Thursday, April 12, 2012

Garnier Skin Renew BB Ceam

So I've been using Garnier's BB Cream for close to 2 months now and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts. There has been a lot of hype for BB creams now that their popularity has come west and I had been dying to get my hands on one and see what all the fuss is about. The reason I chose the Garnier BB cream was because it's easy to get a hold of as it's a drugstore product. This is the only drugstore BB cream that I know of (If anyone knows others I would love if you shared your thoughts) Most that I am aware of are sold in Sephora and cost $25 and up.

So what is a BB cream anyway? Well BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm, and BB creams are supposed to be extremely nice for your skin as they are supposedly acting as moisturizer/ primer/ foundation and sometimes sunblock.

They were originally made for women (maybe men, no judgement here) who had procedures done on their face and needed a makeup that was gentle and soothing, as well as covered scars and things.
Asian actresses made BB cream very popular and after some years the hype has finally worked it's way over to western countries.

 Alright, lets get to this. Garnier's BB cream has focused there BB cream on renewing and brightening the skin, hydrating and evening out the skin tone.

The packaging is very nice. I adore the squeeze tube because you really get to choose and adjust the amount for your needs.  You also get quite the bang for your buck. This product set me back $12 CDN and Ive been using this practically everyday and this feels just as full as the day I bought it.

The formulation is soft and velvety, and blends like a dream. The scent I'm not the fondest of, it's a soft sweet floral scent that does linger on the skin for a bit but fades away in less than an hour (I've never been able to smell it while it was on my face but my bf could smell it at close distance)

 The left picture is before I have anything on my hand. The right is a quick rub of the product before any blending is done. By the way this is the Light/Medium color. The lightest one they have out of two.

This is the after shot. You can notice that I forgot to blend in by the knuckle of my pinky but otherwise everything is as it should be. On my face yes this does even out my skin tone. To an extent it does whiten a bit, but only temporally. I haven't noticed any permanent whitening done once the makeup comes of at night, which is fine by me. There is a sheen to the skin when wore on my face which is subtly shown on the pictures of my hand.

Do I like it? Yes. Do I love it? No.  I have oily skin so having the sheen aspect is nice at first but when I do wear this I need to have blotting paper in my purse at all times. In about 4 hours I need to whip those suckers out.  If you have dry or normal, possibly combo skin I think you would love this. It is extremely hydrating. If you have oily skin you might want to pass and look at another BB cream. BUT if you have some flakes on your skin, this is going to show them. I had a very awkward day with a dried up pimple between my brows and walking around with this was horrifying.

I do however like to wear this to the gym on a bad skin day. The formula evens out my skin tone very nicely but doesn't cover up big problems (like that unfortunately placed zit I had) this looks very natural.  I also like to wear this on short days at my work because my skin does really feel healthier after wearing this, although on long days at work I do get very shiny.

So would I buy this again? absolutely. And I think I will if it ever runs out haha.  This is for sure not my favorite of product but I do think it is quite lovely under normal circumstances (no flakes on the skin) I would still like to try out some other BB creams since this was my first, so if anyone has some recommendations that are easy to obtain (no shipping in from Asia)


oh and PS

I just looked at the website and it says that this product has SPF15. I threw out the box when I bought this but it doesn't advertise that on the tube. Who knew? That is a BIG bonus in my books!


  1. I bought my first bb cream from Too Faced. So far so good!

  2. Have you tried the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream? I like it a lot :)

    1. I just bought it less than a week ago, but so far i am loving it!