L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Anti-Fatigue CC Cream

Beauty Balms Confession: I could never understand the hype surrounding BB Creams. They absolutely burst onto the UK scene last ...


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Confession: I could never understand the hype surrounding BB Creams. They absolutely burst onto the UK scene last year, with most of the big players funding huge advertising campaigns urging us all to buy these 'miracle' creams. 

I also thought that it was just me that wasn't a fan, working my way through several variations trying to convince myself they were good. Glowing review after glowing review on the blogosphere persuaded me to keep going. 

I tried Garnier, Sleek and even L'Oreal. All of which made my skin look like it wasn't mine. It could have been the lack of shade range, but regardless, BB cream did nothing for me but make my skin dull and strangely unnatural.

So imagine how I felt upon hearing of the next big thing: CC Creams! The cynic in me half expects to see DD Creams, the miraculous breast cream launched just a few months down the line! As yet, my prediction is yet to come true. But anyway, the arrival of the CC Creams initially had me thinking: 'Oh, here we go again!' *roll-eye*

So what exactly is a CC cream?

Well, it stands for Colour Correcting and is more of an evolution of the BB cream. 

I spotted L'Oreal had released 3 types of CC creams: Anti-Dullness, Anti-Redness and Anti-Fatigue. I picked up the latter after swatching it in my local Boots.


Tone, Consistency & Application:

Upon swatching, I realised it was a lovely apricot colour with microscopic beads or, as L'Oreal describe it, capsules. Once blended into the skin it transforms into foundation which adapts to my skin tone. Infact, I don't think I could describe this as a foundation, but perhaps a notch down on the thickness scale.

I found this works best for me when applying tiny dots in various areas around the face before using a buffer to work it into the skin. The brush I'm using at the moment is my trusty Illamasqua Highlighter Brush, which is perfect for applying foundation, and gives flawless, air-brushed looking skin. Back to the CC Cream though, and I love how this provides light coverage that adapts to my skin-tone. As many of us Desi girls know, finding the right shade can be troublesome.

After buffing the cream in, the face looking back at me in the mirror appears so much brighter and more awake. And that's before my morning coffee! This is in no small part due to the apricot colour of the cream, which works beautifully with olive skin tones. A word of warning though, ladies with dry skin might want to try before you buy, as this dries to a semi-matte finish . Just for reference, I am a MAC NC37 - NC40 and NARS Sheer Glow - Barcelona.

Formulation, Finish & Longevity:

Although the cream doesn't leave you with an instant glow, it leaves your skin looking more awake and radiant. As the day progresses on, I notice that my skin would gradually begin to glow. Now, my skin type is Oily/Combination so this isn't a great surprise, however I tend to find that with other foundations I need to powder once or twice a day to prevent the oiliness coming to the fore. With this cream I found that I was able to skip the powdering altogether, due to the glow factor.

If you're looking for this to conceal blemishes or under-eye circles, you'll find the light coverage isn't condusive to concealing. Luckily for me, I don't really suffer with dark under-eyes but of course the odd blemish pops up from time to time. For these little nasties, I conceal with my MUFE Full Cover Concealer.

So all in all, this provides you with light coverage, evens your skin tone and leaves a natural looking finish. My skin is relatively clear, so this has worked perfectly for me in achieving that 'Nude' look. I can see this quickly becoming a part of my morning routine for a long time to come (Until EE Cream comes out anyway!), particularly in the summer when I need super light coverage and don't fancy applying anything heavy. 

*cue selfies*




L'Oreal Nude Magique Anti-Fatigue CC Cream

Topshop Cream Blush in Flush

MAC Pressed Pigment in Warming Heart (lid colour and inner corner highlight)
Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in True Black
L'Oreal Lash Architect 4d Mascara

MUA Lipstick in 13 mixed with Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in 107

Final conclusion? 

L'Oreal, I am impressed!

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Creams are priced at £9.99. Currently stocked in Boots and Superdrug. 

Are you Team BB or Team CC, or none? Ha!

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  1. Sounds great! Love its finish on your face, you look stunning honey! Love you <3

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  3. super cute!


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  6. This looks lovely! Thanks for sharing

  7. Your makeup looks incredible! Great review also :)xxx


  8. your makeup looks awesome, and i think the crown would suit you!

  9. Your skin looks absolutely amazing!! Once I've finished my large stock of BB creams, I may have to jump to the CC ship! :D

  10. That looks great on you. You have lovely eyes also.

  11. Oh wow, that cream looks amazing on you! Need to buy me some in the very very very near future. Gorgeous make-up as per ususal :) xoxox

  12. I haven't seen the CC Creams here in Canada just yet. At first, I thought they were like those green lipbalms that turn pink or coral on you, depending on who wears it. I'm looking out for it!

  13. OMG your makeup is FLAWLESS!! That's so cool that L'Oreal came out with a CC cream and I'm definitely going to be on the hunt for it the next time I hit up the drugstore!

    Hope you had a Wonderful Wednesday and thanks so much for stopping by my blog :)

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  14. i love your hair colour!! looks lovely.

  15. Omg your face is just gorgeous! Love the way you put makeup on. It looks very natural!

  16. You are stunning! love your hair and eyes super pretty D: I love BB creams too but I have only tried Korean brands like Skin 79 need to try some UK ones. In fact I did try the Bodyshops BB version but it was very orange on my pale skin but will need to try other brands, great review xx


  17. You look beautiful!

    XO The Daily Fashion Drug

  18. Great style! Super unique<3

  19. Your make up is flawless! Your eyes! God, so pretty! Great job.

    E x

  20. Definitely be trying this out! Perfect for school x

  21. Your makeup is fantastic, you are gorgeous! Thank you for the review!


  22. oh sounds so good! I must buy this, I wonder what they'll think up next ha

    ordaining serendipity

  23. I love BB Creams (I think I'm like the only person haha) but have been wanted to try out these CC Creams. Your skin looks great and your make up is gorgeous too! xxx

  24. omg how you rock
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  25. Wow your hair is amazing! How do you keep the colour so bright?

    Daisy Dayz

  26. Like you didn't really go for BB creams, so might give this a go!! p.s. let me know when "DD" creams come out.....we read it on here first!! xx

  27. I've been using BB cream but I've not heard of CC cream before, I don't think it's a thing here yet... I'm curious about it though!

  28. OK girl! I am so in love with your pretty face! I love how you do your make up (beautiful lenses too ;))

  29. Flawless skin, the combination of lip colours, beautiful and I'm loving the contacts too.

    Well I find with BB creams I have to get more than one to get my correct colour, pointless and can get expensive. With BB creams I think it's better left to the eastern market, the western market hasn't targeted it well imo. CC creams since hearing about them last year I am intrigued by them and will definitely try them xo

  30. I'm so tempted to give this a go! :)

  31. I'm not a fan, it looks orange on my skin for some reason! Looks great on you though x


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