6 February 2013

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-Redness (Before & After Shots)

It's no secret by now that I am a bit of a base fiend, and anything that claims to give you a perfect complexion - I want to have a go. My newest venture recently has been from L'Oreal's Spring/Summer 2013 collection which I had the pleasure of viewing at Maison de L'Oreal a few days ago, and it's the..

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream for Anti-Redness


A few things to admit to first - I haven't been keeping up with this new CC cream idea so I'm not sure if  L'Oreal's idea of a CC cream is in keeping with the buzz that's been going on about the new kid on the block. Second thing to admit - as much as I'm in love with the Nude Magique idea L'Oreal has created, I haven't actually tried anything from the line! However, as the idea is so perfect (who doesn't want a lit up glowy face, right?), I'm glad they're keeping it going.

Anyway, this anti-redness base is one of three - anti-dullness and anti-fatigue. I naturally reached for this one because as you may know, I have quite a few acne scarring and acnes that are ultimately the reason for my obsession with skincare and foundations. My experience thus far with green products that claim to counteract redness has been, quite frankly, failure. Everything was either not pigmented, or very chalky and white. So I was very, very surprised when this product churned out results that looked something like this..


Left: Bare skin (eep!) Right: One layer of L'Oreal CC Cream

I was blown away. I think my complexion looks glowy, most of my minor scarring has disappeared or at least has minimised and most of all, it looks like I have nothing on. On its own, I think people with already okay skin can get away with it and I would be happy to wear this out on a casual day. I apply it with my fingers, which is simple and quick! I have applied this under my foundation as well, and by the time it's on (which is low coverage and dewy so one that I've usually saved for good skin days), there is literally, no need for a concealer and my foundation doesn't look any heavier or dewier than it usually does.

Overall, I am super impressed with this because it seems to correct my redness, add warmth to my face, add a level of glow without disrupting the oil-controlling properties my skincare induces and without having any effect on the original properties of the foundation I'm wearing on top.


A bit more about the formula, as you can see, is quite runny. But as I said, while it does give a glowy finish it's by no means very dewy nor matte, drying nor too oily. I'd probably say this is a safe bet for any skin type.

The only concern I have with this product is the capsules - you may be able to see them above. This is a similar kind of thing as the Origins Vitazing and The Body Shop BB Cream. They have tiny little capsules that erupt on pressure and inside are skin-toned pigments that I suppose dilutes the green and prevents the chalkiness and adds a bit more coverage.

For me, this is great - the shade is perfect and it's the right amount of warmth and it works. At first I thought it was slightly deceptive because I went in with the impression that it wasn't a foundation but just a correcting fluid, but I did notice afterwards that the packaging says it transforms into foundation and let's face it, it works so I need to just zip it and love it.

However, a common complaint of the Vitazing is that it's too orange or too dark, and I think this is the only problem with this product. Unlike The Body Shop which has 3 shades, L'Oreal has opted for one shade for inside the capsule which I think may be slightly too dark or orange for the palest. I think for anyone darker than me, that the warmth will always be a pretty glow and a great addition to boost the radiance. That being said, if you are planning on layer foundation, it may not matter so much. You can see how the capsules erupt below..


But as I always do, I assess products on how they work on me, and frankly, this is a fantastic product for me. Perhaps the reason why so many green products turn chalky is because they're missing this 'mixing' element - i.e, mixing with a skintoned product so that the green pigments do their job only when they are placed above red areas.

Whatever the capsule-logic, the green one works on me and is absolutely fantastic. I'm also super impressed that they managed to make it so that it's neither drying nor incredibly oily. Because of this, I can see myself recommending this to many, many people (including males and people who usually don't like make-up!) who struggle with redness or acne scarring. It's easy, quick, effective and affordable - I couldn't rave about it enough!

As for the other 2, because I don't suffer from fatigued or dull skin as much, I didn't see as big of an effect, but I did find the orange one very good for acne scarring that's turned a bit blue/purple or for under the eyes. The purple one didn't do much for me but I assume it's because I didn't really need it!

The L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream for Anti-Redness will be sold at RRP £9.99, and this and other SS '13 products will be out between mid-February and March depending on when stocks arrive in your local Boots/Superdrug.

What is your experience with color correcting products?
What's your concern - redness, dullness or fatigue?

<3yu

*Received for consideration.

45 comments:

  1. It makes such a difference on your skin, wow! It looks so orange though, on your swatch so I imagine it would be hard for some people (like me) to work with.. with paler skin tones xx

    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Yes that was my only concern with it - definitely worth a swatch before purchase :)

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  2. This sounds amazing, I'm a fan of anything that removes steps from my make up routine!

    Maria xxx

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    1. Haha totally! For me it's skipped concealer, primer and SPF - for you it could probably skip foundation too if the shade is right!

