Becore I found Garnier B.B. I bought this one first. I didn't switch to Garnier because I didn't like Aveeno. Far from it. I liked this product very much in fact. It gave my skin a nice feel and glow. The coverage honestly surprised me. I didn't expect it to cover my acne so well. All in all I was very pleased with this product. The only thing I didn't love about this product was the price. I switched to Garnier because it's cheaper and I honestly like both products the same. Both are wonderful.
This BB cream really didn't work out for me at all. I got the lightest shade and it still gave my pale face an ORANGE TINT, and it went on TOO THICK. It's like wearing foundation. The worst thing is probably the REALLY STRONG SUNSCREEN SMELL that wouldn't go away until my day was almost over. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is just looking for light, natural looking coverage.
I recently purchased my second bottle of this product and I love it. I noticed that a lot of other reviewers have said it feels cakey/oily on their skin, but I have to wonder if they're using it properly. With this BB cream (as with any BB cream), a little goes a long way. If you use too much, it will definitely feel like too much. Just dab a *very* small amount onto the back of your hand and then apply it to your cheeks/forehead/chin and massage it in. Gives me great coverage and feels great.
I was surprised to see how many people wrote bad reviews for this product! I will start out by saying that it isn't the best thing that ever happened to me, but I am not at all disappointed by it. I noticed a lot of people said it went on oily and cakey and stayed greasy for them; this was not the case for me. I found it to be very creamy and have a nice, matte finish. I tend to have drier skin rather than oily, so perhaps that helped. I also noticed a lot of reviewers complain that this cream is too orange, and this was not the case for me either. I have fair skin with yellow undertones, and this bb did not turn orange on me at all. However, that isn't to say it perfectly matches my skin tone, because it doesn't. When I am in my bathroom, it looks great, but when I'm in natural light or fluorescent lighting, the coloring is a bit off. There are only two shade options, so that is a real bummer. If I use a lighter coat, and blend it well, followed by my mineral powder, it looks just fine. I have discovered that applying more than one layer is not an option with this bb, as that makes it look much more discolored on my skin. But the real thing that I love about this bb despite its flaws, is what it's been doing for my skin. I've only been using it for a few days, and already my skin looks so much more even and my blemish marks from past breakouts are fading really well. And no new eruptions since I've started using it! The name "Clear Complexion" really seems to be the truth! I have acne-prone skin, but its normally not too crazy and I can keep it under control. But for some reason, ever since about August, my skin has been a NON-STOP ANGRY VOLCANIC NIGHTMARE that I couldn't fix no matter what I tried >_< So this product has been a blessing for me! Aaaah sweet relief! Overall, I am very pleased with this product, I just wish they would make more shades!
I tried this product on my hand before I put it on my face and I left my hand oily and felt heavy and cakey! I would not want to put this on my face! I coverage seemed to be good but that was the only good thing about it! I would not bye it again!!!
I got a full-sized version of this product in a gift pack that also contained full-sized version of the corresponding moisturizer and face wash all for 20$ (in Canada at Pharmaprix). It is normally ~20$ for just the BB cream alone, so this was a good deal for me.
However, I would not pay full-price for it and will therefore not buy again.
First, even this lightest shade is too dark for me. Maybe in the summer? But even then... I don't know. Tends to oxidize to more orange colour by the end of the day, but I don't find it bad. Can be off set w/ a well-chosen setting powder colour.
Second, it is shimmery. Looks fine on me but if you are naturally shiny/oily or don't want to have a shimmery/glowy face - get something else.
Third, lots of fragrance for something sold with acne-prone skin products.. doesn't bother me but is noticeable!
Also, Coverage is more than a tinted moisturizer but not as heavy as Asian BB creams. Fine for me.
Overall, I will use it but not rebuy. It gives me a very nice glowy complexion, but I wish it was slightly lighter... I have to remember to keep my hair down so that it's not noticeable that it's slightly darker than my skin!!!
* does not blend well. not with a brush, not with fingertips.
* sits on top of skin like a greasy, plastic film
* clings to every tiny hair, pore, and line in your face- highlighting and drawing attention to each of these!
* makes your face look oily
this stuff is bad.
This is pretty pricey $18 at Walgreens and the selling point to me was the reflectors (shimmer) in it as well as the SPF 30. It's my first BB creme and my skin is very clear aside from one or two pimples around my cycle. This I credit largely to Retin-A more than anything else, however, but I love this product bc it's got SPF, light coverage, and DOESNT make me break out. Most sunscreens clog my pores and give me pimples which is endlessly frustrating bc I don't go outside ever without sun protection. I find the light coverage perfect as heavy makeup is not for me, and set it with powder after it dries. I will buy this again.
I bought this because i wanted a good solution to a "light makeup" regimen for the summer. Having lived in Michigan most of the summer ( hot and humid in the summertime) and having lighter skin i am an spf freak but hate to layer my skin with spf moisturizer and makeup because i tend to get oily. I saw the ad in glamour magazine and immediately fell in love with all it claimed to do so i cut the coupon out and went to buy it. I've been using it for about 3 months now and i cant say that i hate it but i also cant say that i love it. It hasn't faded my past marks at all like it claims that it will and i think by now if this claim was true i could have noticed a difference but there is none. However, it hasn't made me break out but if you have really oily skin i wouldn't recommend this product. Despite it claiming to be oil free right when you put it on your face the feel of it might scare you a bit if your acneprone. And no, i am not caking it on. A little goes along way with this. The coverage is rather sheer but leaves a dewy look which i like but at the same time need to use my powder compact to blot here and there. Also it sucks that the only shade offered is "fair to light" which in my opinion should read "light to medium" coz the color is definitely not for fair tones. All in all if you don't want to wear foundation in the summer but still want light coverage with a good spf and dont have extremely oily skin then this is a good product for you. I like to use this with my physicians formula spf 50 healthy wear powder. So Its decent for a bbcream I guess but for the high price and results that i havent gotten that were expected with the claims made for this product in the long run i don't believe i will be repurchasing this product
I have tried a ton of BB creams in search of the perfect one. I was using the Stila BB cream for a while and absolutely loved it, however the price is quite steep so I wasn't sure about repurchasing. I came across this Aveeno one in my local drugstore a few days ago and thought I'd give it a run. I have to say that so far, this is fitting the bill nicely!
- the color is sheer enough that you can get away with using both the fair or medium shades unless you're extremely dark
- the texture is beautiful...lightweight and silky...glides on like a dream
- extremely blendable and buildable
- leaves your skin with a "lit from within" glow that isn't shimmery at all
- not greasy, but not completely matte either, so it isn't too drying on the skin
- pump style packaging so you don't overuse the product
- contains SPF
- very sheer coverage...I had to use two coats to get it just right (but this wasn't too bad because it was still sheer so it didn't look cakey)
- strongly scented (I like the scent, but if you're sensitive it may irritate you)
- while cheaper than some higher end brands, this price is still a bit high for a drugstore brand (I believe I paid something like $30 Canadian for this)
Overall I really like this product and would probably repurchase it.