A lot of virtual ink has been spilled over BB creams in the past few months, mainly reviewing the two Garnier ones, so I figured that another two separate reviews on them would be slightly excessive and, probably, pointless.
Instead, I'm going to make this into a "review/comparison" post of the two versions, hoping that it will come in handy to someone who's undecided between the two.
The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All In One B.B. cream (I'm going to refer to it as "the original" from now on) comes in a thick, almost mousse-like texture, that provides very light coverage, virtually working as a tinted moisturiser. The initial feeling that you get when you apply it is a moisturising sensation, but that lasts only for the first few seconds. It takes a while to properly blend into your skin, since, being a thick consistency, it tends to just sit on top of it. What's remarkable about this product is the shine it gives you - a good or bad thing, depending on your skintype and routine. For example, if I layer this on top of a thin layer of moisturiser, it gives the right amount of dewyness to my dry skin, but if I use another product underneath (a proper sunscreen for example, since I wouldn't rely on the low SPF 15 that this contains), I end up quickly with an oily face, which no amount of powdering can really fix!
The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin B.B. cream is a lightweight liquid formula, that's much easier to blend and layer. It provides slightly better coverage than the original and gives a more even finish - spots, though, still need to be concealed. It dries quickly to a satin finish, that can also turn semi-matte, with a dusting of powder. It doesn't give a flat look to your skin, but it's certainly not dewy either, and, in fact, can accentuate drier areas that aren't properly moisturised. You can see in the swatches below that it's a lot less light reflective than the original. One thing I really enjoy about this one is that it feels very natural: I can't feel it on my skin, nor do I spot any cakeyness, even a few hours into it. It also contains a slightly higher SPF of 20.
I've tried both of these in the lightest of the two shades available, and frankly none of them is light enough to match my skintone (I've used some fake tan a few days before the swatches). If you're lighter than NC/NW 15 in the MAC range, then you'll probably feel that both of these are too dark for you. Another thing worth mentioning, is that the original is a lot pinker than the one for combination to oily skin, thus appearing slightly darker.
To sum it up, I've created this little board:
I'm also including a photo of both of their ingredients' lists:
As you've probably gathered, despite my skin's tendency to dryness, I still pick the one aimed at combination/oily skin. It matches my skintone better, it lasts longer and it gives me more room to play with my skincare or makeup routine. I just need to make sure that I've moisturised properly beforehand!
And now for the exciting part: I'm giving away two of the original Garnier B.B. creams to two lucky readers!
In order to enter, you need to:
a) be a follower of my blog either via GFC or on facebook,
b) leave a comment with your username on the platform that you're using to follow my blog, as well as your email address and preference in shade.
The giveaway will be open until September 28th, 23:59 GMT and the winners will be chosen via random.org. Good luck to all!
Disclaimer: the original Garnier B.B. cream, as well as the giveaway prizes, were provided by the pr representatives of the brand. My thoughts and opinions on it are an honest reflection of my experience.
Have you tried any of the two Garnier B.B. creams? Which one is your favourite?
Have you jumped on the B.B. cream bandwagon yet?