Here is the first european BB Cream I have tried and normally I wouldn’t have ever chosen a Garnier product (as I’m allergic) but I decided to risk my skin for a review of the only BB cream you can get in the UK high street (what I do for you eh?). Now I am a huge fan of the asian BB creams, so am I prepared to switch?
In one word, NO. Some reviewers have really liked this product but I hated it! When I first got it the packaging seemed rather bland compared to the asian ones but you get the same amount for around the same money (£10) I guess packaging isn’t that important, after all I was after whats inside. The products information is all on the box though so when you throw it away you throw away all the info about it which was a bit annoying.
Compared to Asian Bb cream (see what a bb cream is click here) it doesn’t do an awful lot. First of all it doesn’t have any anti-wrinkle or whitening properties and only have an SPF15 compared to the SPF42 on my current favourite. The only thing is guarantees is hydrated skin all day (which I have a moisturiser for thank you) and yet it had the nerve to call itself “super dooper” on their website. I think they have played on the ignorance that a lot of people don’t have a lot of experience with BB creams so don’t know what benefits BB creams normally offer.
Anyway I tried it. You get two colours to choose from light and dark. Being quite pale I picked the light one which is WAY too dark! In M.A.C’s colour chart I am a NW15 so this is not for pale people its more like a medium colour, so it annoyed me thatI had a visible jaw line effect with it. Garnier have also got rid of the grey cast BB creams normally have but I didn’t like this as I have quite swallow skin sometimes and this highlighted that rather than covered that. Not pleased.
Now the Missha BB cream is the closest to my skintone and you can see the Garnier one is way too dark for my skin. The skin79 one only comes in one colour but as it oxidises it blends better into your skintone whereas the Garnier doesn’t change and is way to orange for me.
As for cover, it’s supposed to have a sheer coverage and it is VERY sheer, my Asian BB creams cover blemishes partly and my dark circles nearly completely. This covered absolutely nothing. If you have perfect skin already this would be ideal, however I don’t and it this also seemed to highlight dark spots on my skin. The texture however was quite nice and its looked very naturally on like BB creams but whatever ingredients in this is way too harsh for my skin, it’s overly perfumed and my skin started to sting after 10 minutes, after half an hour I had to take it off! Not suitable for sensitive skin at all. I wouldn place this product as a half way between a tinted moisturiser and a BB cream as it just can’t live up to the products Asia is producing.
1/5 – Overall I am very disappointed with it. “Miracle Skin Perfecter”, REALLY?