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Sunday, 23 August 2015

L'Oréal Paris Mat Magique


I'm not that adventurous with base makeup because once I find something I like, I stick to it. And guys, I think I'll be sticking to this for a while. The star(s) of this post are none other than the new L'Oréal Mat Magique BB Essence and L'Oréal Mat Magique BB Veil ! These two are easily going to be staples in my quick, ready-to-go makeup routine.
 I'll tell you why in a bit, but first, let's talk about the packaging.

Both products came in these metallic pink boxes and I am a huge sucker for cute packaging and these are right up my alley. Although I'm usually more attracted to sleek, classic looking make up items and the boxes they come with (read : Chanel, NARS and M.A.C packaging), L'Oréal has managed to make these look chic with the metallic pink, yet still keeping it very classy. I love the pink outer ring on the powder case and I absolutely adore the matte frosted glass they chose for the BB Essence. Feels so nice, sturdy and expensive to hold ! 




I'll insert close up photos of the boxes so you can see it better + read the info : 






Now, for up close photos of the product : 


Even by reading the descriptions on the boxes, I was already sold. The thing about the BB Veil and BB Essence, you can either wear them separately on their own, or you can wear them both at once. It just depends on your preference and what you think might work better for your skin. Most days, I get away with just moisturiser and lip balm (especially when I go to class), but some days I find my skin looking dull and extra uneven and guuurl, I gotta put something on my face quick because I'm late and I soo don't wanna slap on a full face of foundation or spend time blending out concealer so is there any solution to this first world problem ?? Ever since I got these two products up there, the answer is : YES. 

The Mat Magique BB Veil and BB Essence are now my holy grails for quick, on-the-go, effortless makeup for when I wanna put extra effort to make my complexion look nice but without any extra effort. 

I'll let you guys see more of these products, and then you can keep scrolling down to read how I apply these on my face ! 
Oh by the way, my BB Veil is in the shade N2 Nude Ochre and my BB Essence is in the shade N1 Nude Ivory
Both of these come in a few different shades respectively. 




The BB Veil has a compartment under it for the sponge applicator and also a mirror. 


The "BB Wand" for the BB Essence



According to the box of the BB Essence, I'm supposed to use the BB Wand, apply on 5 face points and spread evenly. But honestly speaking, I don't understand how anyone could only use 5 dots of this for the entire face.... I need at least 10 dots. At. Least. I also don't really enjoy using the BB Wand, but more on that when I list down the pros and cons later. 


How I use L'Oréal Mat Magique BB Essence and BB Veil 

BB Essence : 

1. Shake the bottle for at least 4 seconds to mix the powder and essence together

2. Completely ignore the BB Wand and pour a little amount on my hand.

3. Pick up the liquid using my index and middle finger, place on forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. 

4. Blend evenly using my fingers. 
*I've tried using a brush and a sponge but I find using my fingers a lot better for this formula. It's a very lightweight product, hence using a brush / sponge will only transfer and absorb most of it into the brush / sponge instead of spreading the product out. But that's my personal preference, you can use tools if you want ! No wrong or right here.

I also never put anything liquid-y unless I set it with powder so that's where the BB Veil comes in.

BB Veil : 

I swirl a powder brush into the product and focus on powdering my T-Zone (forehead and nose) because that's where I get the oiliest, 
and then I take a little bit more on my brush and lightly powder the rest of my face. That's it ! 

I use them both at once most of the time, but rarely I'm really, really late and I still want to put something on my face, I would just use the BB Veil. 

Here's a before and after shot of using BB Essence and BB Veil : 

Ignore my eyes, I was looking at myself instead of the camera lol

In the 'before' picture above, you could clearly see how pale and uneven my complexion looks with nothing on my face. 
Like seriously nothing, not even moisturiser.  I just had vaseline on my lips because they were chapped and dry looking haha. 



And look how much better my skin looks with both the BB Essence and Veil ! I also put on a bit of lipstick because I still looked a little bit pale haha. My skin instantly looks a lot more even, and healthier too ! I don't look like a walking zombie anymore lol. As for coverage, both of these give light coverage but I believe you can build it up to medium. Just don't overdo it with the powder cause then you'll look cakey. You can tell that it gives a light coverage based on the little spot I have on my forehead, the BB Essence + BB Veil combination weren't able to cover that but it's no big deal to me since I wanted the lightweight feel and coverage anyway. 

