Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Garnier BB Cream

I recently won two giveaways for these creams hosted on Lilit's blog Makeup and Macaroons and Coco's blog Prettymom. I know right? Pretty lucky to win twice!!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter in Light

As part of the giveaway you were sent two creams, one in light and the other medium. I am going to be giving away one set of these creams in my 100 follower giveaway coming up soon so keep a look out for that if you are keen to try these!

BB creams have been pretty popular in the online beauty world for a while now, however they can be tricky to get your hands on so to have a company like Garnier, which is widely available in a lot of countries, release their own bb cream is pretty cool. 

Swatch of BB cream in shade Light

Now since I haven't tried any other brands of BB cream I cannot give you a comparison of this one to those but from what I have seen online these creams differ a little from the original asian-branded ones. For starters they seem to be thicker than the average bb cream and look to me more like a tinted moisturiser.  Also a lot of the bb creams I have seen reviewed seem to be a bit ashy in colour and then change to suit your skin tone. With this cream I do see it changing to suit my skin tone but only slightly.

Left: Light shade, Right: Medium shade

Garnier claims that "skin is beautified, hydrated and protected" and that it "evens complexion, reduces sun spots & imperfections, boots healthy glow and is a tinted 24H hydration with UV protection of SPF 15"

So what do I think? Well here's a list of the good and the bad.


  • Evens out skin tone and covers minor imperfections.
  • Doesn't feel heavy on the skin.
  • Changes slightly to suit the colour of your skin.
  • Provides a nice "no makeup" base.
  • Not greasy.
  • Applies nicely with fingers. 
  • Leaves you with a nice glow and slightly dewy look.
  • It has an SPF 15 so gives you some protection from the sun.

  • It has a strong floral scent which seems to stick around once applied.
  • It's only available in two shades, so hard to match if you aren't similar to one of the shades.
  • Doesn't last all day, however when I have set this with a powder like my MAC MSF I find it does last a whole day at work.
  • Only comes in a 15ml tube where most foundations are 30ml. **Edit: It's actually 50ml sorry! I fail at reading tubes clearly...**

Cue scary before and after photos! Eeeeek

Left: Before, Right: After application of bb cream

Left: Before, Right: After

Would I buy this? Absolutely for $13.95AUD it is rather affordable and on the days I don't want to put on a full face of foundation I have been using this and really liking the natural looking result. 

Do I recommend it? I'd recommend this product to people looking for a light coverage tinted moisturiser whose skin tone fits either one of the two shades. I think it would be more suited to those with normal or dry skin as it does leave a dewy look to the skin, which I know a lot of oily skinned girls aren't a fan of. However, if you set it with a powder it tones down the dewiness. If you are sensitive to scents I would not recommend this for you. 

And here is a close up look of the product on my skin;

Close up of bb cream on my skin

As you can see from the photos it is quite light coverage but I find it still covers minor imperfections and it does even out my skin tone nicely. 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector can be purchased anywhere that stocks Garnier. For example Priceline, Big W, K-Mart, Target, supermarkets or selected chemists.

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts?

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Hannah xo


Fannie said...

O this makes your skin look nice. Yes something about Garnier they always over scent their products.

Gianna @ Makeup and Me said...

I've been wondering about this, and so far, the only thing that seems to be a major issue is the colour preference. I think I might have to try the light one of these. Thank you for this :)


Emma said...

I got a sample of this and I did like it but the colour was too dark and imo it was not much different to a tinted moisturiser :)

Vintage Makeup said...

It looks really lovely on your skin! My main problem would be the strong scent. I can't stand strong scents :(

Hannah said...

@Fannie Thanks :) Yeah I don't know why, maybe they think we want our face to smell like a flower lol

@Gianna You're welcome, I hope you like it. If you are similar in skin tone to me it should work, any lighter I don't think it would, I still need to bronze my neck a little to get away with it (but I do that with most foundations haha)

@Emma Yeah I can't see how it's a "bb cream" although on the packet they have said they've adapted it to be a bit of both.

@Vintage Makeup Thanks :) Yeah you wouldn't like it then, I don't understand why they scent them so much.

emmabovary said...

Your skin looks great with the BB Cream! I've only just started to warm to the idea of tinted moisturisers over foundations, so I think I will buy this. Thanks for the review:)

Hannah said...

@Emma Thanks :) That means so much to me, it wasn't long ago that I had terrible skin so being able to wear tinted moisturisers was something I never thought would be possible for me! But my skins cleared up for the most part which is great because I get to wear these now :)

Adriana said...

I've never used it but it sounds like a good product.

Beauty in the Sky said...

It looks so good on your skin! I've been madly entering all the BB Cream comps that everyone has been having but still have yet to win one :( Hopefully I win yours lol

Hannah said...

@Adriana Thanks for following!! :) Yeah it's a cool product, I have really been loving tinted moisturisers at the moment

@Megan Thanks hun :) I just posted my giveaway, good luck!!

Anonymous said...

I wish the had an option that was between the two, but I think I still like more coverage.

Hannah said...

@The Jaded Vixen; It sucks there aren't more shades, hopefully in the future they'll add some more. Yeah it is a pretty light coverage but on days when you aren't doing much but don't want to be bare faced it is nice. I also like wearing it to the beach to give me some extra SPF and a bit of coverage.