I like the idea of not having to wear a full face of makeup every day of the week, especially if I am just nipping out to the shop or only have to go into Uni for an hour or so. Yes, I could potentially not wear any makeup at all but this really isn’t me and my face does not have an even skin tone!
So when I saw L’Oreal’s Nude Magique BB cream I thought I’d give it a try. I put a little blob of the tester onto my hand to check which shade to get (they have fair or dark, not much variation there) and, now I must say I’ve never tested a BB cream before, was a little surprised. The density was really thin and runny so I immediately started rubbing into my hand to see what happened next. It started to go darker, which I thought would be ok for my skin tone as this was the fair shade, and thought it actually gave quite good coverage for a product which isn’t a foundation.
BB creams are designed to give natural looking coverage for skin and have been vastly developed here in the UK with almost all brands selling them. Something similar I have tried in the past, before BB creams, was a Clinique primer which was slightly tinted for the skin tone had an SPF of around 25 but was just not enough coverage for me.
This picture shows the density of the cream, as well as how I have began to smooth it into my hand.
(Just so you're aware, I took this picture last night just after fake tanning .... so my hand is not usually this strange colour!)
After applying it onto my face I was happy with the outcome at first, it was good coverage and didn’t feel heavy on my face. I used concealer and a little blush to finish.
By mid afternoon, although I couldn’t feel any difference, my face looked really shiny – something I never normally get with foundations. It also looked pretty orange! It definitely did not look like that when I applied it in the morning. The shininess could be dealt with by brushing a little powder onto the areas, but the tone of my skin was just not right and I can’t quite believe this was the fair shade. It’s like it was a gradual tanning lotion which was developing throughout the day!
So, all in all I’m not won over by this product but it will not put me off testing others as I liked the coverage and lightness of the formulation.
Let me know if you've tried this BB cream, or any others, and your thoughts.