Sunday, March 24, 2013

Product Review: L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder Review.

Hello lovelies!

I've had rather a busy weekend so far, how has yours been? I attended a L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) 2013 show at the Malvern Town Hall (photos on Instagram [look to the right and you can see my latest Instagram photos], an LMFF post to follow shortly), hung out with my bestie (shopping and dinner), and got home after spending wayy too much money on things I didn't really need.

While we're on the topic of L'oreal, I wanted to share my thoughts on the new L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder in Medium (phew, what a mouthful). I've been trialling this for about a week now, since it was kindly sent to me by L'oreal. I wouldn't ordinarily put up a product review this quickly, but as this review was requested by quite a few of my readers and since I've used it daily, I think I can give you a fair overview of the product. If anything happens to change my mind in the next few days (god forbid), I'll pop back over here to update my post.

L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder in Medium.

What is a BB powder, you ask, and how does it differ from a normal powder? Excellent question, little grasshopper (please excuse the 'Kung Fu' reference, it's actually older than I am). The blurb on the compact calls the powder a 'Velvet Skin Beautifier' with buildable, lightweight coverage, and promises five benefits:
  • No shine
  • Smooth, resurfaced finish
  • Undetectable coverage
  • Fresh face
  • 8 hour matte complexion.
I've worn it all week, and given it a good workout by applying it over my BB cream (currently using Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free BB cream), over powder foundation (Youngblood mineral foundation) and over my liquid foundation (Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hour).

L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder in Medium.

I've used it in both in daylight and at night, and decided it’s very natural looking. The medium is a pale brown in the compact, but almost translucent once you blend it in. It can look a little ashy when you first apply it, but settles into your skin within minutes to give you a very natural and lightweight finish. I would agree that it completely removes shine, and provides lightweight coverage without that 'cakey' look that excessive powdering can provide. I don't have too many lines on my forehead (as yet), but the good news is this powder doesn't seem to settle into them.

Heavy swatch on top, blended at the bottom (before it settles into the skin).
(photo taken under artificial light for better clarity)

There’s a little sponge applicator and mirror hidden away at the bottom, under the powder pan, making it perfect for touch-ups on the go (and we all know how much I LOVE travel-friendly products). The sponge is an excellent way to apply the product to mattify the skin. I've also used my kabuki brush to swirl it over my face as a setting powder, it works just as well but gives you a much lighter application than you'd achieve with the sponge. My skin is prone to getting oily in the t-zone after a few hours, and I find that applying the BB powder over my t-zone with the sponge results in it staying matte for much longer than it does when I apply with a kabuki. I also love that it's so lightweight that it hasn't caused any breakouts (so far, fingers crossed)!

The compact and sturdy case housing a mirror and applicator
beneath the powder pan.

Overall, I would agree that the powder provides a smoother and more natural appearance than ordinary pressed powders do. When I've applied this powder, my skin somehow manages to be matte, yet retains a luminous look that I don't get with most pressed powders, probably due to the BB nature. I also love that it performed equally well regardless of what I used beneath it! For instance, my Youngblood mineral powder often gives me a dewy look that leans a little towards oily by midday, but using the BB powder on top really kept shine at bay for a few more hours.

VERDICT: I love this product!

Pros:
Travel-friendly (contains a mirror and sponge applicator below the powder pan)
Smooth, velvety texture
Lightweight, yet buildable (you can choose between using it on its own if you have flawless skin, or as a setting powder over BB creams or foundation)
Easily available (you can purchase it from any L'oreal stockist like Priceline Pharmacy, etc)
Sturdy, compact packaging (I accidentally dropped it, oops, but it fortunately managed to stay in one piece).

Cons:
There is a degree of self-adjusting involved, but with only two shades available (light and medium), I can't help but wonder how it would perform with skintones on either end of the spectrum (i.e. excessively pale or excessively dark)
It's a little expensive at the regular retail price of $26.95 (however, it's usually easy to catch it on sale, Priceline is currently offering 30% off until the 25th of March).

I hope you enjoyed that review, lovelies, and found it helpful. What do you think of this product, does it catch your fancy? Would you consider it worth investing in?

Much love,
MM.
x

P.S. - I actually picked up the L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream from the Priceline sale today, I can't wait to give it a good try with the Nude Magique BB Powder on top. Stay tuned for the results!

