Normally, I swear by my BareMinerals powder foundation, but the Canadian winters are long, dry, cold and hard on a girl’s skin. When my skin gets super dry, adding mineral powder can just make it look worse. For several winters in a row now, I’ve delved in to the world of liquid foundations, BB creams, and tinted moisturizers in search of something that will a) actually match my extremely fair skin, and b) not irritate my skin and make me breakout. My sensitive skin has a difficult time with liquid products.
I found myself in the drugstore purchasing two of the new Loreal “Magic” line products in the hopes of finding something that might work on my dehydrated skin. I love the Loreal MagicLumi Concealer/Corrector (I’m literally on my third one) so I had high hopes.
Let’s start with the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. I purchased the lightest shade, “Fair”. I did NOT realize that this is one of those adjusts-to-match-your-skintone products. Gotta read the fine print next time. These NEVER work for me, but instead alway morph into some kind of dark orange mess. Here is a swatch of what it looks like straight out of the tube next to what it looks like rubbed in:
I know what you’re thinking: Well, that looks like a pretty good match. Yeah but only for about 5 seconds, and then it continues to oxidize and gets darker and more orange as the day goes on. It also had a “gritty” texture that felt very strange and unpleasant to rub in.
On to the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation. Of course also bought the lightest shade, 310 “Light Ivory”. The colour match for this was much better and I quite liked the coverage (sheer to medium). But, unfortunately, a liquid to powder product was, in retrospect, perhaps not the best solution. I did find this rather drying and powdery. It clung to any dry patches I had on my skin and accentuated them.
While using these two, I also got a huge blemish on my cheek where I normally don’t even break out. I’m not sure which product was responsible. So, overall, the Loreal Magic was not at all magical 😦
The Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream both retail for $17.99 CND and are available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada), Wal Mart, Target, London Drugs, Rexall, Pharma Plus and online at: Well.ca.