What I love about the new Mat Magique BB Essence and Mat Magique BB Veil :

Both of them have SPF in them (32 PA+++ for BB Veil, 50 PA+++ for BB Essence

Both of them are non-comedogenic a.k.a it won't clog up your pores

Both of them feel super lightweight on the skin. It feels like nothing on your face.

It does help with the oiliness I get around my T-Zone, thanks to the natural volcanic perlite infused into their formulas. The perlite absorbs skin sebum. 

They last long on my skin but not as long as their '12-Hour Fresh Matte' claim. Probably half the time on my skin but this may vary with different skin types.

What I don't love about the new Mat Magique BB Essence and Mat Magique BB Veil : 

The wand in the BB Essence. 
I don't think it's useful at all and I don't feel like it's hygienic to be dipping the wand back in the bottle again after dotting it all around my face. 

Where the mirror is in the BB Veil compact. 
I would have preferred if the mirror was under the lid instead of under the powder, where the sponge compartment is. 

How quickly the BB Essence sets on my skin. 
With this I feel like I gotta be really quick when I blend the product all over because if I leave it there for a few seconds, it gets harder to work with it. 
But this is probably because of how watery and lightweight the BB Essence is. 


All in all, I highly recommend both the L'Oréal Mat Magique BB Veil and BB Essence. Both of them are great products but you don't necessarily need both. They work perfectly on their own too ! If you want something that's quick and lightweight with awesome SPF + oiliness control, you girls should definitely give these products a go ! The BB Essence retails for RM39.90 per bottle, and the BB Veil retails for RM33.90. You can find them in major pharmacies such as Guardian and Watsons. 



I'd like to thank L'Oréal Paris Malaysia for the Mat Magique BB Essence & Mat Magique BB Veil, and also for the complimentary Color Riche Collection Star limited edition lipsticks ! 
I don't see these lipsticks in pharmacies anymore so I'm not sure if you girls can still get these, but I think they're worth mentioning here since the colours are sooo nice and super pigmented. Thank you so much, L'Oréal !



Pure Amaranthe, Pure Ruby and Pure Vermeil

If you've tried the L'Oréal Mat Magique line, what are your thoughts ? And if you haven't, would you want to ? Let me know in the comments ! 
Makeup discussions are always a lot of fun haha. Thanks for reading. x


39 comments:

  1. hi izza! :) how much was all of that?

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  2. Hi izza. Do we still need to use Mouisterizer when we are going to use bb essence and veil?

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    1. Hi ! It depends on you really, like for me I would still use moisturiser because if I have combination skin (oily some parts, dry some parts) so if I don't use moisturiser my skin tends to feel dry and tight. Plus the essence / veil makes the skin matte so that makes it extra dry haha. If you don't need it then you don't have to ! :)

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  3. Hi izza, if you dont mind, do you prefer your bourjois or this one?

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    1. Hiii. They're two really different things, Bourjois is a foundation and this is like a BB cream but watery. So foundation = heavier coverage, this one = really light coverage. So because of that my preference depends on the situation, if I'm going to class and I need a bit of coverage then this is what I'll use. If I'm going to a birthday dinner or a fashion show or anytime I want my face to look extra flawless for photos, then I'll use a real foundation.

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    2. Ahh i see! Thank you so much for your honest opinion!

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  4. what moisturizer do you love? i have combination skin as well! x

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    1. I haven't found one that I absolutely love yet, and I'm not even sure if I'm using the correct one for my skin type. I'm using Olay. For the full name, check my F.A.Q. x

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  5. Hi izza!! I really like ur post!!do u get ir for free from loreal to try it out or u purchased it? Oh and u can try elianto products as well :)..they use natural ingredients, they have nice lipstick colours and have high vanilla scent(which u like) and reasonable prices as well!!that if, ure not looking for drugstore make up and need sumting cheaper, u can try this one :)

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    1. Hii ! Thank you :) Yeah, L'Oréal sent these to me. I will soon hopefully ! I'll definitely stop by and get a few things from Elianto if I pass by their booths anytime soon. Thank you for the recommendation ! x

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  6. Hai izza. Hope you are doing good. Im sorry can i promote my carousell account at your comment section here?

