“AH” I can almost hear the collective groan of all you lovely ladies – yet another BB cream. We have seen a plethora of BB creams come and go –From high end Bobbi Brown to more budget friendly Garnier and Ponds. Most of them are tinted mositurizers, some are pretty much grease pots. The search for the HG BB cream continues. And yes, we have one more contender for the spot – Loreal Lucent Magique BB Cream – launched by Loreal in the Asia market – Yet to reach India. I picked this up sometime back in Bangkok but never did get around to reviewing it.
Before I started trying high-end brands, I was a Loreal addict – exclusively using their products with the exception of Chambor kaajal sticks. I bought makeup, skincare, daily face wash – everything from them. Some products became HG, some were just total blah. I had not experienced IMBB then, else could have saved some money.
So lets find out how this new BB cream fares…
The Product Details (from the website):
The first LOreal skin luminating BB cream with intuitive BB capsules that magically transforms skin for an enlivened lit-from-within complexion. The innovative self-evolving texture debuts as a moist milky-white cream, infused with intuitive BB capsules that encapsulates exclusive skin-perfecting pigments, upon blending with the skin. The fresh cream intuitively evolves into a naturally lucent skin tone coverage specific for asian skin tones.
INR 675 (post conversion) for 30ml product
The product comes in a standard white tube with a nice looking golden-bronze cap. Looks really nice – that’s probably what caught my attention.
The tube comes packaged in a cardboard outer cover.
My experience with L’oreal Lucent MagiqueSkin Illuminating BB Cream
Color: Unlike other BB creams – this one is white in colour. Yes, you read that write – “white”. There are no shades to chose from, so no testing whether there is shade match. Nothing.
Texture: The texture is more like a milky paste. The texture is difficult to blend because it starts becoming dry fairly quickly. Over time, the product has become drier in the tube – Im talking 4-5months, not years.
Visibility on Skin: The colour goes stark white on application on the skin. It makes the skin look paisley instead of feeling illuminated. Makes you look like a ghost. You have to keep blending – which itself is a little difficult with the product’s consistency. However, blending does make it settle alttle but not enough to make the white cask go away.
The only good thing about the product seems to be the matte finish it provides to the face. However, this means that you are unable to apply a darker compact to colour correct – because your face is already too matte!The face pics will show you the white cask it creates.
The face pics will show you the white cask it creates.
Coverage: Sheer – does not cover blemishes or pigmentation. Can be used under the foundation (as mentioned in the product description) but I kind of feel that it totally beats the purpose of using a BB cream.
Lasting power:The product lasts about 4-4.5hours on my oily skin.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of L’oreal Lucent MagiqueSkin Illuminating BB Cream
1. Matte finish
2. Decent packaging
3. Did not break me out
4. Does not accentuate pores
5. Did not break me out
6. Has SPF 20 PA+++
Cons of L’oreal Lucent MagiqueSkin Illuminating BB Cream
1. Difficult to blend
2. Create a white cask on the face.
3. Available only in 1 colour – white
4. Over a period of 5 months, the cream became drier in the tube.
Yes, a 2/5 product.
The product did not excite me so wasn’t reviewed till now. However, in view of the fact that it has been flooded in the Asian market and you may be tempted to try it – head’s up – it ain’t worth it!! So another BB cream joins the others on the shelf while the search for the HG BB cream continues!
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