Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Not A BB Cream


While looking for the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in stores (a futile effort, as they haven't reached stores near me yet. All I found were 'Coming Soon' cards. Ugh.) I recently purchased the Garnier Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector 'All-In-One B.B. Cream' for Oily & Combination Skin to try. I won't list off the skincare benefits because you can read, but from the sounds of it, this product does everything short of a skincare routine-  hydration, radiance, UV protection, etc. Though I mostly like the product, I made the mistake of picking up the shade Medium. I'm generally a light-medium in most base lines, floating between a MAC NC25-30, Bourjois 52-53 and Laura Mercier Real Sand-Natural Beige in the mineral powders or UC-3 in the concealers. At the moment I'm more tanned than usual so I match Bourjois 53. I hate being in between shades because more often than not, I'll have to deal with the slightly-wrong shade or buy both and mix the two. I went for the Garnier BB cream in Medium because I'd seen swatches of Light and I thought I was too dark for it, especially when most of the target consumers would be Caucasian. I feared it would be too pale, so it only made sense to pick the one in Medium. They didn't have a tester so I bought it hoping it would match. I'd swatched it a couple of weeks ago at another store, and though the lighting wasn't the best, I thought it somewhat matched. Of course, it doesn't. :(

I've tried Korean BB Creams, which are the 'originals', as far as I'm concerned. I use and love the one-shade-that-oxidises-to-match-you Skin79 BB Creams, and I've not branched into the Maybelline BB mousses, Rimmel BB creams or the previous Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector 'BB Cream' because I mostly just laugh at these Western brands bringing out light coverage foundations/tinted moisturisers with some 'skincare benefits' slapped on the box. I like the Korean BB creams for their whitening properties, because the arbutin helps to lighten my hyperpigmentation and acne scars. I also prefer the SPF25 in the Skin79 BB creams to the SPF15 in the Garnier version. 

Having said that, I wanted to buy a tinted moisturiser to use on days I can't be bothered with real foundation. I read reviews on the Bobbi Brown version and the Laura Mercier ones but I thought I'd start off with one of the new Garnier ones because for $13.50, trying it out can't hurt. 



"Garner Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free is a new generation of skincare. This B.B. Cream uses an all-in-one technology." LOL. 'All-in-one' technology. What does that even mean?
I thought the Recommended age group graphic was interesting. I'm not really into the skincare benefits that Garnier claims, but if they do make a difference for some people, I'm happy for them. I know BB creams were developed commercially in Korea to combine skincare benefits with light coverage makeup, and the ones I've tried have UV protection, whitening and wrinkle improvement. Can't really vouch for the wrinkle improvement, and you kinda have to take the UV protection for its word, but I did see the whitening effects after using it for several weeks. Yay for arbutin.


The tube contains 40mL, which is 10mL more than standard foundations. I like the packaging and the skinny nozzle- very MAC Studio Sculpt-inspired. The only problem I can think of is  too much product being dispensed because of the fluid consistency and the way it's been designed to stand up. The consistency is runny, which isn't characteristic of BB creams, but I don't mind it seeing as I intended to treat it as I would a tinted moisturiser. It's easy to blend, but I'll have to get the Light shade if I want to use it properly. The Medium shade match is terrible upon application. It's way too pink and dark for me. I match Bourjois 53 Beige Clair perfectly at the moment, and when I swatched them side by side, the Bourjois was much lighter and more yellow than the Garnier. I think this Garnier BB cream oxidises a little, but not in a way that allows me to be able to get away with this shade. And I don't see how something dark can oxidise to become lighter. :( In any case, I'll try it out a bit more and if it works/somehow matches me, I'll keep you updated. :)





Overall, I like the consistency, and the packaging, and the product in general, but I bought the wrong shade. If the only other shade Light doesn't match me, I might just stick to Korean BB Creams for a one-shade-fits-all alternative to foundation.

