The Product: Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector in Light/Medium
The Claim: To instantly renew, brighten, even and hydrate your skin with an added SPF 15. “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 all these concerns at once. Solution: Garnier introduces Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector that immediately and effectively fulfills your skincare expectations.” - The box.
The Statistics: After one application - “90% of users had a more even complexion, 93% saw a more healthy glow and 96% saw smoother skin.” - The box.
The Price: $12.99, varies based on seller.
The Online Reviews:
“ I love the BB cream. It has the right moisturizing effect for my skin, which is dry. I love how I have the luminosity glow on my skin. I like the dewy look. It does not look oily. I am so glad that I tried this skincare line of products, they do work.”- Garnier.com user review
“I was so excited to try this cream because I like Garnier and read about it in O Magazine, but was completely disappointed. I have clear skin and this product made me break out like no other! It also has a bad smell.” -Ulta.com user review
“I HATE this because I have super oily skin and this does absolutely nothing for it. I look insanely shiny within an hour and this is with a setting powder. I LOVE this product because it honestly has made a difference in my skins appearance. I can already see my skin color evening out, some of the redness is gone and I’ve only used this about 3 times.” -Makeup Alley user review
The Test: I removed the dirt and oil from my face using my Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes. Then I applied a dime size amount of the BB cream using my fingers (I held it in between my finger tips for a few seconds to warm it up so it would go on more smoothly) and blended into my entire face. My first reaction was that the cream was a bit sticky and a bit darker than I was expecting. After giving it a few minutes though, I did see a difference in my skin tone. The redness in my cheeks was less apparent yet didn’t look like I tried too hard to cover it up like it does with foundation. Overall, my skin did look more even - and the color matched well - and I could actually go out of the house with just that BB cream on…if I applied a bit of concealer under my eyes first. After a few hours, the sticky feeling lessened though my oily areas like my forehead and chin still felt sticky. I never noticed a bad smell -just a slight spray tan type smell- or the cream running off with sweat, though I didn’t sweat much while testing it. Next time I plan to wear it, I’ll be sure to dust a powder over it (I use the BareEscentuals Mineral Veil) to make sure it stays.
The Final Word: I would recommend this product! It does even out my skin tone and it gives a light coverage that looks like you aren’t wearing makeup - you just have good skin and confidence. It’s not what I’d call a miracle product, though it is possible that my skin tone will become naturally more even after a few more uses. I love the summery look it gives me (I’d maybe tone down the darkness of the color by putting a few drops of the BB cream in your daily moisturizer for Fall and Winter) and I’ll definitely continue to use it as long as it doesn’t cause breakouts. Renews? We’ll see. Hydrates? I don’t think so. Brightens? Yes. Evens skin tone? Yes. Not bad, Garnier.
The Grade: B… (B cream)
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