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A little while ago when there was all the hype around BB creams being released I immediately knew that I wanted to try one. I have quite sensitive skin which makes me quite nervous about trying new skin care products as if my skin doesn't like it you will know about it generally with a skin breakout! I decided I would go for this BB cream from Garnier as my skin tends to respond well to Garnier products. ""What is BB Cream?"" BB stands for 'Blemish Balm' and is an export from the Asian skin care market. It is designed to give you a lighter coverage than foundation. ""Garnier BB cream Miracle Skin Perfector"" The other reason I decided to go for this Garnier product was because it had so many good claims such as; even skin tone, boost glow, blurs imperfections, smoothes fine skin, 24 hour hydration and SPF 15 UV protection. Quite an impressive list for one product! ""Packaging"" The BB cream comes in a squeezey tube that sits on its head allowing the product to flow through and be squeezed out of the tube easily. I keep it in the box especially when travelling as I fear that because it is so easy to squeeze I could end up with a BB cream catastrophe. ""Using the BB cream"" I have quite a pale skin tone so naturally I went for the light shade of cream. When I first squeezed it out I thought it looked incredibly dark but I persevered. Normally I wouldn't notice the scent of a foundation but since this is more of a cream it does have a nice scent to it which kind of reminds me of sun cream. To use I simply put four dots of product on each corner of my face, my forehead, my cheeks and my chin, and then rub in like I would a moisturiser. To my surprise once I started rubbing the product in it did look lighter and was actually quite a good match for my skin tone. It blends into my skin easily and does not look at all cakey. This does even out my skin tone and reduces and redness that I might have. In terms of coverage you have to remember this is only a BB cream. It does have coverage to an extent but if you have large or darker blemishes you will need to use concealer. I have used concealer with this product and they blend excellently together. In terms of longevity I have put this on before and 8 hour shift at work and still feel confident that my skin is looking good at the end of my shift. One thing I would say about this particular product is that I would not wear it if you have oily skin. On my skin the product gives a dewy finish but I think if you already had oily skin this would just make your skin worse, ""Price and Availability"" You can buy this product for around £9.99 in various high street stores and online ""Conclusion"" I really like this product as it makes a nice change to wearing foundation. It is much lighter and can be applied quicker. For days when you want to give your skin a bit of a break, you do not have time to apply foundation or you simply cannot be bothered this is perfect. I have also used this as a base coat before applying foundation for a night out and it really helps to keep my makeup in place without having to touch up. I would rate this product 4 stars.
I had heard about the fuss and read many an article praising it but having never tried a BB cream before, when I saw a tube in my local pharmacy I thought it was high time that I tried it out. It was a mystery to me what BB actually stood for. I had assumed that it stood for "Bare Beauty" or "Blemish Balm" or something similar, but a quick search online actually reveals that it stands for "Beauty Balm". BB is a quirky little reference I think as it rolls off the tongue easily, but with the definition now clear to me I assumed that the product would be a tinted moisturiser or tinted balm, rather like the consistency of Vaseline. How wrong I was. ~Product Packaging~ When I took the product home I took a good look at the packaging, after all it is important to me to understand the product before I use it. On the front of the small box we are told that this is Garnier BB Cream and that it is a "miracle skin perfector". In addition we are told the skin benefits of using this cream such as the fact that it evens skin tone, smoothes fine lines, provides 24 hour hydration and has SPF 15. All good claims I thought, but would they actually stand up? This cream comes in two colour ways those being 'light' and 'medium' and as I have quite fair looking skin for the majority of the year I opted for the light option. Turning my box over, there is a further bit of information including how this cream works and whether the product is right for you. I understand that there are different BB creams for younger and more mature skin types, however being in my twenties I got the standard cream. Interestingly, I could find no usage instructions on the box which I found rather disappointing. You might say; "how difficult can it be to apply a cream?" however for me I really like to get an idea of how to apply a product to get the best results out of it. Opening the lid of my box, the tube of cream sits inside and houses 50ml of cream. The tube is a pale nude colour with a flip top cap and this colour is a close fit to the actual colour of the cream inside. ~The BB Cream~ Opening the tube, by simply flipping the lid open I had high hopes for this cream. Looking at the colour of the cream around the rim of the nozzle I was pleased with my colour choice. The very pale beige promised to sit perfectly on my skin without the dreaded tide marks. Squeezing a dollop out of the tube for my own analysis only I was slightly surprised at the consistency of this cream. The cream is definitely cream-like in