2.29.2012

Product Test Drive: Garnier BB Cream

Heidi asked, "How can I keep my makeup lasting longer and fresher?" 


I thought I'd suggest a new product you might not know about. BB creams (beauty balm or blemish balm) have been all the rage in Asia and are finally making their way to the States. They are great at creating an even skin tone, hiding imperfections, and giving a satin complexion. BB creams are in between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. I like them because I have really dry skin, and they give me that dewy-but-not-greasy look. Additionally, with summer coming, BB creams are great for when I tend to wear less makeup.

BB creams can be bought easily--for the Asian brands, I'd check Ebay, but be warned they have sort of a greyish tint--so if you're of Asian descent or very pale, this is perfect. They can also be bought at all price levels, but you all know I live for drugstore brands, so I purchased the Garnier Skin Perfecting BB Cream. This retails for around $11-13. It comes in two shades: light-medium and medium-dark. I have tried both. The light-medium works best for me. I can use the other shade (and probably will in the summer), but only with a really light application.

Application is easy--I use my fingers and have found this to be the best way. Brushes and sponges tend to remove the dewy look. Also, by using powder, the effect disappears. It lasts all day

If you have acne-prone or oily skin, you might want to skip the original version of this product. There is now a combo/oily skin version! However, using a brush/sponge can help since it eradicates the shine.


Cons:
  • It smells at first
  • Oily skin--might want to avoid EDIT: There is now a combo/oily skin version!!!
  • 3 shades
Pros:
  • price
  • moisturizing 
  • spf 15
Would I Buy Again?
Yes! I hope you try it.

Do you use BB creams? Which brand?

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35 comments:

  1. I was super excited about this... but only SPF 15? That's not enough for me!

    Glad to see it's good in other areas though.

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  2. Sounds like a great product - I will have to give it a go!
    x
    Melissah

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  3. Ooooo..I hope this comes to Canada soon. Have never really tried BBs before.

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  4. This actually sounds like something I would love to try! I just don't know about the smell part...I'm weird about things like that!!

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  5. i definitely want to try bb cream...was thinking of picking up the smashbox one but it's really pricey so might try this one instead. thanks for the review

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  6. Definitely will try! I love all your beauty recommendations!

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  7. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. Sounds like a great idea! I have acne prone skin, though, so I'm not sure how well it would work for me. My skin has been doing great lately, though, which makes me so happy.

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  9. i don't use bb creams, but i've been wanting to get one because i've heard tons of great reviews on them. thanks for sharing this particular brand with us! i've always liked garnier and i think this is the perfect one for me to try. :)

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  10. I have not yet heard of those creams but they sound great!

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  11. I think my skin would be too oily for this prodcut but I still enjoyed reading your review.

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  14. I'v been seeing mixed reviews on this and it's nice to read your take on it. I'm Asian and have been using BB creams for a few years. They really cut down the routine. My fave brand is Hanskin.

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  15. Oh, this sounds great!! I'll have to look for it next time I'm at the store!

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  16. Oh, this sounds great!! I'll have to look for it next time I'm at the store!

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  17. When did they develop skincare? Where have I been? Good lord!

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  18. i tried bb cream like a few years ago but i didn't really see the benefit or difference??

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  19. I've never tried BB cream but definitely would like to run into to sephora to check it out. I do get oily skin in the summer so...may need to get a sample ;)

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  20. I just saw a commercial for this last night. I'll defiantly have to pick some up now to give it a try!

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  21. Sometimes I tend to have problems with oily skin, so I guess this product is a no for me. Thanks for the sharing!

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  22. this sounds fabulous! i definitely gotta check it out. thanks for reviewing!

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  23. Interesting! I'll DEF have to give this a try, you review only the best and brightest! I'm a fan :D

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  24. I keep reading about the BB creams, but never read a review that said it did make the blemishes better or even gone... I'd love to try one, if I can find a good natural one.

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  25. cool...never heard of BB Creams before. Do you wear foundation with it, or does it take it's place?

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  26. This is something I just found out about and that I've been wanting to try, so I'm glad you reviewed it! My only concern is that even the light-medium will be too dark for me!

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  27. this looks like an interesting product. i may have to try it.

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  28. never used any of them... i guess i might have to give them a try!

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  29. thanks for sharing your review on this!! i've seen it in stores but have yet to try it -- i think i will!! xo

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  30. I actually had made a note to check this one out when I was in the store. But I'm not sure now since I have oily skin, thanks for the heads up!

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  31. I love bb creams!! Smashbox is my fave so far, but I do love a good drugstore knockoff, so I'm going to have to give this one a try to save some $$!!

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  32. I have wanted to try this BB cream. I true the one by Maybelline but I don't like the color it is on my skin. I prefer foundation. But maybe I'll try this Garnier one because I love love love their under eye rollers and so..maybe I'll like the BB Cream too!

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