Garnier BB Cream Review

It’s true. Garnier’s BB Cream is here! Called the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector, this is kind of like a tinted moisturizer that comes in two colours. Thankfully the medium/dark matches my skin almost perfectly, though skintones that are darker than an NC 35 are not going to be able to find a match with this one.

The BB cream has a neutral colour, without being too pink or too yellow in its base. This is probably so that it can match with more skin tones.

The cream aims to provide moisture and coverage all in one product – and in that sense is very much like a tinted moisturizer.

I have noticed that a little bit of the cream goes a very long way, which is nice. The texture is kind of wet – not unlike a moisturizer – but without it really ever soaking into your skin completely. Actually, the first time I used this, I tried to apply it with a foundation brush and that was not a good idea. The brush just absorbed so much of the product and moisture that it just pushed the product around and applied kind of streaky. I’ve since found that the best way to apply this cream is to use the fingertips and really just blend into the skin.

The cream is very hydrating but in a light and refreshing way. It is not greasy but is super emollient. I also found that because the moisture never absorbed into the skin, I had to use a lot of powder to “set” the cream so that I could apply blush or bronzer on top. The best way to go is with a loose powder because then you can really apply the perfect amount in a dusting. My usual pressed powder just couldn’t do the job here.

Though the commercials for the cream show it dissipating into powder, the Garnier BB cream definitely does not have a powder finish. It may have mineral pigments in it, but the product is not powdery at all. The finish is actually glowy and the cream makes the skin look really healthy. I wouldn’t say that it’s shimmery either. I could detect no shimmer in the product. However, the fresh moisture of the product causes it to have a satin-like finish on the skin. Though I like setting it with a powder on most days, I’ve also found that I can just wear and go if I want to be more low maintenance and that works for me too. I didn’t find that the cream creased at all, and it was still on my face at the end of the day.

I like using this BB Cream. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with the colour match and the finish on my skin. It covers up just enough, and I really like that it was able to cover the redness from a few blemishes. It’s definitely a light-coverage product, though so don’t look for anything more than that. To tell you the truth, this cream really reminds me of my favourite tinted moisturizer from Cover FX, so I guess that’s a good thing. It’s not as good as the Cover FX tinted moisturizer, but it’s cheaper, and comes in a bigger bottle so the trade off is there.

The cream comes in two shades and retails at drugstores for $19.99.

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15 Responses to Garnier BB Cream Review

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  2. melanie says:


  3. Al says:

    Definitley agree with everything you said about this product. I tried it for the first time today. What I am curious about is if it will have any cummulative benefits? Also, I am still unsure if I should use mositurizer underneath the BB cream. I did this time, and I could feel the BB product sitting on my face all day, too must mositure.

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  5. Alexa says:

    I was looking forward to trying this as I’ve heard such good things. However I was really disappointed. After all the hype, it’s just a tinted moisturizer that for me gave absolutely no coverage. I already have oily skin so to add this on top just made my skin worse. I gave it a fair try and used it for a week, but had to stop because I couldn’t stand how it felt on my skin. My skin constantly felt damp and extremely oily, despite using my trusty Clean and Clear oil blotters throughout the day. I will definitely be getting my money back!

  6. Sharon says:

    This stuff is different from Asia’s BB cream. Its not good foundation, it helps to even out skin tone but does not have coverage. I have to add more foundation. Although, since my skin tends to get very dry, I found it was useful at keeping my skin hydrated. Plus it has a certain glow and makes the skin looks natural. So I like putting it on top of my foundation. Other than that, I dont think its worth the price.

  7. Henna says:

    Sharon, I agree, if you need to use a foundation on top, then it’s probably not for you. I, however, didn’t need more foundation and found that this photographed beautifully too!

  8. Corrinna says:

    I love this cream BUT….I’m a redhead with really delicate skin and noticed my Garnier BB doesn’t have any spf protection. Does anyone have a suggestion how I can protect my skin with this cream? Should I put on sun block before the BB cream, tho I’m worried that will make my skin super greasy.

  9. Henna says:

    Hi Corrinna,

    I would definitely use a sunblock beforehand. Use a matte one, such as one by ZO by Obagi, which is SPF 50 and oil absorbing.

  10. Megan says:

    I have combination/oily skin and at first i liked the product. It did a good job brightening up my skin and is a light/sheer coverage but then i realized it broke me out reallllly bad. Maybe my skin isn’t use to the strong scent. Also my first time using drugstore foundation/bb cream so that might be another factor….

  11. Stacey says:

    I agree with Megan. I have dry skin and get about 2 pimples a year usually. Within one week of using Garnier BB Cream I have 3. So I stopped using it. It was also sort of chalky. Didn’t like this product at all surprised a bit at the good reviews, my neighbour tried it and had the same problems I did.

  12. sheila says:

    Garnier bb cream is garbage!! You are all brainwashed by commercials!!

  13. Bobbi says:

    I received my 1st Garnier BB cream as a gift,long before seeing or reading any ad for it. I normally do not like Garnier products of any kind. I love it. I have oily skin and am over 45 and have never found a product quite like it. It makes my skin look fresh and dewy and the coverage is perfect for me. I put a bit in by palm, rub my hands together and apply it all over my face.
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and since we all have different skin and needs, not everyone will like every product.
    I think women are quite capable of making smart, informed decisions. Actually liking a prduct doesn’t make one “brainwashed”,

  14. Henna says:

    Well said, Bobbi!

    Thanks for your comment, and glad the product worked for you. I think even if you had seen or read about the product, and you then liked it, doesn’t mean that you’re brainwashed! We all see loads of ads daily and don’t end up buying most of the products we read or hear about – there’s just no way we ever could!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’m just wondering how a product with so much alcohol in it could be good for my skin.. This product is way to shiny and greasy. Would NOT recommend it to anyone!

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