consistency with a slightly heavy foundation feel which is neither liquid of runny. Despite this, the cream rubbed easily into my hand which I used for the purposes of testing the colour. It was the smell of this cream that left the best impression when I first sampled it. Unlike a foundation which can smell ever so slightly artificial, this cream smells summery and light with what I can only describe as a slightly fruity undertone. This meant that it was a real pleasure when I first applied this product to my face. ~Application and Use~ Applying this product is really quite simple and I prefer to wash my face and apply my usual daily moisturiser before starting. Once ready to go, with the hair scraped off my face, the cream can be applied to the skin by simply applying gentle pressure to the sides of the tube at which point a small dollop will squeeze out of the circular nozzle. I find that a pea sized dollop is usually adequate, however when I am having slightly less good skin days extra dollops are used as and when required. I like to apply a dot of cream to each area of my face including forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then rub slowly across my face. The smell of this cream gives my skin a soft scent which I love and one which lingers on my face all day. Although I tend not to use a concealer when using this cream as I find it gives enough coverage, I guess that you probably could for slightly more noticeable blemishes. ~The Results~ Before I begin with the results of this cream it is perhaps useful if I explain my skin type. I have pale skin which has a smattering of light freckles across my nose and forehead from the sun. I also suffer from slightly dull looking skin under my eyes which is beginning to show the odd fine line. Although I am in my twenties, I would have to say that my skin is quite dry and can feel tight before I apply moisturiser. The results of this cream are good and are infinity preferable in my opinion to that of a heavier foundation. The cream rubs easily across my skin and looks very much like a tinted moisturiser only one with a slightly heavier consistency. Once spread across my face, the cream looks shiny and gives a shimmery glow to my skin which is good at hiding the fine lines around my eyes. This cream does mask my freckles slightly and definitely brightens my under eye area, however to really test out whether this cream perfected my skin I did apply it to half my face and not the other to see how my face would compare before and after use. In my opinion, the half of my face which did have the cream looked slightly softer than the side without. Although not completely covered my freckles did look less noticeable and my fine lines less obvious. In this sense, I definitely agree that this cream did blur my blemishes and make them look less noticeable. Although I am happy with the results of this cream, I wasn't too keen on the high shine that it gave to my face which although leaving my skin feeling nourished also made it look like I had just finished a work out. Therefore I did perfect my look with a dusting of powder to give a more polished look although I guess this is up to personal preference. Over the day I find that this cream sits on my skin and leaves it feeling nourished and incredibly soft to the touch. The cream does not sink into my fine lines over the course of the day as a foundation might and retains a blurred appearance to my skin which lasts all day. Another thing that I really like about this cream is the fact that my skin does not feel too "made up" meaning quite simply that it feels natural and like it doesn't have makeup on during the day despite looking glowing. Therefore in answer to the product claims I find that this cream does indeed even my skin tone and smooth fine lines. Although this product claims that it provides 24 hour hydration, I have yet to test this claim. Being someone who likes to scrub every trace of makeup from my skin at the end of every day, I am not likely to test the 24 hours theory, however I can say that this cream does make my skin feel less dry. The added SPF 15 is another bonus as it can't hurt to protect my skin even more than my moisturiser already does. ~Price and Availability~ I bought this BB cream from my local pharmacy and paid £8 for it. I have also seen it in such cosmetics stores as Boots for a similar price. In my opinion this is a good price to pay for a product that is essentially a moisturiser, concealer and foundation all in one little tube. Plus a little goes a long way and having used my cream for a couple of weeks now the tube still looks pretty full when I hold it up to the light. ~Summary~ I enjoy using this product and it has now become a part of my daily routine. It is easy to apply, blurs my skin and makes me look healthier overall. Plus is has a lovely scent. For these reasons this product scores an excellent five stars from me and comes recommended. I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
