Tuesday, July 15, 2014

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Products featured were provided for review. The shade "Light" was purchased by me.L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches
I honestly thought the BB Cream trend was going to fade a long time ago but man was I wrong. Not only is the BB Cream market growing bigger and stronger (just about every brand has its own version), it's also becoming more innovative! 
For Fall 2014, L'Oreal is adding two new shades to their Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream range. The two new "universal" shades target different skin issues, "Anti-Redness" targets red, uneven skin tone and "Anti-Fatigue" helps brighten sallow or pallid complexions.
To see how well they work, click......
Before I jump into the two new shades, I thought I'd just review the formulation of the original Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light" that I bought quite a while ago because other than the shade difference, the formulation of all three are exactly the same.

What it is:
-BB Cream with Beautifying Beads (encapsulated pigments) that melts upon application and adjust to natural skin tone
-Ultra-light lotion formulation infused with vitamin C & E
-Smooths skin texture, evens out skintone, and hides imperfections
-All-day hydration

Packaging:
The BB Creams come in a long squeeze tube. It has a thin and elongated spout that allows you to dispense just the right amount of product, no mess whatsoever!

Formulation:
The L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream has probably one of the lightest formulation amongst all the BB Creams I've tried. I think this is great if you want something really light and breathable but for someone like me (acne prone skin with acne scars), the formulation is too thin and doesn't do much to even out bumps and dips. I do like the coverage of the formulation, despite it being so lightweight, the product provides buildable medium coverage. The finish is a bit dewy and I wouldn't recommend it for oily skin just because I feel like the product never fully sets and doesn't cling very well to the skin. With that said though, I think it can work really well for those with dry skin because it is very hydrating.

Pigmentation:
Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light":
I am NC20 and this shade fits me perfectly. "Light" has fairly neutral undertones and because the coverage is not super opaque, this shade will probably work for NC/NW 15-25.
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches
(original) L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Light
Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Anti-Redness":
This self-adjusting universal shade has a very subtle light green tint to it. The shade worked very well on me as it self-adjusted to a shade very close to "Light". I don't experience a whole lot of redness but I do believe the subtle green will help neutralize that.
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Anti-Redness
Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Anti-Fatigue":
This self-adjusting universal shade has a very noticeable orange tint to it. I'm not quite sure how orange the undertone is suppose to be but the shade never fully adjusted to my own skin tone. For my face swatch below, I actually used very little product because the color is simply too orange on me!
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Anti-Fatigue
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in "Light", "Anti-redness" & "Anti-fatigue": Comparison Review and Swatches
Comparison swatches, click image to enlarge.
Wearing a thin layer of Anti-redness (middle) and Anti-fatigue (left).
The orange shade of Anti-fatigue is a lot more noticeable in person (look especially at the chin area).
Overall:
I think the formulation of the L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is great for those with normal to dry skin. However, the thin, dewy formulation doesn't work very well on oily, acne-prone skin. The shade "Anti-redness" has a subtle green tint that will help combat redness but "Anti-fatigue" is way too orange to work properly for most lighter skin tones.

Availability
The new shades are available nationwide as of June 2014.
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