Review & Swatches: L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Fair

One of the newest complexion/BB cream products popping up on drugstore shelves in the US is this little baby right here, the L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. L’Oreal actually has several new complexion product releases on the way, and I’ll be examining them over the next few weeks—but I found this one especially interesting and had to get to it first.

I’m not going to get into the BB cream debate here—by now, we all know that US interpretations of BB creams have been somewhat disappointing to those who have experience with BB products that originated overseas. But let’s focus on what this product does, and not what it’s called. Sound fair?

Magic Skin BB promises to perform four actions with one product; prime, perfect, hydrate, and correct. It contains vitamins C and E, and feels very light on the skin. It could take some getting used to though, just wait until you see how the product works in the photos below!

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Fair

See more photos, details, and swatches…

What L’Oreal says…

This all-in-one beauty solution primes, corrects, hydrates and perfects skin, while simultaneously providing an end beauty look that gives the illusion of bare skin. The secret to the Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream lies in the formula. Encapsulated within the product’s “beautifying beads” lay self-adjusting pigments that ultimately blend perfectly into skin. Once the BB Cream is applied, the beads are released and broken – dispersing a sheer layer of natural-looking color onto the skin.

How it works…

It starts out white with a grey-ish cast, and has tiny pigmented microbeads in it. As you start to rub the product, the microbeads break, and the pigment starts to disperse. You’ll feel these beads and think they’re pretty odd, but they completely break down! Once it’s all blended it, you have a little color, and a smooth texture left behind.

Before & after…

Let’s be honest. No one has perfect skin. I have received some extremely unkind comments about how embarrassed I should be to show my bare skin in before and after photos in the past, so it’s been a while since I’ve done this. I’d like to think that my readers are the cream of the crop, but there are some bad apples out there. So if you want to say something nasty…please don’t say it all. Here it goes! (These photos were taken indoors, so the flash also makes my skin a little more red than usual.)

(Photos are with flash, but the finish of Magic Skin BB is a little more matte than this.)

I’ve always had enlarged pores, and in all honesty, I could use a good peel and some extractions right now! I’ve been having some skin battles lately that are thankfully now coming to an end, and I just started what seems to be an amazing new skin regimen that should help. But in the meantime, I think the Magic Skin BB from L’Oreal does a pretty good job at minimizing my pores and toning down redness. My skin does feel pretty smooth, and this does make a good primer for other foundation. It’s not incredible coverage on its own, but it’s more of a bare-skin tint which I like for basic, everyday wear.

EDITED TO ADD: I’m hearing from several people that this product runs dark—bump your shade down!

Bottom Line…

I really like this product. I’m not dinging it at all because it’s not a real “BB cream” in every sense of the word. I’m kind of over that, honestly. In America, we have a tendency to immediately shun what mass brands are calling BB creams because we don’t find them as authentic as their Asian counterparts—before we even get them on our faces. I’m liking this product for what it does, and not for what it’s called! If it had sunscreen in it, it would be a dream product for me. But until then, it scores a groovy 4 stars from this beauty junkie.

Price & Availability…

Four shades; Fair, Light, Medium, Dark—$10.95 (suggested)—drugstores and mass retailers

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.
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  • Pamela

    Awesome, thanks for the tip.  :)

  • Angela DeSantis

    I swatched the tester on my hand and oh my gosh it started itching so no way in hell am I putting this on my face I’m sad to say :/

  • Bz

    Your pictures and words are FOR us — those you reach and teach thank you!

  • Amber

    Thank you, kindly :)

  • Jean L

    Thanks for the review. Not enough coverage for me, so you helped me save that dough. Btw, total butt wipes would dis a chick about her natural skin, so their opinions are lame anyways.

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  • Ellie

    After reading your post, I got this one and love it! I like wearing light-coverage foundation (like Traceless by Prescriptives) and L’Oreal Magic works really well. 

  • Amber

    Great! I’m so glad you’re happy with it.

  • Stryder Mclean

    If you pack it on will it give more coverage?

  • Amber

    I wouldn’t, because I think it may look a little cakey at that point.