There’s a new BB on the block for oily-skinned girls like me: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector review

Last year Garnier’s first BB cream pretty much took the SA market by storm. Well priced and nicely formulated, that baby pretty much flew off the shelves. Thing is, if you were an oily-skinned peep like me, you couldn’t really join in the love fest as it was formulated for those with a drier skin type and would leave your face with a slightly dewy-effect. Fab if you’re dry, not ideal if you’re already dealing with a shiny T-panel.

Anyway, if you’re an oily-skinned chica wanting to get on Garnier’s BB train, their latest offering, Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector, is for you.

Garnier Oil Free
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector, R95,95.

Available in three shades (Light, Medium and Dark) and formulated especially for those with combination skin, the new BB promises to even out your skin tone with a little lightweight coverage; blitz excess shine, hydrate, illuminate and protect with an SPF of 20.

Shade-wise, I find I’m able to get away with wearing both Light and Dark; Light suits my skin tone to a tee but Medium adds a healthy glow and looks good when I’m wearing self-tan on my face which is pretty much always. As the coverage is sheer to light, you can easily get away with going a little darker if you blend it well.

Texture-wise, it doesn’t have enough slip to be used by itself (without a moisturiser) so, in my mind, it’s really more of a nice, lightweight foundation than a BB cream. In a way, it reminds me a lot of Shiseido’s new Sheer and Perfect foundation, but at a snip of the price. I also like that, as the formula contains talc, it definitely does help keep my oily T-panel in check but, thanks to the inclusion of illuminating pigments, I’m not left with a complexion that looks one-dimensional or ‘flat’.

The only negative, really, is that it doesn’t really tick the treatment box which is what sets BB creams apart from tinted moisturisers and foundations. (It’s only ‘active’ is antioxidant bilberry extract but this is listed just before the preservatives so it’s not really in a potent enough concentration to have a real effect.)

Still, if you’re looking for fabulously lightweight, very natural-looking coverage that won’t aggravate your oilies and serves up a good dose of sun protection, you’re going to really like Garnier’s latest BB Cream. For just under R100, you’d be hard pressed to find anything similar for less.

Have you used Garnier’s new oil-free BB? Are you keen to give it a bash? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Love, love


P.S. If you’re big into BBs you have to read this blog post written by Chantelle from Not Another Poppie on her opinion of Asian VS Western BB Creams. Girl took the words right out of my mouth. Also, if you’re not already familiar with Chantelle’s blog, make a plan and follow her immediately. She’s one of few local beauty bloggers who’s blogs I actually read in that this girl really knows her shizz and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

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Editor of South African beauty blog Lipgloss is my Life.

5 thoughts on “There’s a new BB on the block for oily-skinned girls like me: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector review

  1. I spotted the new Garnier BB cream awhile ago and snapped it up immediately. I tried it out without moisturiser, and was super disappointed. So, I decided to give it a bash wearing my day cream, and wow, what a difference it made. It went on amazingly, kept me looking matte pretty much all day and covered the redness I often get (damn, it sucks being a pasty redhead :P).

    I feel bad about the tube of original Garnier BB cream sitting on my shelf, so I’ve been trying to use it up (I don’t have too many makeup friends so I can’t pass it on). I find it works better with a primer and setting powder.

  2. I received a sample of the original one and jeez that made me look like a disco ball. I have really oily skin and it is a challenge to find any foundation, so BB’s are an even bigger challenge. This one works great! Best one I have tried so far. Really keen to try the compact BB from MAC, but they are pricey.

  3. For what its worth, the sunscreen in this product is completely unstable so don’t count on this for any kind of meaningful sun protection.

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