moisturizer formula. It also doesn't contain sunscreen, which is one of the aspects of most BB creams that make them multipurpose.

The sheer, fluid formula is easy to blend and shades ranging from Fair to Deep (which looks more like medium tan) are offered, but watch out for unflattering pinkish undertones in the lighter shades.

On the plus side, the luminescent finish imparts a lit-from-within glow and the lightweight formula works for most skin types. Be forewarned that this product comes out of the tube looking a strange color (varies from silver to white) and feels slightly grainy, but it smooths out and turns into a skin-like hue as the encapsulated pigments "break open" and as you blend.

Pros:

  • Luminescent finish provides lit-from-within glow.
  • Fragrance-free formula blends easily.
  • Works for most skin types.

Cons:

  • Some shades with unflattering pinkish undertones.
  • Lacks extra beneficial ingredients (including sunscreen, which many BB creams contain).

Water, Isododecane,  Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Isoeicosane, Boron Nitride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Triethyl Citrate, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ethylparaben, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates/C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Tocopherol, Panthenol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line they could be doing so much more. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor, if they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up. The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

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  1. Francoise F.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Magic
    • I have just tried a sample and... WOW ! Love the amazing nude sensation and possibility to add more coverage in adding more product only where it is needed. I wish there was a little bit more in the sample to allow me to try it at least 3 days in a row to see if it doesn't make me break out... Considering buying it, perfect for my new almost flawless PC skin thanks to BHA (probably wouldn't have worked with my pre-PC skin !!! ) My european samples says SPF 12 (I usually use an SPF 25 to 50).

  2. Jessica s
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Horrible breakout!!
    • Was in love w this cream! I don't like the feel of foundations on my skin. This was perfect. Evened skin tone & gave dewy look. I noticed some clogged pores immediately, but liked it so much I kept on using. Now I'm broke out all over. I'm usually not soo sensitive & have very dry skin. Proceed w caution!!

  3. Joy L
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Break outs
    • This is the first time I used a product that caused such intense break outs every single time. It ranged from little white heads to giant, cystic acne. Also, it would start to ball up and peel off if I use powder over it. I don't recommend.

  4. Lisa G
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 27, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Amazing BB product
    • One of the best BB creams I've ever used. While I agree with the fact that sometimes there is a pinkish undertone (mine sometimes seems orange), moderation is the key and when used lightly there is no ill effect. Keeps shine to a minimum, and stays on all day, even at the gym!!! Also is a great primer for eye make-up. Since I switched to this, my liner and shadow stay on/creaseless all day. My skin looks amazing after extended use. I do wish there was sunscreen in it, however.

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 20, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    I like this one a lot.
    • I really like the look of this product. It goes on well, gives a nice glow--especially when you don't want heavy coverage. I like that there is no sunscreen because sunscreen added to makeups make my eyes water. If I want sunscreen coverage I just mix it with Olay's tinted moisturizer with Spf 30, which I know gets a poor review from Paula. Paula=make one for us please!!

  6. Jalex
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 28, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best of the BB creams I've tried so far
    • I was skeptical of BB creams. They seemed to be designed for young women with "young skin" issues. I have tried several BB cream's including Boscia's and Dr. Brandt's. I was a devotee of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer, but it really does not provide sufficient coverage. I am ashamed to admit that I usually avoid drugstore brands like the plague. I got a sample of the L'oreal BB cream in a magazine in "Light 812". I am medium toned. This stuff is just lovely! Texture, color, WIN!

  7. Cyndawg
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Disappointing
    • I have fair skin and first tried the "light" shade because it came as a sample in a beauty magazine. It set much darker than I expected, and left me with a bit of an orange-peachy glow (not desirable). I did like how it left my skin feeling smooth and did seem to blur skin imperfections. So I purchased the "fair" shade, but still felt the color to be too peachy. The product comes out white with a visibly grainy texture. It sets VERY fast, so there is not a lot of time to blend. It's weird to watch the white paste turn skin color, but as Paula has noted before, it's just a gimmick to make you believe it is "matching" your skin tone. The application process is not that easy or enjoyable, so I am left disappointed with this product.

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