Product Type: Garnier body care
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Garnier B.B. Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Light
Member Name: walsha11
Garnier B.B. Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Light
Advantages: nice tinted moisturiser, simple and clean packaging.
Disadvantages: doesn't do what it says
I bought this product some time last year when it first came out - there was quite a lot of hype about it in women's magazines hailing it as a miracle skin product so I just had to try it and see. I purchased the light coloured cream as I have a rather pale complexion with freckles. I use tinted moisturisers in combination with my foundation so I felt this would be a great addition to my make up bag if it lived up to the consumer excitement. I was also preparing for a holiday in Dubai and while I wanted to go out in the evenings with a freshly applied face I knew that in the heat this might be uncomfortable with a heavy foundation. I thought this cream could be used as a replacement for foundation in the hot climate, being more comfortable and achieving a fresher face. Overall, my expectation were high and I think given the advertisement for this product and the price I was justified in having these hopes for the cream.
Garnier is a brand I really trust - having used many of their products for years and also experimenting with a variety of different things in their range. There are a few things from Garnier which remain staples in my beauty regime and generally I think they offer really great quality products at affordable prices. I thought the packaging for this product was characteristically clean and simple. It comes in a 100ml tube with a flip lid. The plastic tube is squeezable and lightweight, beige in colour with the Garnier logo and additional information about the cream. It has a white plastic lid which easily flips open and a decent sized application hole. The only thing I don't like about the packaging is that around the application hole the plastic is raised so I find it can smear a little on the lid - no major criticism and nothing a baby wipe couldn't sort out. Otherwise the packaging is both functional and nice to look at - Garnier always used very fresh colours which help to give the impression of natural ingredients that are good for your skin. This is no exception though the beige colour does indicate it is a cosmetic rather than stand alone moisturiser.
The product itself has a lovely fresh, fruity smell which I really liked. The consistency is thinner than a foundation and it although it isn't thin or watery it does feel very wet on your fingers and when applied to your face. It dries relatively quickly which is a positive as I hate to have to wait for products to dry (I often apply my make up in a rush!). I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the product in terms of what it had claimed to be able to do for my skin. It is advertised as a blemish balm (yes, that's what BB stands for) and it is said to 'perfect skin and event tone with a boosted glow'. Well, I certainly thought it gave me an added glow but as for perfect skin and evening tone I have to say it did neither. It is also purported that the cream 'blurs imperfections and smoothes fine lines'. It simply doesn't. I think what this cream is essentially is a nice tinted moisturiser with a whole lot of spiel added to convince consumers to buy. The thing is that I like to use tinted moisturisers, and this is by no means a bad one - in fact judge simply by that criteria it is a lovely one. Garnier have simply claimed that this product does more than it actually can. I have no real issue with the product itself I just think the marketing is wildly misleading.
I did end up using this on holiday as an alternative to my foundation and found it was perfect for this use. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and adds a little colour and glow. I then applied my usual powder over the top and it gave me a dewy, fresh complexion ready for a night out in a hot country. I still use this product most days as I have repurchased it. I tend to apply it before my foundation to help keep my skin hydrated throughout the day and to provide a nice clean base upon which my foundation can be easily applied. It works really well for this purpose, just not for some of the ones claimed by the brand.
In terms of cost this is a relatively pricey cream (roughly £9.99 for 100ml) and I'm sure that's because Garnier have marketed it as such a versatile and exciting product. It is a great tinted moisturiser but that's about it. That said, I have bought it again so I obviously both like it and feel that it is worth the price - that or I am easily duped! I have looked out for deals on this product and found it cheaper in places like Wilkinson so it is worth shopping around for it if you can. It lasted me about 4 months so I suppose £30 a year isn't bad for a good tinted moisturiser, but I'll be looking to see if there are cheaper alternatives which offer the same quality.
I find it hard to recommend this product based on the criteria the brand provided for me to judge it against. It does not live up to the spiel on the box and tube. However, as a tinted moisturiser I think it is great - so I would recommend it but with a warning: don't expect it to do everything it claims.
Summary: Not what it says on the box.