I purchased this in Deep and was happy it was a good match for my NC 42-45 skin tone. I love that his comes in an oily skin formulation, since Maybelline's BB cream broke me out terribly. It gives nice sheer coverage; it covers up most of my skins imperfections. I did need to use a bit of concealer on the hyperpigmentation left over from the aforementioned break out. Older smaller marks and the dark circles under my eyes it handled no problem. It holds up for a long time and to me jogging in muggy 80 degree weather.
The only cons for me is that it does settle into fine lines. I have a frown crease on my forehead, and it makes me look like Frankenstein's gal pal. So not attractive. Also the formula is on the thin side and makes for a messy experience coming out of the package.
Still, I'd recommend it to anyone with darker skin looking for some lightweight coverage.
I have to say I absolutely ADORE this BB cream. I have light acne, large pores, and hyperpigmentation from extreme acne during my teen years and I have tried every foundation (mineral, liquid, mousse, etc..) and no foundation has ever made my skin look prettier than this BB cream. Let me also say, Garnier's original BB cream was HORRIBLE, I HATED it. It made me greasy and no coverage and just yuck. This one, however, keeps my face looking fresh for most of the day and has excellent coverage. I think those people who say it doesn't have good coverage and compare it to a tinted moisturizer aren't using enough. Not saying to cake it on (not that I think it'd get cakey anyway) but try using more. Even if your face feels wet at first, it has a lot of alcohol in it and it'll dry quickly and your face will look beautyful! Thank you Garnier for making this! I'll keep buying it as long as its available!!
Bought the light/medium. It is a little light. Only complaint is that I wish they had a medium shade. Do love the coverage it provides (light-lightmedium). Did not make me break out. Stayed matte all day without any powder. I have combination skin and my tzone normally gets oily by mid day. Would recommend.
I suffer from moderate borderline severe acne problem,I have lots of hyper pigmentation spots also. For everyday I feel comfortable just wearing bb cream since it has enough SPF to prevent my dark spots to darken even more and evens out my patchy skin tone.I don't mind the spots showing through. I tried the Lioele beyond the solution bb cream and I enjoyed it during the colder months because its also pretty moisturizing but during the hotter months it was just too much for my oily combo skin and thought I will give this one a try and it was perfect! The formulation is very liquidy and light. If you have dry spots make sure to exfoliate and put extra moisturizer on those dry spots so the bb cream won't cling. Compare to other western bb creams this bb cream coverage is the best,it's buildable light to medium (by 3rd layer). The only complaint i have is the packaging,I wish it has a pump considering its so runny and can get very messy if you're not careful. So far this is my HG for western bb cream and will repurchase it again.
Let me start off by saying that the color Light/Medium worked perfect for my Combo/Oily, MAC NW20 ish skin (I say "ish" because I use a concealer that matches my facial skin, but usually a foundation that is a shade or two darker so my face will match my body). I've read several negative reviews about this product but I have to say that for what it is, I like it a lot more then I expected to! I have seen that most people who are unhappy with this "BB" complain either about it not controlling oil well enough, or that the coverage wasn't full enough. I am really happy with this product for MY skin, it seems to work quite well for me. I treat this "BB" as a light foundation and use it in conjunction with my other everyday makeup products....
First, I ALWAYS lightly prime my face.
Then I spot conceal with my HG concealer: MAC Pro Longwear in NW20.
Next I apply this "BB" with a flat top brush (usually my Sedona Lace one).
Finally I set only my T-Zone using Rimmel Stay Matte.
Contour/Blush/Highlight as usual.
Last I ALWAYS use a setting spray (Currently using De Slick by Urban Decay).
My skin looks even, fresh and glowy without being cakey OR shiny. I tend to get oily on my nose first, then my forehead with ANY foundation. This is no different, definitely no "worse". Even though my skin can get pretty oily (plus I live in Hawaii) I've never been one to powder my face throughout the day, as to avoid getting that cakey look and/or feeling. I ALWAYS carry Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets to remove the oil. I usually blot about 3.5 hours into the day, then I'm good to go!
Overall, I love how this performs on my skin. I honestly didn't expect to like this so much. I'm SOOOOOO glad that I picked this up! It is a little runny, but covers good for me when used in conjunction with my concealer. My main skin issue is unevenness and a few blemishes here and there. I don't think this would be ideal for someone who has very problematic skin. My only complaint is that I wish this was in a different package. Something with a pump is always nice! The price was mediocre... $13 for me at Target (probably because I live in Hawaii) but I saw this for as much as $16 in Longs! Look around for the best price because I would definitely recommend this product! continued >>
This BB cream is a lot more fluid than most BB creams I've tried; it's definitely not a cream texture. Because it is so watery the application can get a little sloppy especially when squeezing it out of the bottle. I agree with the previous reviewer that it has a coverage between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, which can be either a good or bad thing. It has to be applied and worked very quickly because it dries really fast. It smells a little like alcohol so that could explain why it dries so fast. I got the oily skin formula even though I have dry skin because I live in Miami and I don't need any additional moisture on my skin. I can definitely use this over the summer but I don't think I'd be able to take the dry-powdery feeling during the winters.
Pleasantly surprised by this!! The original formula did not work well on me, most likely because it was not aimed for oily skin and I am oily. This gives a little hydration, which now in the hotter weather, I don't need an additional moisturizer. In the winter, I would use a separate moisturizer. It gives more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not full coverage like a foundation. I still need to use concealer over it and top it with powder. It does have a slight sunscreen smell but it fades once you are done applying. Very happy with it so far!!
A while ago I tried Acne.org's BP treatment lotion and it wreaked havoc on my skin--as did some travel. My skin was clearing up but not quite fast enough, so I thought I'd try out this whole BB thing. I have Garnier's similar under eye concealer and I love it, so I thought I'd try their oily skin version of the BB cream.
It's very light, spread easily, and covers FLAWLESSLY. I looked airbrushed. And I think it lasted without getting too shiny during the day. Tragically, it also made my face break out. Badly. In the kind of hard, painful bumps that I haven't experienced in years (my acne is moderate, just 5-10 pimples constantly in a state of turnover, some post-acne redness, but mostly smooth).
Now I am trying to get my face back together, sampling other BB creams. Probably I should just go back to only using my Origins powder, but as of now my cheeks, temples, nose, and forehead areas are still pretty traumatized and I wanna cover it up! So anyways...this product could work for you if your skin is not acnegenic/sensitive. But if your skin is high maintenance like mine, DO NOT BUY THIS!
Like others here, I was reluctant to try the over-hyped BB creams. "Isn't it just tinted moisturizer?" I wondered. The matte feature, though, wooed me. I just don't think I look good with a shiny face, even if you use "gleaming," "glowing" or some other euphemism. Women have powdered their noses for centuries and there's a reason for that.
Oh, happy day! It slides right on with a perfect matte finish -- not dull or powdery. As others have said, it offers excellent coverage on casual days. More formal occasions of course will require full-coverage foundation.
I have been using this for two weeks now and have to say I do like this product. It's got just enough coverage for me so that I am not desperately in need of concealer and it makes my pores look less noticeable. I just bought it in the medium deep shade because the light medium shade was a bit too pale. With the mix of the two I hope to get the optimal color. I got this for $11.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond. It's not terribly cheap but you do get a large bottle, 2.0 ounces, which is twice as large as your typical foundation.
It is very matte so be sure to use another moisturizer if your skin isn't oily.