I heard about BB creams last month when I saw a supermodel doing a makeup demonstration on the Today Show. She was showing how was it primes and moisturizes your skin before you apply makeup. So when I got the opportunity to review L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream through She Speaks I was excited. Plus, it came in four shades and I selected Deep, the darkest one available.
I wore makeup for 10 hours a day in my former job as a TV news anchor. I learned from some great makeup artists that it’s important to prime your skin and give your makeup a “base.” I have some eye lid primer that does a wonderful job keeping my eyeshadow on when I’m going for a full coverage look vs. a day out shopping look.
What is BB cream?
BB stands for blemish base, blemish balm or beautifying balm. The L’Oreal Magic BB Cream makes four promises on the back of the tube - that it Primes, Perfects, Hydrates and Corrects.
I applied it for the first time right before I hosted a live Mommy Talk Show webcast. You can see from the picture above that it comes out of the tube with a grey appearance and has “beautifying beads.” I dotted it on my face, then applied my pressed powder, blush, eye shadow and lip gloss.
I was shocked that it appeared so grey or “ashy” on my skin. For any woman with olive-toned or dark skin, that’s not the look we’re going for. But my pressed powder covered it up.
Is this L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream worth TALKING about?
Performance: Of the four promises that it Primes, Perfects, Hydrates and Corrects I can only say that it primed my skin and gave my makeup a smooth base before I applied it. The L’Oreal Magic BB cream has NO SPF (others on the market do.) It promised “all day moisture” but my skin felt dry for the entire hour I was broadcasting live. Granted, I have very dry skin. But overall, I can’t recommend it.
Price: You can find L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream in your local drug store for $10.95. That’s affordable. But if you need a moisturizer and SPF cream too – that will add up.
Recommendation: If L’Oreal creates a new formula with an SPF of 15 or more, more moisturizing ingredients and shades that don’t appear “ashy” on darker skin – I’d be open to try it again.
Other Reviews of the L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream
There were a number of bloggers who reviewed the L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream who had a better experience than I did. So to be fair, do a Google Search for #MagicBBCream or check out reviews from
Have you tried BB creams? Did you see the results you expected?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product from L’Oreal Paris
via She Speaks to share my honest opinion.