BB fever: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

So if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, North America is beyond crazy with BB Creams.  Also known as Blemish Balms or Beauty Balms, BB Creams are a product mainly sold in east and southeast Asia.  Originally formulated in Germany, the product was initially used to protect skin after laser procedures and surgery. Further on down the line, BB Creams were made famous in South Korea by an actress who was known for her beautiful skin.

A ton of companies here in North America has reformulated BB Creams (it’s been said that Asian BB Creams are different from their Western counterparts), everyone from Garnier to Clinique to Smashbox to even Dior.  About a month ago, Garnier Canada’s Facebook page was giving away a whole whack of samples to people to try out.  Me being the beauty buff I am, jumped at the chance.

Garnier’s BB Cream is actually called Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector.  Here are the claims:

It’s your most fabulous beauty secret… the all-in-one skincare solution for perfect-looking skin.  Instantly!  Use it on its own or as a primer, first thing in the morning or after the gym, as a post-work touch-up or a pre-date beautifier.

  • Lipidure and Hyaluronic acid provide deep and long-lasting 24h moisture
  • Caffeine stimulates radiance
  • SPF 15 protects skin against harmful UV rays
  • Vitamin C boots luminosity and corrects wrinkles
  • Mineral pigments create a natural sheer coverage to blur imperfection and even the skin tone
So according to Garnier, this product basically does everything: evens skin tone, corrects imperfections, brightens complexion, hydrates for 24 hours, and protects with SPF 15. Throw away your foundation, moisturizers, concealers, and primers, this is the product to end all products.
Or is it?
I got a sample packet in the colour light which, considering how ghostly pale I am, this colour would be perfect for me.  When I opened the packet the shade was a nice medium beige colour that really was perfect for my skin.  I couldn’t, however, get over how thick the consistency of the product was.
I didn’t use a brush to blend this in, just my fingers but I found that you really have to rub it into your skin.  I would actually recommend a brush with this because it took me a while to get the product to set on my face.  After it was on I didn’t see that much of a difference right away, however, throughout the day my face did look better than it would be if I was wearing no makeup.

Before shot- no makeup


So just by looking at the before and after shots, my face doesn’t look as red and has an even complexion.  I’m also not as pale.

So would I recommend Garnier’s version of BB Cream?  It depends.  At first I wasn’t blown away by the product but after looking at the photos, the product does seem to work.  It doesn’t come close to a full-coverage foundation (which is something I like), but if you like a foundation with sheer coverage or even a tinted moisturizer, I would say this product is for you.  With summer coming up this would be perfect for those days at the beach or pool where you don’t want to go au natural but still want some sort of coverage. Also, I would totally use this for lazy Sundays, and if I wanted something with a little more coverage I would put some Bare Minerals over top for a flawless finish.

If you were interested in trying this product if you haven’t already, head on over to Garnier Canada’s Facebook page, they are offering a $3 rebate coupon.  The product itself retails for $19.99, so it is pricey, but the $3 definitely helps.

Oh, and I would also love to wish my precious dog Ziggy a very happy birthday! He turns three today!

Have you tried Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream?  What were your thoughts?

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