L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness is not that bad, per se, but it's not nearly as helpful or universally wearable as the brand would have you believe! Before we get to the specifics about this product, we need to delve a bit into what "BB cream" really means.
Ultimately, it's all about labeling and marketing—getting consumers to buy a product because they think it's something new and different—nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from U.S. cosmetics brands is similar to a tinted moisturizer, while another type of product known as a CC cream is more like a liquid foundation, but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection, and may or may not include beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and skin-lightening agents. In other words, neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands.
This lightweight cream is supposed to even out your skin tone by eliminating facial redness. The product that comes out of the tube is mint green, with small brown flecks in it, which appears really odd at first! But, as soon as the product comes in contact with your skin, it changes colors. The color it becomes does eliminate redness to some extent, but many will view the appearance on their skin as trading one discoloration issue for another.
The issue is that the redness is covered up by an orange cast that looks like a self-tanning incident gone wrong on fair to light skin tones, and is too light for medium or deeper skin tones. While this formula does feel silky-smooth and doesn't highlight pores or wrinkles, its color means it's usable only for a narrow range of skin tones—not a universal product at all!
The good news is that there are BB cream products out there with much better performance. You'll find them on our list of Best BB Creams.
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L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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