BB creams are new territory for me, Collection 2000's gave me a bad first impression and I felt slightly sceptical to stray from my trusty foundations. I suffer with blemishes sometimes like most girls and I'm always looking for a quick fix to cover them up and take them away! I'm not sure what really made me decide upon Garnier's BB cream other than just wanting something new. There is nothing wrong with my regular products but sometimes its nice to just see what else is on the market. Funnily enough, I hadn't even noticed it being hyped within the blogging world until I'd brought/tried this one - now its everywhere! Part of me really wants to find a flaw with this product because it seems wrong that it should work so well for my skin, but there really isn't one! I know the product is anti-ageing but I much prefer these types of foundation as I find that they make my skin look more glowing. If you look at the contrast between my hand before and after rubbing it in, you can see the difference in how much nicer my skin looks - minus the patchy tan! Colour wise, I purchased the light because without tan I am one pasty little ghosty - plus bronzer can always be added if needs be. Colour wise, I'd say this is definitely more of a beige and it has a much more 'medium' colouring than was expected, if you're quite pale then avoid this or maybe mix it in with a moisturiser so that it doesn't look too un-natural. As for consistency and coverage, it cannot be faulted! I really liked that it was relatively thick but without being too heavy and it applied well to the skin with a buffer or stipple brush, although I think I may of put too much face cream on before hand as it took a while to sink in. When applied however, it stayed put and didn't go streaky or patchy at all - neither did it collect mascara and eyeliner like some seem to do! On the whole, I am really impressed with this BB cream and its definitely changed my opinion and I think that I was wrong to judge them over one bad product! I'd definitely repurchase it, if its on offer than even better.
Overall i would say this product is fairly good, it does do what it claims to do, however in my opinion it doesn't excel. I found that the colour of this product is a little darker than expected, i would also say that it is only good at covering minor imperfections. To cover more severe imperfections i would recommend mixing with a non-oil based foundation. However this product is good to use underneath makeup. I mainly use it as a replacement for my moisturiser and my primer as it does both well. Particularly if you use powder makeup as it prevents skin becoming dry and keeps the powder on for a long amount of time as well as allowing for a more natural look. I would say this product is a good price, although this product comes in a relatively small size, i find that only a small amount is needed to cover the whole face.
I first discovered "blemish balm" cream some years ago - apparently Korean celebrities had appropriated a formulation used to cover facial scars from cosmetic surgery and from accidents to adorn their pristine, poreless faces. I initially saved up to buy a Korean brand, but caved as the popularity of BB cream soared and fell to trying out British versions. This is the second British BB cream I've tried, after Rimmel's, and it is by far my favourite. =The Product= Garnier BB cream comes in a semi-transparent, beige-tinted squeeze tube. It's printed with the name of the product, the variation - there are "anti-ageing" and "sensitive" varieties, along with three shades, light, medium, and dark - and, at the top, the Garnier logo. This review concerns the "sensitive", "light" BB cream. The cream is relatively viscous, but comes out of the tube in quite a thin stream, so the product isn't wasted. It has no fragrance that I can detect. A 50ml tube retails for £9.99, but I found m,ine at an independent chemist at a sale price of £7.50. =Use= To use the cream, squirt it into your hand and smooth it, using a brush or fingertips, over your face. Take care to blend it in at the jaw line, or you'll find yourself with a dramatically more porous neck! At first, the cream seems quite oily and greasy on the skin, but, thankfully, this effect quickly fades as the product settles into the skin. The cream feels quite pleasant on the face once the initial moisture overload has passed, and the skin becomes fresh, surprisingly matte, and firm. Upon application, the skin immediately looked smoother, less porous, and less embarrassingly acne-ridden. I spread it, as one would a foundation, across my face with a brush, and it all but eliminated the pores on my cheeks. It didn't quite catch out the darker pores around my T-zone, however; but it did such a good job of my cheeks, chin, and forehead that I'm willing to forgive it for not being a match for the worst my face can throw at it. My one bone to pick with the cosmetic side of the BB cream is that it doesn't come in terribly many shades - just ballpark "light", "medium", and "dark". The "light" is very nearly light enough for me, but not quite - it isn't noticeably too dark, but I have to be very, very careful to smooth the cream in so as not to be left with an ugly jawline. Despite being a very efficaceous moisturiser, primer, and firmer, it's important to remember that BB cream is still, in essence, foundation. It'd be ill-advised to sleep wearing this; I washed mine off before I went to bed, and reapplied in the morning. I'm prone to breakouts of acne, but this cream didn't provoke my skin into any such thing, even after two consecutive days of wearing the cream. I also didn't have to reapply the cream at all; despite lying face-down, eating messy meals (try to eat noodles without disrupting your makeup), and, er, crying, the effects of the cream didn't budge all day, and I had considerable trouble washing it off at night! =Conclusion= Garnier's BB cream is the best of the two BB creams that I've been able to try so far. It's pleasing to use, once the initial grease passes; it's unperfumed, so the scent won't annoy you; it covers, for the most part, evenly and effectively; and it doesn't cause skin irritation. The shades are not very varied, ad it doesn't quite eliminate all pores, but it gives the blemishes on my skin a good run for their money. I award this BB cream four out of five stars.
