I've been wanting to venture into the big wide world of BBs for a while and only just got round to it!
"What is “BB cream”? “BB” stands for blemish balm or beauty balm; the cream was originally used to speed healing after laser treatments. The craze really took off in Asia when celebrities in Korea attributed their flawless skin to the product. BB cream, which is thick and tinted, is a moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation/concealer in one product — basically, it's like a tinted moisturizer with SPF."
So for my first foray I chose the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream. I was slightly concerned that it wouldn't be dark enough for me but it felt so lovely and looked ok on the back of my hand (not the way to test I know) that I just took the plunge!
According to L'Oreal -
"Our first self adjusting BB cream. Moisturising skincare transforms to lightweight foundation. Skin looks flawless and even with a dewy glow."
So for summertime skin this sounds ideal, 'flawless and glow' is just what I'm after, although it would have been nice if the SPF was higher!So here's my bare hand...
The formula is very thin and 'milky' as (I think) you can see. Once applied the 'smart pigment capsules' are supposed to release their 'smart stuff' and 'job done'!
And here's my 'BB'd' hand...
I don't know if you can make out the difference in the pics but the 'BB'd' hand has less shine and a slightly more even look to it?
So I suppose I'm a normal/combination skin type, open pores in all the usual areas, oily T-zone and often de-hydrated cheeks.
The coverage is like a lightweight foundation so ok on that front, it has a matt quality to it which I don't usually go for, although it did hide my shiny T-zone and pores to a degree. Unfortunately, the colour is not quite right on my face. Being olivey in skintone (and I'm not deep olive), I like my products to 'warm me up' a little and this made me look a tad washed out. No dewiness or glow for me, which is what I want my summertime products, in particular, to provide. I also found it a little drying on my cheeks (and I did moisturise first!). Colour wise, this would be better for me to use in winter or as a primer with a bit of something over the top.
However ... my friend has used this BB Cream in the same 'medium tone', she has lighter skin than me but with a really warm skintone and lots of lovely freckles (she also tans easily!). One night out (which doesn't happen very often!) I commented on how well she looked and low and behold it was this she was wearing... just goes to show!
Anyway not to worry, there are plenty more BBs waiting out there, hopefully more suited to darker skin!
How did you find L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream - I'd be interested to know!
Over and out!