Epic Fail: L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness (Review)

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L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness: review, photos, swatches

Lately I've been trying to find a good color corrector to erase the redness I have on my cheeks. Or cheek to be precise. I mostly have redness on my left cheek, while the right one is pretty much ok. That's annoying, because unless I use a heavy duty, full coverage foundation, you can see the difference, and it often looks like I have more blush on one side of my face...

2016 being the year of color correction (sometimes taken to its extreme limits if you ask me...), I'm trying to test and sample a few green correctors to find one that will work for me. I had ventured into the world of green correctors in the past and I was never convinced. But I figured that with all these new formulas recently released thanks to the current color correction trend, I might find one that would actually hide redness without making me look the Hulk. And that's how I stumbled upon the L'Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness at my local drugstore, browsing the makeup aisle to take advantage of a BOGO 50% off sale.

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness: review, photos, swatches

I won't try to keep you in suspense here: this is the most awful face product I have tried in years. Nasty, horrendous, the kind that you wave your fist at grumbling: "WTF were they thinking??". I guess I should have been alarmed by a few details, but what can I say, it was an impulse purchase. I thought it would be a green corrector - after all, the tube is green. It's not. The BB Cream name should have made me pause: if it was a green corrector, it would probably be called CC, or anything else that doesn't suggest a tinted moisturizer. Then the mention "transforms to universal shade" should have alerted me. A universal shade simply doesn't exist, and if it did, you would probably not find it at the drugstore.

But I turned a blind eye to these signs and bought it. Then I tried it. And honestly the result was so catastrophic that I could not believe my eyes. Right out of the tube, it does look like a thin and fluid green corrector. Except that it's very lumpy. I was a bit surprised, but I started blending. And then... the "lumps" burst, and as they did the product turned ORANGE. I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not. So yeah I didn't look like the Hulk, no risk. I looked like an Oompa Loompa.

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness: review, photos, swatches
See how lumpy it is?

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness: review, photos, swatches
Ta-dah! Orange corrector! Oh wait, wasn't it supposed to be something else?

What the hell? When did orange start being called a "universal shade"? Since when does orange correct redness?? I seriously hope L'Oréal released it on April 1st and I just wasn't in on the joke!

Don't expect ANY correction of redness with this mess of a BB cream, there's no green tint left once you've blended it out, it's just pure orange. It's absolutely unusable for anyone with fair to medium skin tone. It could work for medium to deep skin tones, but only the warmest ones, and it would simply be a light tinted moisturizer.

I really don't understand what L'Oréal tried to do here: obviously, fair to light skin tones are the ones with the most frequent redness issues. Not that deeper skin tones don't have broken capillaries or irritation, but redness simply shows more through light skin! So creating an Anti-Redness BB Cream that is not adapted to skin tones that need it the most is utterly absurd.


If you have fair to medium skin tone, stay as far away as you can from this utter failure. This is not a green corrector, nor does it help with redness in any way. I'm lucky that I was able to return it and get my money back, I would be so upset if I had wasted money on this!

When was the last time you were bitterly disappointed by a product? Have you found a good green concealer that really works?

Where to buy?

You've been warned against the green version of the L'Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier, but I can't say how the other shades perform. Here's where you can find them:

The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

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