For a long time now I've been reading and hearing alot about BB Creams and the likes. Intrigued and impressed by what I heard I decided it was about time I tried it to see what all the fuss was about and I opted in the end to buy Garnier B.B Cream in the Light option as I have a very fair skin-tone. What is B.B Cream?: Basically it can be used in place of moisturiser, as a make up base (primer), a concealer or as a foundation! Its a very versatile product indeed. The Packaging: The tube comes in a black and dark green box with a picture of the tube on the front of it and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it can be used daily and is meant to give immediately perfected skin 'Evens tone + boosts glow, Blurs imperfections, Smoothes fine lines, Gives 24h hydration and contains an SPF 15 UV protection' and that it contains Vitamin C + Mineral Pigments and that it is Dermatologically Tested and then other information listed on the other sides of the box includes being told a bit more about the product, the ingredients are listed, I am told that my tube is 50ml in size and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. Inside the box you get a squeezy light bronze coloured plastic tube and on that again we are told what it is and who it is by on the front of it, on the back we are told in many languages what it is, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for the manufacturer are again given and it has a white plastic flip top opening to the base of it and the product is easy to squeeze out of the small hole it has which is concealed by that. Using It: I use this instead of a plain moisturiser or in place of my usual foundation and I find the B.B Cream is quite thick however a little does go a long way and it has no fragrance to it at all and is really simple and straightforward to blend leaving my skin with a dewy look which is not one bit greasy in feeling and my skin feels really smooth to the touch and it feels hydrated for ages too. This product makes claims that it 'can help' with dullness issues, covering up imperfections, help to tone down redness and sunspots and to help with the appearance of wrinkles. However although I find this ok at making my general skin-tone look a bit more even it doesn't really help with any redness I have and although I think my skin looks brighter and slightly fresher for using it and for a good few hours too this doesn't lighten up some discoloured skin I have on my forehead or to lighten and even up the skin that is rather freckled and dark on certain areas of my face which is why I bought this in the first place to be honest. For me this is simply a tinted moisturiser that is pleasant enough to use on a day to day basis rather than heavy enough for evening wear, it does stay put rather well and it does make my skin feel nice and soft and its easy enough to remove at the end of the day with my usual make up removing routine however I am not overly impressed with this product and was expecting more from it! This is available in various sizes and this tube cost me £6.66 for my 50ml tube from Amazon and it is stocked in Boots and Superdrug and the likes. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a light user of foundation and concealer from time to time. Following all this craze about BB creams that has lasted ages, I decided to try this Garnier BB Cream which I thought would be a good way to save time and, well, the way people were going on about it I thought that I really could One small 50ml tube of BB cream cost me almost £10 (£9.99 to be exact) at my Boots store; expensive for a foundation, but surprisingly cheap for a miracle. The BB cream is packaged in a tube (once you remove it from its cardboard box outer packaging) with a flip open and flip close lid. There is the Garnier logo on the top front and the product name below on the back is basically BB cream translated into 9 different languages. Overall, quite average looking, nothing that really stands out, either good or bad, about it. There are no instructions for use on the actual tube and by the time I realised I had already thrown the cardboard packaging away. Still, it looked pretty simple to operate. You simply squeeze to push the cream out. It is not quite as formal as you maybe would have expected from a foundation; this reminds me more of a facial moisturiser or cleanser tube. But that doesn't bother me. What bothers me is that I find this BB cream quite ineffective. The texture is just like you would find with foundation, so I applied it just like I would with foundation. The cream blends in to your face after a while, but with no visible difference. I thought that the mixture was a tiny bit on the greasy side and all day I felt like there was something on my face (particularly with my forehead) that I didn't want to be there. Not a particularly comfortable experience I can tell you. I have a problem. On the tube it states that it is a 'Miracle Skin Perfector', in quite big