BEAUTY REVIEW: L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

September 27, 2012


Two letters summarize the skincare trend this fall, BB, as in BB cream. Earlier this month, I introduced you to L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, an all-in-one beauty balm that evens skin tone, illuminate the face, hydrates and corrects your complexion while protecting against sun damage.  I gave it a test drive for a week and I’m back to give you my unbiased review.

What is the L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator for?

For starters, L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator is a tinted moisturizer that provides light coverage for days when you want to take a break from makeup.  It also serves as a primer for evenings if you want something that is matte under your foundation.  It helps makeup stay in place.  I wore this BB cream each morning after washing my face and putting on moisturizer.  With its SPF coverage, it is the perfect product to wear before my morning walk/jog.  I actually found that it didn’t clog my pores.

L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator comes in two shades, light and medium, but promises to match most skin tones with its universal tint.  As an African with darker skin, the medium formula was a tad too light because of the illuminating pigment.  I couldn’t slather it on (actually I don’t think I’m supposed to slather it on). A thin layer over my moisturized skin made me glow but I’m hoping L’Oreal comes out with one more shade for darker skinned women.

How to use L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

The product is meant to be the final step in your morning skin care routine.  After cleansing, toning and protecting the eye area with eye cream, you apply a small amount of the BB Cream Illuminator all over the face.

The L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator Ingredients

With one week use, the L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

  • Provided extra moisturization during the day
  • Protected my skin with SPF 15
  • Smoothed my dry, splotchy skin
  • Provided subtle luminosity
  • Provided a matte primer for my foundation in the evenings

Toss or Take: Take!

Who is L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator for?

  • The Skin care novice who doesn’t know what facial cocktail regimen needed
  • For the gal who needs more SPF coverage
  • Budget conscious girl who can’t afford to buy five beauty products
  • For the no-fuss girl who wants light makeup coverage

Where can you get L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator & Price?

The product is available for $16.99, 2.5 fl oz, at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide.

Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes, and protects skin. In one week, tone and texture are improved and skin is healthier looking.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal Paris via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal Paris.

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