The Flawless-Finish Face Cream I Just Had to Try

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

As a former magazine beauty editor, editor-in-chief (Woman’s Own, Hachette Filipacchi’s Body by JakeEsthetique) and co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking her Best at Any Age (Adams Media), I’ve seen just about every kind of beauty product come across my desk.

From Dior to Avon, the new makeup lines appeared on my desk or in boxes waiting to be unwrapped for the staff to ooh and aah over. It was anathema to me to not put on a full face of makeup for work or play. I also used makeup to cover up the reddish tone to my skin caused by my sensitive skin and mild case of rosacea.

That all changed once I became pregnant with my daughter. Since it was hard enough to move around grounded by the weight of my belly, any kind of artifice lost its allure, and  I found myself eschewing makeup and focusing on just keeping my skin looking its best. Less is more became my mantra.  So I washed with Cetaphil and used a moisturizer from my dermatologist. And that was my routine. Period.

It took a year or so after giving birth to my daughter that I realized I wanted to start wearing coverup or foundation again . But, this time, I was super picky about what I was putting on my face. It had to feel good, look better; and be moisturizing as well as luminizing, to replace the glow I’d lost after late hours and indulging in worrying, my special favorite pastime as a new parent.

Searching for products in the drugstore or even retail stores was hard. Many did not do a good color match, and the result was an orangey sheen or so yellow that I looked like I had a mild case of scurvy. I found a foundation I liked by MAC, but recently they have stopped making it since they say they are reformulating it, read: I’ll never see it again. Sad horns.

Then as if by magic, I recently discovered L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifying BB Cream in the color Fair, a perfect match for my skin tone.


I was ready for a change. So I  washed my face and dotted it on it on-just one side for starters, making sure to blend carefully with my fingertips.

Flawless skin
See the blotchy and red tone to my skin here. Before applying the beautifying cream.

IMG_0435skinThe invisible beads in the products instantly changed to my skin tone and It made the blotchiness (that I normally cover with a dab of foundation) go away. I also don’t think anyone needs to wear primer or foundation if you’re wearing this product.

549860_10200685323844847_1217548027_nAnd here I am out that night with my hubby. Doesn’t my skin look flawless?

(And by the way,  the only redness on my cheeks is from blush.) I think I’m also going to check if they have a product for more mature skin that offers even more hydration to my super dry, sensitive skin.

In the meantime, I’m so glad to finally have a go-to-product I can just throw in my bag for an anytime glow.

What’s your go-to-beauty product?

Disclosure: I received a free sample of the product from the SheSpeaks Blogger Society to review. However, as always, the opinions and comments are my own. 


9 thoughts on “The Flawless-Finish Face Cream I Just Had to Try”

  1. Wow, your skin looks awesome! I need a new foundation – maybe I should try it (I am so not a make-up person). I love Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. I use it for everything from chapped lips to paper cuts. I think it is a cure all.

  2. I need to get better at applying a foundation. It is not something that I have ever done, but I am feeling more and more like it may be a good choice:)

    1. Kim,
      I do believe that less is more, especially as you grow older. I shudder when I think of how I used to shellack my face with makeup. It’s definitely worth not having to worry about the small imperfections, to dab on this cream and go. I’m doing it right now, before I leave the house. No eye makeup, just a dab of lipstick and this balm. Thanks for the kind words about my picture; getting ready for the night out took a bit more effort than just the balm, entailing an eyelash curler, tons of mascara, blush and eye shadow and liner!

  3. I wear eye makeup but never any foundation or blush – I don’t know why, guess I just got out of the habit. 😉 This, however, I should check out – I have noticed as I get older my skin isn’t as radiant as it used to be. 😉

    1. Stacy,
      It’s perfect especially for rainy days like today when I’m rushing to get out of the house. I just dab a bit on my cheeks and chin and I’m ready to go.

    1. Jenna,
      You should definitely try it. It’s worth it. Very light on the skin, and it does add a glow.

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