Product Type: Garnier body care
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Not worth the hype!
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Light
Member Name: zombieflesh
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Light
Date: 01/02/12, updated on 01/02/12 (92 review reads)
Advantages: lightly moisturising, evens skintone
Disadvantages: far too dark, made my skin look dirty, hard to blend, does not cover blemishes
B.B. Creams (short for Blemish Balm) launched in the UK not long ago, amid a flurry of media buzz and lots of hype regarding their miraculous benefits. There are loads of different varieties available now, but I believe that Garnier's B.B. Cream was the first to hit the shelves. There was a big marketing campaign to promote this new release, and as part of this they gave away a mass of free samples via their website. I signed up and received one of these promotional sample packs, which included 3 x sample sachets and a £1.00 money off coupon. Not bad, I thought, and I was keen to try this for myself after seeing loads of positive reviews in glossy mags and beauty blogs.
~What is Miracle Skin Perfector?~
"It's your latest beauty secret... An all-in-one, super dooper, anytime, anywhere skincare solution for perfect-looking skin. Use it on its own, use it as a primer, when you get up, after the gym, a post-work touch up, a pre-date beautifier...the list is endless."
Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfector is a multi-tasking product which claims to offer a wide range of benefits. It's part moisturiser, part foundation, and can be used daily to perfect skin, as well as using for touch-ups when needed. I tried using my sample pack on its own after cleansing my skin, without using any other primer or moisturising product, and I did not apply any foundation or concealer make-up afterwards as I wanted to see the full effect of how it worked on my skin. The B.B. Cream claims to do it all, but can it really meet those high expectations?
~What does Garnier B.B. Cream do?~
+ EVENS +
The B.B. Cream is supposed to even out the skintone to give a flawless and softened look. I found that the texture of the cream was nice and light, and felt somewhere between a moisturising cream and a mousse foundation. I applied it directly to my face using my fingertips, but upon application I saw the immediate issue I was going to have. This B.B. Cream is described as "Light" which I had assumed would apply to the shade. I have very pale skin and was expecting that this would suit my complexion. However, the cream was far too dark against my skin and as I was rubbing it in it did not seem to blend properly like a foundation would, and the colour just sat on top of my face leaving it looking like a poor fake tan job, and was even a little streaky in some places. It was very hard to me to get an even coverage as it was clearly visible where I had not applied any against my jawline, neck and ears and there was a stark contrast. I decided my only option was to spread it down over my neck as well so there was no obvious shift in colour tone, but even then this looked odd compared to my natural colour. I must say that despite the colour not matching it did still manage to make my face look even overall, but to me it looked like I'd not washed for a week and was collecting a nice even layer of dirt... not a good look for my naturally pale skin.
+ COVERS +
When you look at your own face you tend to see all the flaws, even the tiniest of things. I have slightly large pores, visible veins on my eyelids, awful panda-style dark circles under my eyes that I simply cannot shift, and some areas of redness across my nose. So for my peace of mind there is a lot that needs to be covered! The B.B. Cream did give an even colour after a little work (although it didn't match my skintone) and it did also manage to make my pores look less visible, as well as covering over the redness and veiny eyelids. However, considering that this is a Blemish Balm by name, it did not work to cover up my blemishes! My dark circles were still there as bold as ever, and the rogue spot that was developing on the side of my chin was not masked at all. This was quite disappointing as to get a decent looking finish you would still need to cover up with concearler, which then reduces the benefit of using an all-in-one product in the first place.
+ ILLUMINATES +
The cream did not seem to brighten or illuminate my skin, but I expect that's probably because it's already darker than my natural skintone so the colour looks off and was a little dull overall. The colour appeared quite solid and it did not pick up any highlights on areas such as my brows or cheek bones where you might expect a bit of lightness.
+ HYDRATES +
This is one area where the B.B. Cream actually worked for me. As a moisturiser it is quite light, and was absorbed easily into my skin. I have combination type skin so don't want anything too rich, and this suited my needs really well. I often get oily patches start to appear around my nose and chin throughout the course of the day, but with this B.B. Cream I did not notice any shine and my skin was under control and managable the whole day through without having to touch up or use blotting paper. This cream left my skin with a fresh, light feeling that did not weigh down or make me feel clogged up. I even saw a slight hint of "dewyness" after it was first applied which is lovely for a youthful look. I was really happy with this aspect of the product, but the other negatives heavily outweigh my opinion of the product in general.
+ PROTECTS +
The B.B Cream also contains SPF15 which is great for some added sun protection and can be worn year-round to reduce the effects of premature ageing from sun damage. I'm pleased to see that this is a standard inclusion in the product as this is an important factor and it makes it easy to include SPF in your daily routine without having to use a separate product.
To sum up, I am very glad that I received a sample of this to try before going out and purchasing the product. On the positive side it works nicely as a light moisturiser and contains SPF15. It also does help to provide an even skin tone. However, the big bad negative points for me are that it is just too dark for my skin, and with it being so hard to blend the colour I ended up with a heavily coated face that looked like I was trying out fake tan. It also doesn't work well enough to cover blemishes such as under-eye dark circles or spots, so a concealer or other make-up is still required to get a full finish. I could possibly recommend this as worth a try if you don't have pale skin, but find that the Light label is misleading and I would never choose to try this again unless they come out with a Ultra-light version! Not a great introduction to the world of B.B. Creams.
Summary: Glad I tried a sample, definitely not a good product for me!