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  3. The before and after looks amazing! Wasn't really sure about CC cream but this looks worth a purchase :)

    Nicola xo - Babbles About Beauty

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    1. I'm not quite sure what they are tbh (as BB creams here are different from original BB creams etc.,) but whatever they are, these are good stuff ;)

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  4. Have you tried the Rachel K CC cream ? is it good ?
    Jess.

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    1. I haven't, but I know Roseanne Tang has! Have a Google, she's a lovely blogger :)

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  5. Really want to try this!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. It'll be available in a few weeks for £9.99! :)

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  6. The results are incredible! Absolutely need to try this out xx

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    1. You could totally get away with this only, your skin is already lovely! :)

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  7. this looks awesome :) i really want to try this out now :) do you perhaps know how much it will cost?

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    1. Yes I just found out today, it'll be £9.99 :)

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  8. Oooh this looks graet :)) Fab review, I will keep my eyes peeled for this, for sure :))xx

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    1. Thanks Maria, I hope you like it if you get to try it! :)

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  9. Wow, I must admit I was a bit sceptical about CC creams, but this looks and sounds amazing! I'm really liking the look of L'oreal's speckled top coat too x

    peoniesandlilies.com

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    1. I was too! I'm still not sure what they originally are in the Far East, but whatever L'Oreal's come up with, it's good! :) Oh gosh yeah I will test and review that too - it looked so gorgeous on the other girls!

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  10. The results are amazing. I definitely want to try this product!

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    1. I can highly recommend it - so affordable as well :)

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    1. Hahaha I was super taken back, I wasn't expecting it at all - always been so skeptical of colour correcting products :)

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  12. Wow, that looks amazing. I really like the sound of this, but I'm concerned it might be too dark for me. Will have to swatch this when it comes out. Great review, Yu :) x

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    1. Yes I think it'd be okay for most people unless they're super pale, but definitely worth a swatch :) Thank you Joy!

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  13. Wow this works so well. I dont really suffer with much redness on my face but I know a fair few people who would love this product!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  14. I love this! I wish we had this in the Philippines! I will definitely check Ebay for this product! Thank you for this post!

    I love your blog! Specially the photos because they are so detailed and clear, I can really understand about your post. I followed you on GFC and on BlogLovin'! Maybe you can come by mine too and maybe follow each other? :) Thank you for this post! I can't wait to read more of your posts. More power to you!

    XOXO
    Your new follower,
    www.MusingsofaMakeupMaven.com

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    1. Aww thanks so much love, I will go visit your blog :)

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  15. I have the Anti-Dullness version and I think its amazing!! I can't stop wearing it! My review is below if you want to have a look! Great post, I now really want to try the Anti-Redness version! x

    http://lippylucie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/loreal-nude-magique-cc-cream.html

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    1. Oh that's so good to hear! I couldn't really test it because I have a much bigger problem with redness than dullness :) Fantastic review Lucie!

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    2. Thank you!! Look forward to your next post :) xx

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  16. Oh wow - I'm impressed with this! Your skin looks so much more even and healthy with just one layer. You got me really interested, base makeup fiend to another. I don't have a lot of redness to battle but I don't like the dullness of my skin without any makeup.

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    1. Haha what are us base make up fiends like. It looks like Lucie from a few comments up has written a review on the anti-dullness one so she's probably in a better place to comment on it than myself! :)

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  17. I'm your latest follower and love your blog :D - I really need to try this as I have redness in my skin!

    I would love you to check out my blog, I have some recent reviews which I think you would like

    India xox The Jewel Beauty Blog |Beauty,Lifestyle & Fashion!

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    1. Thanks India - yes if you have redness, definitely give it ago! I'm currently obsessing over your hair post.. it's absolutely stunning!

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    1. Ooo would love to know what you think Charli! :)

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  19. This is so amazing Yu - I rememeber seeing the before and after on instagram so I came looking for the review! I have lots of redness too so I really want to try this - I shall be stalking the aisles of Boots until this arrives :)

    Gem xx

    flutterandsparkle.com

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  20. WOW :) It looks like an amazing product, shame the shade is far too orange/dark for me x


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Just saw this for the first time today in Boots and bought it on the spot. It is a good idea, but can't believe that it's one color fits all. I'm extremely pale and although it does neutralize redness it's the orangest looking foundation I've ever tried. I should've read the reviews first but when I saw it I thought it was exactly what I'd beeen looking for. I'll be sticking with ordinary foundation.

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  22. I just bought it last night. I have fair skin, but rosacea patches on the cheeks, and being 50 my skin is getting a little coarse. I like the way the green works; my face's skin tone is quite pink and the tannish effect counteracts that, as well as working specifically on the red patches. I could wish it were a little thicker, as I don't want to use umpteen layers or have to put foundation over it. The main thing to find out will be whether my roseacea reacts to it. I haven't had any breakouts since changing the makeup I wear months ago, so if I get any now, I'll know what to blame. ;) In the meantime, fingers crossed!

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