Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector — Review

My sister sends me a tonne of freebies and coupons, and if she for some reason doesn’t send them to me, she always lets me know what’s going on. It’s useful especially when you get trial sized sunscreens, body washes, shampoos and conditioners to go on vacation with. Oh, and I also might buy the products afterward if they’re really good.

I received a sample of Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector last week in the mail and I was really excited to use it. I have oily awful skin (for the most part it’s clear, but every spot I get turns into a nice pink blotch for 6 months or so afterward), and I typically use Marcelle BB Cream (the one without SPF, because I stocked up and bought it before the SPF kind came out). I was excited to try something new.

The blurb from Garnier’s site is as follows:

All-in-one skin care that gives 5 benefits: Hydrates, corrects wrinkles and imperfections, protects, evens and brightens skin tone.

Garnier BB Cream Shades

To my surprise, Garnier BB Cream is a lot more watery than Marcelle.
I was so surprised in fact that almost the entire sample packet spilled into my fingers. Oops. Usually I can stretch a sample of makeup into two applications. My fault.

Weirder still: This watery BB cream kind of applied thickly like clown makeup at first.
Maybe it was because of the amount that I was using though. Blend, blend, blend… 5 minutes later (maybe less, it felt like a long time) I had done what I could do.

OK, so they're both not great, and a little orange. But the left one takes 100 years to blend, and I can assure you Marcelle looks less orange when blended with both hands.

OK, so they’re both not great, and a little orange. But the left one takes 100 years to blend, and though the right provides less coverage I can assure you Marcelle looks less orange when blended with both hands.

Far more coverage than Marcelle.
Could it really be?? Cheaper BB cream with better coverage that didn’t make me break out?

As the day wore on, I was still pretty happy with the Garnier BB cream. It didn’t make my skin itchy (while on) like some do, and coverage stayed the same, didn’t get cakey or thick-looking like some makeup tends to on my strange skin.


It turns out ‘Light’ (this cream’s fairest shade) is still quite orange compared against my skin. So if I want to apply the makeup from my face down to my chest and stain my clothes, I’ll be fine. I barely like wearing makeup on my face, however, so smearing it into my neck is not going to happen. Even blending it into my neck, you could still tell a difference.

It’s not very natural-looking at all.

After taking it off, my skin began to feel reactive. It remained itchy for a few days, though that might be in my head.

Back to the drawing board. But if you have a warmer skin tone than me (which isn’t hard) and less sensitive skin, I think I’d recommend it.


PLUSES: Great coverage for a BB cream; didn’t give me pimples (rare for a drugstore brand); you get a lot of action in a little drop of BB cream; doesn’t come off easily or slide around my oily face

MINUSES: Orangey pigment in Light version; has to be blended out a LOT; there are only Light, Light Medium, and Medium Dark to choose from; not perfect for sensitive skin (I had reddish areas after washing it off); runny at first, might waste more product if not careful; I hope you have a more powerful makeup remover than me, doesn’t come off easily

If you want to try this product, samples are done for the moment, but you can find a coupon for mail or print here.

Do you use BB cream? I’d like to hear about which one works best for you.

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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