12.19.2014
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Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream
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1 fl. oz. for $10.95
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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).
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Ingredients

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

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections 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 there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores 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.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. 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. The good news is their 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.

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

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08.22.2015
Its okay

Its ok i just got this and tried it out and it looked ok exept it left my pores a bit clogged and it sets very quickly i like the way it feels in my face though i recomend this to anyone who doesnt have very dry or dry skin

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Anonymous
06.28.2015
Not recommended at all!

This BB cream is clearly not for me! I have combination skin (dry cheeks and slightly oily t-zone) and it only enhanced so badly my dry spots. After applying it, my face was cakey, so cakey. I've also fair skin and even the lightest shade felt a little too orangey. Defenitely not for dry combination skin! On the other hand, I would say that the coverage was pretty good for a BB cream. Lightweight and covered discloration better than some other BB creams.

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Vanessa V.
06.22.2014
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).

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Francoise F.
06.08.2014
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!!

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Jessica s
09.10.2013
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.

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Joy L
07.27.2013
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.

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Lisa G
07.20.2013
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!!

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Anonymous
03.28.2013
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!

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Jalex
01.01.2013
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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