16 comments:

  1. I have the light Garnier BB cream as I thought that the medium would be too dark (most medium BB creams are for me) but it's too light for me. I'm a Bourjois 53 and normally right in between MAC NC25-30 so I think even the light would be too light for you. It does oxidise though so you might find it going darker (but probably orange) during the day. Maybe you could set it with a powder?

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    1. I usually set my base with a translucent powder and I don't think it would make a difference in the shade match. I swatched both Light and Medium side by side earlier today and I don't think I'd match Light either. :( I'll just stick to BB cream. Haha yay 53 twinnies! :) I'm just like that- neither NC25 or NC30, right in between.

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  2. I'm about a NC15-20 (i think) and the Light shade is actually a bit too dark for me - lol!
    But I really like this "BB cream" too, although I think it leans more towards a foundation. I agree with you, it's quite runny and whenever I open it, lots of it just flow right out!

    But this one is sooo much better than the original (ugh I hated that one).

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    1. NC15 is so fair! You mustn't be catching any sun if even the Light shade is too dark! I swatched the testers today at Priceline and Light is way too pale for me. I never felt inclined to try the original- I'm glad. :)

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  3. It's a shame it didn't work out for you, I really like this product! Mind you - it doesn't feel like a bb cream at all, much more like a tinted moisturiser :)
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    1. I wish I could like it too! They were doing such a good job bringing out more than one shade! Sad that neither match me. And agreed- more like a tinted moisturiser. :) x

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  4. lolz on the title not a BB cream. Indeed, I've seen reviews here and there that western bb cream are not as good or even close to an Asian bb cream. If they want to jump into the wagon then they have to make sure they get the ingredients right! sheesh~ But oh well, lets just treat them as tinted moisturizers =)

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    1. The consistency and coverage is just like a tinted moisturiser. :) I can't wear this though, so I'll have to stick to Korean BB creams.

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  5. Lol this sounds like my review of the LM powder! :p Ultimately I'm despairing at the imperfect shade match. I've seen this around in stores and it seems more promising to me than the previous BB cream they had which was in a fatter tube and had a terrible smell (it wasn't offensive or anything, but I just hated it). But I guess it's a no-go, since I read the above comments and even Light might be too dark :S I hope the Revlon stains get to a Priceline near you soon - apparently Target were having 40% off Revlon on the 11th and 12th, making them about $10 each! I didn't get to one in time, but even while I was in the US and they were $9 normally, I only bought Honey :p

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    1. It looked so promising, and I do like it... just not on me. Heh. I didn't make it in time either, but I picked two (Honey and Charm) up at Priceline today and because I bought two I got 30% off. I was going to pass on them completely but I swatched them and decided I'd get them after all. :S I doubt Light would be too dark, I'd say it would be too pale, or just right if LM Real Sand's too pale for you.

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  6. Well I must say that this product is not much to my liking as I've seen other reviews and seen its texture and do not like. I have not really gotten a chord tone to my skin tone.

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    1. Maybe you could try Korean BB creams? They oxidise to match your skin tone. :)

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  7. I really like your review. Too often people with already great skin can get away with this which is fine because I can too but then for those looking for longer lasting, heavier coverage bb creams, this does the name no justice. I can understand what you mean about being in between shades, I'm always mixing my shades too. ^^

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    1. Thank you- and I don't like being between shades, it's so tiresome. I'll forever be on the lookout for my perfect base shade. :S

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  8. Thanks for the review on this! The Western BB creams are more similar to tinted moisturisers from what I have expierienced. I've tried the original Garnier BB cream which I have grown to love (perfect for my dry skin) and didn't think of trying this new one. It's funny you say that Korean BB creams aren't runny because the few I have are, how strange! :P Shame the shade was too pink, I guess Asians are better off with a more yellow tone :)

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    1. That's so strange- the Skin79 ones I use almost hold their shape when dispensed from the canister. But I decanted some into a jar and once it sits for a while it becomes more fluid. Haha true that. Yellow Asians all the way! :)

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