green letters as well. I really don't see it. I think most low end concealers could have done a better job, and really, I see no visible difference. So in effect, this is nothing but an overpriced, not that effective foundation which I could obtain for a few pounds at most. That is no miracle. And the worst thing is, I still have an almost full tube of near useless Garnier BB cream at hand which I paid quite a handsome sum for. My only praise for it is its smell, which smells lightly sweet and fruity which beats some of the horrible chemical smelling foundations available. But if I wanted a nice scent, I would have bought some perfume instead. Maybe it's just me that doesn't like it, as I have friends who have raved on about its usefulness. However, judging by the number of low star ratings for this product on Dooyoo, I have to conclude that this is indeed an overrated product not worth the trouble of dealing with. It just doesn't live up to its expectations. With that in mind, I would not recommend this product and would give it 1 out of 5 stars. The 1 star is for trying.
I have heard so much about these creams in magazines and on the television recently that I just had to try one of them as they sounded brilliant! I went to superdrug and looked at a couple of the creams available. I chose this one as I thought it looked and sounded the best this was also the one I had seen advertised. I wanted to get some of this as I have now started getting more and more freckles and age spots on my face and wanted to try and get a clear and even tone to my skin (like the ones you see on the tv adverts!). I also have a scar on my face which I am conscious of and always want to try and cover as much as possible. I wear foundation already so wanted this cream to go under this just to provide a base for my make up really. The thing I liked best about the cream was that it had a brightening agent which I thought would make my skin look good and take away that dull tired look that my skin sometimes has. The tube is kind of sparkely and that also attracted me to it as i could imagine that my skin would look lovely and bright like this after I had applied the cream. I got a tube of it from superdrug it was on offer for around £7 but I think it said it normally retails at around £10 so it certainly isn't cheap The cream comes in a couple of different shades, I chose the medium one as my skin isnt really fair but isnt dark either so this seemed like the best option for me. When I applied the cream I was really impressed by how easily it smoothed onto my skin. It really felt lovely when I was applying it. The coverage I achieved was very even and you can definitely tell that it has been applied. I think it gave my skin a lovely glow. You dont need much of the cream to cover your face as it is quite thin and therefore glides over quite a large area with just a little bit. I did go on to apply my usual foundation over the top but it looked really good and my skin looks much more even. I think my foundation was easier to apply over this cream rather than just directly onto my skin. My makeup stayed looking good and in place all day so I was very pleased. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is trying to cover up little skin imperfections.
All the hype surrounding Blemish Balm Creams instantly made me want to try one and as I had fairly good experiences with Garnier products before, I decided to buy this. First impressions were good as the match was right for my pale skin and the product blended very well and was easy to apply. The coverage was good too and blemishes and large pores were diminished. What I hoped for was staying power as my skin is oily and trying to combat shine throughout the day is a constant battle. I usually seal my foundation with a face powder because of this and I found that I needed to do the same with this product also. I was pleasantly surprised however, that as the day wore on just a dab of powder or a blot with a tissue was enough to restore a fresh faced look. What I also liked was the "clean" feeling on my skin which lasted all day. Some foundations can tend to make you feel like reaching for the scrubbing brush by late afternoon but this BB Cream just felt light and fresh and a million miles away from that "plastered" look some make up can give you . When it came to taking it off, that too was an easy experience as it washed away cleanly and a final face wipe removed any last traces. Taking everything into consideration I would recommend this product to anyone who does not like a heavy foundation but is looking for good coverage which matches and flatters the complexion. As I have already stated, oily skin will need touching up throughout the day with a light powder or blotting tissue, but I would say it was well worth trying. I would also commend this product as good value for money as in my experience, a tube of Garnier BB Cream will last far longer than many other higher priced foundations.
