Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review

Let's just call these newfangled BB creams what they really are: tinted moisturizers.

But pretty rad tinted moisturizers.

I have tried only the Garnier BB Cream (its full name is Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream), and I will buy it again.

Here's what the product claims to do:

    "Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It's hard to find just one product that addresses them all. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth."

    "It’s a new idea in skincare. B.B. Cream is a hybrid formula that offers advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage in one single beauty product."

This is how you're supposed to use it: 

"Gently apply Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream to face and neck prior to sun exposure for instant coverage and correction as well as for protection. Reapply as needed."

 Left: nothing on my face. Right: After applying the Garnier BB Cream
 Left: nothing on my face. Right: After applying the Garnier BB Cream

I use the Light/Medium shade for Combination to Oily Skin.

If you decide to try this, I cannot stress enough how easily the product dispenses from the tube! Do not squeeze too hard, or you will waste it.

I love this BB Cream, but I don't find that it performs all the miracles it claims to do. I think of it as a perfect solution for those days I don't want to wear too much makeup but still want to even my skin tone. It covers well and dries to a powdery finish. It doesn't become too shiny as time passes, but I do powder my face or use a setting spray anyway.

The SPF 20 is also a great addition to this product, especially since it is perfect for the summertime. 

You can use it in lieu of your foundation like I do, or you can apply a light amount before your foundation. It's pretty thin, but I imagine you could use it as a concealer, too.

I have used the classic version of the Garner BB Cream, and I found it made my skin shiny and oily. The product was thicker, too, and it had a strong fragrance that those with allergies would not like. The new formula is fragrance-free.

Should You Try It: Yes. It is an affordable and effective tinted moisturizer--okay, BB cream. :P

What: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

MSRP: Varies but is between $10 and $13

Pros: Dries to a powdery finish, covers well, decent SPF, great for sunny days

Cons: Does not seem to live up to its "miracle" claim

Have you used Garnier's BB Cream before? Have you tried other BB creams? Let me know!

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  1. Boscia's BB cream is MUCH better than the Garnier, but it's pricey- $38 for a tube. However, there was a Christmas sale in 2012 so I stocked up a few month's worth of unopened product.

    My skin is legitimately better when I use this daily. I have patchy skin (really dry but places will get oily) and it REALLY evens it out, I don't have any dry spots or pimple spots, it helps with the blackheads on my nose, and it just looks and feels cleaner. Don't know why, but it's legit.

  2. I bet the higher-end ones have some great results! I *did* try Dr. Jart's in a sample from Birchbox, and I did like it. It just feels like a tinted moisturizer, though, like Garnier's. Its coverage was beautiful!