Tuesday 16 August 2011

Garnier BB Cream - First Impressions

Evening girls...
I LOVE impulse buys... well this one was sort of a second-viewing impulse buy really. I'd gone into Boots looking to do away with my No7 vouchers but, as usual NOTHING from No7 catches my eye even with a voucher. It's all overpriced and nothing from the range interested me so i'm saving my vouchers and will buy a stockpile of face wipes before they expire. 
While i was in there I took a second stroll past the display for the new Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (the BB cream I've heard soooo much about in the last couple of weeks). This time i decided to go for it and it just 'fell' into my basket. Lucky, that haha. Excited to see what all the fuss is about i've been playing with it for the first time today and thought I'd share my first impressions with you....

What Garnier say.....
Discover our all-in-one skincare solution that immediately perfects your skin! The light, non-greasy formula gives an even skin tone with a healthy glow, blurs imperfections and redness, smoothes the appearance of fine lines, hydrates for 24hrs and helps protect with SPF15.
Save time with your skin care: In just one step moisturise, unify and brighten your skin.

What I say.....
The texture of this product is VERY smooth. It comes out of the tube rather thick but is very easy to work with. I used my fingers to apply it to my skin and it glided on easily. 
The colour of the product (i purchased this in Medium) looked a lot darker coming out of the tube than it did once i swatched it. The Fair version (swatched in Boots) wasn't as pale as a lot of products marketed as being for fair skin but it was still just that LITTLE bit too pale for my medium skintone. Please note that i do have a little tan on my hands so the product MAY look slightly paler than it would normally come up on me. 
I applied it as if i would a tinted moisturiser to be used INSTEAD of foundation and I like how it turned out. My skin feels very smooth and has a nice glow to it. It gives a dewy finish and feels super light on the skin. Coverage wise, a little went a long way and it spread easily. 

Here is the finish on my skin. I don't have many blemishes or imperfections on my skin as such but i do have a couple of feint scars on my chin and a few little lines around my eyes (I'm pushing 30 so i'm not doing TOO bad haha). All of this seemed reduced after I'd applied this product. My pores have always been quite visible but I'd say its definitely unified my skin tone. Really evened it out all over my face. In these pictures i am wearing NO other make up apart from the BB cream and a bit of liquid liner. 

I tend to suffer from shiny T-Zone syndrome so for this second picture i had powdered lightly over the product in these areas. I think I'd be quite happy to wear this product daily. It was a pleasure to apply and smells yummy too. I'll be interested to see how it fares with continued use and will definitely update you on it's progress. I've had this product on my face since 3pm this afternoon and my skin still feels silky smooth and it hasn't budged yet. It even survived my nap!!

You might not like this product if....
- You like a matte finish or have oily skin. This product gives a lovely dewy glow (although it works well with a dusting of powder over any oily areas, if you have VERY oily skin you may need a more mattifying product than this).

- You don't NEED it. This product is aimed at women aged around 35 according to Garnier. I'm knocking on a bit and did feel like this product might still benefit me but if you're under 25 then I'd say you'd need pretty blemished skin to actually benefit from using this cream. Those with gorgeous, young, fresh skin should save their money because you probably won't feel the benefits of this product. 

I've heard mixed reviews on this product but I'd say that, so far, on the whole it's a thumbs up from me. I'd happily wear this instead of a foundation for day to day. 

Have you tried this product?? What were your thoughts??


  1. thanks lovely :) I think its too pink for me :( it also doesnt give enough coverage for my shit skin shame as it does look a great product xxx

  2. I've read mixed reviews on this but I love how it looks in your pictures! I'm 31 and no longer have perfect skin so I think I'll have to give it a try in the name of research!

  3. It looks really nice in the pics, perfect for Summer I think. I like to have some coverage but its just toooo hot here to wear any foundations, so this sounds like it'd give a nice light coverage and be good for my skin.. WIN :) xx

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  4. Hmmm this interests me, although based on your recommendations it won't work for my under 30, oily prone skin. It just looks so lovely on you!

  5. Is BB cream in general supposed to be tinted?

    I've never used one because of the lack of availability where I am. But I imagine the Garnier one will be on the shelves pretty soon.

    Thanks for the review. I haven't had great experiences with tinted moisturizers, hoping this one is different.

  6. I had a play with this in Superdrug the other day, I loved it! For some reason (Daz huffing and puffing ;)) I didn't buy it "/ It looks lovely on you! xxx

  7. Looks really good on you, turning 30 next year so might need it !

  8. Same here!!! Eeeek!! 30 :/

    Burcin, I'm not a big user of tinted moisturisers myself but it'd say this gives better coverage as its designed to hide blemishes. It's a different texture.

    Thanks all for your lovely comments. I'm about to put it on for the second time so hope it lives up to yesterday's success :) xxx

  9. I haven't tried this but I've been trying out a BB Cream.. very mixed about it!

  10. Thanks for a great review, everyone seems to have such mixed feelings about BB creams. I think I am going to try this out for myself though. Jude xx @jadlgw



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