I don't wear a lot of make up, and I hate the feeling of being caked in it, so after hearing about BB creams and then given the chance to try one by my mum who let me borrow this Garnier Miracle SKin Perfector I was very keen to get my own to use. My skin is blemish prone but I just do not like foundation on my skin, plus I have to be very careful with certain make up products, otherwise my skin could flare up more. After trying my mum's Garnier BB cream I was sold and went out and purchased my own in Boots, where it is currently on offer for £7.50 for a 50ml tube - not cheap, but I was willing to pay this given how I liked the results. Although this BB cream comes in different tones, I chose the light simply because that was the one I was lent by my mother and it seemed to suit my skin colour. I'm quite glad I had tried in advance, because otherwise I would have been more likely to have opted for the medium tone. BB (Blemish Balm) cream claims to give you clear, perfect looking skin, thanks to the mineral pigment it contains. Skin is meant to look smoother, and little blemishes or lines can be hidden. This Garnier BB cream also claims to offer 24 hour hydration, so your skin should no dry out, and there is also the added UV protection, offering the wearer SPF 15 to help protect skin when out and about, particularly useful coming into the summer season. The other big benefit of a BB cream is that it is supposedly an all in one product, as you can be versatile in how you use it. It can be worn as a primer, or on its own, or even alongside a powder foundation. When I first used this cream, I loved the fact that when I applied it to my skin, it felt so light, and seemed to just absorb into the skin, leaving my skin feeling as if it had nothing on it. It blends easily on the skin too, and I can use my fingers to blend it, rather than having to use any other product. In fact, I would say that it feels much more like a moisturiser which I much prefer. There is a nice clean scent to the product as well, which doesn;t linger, so even if you don't like it, it doesn't stay around for long. If I had one complaint to make, I would say that if you do have a blemish, you would probably still need to use a little bit of concealer to hide the blemish in its entirety, which is a little disappointing but it isn't a big issue, but I wouldn't therefore say that it lives up to its claims that it is an all in one product. All in all, I really do like this BB cream and will continue to use it, and I think it is great for those that don't like foundation, but still want a flawless complexion. As I said, you would need something extra if you do have a lot of blemishes, but other than that I really like this product.
Bought this on impulse today, and am already convinced that I've found something really good. My ultimate criteria for foundation-type products is that they provide coverage without people being able to tell that I'm wearing any... and for someone with combination shiny/flaky skin, this is even better than Maybelline's awesome Dream Matte Mousse!! And as for evening skin tone and combatting pores and blemishes.... it does! When I first put it on I thought I'd wasted my money, because it seemed to add a hint of foundation without actually improving the look of my skin... half an hour later, it really had reduced the size/obviousness of my pores, reduced uneven redness under one of my eyes and given me a really healthy, natural looking glow. Most foundation-type products only get worse from application, but for a time at least, this gets better! Seven hours on from application, it's now looking a little shiny and oily, so if you have greasier skin or want it to last into the evening, you might want to apply some powder around the 5-7hour mark. But that's longer than my Matte Mousse lasts before it starts collecting in my acne scars, letting shine through and showing up skin flakes (I'm making my skin sound really bad - it's pretty much normal to be honest, I'm just a self-conscious perfectionist), so I'm still pleased! And here's the weird thing - it improves when combined with Riemann's P20 Sunscreen (SPF 50+)! Random I know, but I was testing out the combination to roadtest the sunscreen for a trip to Kenya and not only did applying the BB cream on top of the sunscreen (5mins later) help it blend and look more like my natural skin, and faster than elsewhere on my face (I tried half my face with the sunscreen and half without), it also REDUCED shine and grease. In fact, as I write, the parts of my face that had a layer of sunscreen underneath still look smoother, healthier, more natural, less shiny, and they feel less greasy to the touch than the areas where the BB cream went straight onto my skin. Maybe it helps the cream to absorb better?? So this is a real winner for travel, although perhaps with the SPF 15/20 already in the BB cream, factor 50+ sunscreen is a bit of an overkill... Let's just hope the mosquitos don't like the smell. Anyway, even without the sunscreen, I could easily see this becoming an everyday product in the UK too. Hurray for Garnier! P.S. 18 yr old girl with pale pink skin - no tan/beige tones whatsoever, only white-palepink-red scale. Usually buy 'Ivory' skin products. Colour was fine!
