L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream - Medium ($10.99)
I bought this little gem last Saturday and have been basically using it nonstop ever since. I'm so surprised by how much I like this product. I didn't research it thoroughly before purchasing it. I had no idea what to expect but ended up loving it. I won't be reviewing its "skin beautifying" properties because I haven't been using it that long. And to be honest I doubt it'll actually improve the condition of my skin seeing as it's not like a traditional BB Cream.
It's very watery and runny. It feels a little grainy at first (like sand mixed with water) because of the pigment beads. They "burst" as you blend it in and it feels like any regular liquid product after that.
Very, very sheer. I was expecting that so I'm not bothered by it. It reduces general redness. Blemishes and dark circles still need concealing.
The initial application for this product is very misleading. It looks very dewy at first but sets to a satin/matte finish after a few minutes.
Like I said, the initial application is misleading. The color changes as you work it in. My face looks very ashy/grey at first, then it turns really yellow, then it blends into my skin seamlessly. It only comes in four shades (Light, Fair, Medium, and Deep) but since it' so sheer, color matching is easy and forgiving.
The lasting power is okay. Again, I wasn't expecting much because it's sheer and behaves like a tinted moisturizer.
I really love this product. It's exactly what I was looking for: something lightweight and sheer for "no make" days. I don't mind that it's not long-wearing because it doesn't claim to be. Plus, it's the kind of product I would only use to go to class or run errands.
(Woah, them under eye dark circles!)
Skip this if:
-You want something with SPF in it (although you can add a facial sun screen or primer under it)
-You need medium or full coverage
-You only like dewy finishes
-You were looking for something like a traditional BB Cream that actually treats and protects
Get this if:
-You want something lightweight
-You're looking for a tinted moisturizer
-You like sheer/light coverage