So I have taken the plunge (finally!) and thought I would try L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream.
I have heard so many reviews about loads of different types, that even I got confused with it all. So I literally went into Boots and simply said Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, and yes, my finger stopped at this one!
So what is the purpose?
What became BB cream was originally formulated in the 1960s in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek to protect her patient's skin after surgery. Introduced to South Korea and Japan in 1985 – where healthy-looking, porcelain skin is heavily prized – the cream was hailed as "the secret of Korean actresses," and was heavily endorsed by Korean celebrities.
Now it's been formulated and greatly Westernised to suits many skin types. BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturiser over serum and moisturiser as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.
So, this particular BB cream states.....................
Bare skin beautifier 5 in 1. Mimics the texture and glow of perfect bare skin, 24hr hydration and SPF 12. Smart pigment capsules, flawless coverage, fresh dewy glow and buildable light weight coverage.........and breeathhhhhhhhhh!!
Of course me being me gave this a good run for its money and tried and tested it many different ways.
First of all it comes out white and when you look at it closely, it has grey little grains in it. Those are the pigment capsules.
You can't see them in my picture above, but I promise you, they are there! Once you then start rubbing the white cream into your skin, the capsules disperse and then start changing into the colour of your skin tone. I chose the the colour light. I believe there are only 2 colours in this and the other colour is medium.
When I first got it, I tried it by itself to see how it would sit on the face. The first thing I noticed was the colour and I personally found it a little orange. But not greatly, so blended in well, you can get away with it. Secondly, after a couple of hours it went very shiny. Something that I do not like. There is a dewy look and there is a greasy chip look. I went like a chip!! In saying that though, I knew from the start that it wouldn't work well for me without a primer, because I do suffer with a lot of oil. So with someone with a dryer skin, could benefit from this.
So then I tried it with a primer. This did work better for me, but the coverage isn't the best. I do need something medium/buildable or full coverage, as I do suffer with slight acne and pigmentation issues. It does state buildable on the tube, which I did try. But I felt like I was using a LOT of product and still very light coverage.
Last but not least, I then tried it under my usual make up routine which is........
- BB cream (added to routine)
This was fine and probably worked the best, but I still wasn't completely happy with the end result. First of all I had a ton of product on my skin and then after a few hours, it seemed to go really cakey and just far too much for me and again a little shiny in my T-Zone.
I am in no way giving this product the thumbs down as there are many good aspects from it and it will be awesome for the more mature lady. So for sure this will be going in my kit and used on mother of the brides!
It has a SPF and as you know, I am a great fan of this. It will be great for the person who has a dryer skin and perfect for someone who needs just a little coverage. In some ways it is like a tinted moisturiser, just with added benefits. And remember, what may not work for me, may completely work for you. Its just that, if you have my skin type, maybe consider a different option.
I hope this helps anyone who is curious of the whole BB cream world. Now I just have to conquer the whole CC cream world! I wish you luck, as well as myself!!!
Lots of Love