Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream Swatches and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have my review of a new product that recently hit drugstore shelves.

This is Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. I have the shades Fair and Light. I purchased both, as the tester I tried was just the Light and it looked too dark, I decided to get the fair (for which there was no tester) and mix the two hoping to get my perfect shade. I often have to mix face products to match me, so having to mix these was no surprise to me.

This product is packaged in one ounce quantity in a plastic squeeze tube. This product is not sealed (shame on you, Loreal!) so if you are looking at this, be sure to open it to check that someone hasn't swatched it in store. I paid $10.99 per tube plus tax. The price can vary a bit, depending on where you call home. Prices tend to run a little high in my area.

This product claims to provide four beautifying actions in one product: Prime, perfect, hydrate and correct and provide flawless bare skin beauty. Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier is a lightweight lotion that contains antioxidants vitamins C and E and tiny Beautifying Beads, encapsulated pigments, that on application burst and transform to your perfect shade for a flawless, bare skin finish. A further claim is that over time, you will see further skin improvement.

I have never used an authentic BB cream but from what I understand, this product doesn't qualify. To me, this is a tinted moisturizer with a bit more coverage than your typical tinted moisturizer. One of the qualities that drew me to this product is the fact that it is free of chemical sunscreen, meaning that it is safe for me to apply to my skin. I was looking for a weightless, light coverage slightly buildable product that can fill in when I don't feel like wearing my usual foundation, especially in the Summer heat. This product fills the bill beautifully, but for one fatal flaw.

Small swirls of the Loreal Skin Beautifier BB cream. This product comes out of the tube as a white, lightweight lotion with tiny grainy beads of pigment. On top is Fair, on the bottom is Light. As you can see, they look extremely similar right out of the tube.

Rubbed out, Fair on top, Light on the bottom. As this cream is rubbed into the skin, the pigment beads feel like a light scrub for a brief moment then they burst and the cream becomes perfectly smooth, spreads out and sinks in to the skin, providing light coverage and dries down to a soft, velvet satin finish that is not sticky or tacky. Funny thing? The beads in the Light are softer and break fast, the beads in the Fair are a little harder and take a tad more time to break. What you can't see in this photograph is this product's fatal flaw. The strong orange undertone. (My camera didn't fully capture this. Trust me, it is there.)

What did I like about this product? A lot, actually. I loved the light, slightly buildable coverage (I just gently patted in a little extra where I wanted a touch more coverage), the weightless feel, the lightly moisturizing qualities that works with my moisturizer and primer to make my very dry skin feel comfortable and cared for all day long. I loved the soft, velvety feel, the fact that wasn't sticky or tacky after it dried down. This BB cream had very nice lasting power on me, looking fresh and pretty for hours, at the end of a long day it did start to fade away a little but it did it gracefully with no blotching, streaking or clotting.

I was ecstatic that there is a tinted moisturizer/BB cream like product that is affordable and free of the chemical sunscreens that companies are so very fond of dumping into so many of their products. This product is safe for me to apply to my skin and wear. Yay!!!!

What didn't I like? Sadly, as I mentioned earlier, this BB cream has a fatal flaw; it's strong orange undertone. The Light is very strongly orange, even the Fair has some orange to it. I had hoped that mixing the two and perhaps correcting with a little pressed translucent powder and a bit of bronzer would make it all work but no such luck. I don't mind a little tweaking to make a product work really well for me but I have never aspired to the Snookie aesthetic. These are going back.

I think that I covered everything but if you have any questions, please feel free too hit me up in a comment and I'll answer it as best I can. Have you tried this product? Do you like it? Not so much? I'd love to hear what you have to say about the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream. 

Thanks so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific weekend.


  1. Thanks for the review! There are SO many BB creams out there and I think I've sampled about 5 or 6 of them and they are all very different. It's overwhelming. I would have liked to try these but I too have to avoid the orange undertones.
    I'm just curious, when you use foundation, what do you typically use?

  2. Hmmm...very interesting! I have wondered about these BB creams. I find that so many face makeup products, especially powders and foundations, often have a really strong orange and/or pink cast to them. It always makes me wonder, who do they think is buying this stuff? A legion of Snookies? I got a little sample of a BB cream in a magazine last month (I think it was Maybelline) and I hated it. I think this might be one of those products where you have to go high-end to get a good one!

  3. This may be good for someone with a warmer skin tone or who tans but it wasn't suitable for me. 

    I have the Maybelline BB and I actually like it. I use it as a tinted moisturizer over my regular moisturizer and a little primer and it looks very natural on me. Shocking, since I usually find Maybelline face products to be way too dark and orange for me. 

    You just never know. 

    I would love to try the higher end BB creams. It is hard to find one that I can put on my skin. :)

  4. With things like these I have a MAC pro long wear concealer in a neutral or cool tone I add a dot of that and it usually evens it out for me. I hate looking like a oompa loompa

  5. I have a concealer that works pretty well, happily I don't have to use too much, except on my killah dark circles. lol 

    No, Oompah-Loompah is not my style. I was so disappointed that this was so orange, as I really liked everything else about this stuff. :)

  6. I bought the BB Cream. It was nice and soft on my arm. I bought the medium for I have a medium complexion especially in the summer but I have to admit I have not put it on my face because THERE ARE NO DIRECTIONS on the tube. It does not tell you how to use it. It does not say you can apply it once a day and is it suppose to last or can you/or need to re-apply? Is this just a fluke on this tube or are they all like this?? Can anyone tell me??

  7. Hey, DeDe, application of this BB cream is very much like applying any tinted moisturizer. Put a little out on the back of your hand, how much you will need is individual but start with a couple of pea sized dollops. Pick it up with a finger and dot it allover your face and throat then start blending it in with your fingers. as you smooth it, it starts out white then the beads burst and release the pigments and it colour adjusts. keep smoothing and blending it until it looks smooth and even. Don't forget to smooth some down your throat and neck too blend it all and avoid that mask like look. If you need a little extra coverage (this stuff is pretty sheer, it isn't high coverage, under any circumstances) I was able to blend it to burst the pigment on the back of my hand then gently pat it in in a couple of spots to build a tiny bit of extra coverage. Apply your concealer, if you need/use it, let it set for a couple of minutes and powder, if you use it and you are good to go or do the rest of your makeup. 

    I hope that this helps. If you have any other questions or need anything else, don't hesitate to ask. :D 

  8. I got samples of both this BB cream as well as Maybelline's in an issue of Cosmo this week. For me, the L'Oreal one beat Maybelline's product - hands down. It seemed to actually deliver all of its claims (prime, moisturize, correct, perfect) while giving a decent amount of coverage.. The Maybelline BB cream was very mediocre, delivering none of its claims to perfect or blur imperfections but acted as nothing more than a tinted moisturizer.

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