This is the product you were promised when you first got excited about makeup. Firstly, like all Garnier it smells good, actually it smells goooood. It's also easy to apply going on somewhat like a face cream and the moisturizer leaves your skin feeling fresh even after you've washed it off (which is rare when you think about it when was the last time you removed makeup and felt fresh without the aid of any other product?). Now I could write lengthy 80s rock ballads about my love for this product but I will point out its few flaws. Despite being amazingly good at evening skin tone and making you look airbrushed (skin perfector) if you have a pimple, like a nasty one, you need something a little stronger (I tend to use a stick foundation over pimples then cover with this). Next is the shine. You're good for about three hours but then, like Cinderella rushing home before the carriage turns into a pumpkin, you need to find a loo (bathroom for our American friends) and recover because you're about to be shinier than a new dollar. I have found, however, that this lessens if you dust power over the top (and yes the same thing happens with the oil free). Finally, the shades a very dark, I'm quite pale and it wasn't a problem but I have a friend who's normally a medium and had to go with light because it's so dark. (side note, it's not animal friendly but that's a problem with Garnier in general so I won't deduct stars from this product for that) Those are the only bad points. The coverage is fantastic, a little goes a mile (especially with the very runny oil free), it evens and yeah perfects normal looking skin (by normal I mean no massive spots), it comes in oil free (I've tried and loved both) it's SPF 15, melanoma is Australia's leading cancer, and smells divine. This really is that lazy girl product that turns your just out of bed 'meh' into perfection.
When BB Creams were launched to the market last year the beauty bloggersphere went crazy for them. The Garnier BB Cream (Beauty Blemish Balm) was the most prominent one so I rushed out and bought it. It was £9.99 from Boots, the tagline being the 'Miracle Skin Perfector'. I bought this in light to match my pale skin tones and took it home excited to use it the next morning. This promised to smooth and even out skin tone giving a smooth base. To be honest I was rather disappointed. The product itself is like a tinted moisturiser, but with a bit coverage. It took about two pea sized dollops to cover my face, and gave a light coverage which meant I had to wear foundation on top to even my skin. If you are not a wearer of foundation but want a slight coverage this may be a good one for you. It felt quite greasy on my skin, and had slight 'shimmer' to it to give you a glowy appearance. I wasn't a fan the first time I used it but decided to continue to use it. I wore this under my foundation instead of a primer for around 2 weeks. In this time I noticed my skin had started to breakout, could have been a coincidence, but when I stopped using it, it cleared up. I do have combinaton skin anyway so don't let this put you off trying it. I didn't see a need for this product. As previously said, if you wear tinted moisturiser or a very light foundation, this could work, but for me it's a no. I would rather spend the money on a Stila primer.
MY EXPERIENCE When I first heard of the BB Cream it sounded very promising. The advert claimed it would do 7 different things to your skin to make you look flawless and radiant. Instead of going out there and buying it straight away, I ordered a few samples. Needless to say, I was not impressed. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT I am sure this would be a good foundation substitute if you had nice skin already, however I have quite a few spots and blackheads. It was also a nice colour and smell. WHAT I DON'T LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT IT It was not thick at all, probably the thinnest foundation I have come across. It was like water it was that thin. It was slimy and didn't cover up any of the flaws on my face. Also I felt most of it had been removed after an hour. OVERALL I would not recommend this to a friend, at all. I have a different BB cream now which is perfect when I need suttle make up. This product was ridiculous though.
I found this BB cream to be very orangey when applied to the skin, despite having got the light product. I have to mix it with a lighter foundation to allow for nice colour combination with my skin. Sometimes, i don't use this cream because i cannot deal with the patchiness that i find this cream creates. It is a nice feeling cream on the skin but for the price, i wish i'd chosen a better BB cream. Also, usually on beauty products in boxes, there are directions for use, and since this product is found with face creams etc, you'd expect directions, but the box contains no more information than the BB cream hype, promising you flawlwss skin etc. Which i have failed to achieve. Needless to say i find this product is not good enough for lighter skin. Maybe a more tanned person would benefit, but the lack of directions i find to be not good enough for this product.