I picked this L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream up recently at a Priceline sale as I was interested in comparing it to the Garnier All In One BB Cream. L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream comes in two shades – fair and medium. I picked up fair, as I’m am typically what you would call a “nude ivory” colour (sorry, I haven’t been colour matched with MAC yet) or the 2nd lightest shade available.
I must say, for a “fair” skin tone colour, this is quite dark. I don’t think I could pull it off every day, however I it could be good for night, when a colour mismatch is less obvious, or summer, when my skin is a little darker.
This BB cream is very runny and it comes out of the tube as a white fluid with purple specks. These specks are “smart pigment capsules”. According to L’Oreal, they are designed to correct skin tone and pigmentation, and refine skin texture.
I choose to apply this BB cream with my fingers. As I smoothed it over my skin I noticed it change colour, however not to my skin tone. It does even out my skin and covers any blemishes, but the colour match isn’t perfect for me.
It feels incredibly light, like wearing nothing on your skin, and there’s no distinct smell. It does feel slightly gritty when you apply it – I believe this is caused by the “smart pigment capsules” breaking down.
It has great lasting power – all day on my dry-normal skin when combined with a finishing powder (I use Australis Ready Set Go) and I find I don’t get that “sweat through makeup” feeling either, which I tend to get with some foundations. In addition it has an SPF rating of 12, which is good but not great, so I still do use sunscreen underneath.
At $26.95 I can’t say I’d purchase it again, simply because it doesn’t match my skin colour well. Aside from the limited shade range, I love every other aspect of this BB cream.