The BB cream craze has finally reached the European cosmetic companies, with a huge hype going on about the new Garnier BB cream. Before reading a post on it by Paris from mywomanstuff, I had no idea that they sold a different version in Asia. Haha how strange..
I bought this at boots at a discount, £7.90 for a 50ml bottle I think! It was £2 off so I happily bought it! As a general comment, I’d say I love it! It gives my skin a nice summery glow!
I will be doing a swatch comparing it to the Skin79 Gold VIP BB cream in the photos down below =) Click to enlargen the photos!
The 3 photos below show how the colour changes from when it’s first applied till it sinks into your skin:
As you can see, skin79 is more true to my skin tone, but the Garnier BB cream adds that golden glow that I love for Spring and Summer!
Garnier BB cream claims to do 5 wonderful things for your skin, so here’s my feedback on those claims:
1. Even skintone + boost glow
It definitely does this! But keep in mind there are only two shades, and the colour light (which I bought) runs pretty golden already, so if you are fair skinned and want to remain that way, not a good option! You’re much better off with Skin79’s BB cream which I use in the winter for a snow-white glow.
2. Blur imperfections
Haha.. I doubt this seriously. Even skintone yes, blur imperfections? Not in the least bit! It’s an extremely sheer coverage hence won’t do much for covering up those blemishes.. definitely got to rely on your concealer for this one… If you have skin redness it does take that away, but red spots etc.. nope.
3. Smooth fine lines
Hm… It gives your face an overall glow and eveness, buffs pretty nicely into your skin. From arm’s length distance it does make your skin look flawless, but if someone comes up really close to you (which they should not be doing! well.. besides your significant other haha) its not awesome enough to make all the fine lines disappear. Honestly, I haven’t found any foundation or BB cream that does that.. If you do know of any.. please let me know!!!
4. 24hr hydration
This I’ll say yes! I have pretty dry skin, and all my skin problems stem from my dry skin looking flaky and a little oldish T.T but even without moisturizer, this doesn’t dry out my face and makes it look nice and radiant all day! Staying power is not too bad either.. a good 8-10 hours is fine.
5. SPF15UV protection
I’ve always thought that as long as there was SPF, its all good. Apparently, I am ignorant. I just read lilMiss Shanghai’s post on summer sun protection (which is an amazingly informative post, so do check it out), and realized that those PA++ signs on your skincare bottles are important!! Unfortunately, this does not seem to have those signs.. BUT! the Asian version does.. The Asian one is SPF26 (what a weird number) and PA+++. Whyyyyy.
I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients, but if you’re curious, do check out beaut.ie, she gave a great review on this!
I personally love the Garnier BB cream right now, and am using it on a daily basis. While the coverage isn’t fantastic, I do kind of like the sheerness of it and how it still evens out my skin tone with a healthy glow! I’ll just cover my blemishes with concealer! Do keep in mind that I have dry skin, so if you do have oily skin, you might have to set it with a powder or you may get a little too oily.
That’s all I have for the review! I hope this helped you in any little way =) I’ve been wondering why international cosmetic companies like Maybelline, L’Oreal, Garnier etc made different makeup shades for different countries. I understand foundation probably since the stereotype is that Asians want to remain fair-skinned more than caucasians.. but why for things like eyeshadows? The L’Oreal infallible colour in Iced Latte cannot be found in UK, only in USA! There is only timeless white here.. I wonder why… Maybe they’re testing the market? Have you guys noticed such things? What do you think about it?
Ta for now! Love,