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L'Oreal's new Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator: Review

Charu Suri is a freelance beauty and travel writer and has her own travel blog, Butterflydiary.com. She loves innovative skin care and makeup finds, and also writes for Makeup.com.

How does L'Oreal's BB cream measure up?

There are creams and then there are "Beauty Balm" (BB) creams. L'Oreal is the latest brand to jump on the BB bandwagon, and its new Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator aims to do a lot: See how it measures up in our review.
L'Oreal's BB cream

Product review: L'Oreal's BB cream

There are creams and then there are "Beauty Balm" (BB) creams. L'Oreal is the latest brand to jump on the BB bandwagon, and its new Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator aims to do a lot: See how it measures up in our review.

BB creams are like mascaras these days: Every girl probably owns one. But in the crop of ever burgeoning options, L'Oreal's Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator ($17) promises several benefits, and has an impressively light texture.

Here's what the product promises:

  • Instant luminosity;
  • A broad-spectrum SPF 15 that protects skin;
  • Hyaluronic spheres that moisturize for 24 hours;
  • A pleasant light floral scent;
  • Two universal tints to flatter all complexions (light and medium).

The cream is formulated for all skin types, has a refreshing fragrance and is definitely not overpowering. It promotes an immediate lightening effect, as you can see from the before/after pictures. Compared to so many other BB creams on the market, this product also has the added benefit of being an illuminator -- so luminous skin is a healthy expectation.

The ingredients of vitamins B3 and C5 serve to brighten the skin, Pro Cysteine protects the skin from environmental aggressors and chestnut seed extract helps with natural skin exfoliation. It also promises an instant lightening effect.

Before photo

Before

After photo

After

The bottom line

There are several other brands that boast BB creams. Origins' A Perfect World cream ($35) offers hydration through Silver Tip White Tea and promises eight hours of perfection. Clinique's Age Defense BB Cream ($37) promises instant perfection and acts as a primer as well. What does L'Oreal's new offering add to the BB cream pool?

First and foremost -- the price. Many BB creams are priced over $30, and L'Oreal's offering is very affordable. Secondly, the ingredients are top notch and offer your skin the hydration and luminosity you need for that beautiful summer skin glow.

The bottom line? You won't be disappointed!

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