Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector review

If you follow international beauty trends you’ll know all about BB cream; it’s like the Birkin bag of beauty products in that every girl seems to wants one. Still, despite being inundated with hype, many of you don’t know what a BB cream really is, so let me break it down for you; a BB cream or ‘blemish balm’ cream is kind of like a tinted moisturiser with additional ‘beauty benefits’, things like antioxidant vitamins or super soothing ingredients like aloe vera. They’ve been super popular in the East for ages and now the whole world wants to get in the action.

While BB creams have been on the shelves for a while in SA, Garnier is the first ‘drugstore’ brand to make one that’s really affordable (R79!) and widely stocked.

Aside from acting as a tinted moisturiser with an SPF of 15 (nice!), it also contains optical pigments to help blur the look of fine lines as well as a vitamin C derivative that acts as an antioxidant and caffeine that acts as an anti-inflammatory.

I was given the ‘Light’ shade which works well on my skin but, I’d probably go up a shade if I bought one. It’s sheer enough so that you could totally get away with it and it would give your skin a ‘healthy-looking glow’. I also liked that it was super-easy to apply; I was able to rub it into my skin just like a moisturiser, no sponge required.

Finish-wise, it made my skin look a little more ‘even’ and ever so slightly dewy but didn’t aggravate my oily T-panel. It also acted as  a nice base for make-up and ensured my eye shadow stayed on a little longer. (Not as long as it would with a proper primer, but more so than on bare skin.)

Garnier BB cream in Light

On days when I just want to hydrate, add colour, slap on an SPF and run out the door, this’ll be a nice easy reach.

Interested? You’ll find Garnier’s BB rolling out in stores across SA towards the end of the month. Still, not everybody has a fair medium-combination skin-type. If you feel your make-up bag is missing a BB and this one just doesn’t do it for you, know that there are others on the shelves and a lot more to come in that pretty much every big make-up brand has created a BB; think Clinique, Lauder, MAC, Smashbox, Maybelline and so on and it’ll only be a matter of time before they hit SA shelves.

Currently, I’m aware of one sitting on the Bobbi Brown counter, another in The Body Shop and actually reviewed a really nice one from Erborian (exclusive to Edgars) last year.

If you know of any others, please let us know in the comments section and, if you’ve tried them, share your thoughts.

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9 thoughts on “Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector review

  1. Can’t wait to try it! I bought a lovely BB cream from L’Oreal in one of the duty free shops in Paris last week for 11£
    L’Oreal Nude Magic BB cream in Medium. Not available in SA yet, but hopefully soon.
    It comes out as a white cream with little beads in it, but as soon as you apply it to your skin it adapts to your skin tone and changes colour
    Leaves skin matt and shine free. xXx

  2. Bought the Body Shop one yesterday but not sure that I can see a big difference. Do you put it on before concealer and foundation or after? I need lots of coverage 🙂

    1. Hey Kerry! A BB cream is essentially a tinted moisturiser. It’s for people who really don’t need all that much coverage. You’d wear it as is with a bit of concealer on top and, if your skin was very dry, on top of a serum or another moisturiser. If I were you I’d pass it on to a friend or something. There’s nothing wrong with the product; it’s just that if you like lots of coverage you’re really not the target market. Sorry man!

      1. Mac Studio fix Fluid seems to do the trick if you need lots of coverage. R280 at Edgars. So worth the money.

      2. I’m usually a fan of full coverage foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear being my go-to foundation) so initially thought that BB creams wouldn’t work for me, but I’ve surprised myself by switching to a BB Cream for every day wear. I use Estee Lauder’s and Dior’s versions, but the Bobbi Brown BB Cream is my current favourite. It covers imperfections, evens out my skintone and has an SPF of 35, which is a huge bonus. I tried the L’Oreal one Maryke mentioned recently and was also blown away at the coverage provided. In a nutshell? Don’t let your love for more coverage put you off trying a BB Cream!

  3. I bought this on a whim, and I really like it. I have pigmentation, it doesn’t hide it, but lessens the appearance of it for sure. It’s a perfect lazy day cream. I have been coming to work without makeup, and this is a better option. Or if I feel like being very natural, just add cream blush, and apply mascara with my fingers to darken my blonde lashes, without looking clumpy.

    I love love the dewy look, my skin is super dry. I also like to apply two coats.

    When I get home in the evening, it works as the perfect primer for my makeup, and improves the coverage without looking thick at all.

    I know this isnt a real BB cream as such, but I really like it.

    p.s. I have never used tinted moisturiser, so cannot compare it to that.

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