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    1. Hii, hope you are too. No.. I'm sorry ! I don't see my comments section as a place for anyone to promote anything. You can try promoting it on your Instagram maybe ?

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  7. Izza, what time do you think you'll be around at the pop and soap party? I'm planning to go and hopefully I'll bump into you! :)

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    1. I'll be there from start to finish ! :) Aw yay, do come !! See you xx

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    2. if i happen to see you i'll say hi if that's okay with you though!

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    3. Yes, please do !! I love meeting new people hahaha

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  8. Alaaaa izzzaaa i wanna go this sunday but i have final exam here in perak on sunday :'(

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    1. Alaaaaa ! T.T It's okay, hopefully you'll be able to make it for the next Pop & Soap party if ada lagi :(

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  9. I don't really see any difference to your skin before and after to be honest (maybe its cause you already have naturally good skin) but looking forward to try these out especially the powder. lovely review x

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    1. Haha I'm sorry you couldn't tell the difference ! Can't wait for you to try them, thanks for reading x

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  10. Hi izza! How was the bb veil compact powder so far? I'm planning to buy one soon. However, i used to wear maybeline's white super fresh and it looks good to me but i feel like trying somethingg new. so do you think its worth for me to give it a try at this bb veil compact?

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    1. Hi ! I loveeeee it ! (I like it more than the BB Essence haha). I've never tried the White Super Fresh but yes you should try swatching the BB Veils first and see if you like the formula. To me it's worth it, the powder is so good at keeping my T-Zone shine free a little longer too.

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    2. Okay thank you so much for the feedback! :) anyway, i'm soo glad I have found your blog because all the make up/product you post and do reviews on are affordable to me :D i dont have to seat down and be like "alah mahal nya" hahahaha

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    3. Haha no problem ! Glad you like them <3

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  11. hi, how do i contact you to send free gifts?

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    1. Hi, you can email me at : izza.atirah@hotmail.com. Thanks !

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  12. Hi izza. I would like to ask you opinion, do you think is better to wear bb/cc cream or to use powder on daily basis? I mean nak pergi classes or weekend outing with friends etc. Would love to hear from you. Thanks izza. Have a great week!

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    1. Hii, I think it's completely up to you because you know your skin better ! Personally I only use moisturiser when I go to class, but on weekends if I'm going out then I would actually put in effort to use foundation, etc haha. I don't think it's wrong to wear powder or cc/bb cream on a daily basis, and I'm not sure which one is better either.. Haha. Sorry I'm not much help ! You have a great week too. x

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  13. hi izza..can i just put a bb veil on my skin without wearing a bb essence?

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    1. Hi ! Yup, of course you can ! Personally, I do that all the time:) After a while I find that the essence doesn't really work well on my skin so I just use the veil.

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    2. is there any different between bb veil ndn bb all in one?

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  14. Hi kak, saya sangat bingung memilih shades nya karena di tempat saya belum ada konternya sehingga saya akan membeli secara online
    Kalau boleh tau shade N1 dan R1 lebih terang mana kak? Saya takut no R1 kegelapan di kulit saya kak. Mohon balasanya :)

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  15. Hi kak, saya sangat bingung memilih shades nya karena di tempat saya belum ada konternya sehingga saya akan membeli secara online
    Kalau boleh tau shade N1 dan R1 lebih terang mana kak? Saya takut no R1 kegelapan di kulit saya kak. Mohon balasanya :)

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  16. Hi iza . It's really cool . I've plan to buy bb essence but i'm afraid if bb essene doesn't work because my face sometime become too oily . Which one you more prefer for oily skin ? Bb essence or bb veil ?

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    1. Hi Riena, I'd definitely recommend you to get the BB Veil. After using the essence for a while, I decided that it wasn't really suitable for my oily-combination skin so I passed it on to a friend of mine. But the BB Veil, I'm still using it until this very day. Hope this helps !

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  17. Hi izza. Does this BB veil can cause breakout? I have a sensitive skin😢

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    1. Hii ! I can't speak for all skin types because everyone's skin reacts differently.. but when I used it, it didn't cause me to breakout at all. Felt like my skin was dry a bit but no breakouts for sure. My skin is a lot more sensitive now and I haven't tried it since, so I'm not sure how it'll affect sensitive skin T.T

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