Note: The L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder was kindly provided for my consideration, but all other products mentioned were purchased with my own money. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

34 comments:

  1. Great review, lovely! I will definitely post up a review of the light shade after I've used it for a while...I'm on the super pale end of the spectrum, so hopefully it won't be too dark for me

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    1. Thanks so much, Evelyn, I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  2. I'm really intrigued by this, I fancy trying it but have literally just bought a new powder, so can't justify spending the pennies at the moment. I've also not long ordered one of the new L'oreal CC creams, so can't wait to try that out!
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh, it's really hard with so many products and so little time and money, lol.

      I'd love to see what you think of the CC cream, I swatched it in Priceline yesterday and decided it wasn't really suited to my skin (that one is green that goes to skin colour after a while). I don't have a lot of redness so I didn't really need it, bought the BB cream instead. :)

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  3. I'm really interested in this range! I'm not much into powder due to my dry flaky skin but i have been lusting after the bb cream. Great review :) xoxo

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    1. I have heard that their BB blush is amazing, it felt quite nice when I played with it yesterday. :)

      I'll give the BB cream a good go and let you know what I think. :)

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  4. i hope loreal indonesia would quickly carry the line. I want to try it..
    thanks for review

    http://beauty-chica.blogspot.com

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  5. I was looking at getting this the other day, but there's something almost plastic feeling about the powder when I swatched it. It was a bit strange. I might pick it up if I can get to Priceline tomorrow.

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    1. Is that because it feels really silky smooth, Amy?

      I'd love to see what you think if you do pick it up! Check out the BB blush while you're at it. :)

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  6. Thanks for the review lovely! I've been meaning to pick this up. I might grab it tomorrow!

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    1. My pleasure, let me know what you think of it!

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  7. I heart this BB powder. Have used it everyday since I got it too! Except today because I was in a hurry and forgot!!! But yeah, love that it sets my makeup, removes shine and doesn't make you look like you've actually got powder on at all!!

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    1. I agree with everything you said! I've been using the Lóreal BB cream and it works perfectly together!

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  8. I really like L'Oreal powders for some reason and this one sounds very nice. Might have to check it out soon. xx

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    1. Oh, you must! This is definitely a winner!

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  9. I saw this at the supermarket the other day! It looks really good :)

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    1. It certainly lives up to the promise! I'm only worried I'm going to run out very soon, lol.

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  10. I've been eyeing off this collection ever since my sister and I swatched the BB cream instore and were blown away by the technique haha! I'm thinking I'll probably give this a go when my spending ban is over!
    xx

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    1. I'm LOVING the BB cream worn under this powder!! I think you must give this a go, can't wait to see what you think!

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  11. I bought this yesterday because of your review :) I hope I love it like you do

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  12. I bought this in 'light' but I am super pale and haven't had a chance to try it yet...beautiful texture.

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  13. Hi, thanks for great review!

    I am olive skinned but found the medium to be much too dark. Also it seems to set darker as my natural oils push through after a couple of hours.
    Despite this I am very happy with the lightweight texture and so will go an get the light shade.
    The medium will have to wait in my make-up bag for when I get a tan this summer!

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    1. The medium suits me well, but it does sound like you might be better off with a light!

      The texture is gorgeous, isn't it? :)

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  14. I purchased both the L'Oreal Nude Magique Powder and Cream in Light Skin Tone while visiting in Australia in March. I love the product. So sheer but good coverage without being too much. However, I have been to three or four places that carry L'Oreal but do not carry the powder. Where in Houston, Texas can I purchase? I need/want more of this great product.

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    1. I have no idea, I'm sorry! I'd have thought that you could purchase it in the US as Australia is always so very behind in product releases compared to the US/UK!

      Have you tried eBay? It should be quite legit provided you buy from recommended sellers with high feedback ratings. :)

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  15. While visiting Australia my girlfriend and I both purchased L'Oreal's Nude Magique BB Powder and BB cream...she bought the medium and I purchased the light skin tone. That was in March and now I want more of these fabulous product.s. Where can I purchase in Houston, Texas? I tried several stores who sell L'Oreal products but they were not aware of the BB products. Help! I love the products and need more.

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    1. I'm so sorry for the delay, I thought I'd replied to this but I can't see it now! Have you tried ebay? I hope you managed to find it.

      xx

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  16. I know this is old, but I have very pale skin that I've never been able to match in a drugstore foundation, and I have this and it looks great on me. So pale readers of this blog, rejoice.

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    1. And thank you for commenting, even if it's an older post!

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  17. Great review I love this powder - check out my review and see what you think on http://bb2530beautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/loreal-paris-nude-magique-bb-powder.html

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