I have owned this product for about 9 months and I can only remember trying it out maybe a max of five times. Here's why:
(-) Fragrance is too strong and doesn't go away
(-) Within minutes of application, my face was irritated and itchy, but no rashes.
(-) Very little coverage, if any; more like a tinted moisturizer
(-) Has a pearl-shimmery shine; I wouldn't recommend this product for people with combo/oily skin
(-) I am NC25-30 and the light/medium shade was too pink and maybe a shade too dark
(-) Broke me out with tiny little pimples EVERY TIME! My face has been really clear especially from using birth control so I maybe have 1-2 menstrual pimples a month. By the end of the night after washing the BB cream off, I had a few itchy red zits on my face. Like I said, I have tried this product about 5 times over the span of 9 months and it has irritated my face EVERY time.
I usually like Garnier's skincare products but this one is a definite NEVER AGAIN for me.
Was so, SO in love with this product. It smelled good, felt clean, had good coverage, didn't feel heavy, moisturized and just overall was AMAZING. Until I realized it was giving me CYSTIC acne. That's right. Not just regular acne, but cystic, AKA THE WORST KIND OF ACNE. At first I didn't realize it was the BB cream but, I finally tested it out to see if it was and guess what? Damn right it was the BB cream. I stopped using it for a whole month and I had no breakouts during that month. Tried using it again and BOOM, acne. Had to throw this out because I was sooooo tempted to start using it again. Oh my. It was so perfect. So.. so.. perfect.. Yet so awful. Darn.
I am extremely jelly of you if you can get it to work for you.
This is the first BB cream I've tried. I've tried it twice now and so far, I like it. I bought the Light/Medium shade and it looks pretty close to my natural face shade in the natural sunlight (I couldn't tell you what my MAC shade is since I don't have the budget for that kind of makeup. I use Revlon Color Stay Foundation in Sand Beige if that tells you anything). This cream has a minor scent to it, but I don't mind it all, I think it's kind of refreshing. The cream itself is a little on the thick side, which I like because my skin is a normal/dry type, especially during the winter. If you have oily skin, this may not be the product for you.
Here's how I've applied this BB cream: First I wash my face and moisturize with my Aveno Even Tone moisturizer (I let the moisturizer soak in for at least 10 minutes). I skip the face primer, Iím not sure if thatís something that would help a BB cream. I use two techniques to apply it: first using my clean fingers to spread it on my problem areas (more red, scarring). Then, I'll put a little on the back of my hand, dip my ELF stippling brush into it, stipple the rest onto my entire face, and blend. I use a loose powder to set it.
I feel like it gives me a nice, subtle glow to my skin while evening out some of my redness in my t-zone without being so heavy like a foundation. It went on pretty smooth without a primer. I couldnít tell you the longevity of it since I didnít pay much attention while I was trying it. Also, it doesn't seem to break me out and I've even slept in it once (not intentionally of course, it was a late night of partying) and I was also on that time of the month (with a couple of breakouts). I'm very prone to breakouts during my time of the month. I did my usual face wash routine the next day, and the day after that I still didn't have any breakouts.
One thing a consumer has to keep in mind about BB creams - they're not made to give heavy coverage like a foundation. If you have a lot of acne/scarring, a BB cream will not conceal everything completely. My skin is definitely not perfect - especially around that time of the month, which is when I used this cream. I have my share of redness and acne scarring over the past 10 years or so. I've been on the lookout for a tinted moisturizer (I'm not sure if this would be considered a TM though) to even out my skin tone a little and try to cover a little bit of redness. I go in to work every day at 6:00AM and most of the time, I don't care to put on a full face of makeup. I think this was a pretty decent buy, considering it's very affordable, hasn't broken me out, matches my skin pretty close (I mightíve gave it 5 lippies if it wasnít slightly darker than my skin shade), and is easy to apply. Once it gets warmer outside and my skin sees more sunlight, this shade will probably be an almost perfect match.
I dont really know where to start with this product. First of all my skin is very fair (NW15) and even in the lightest shade, it is too dark. I actually ended up throwing this out as it just didn't do anything. The smell is very overpowering and i feel like it just sits on top of my skin like a pile of grease. If I was you I wouldn't purchase this stuff! There are so many better BB creams out there!
You get a lot of product compared to other BB creams.
I actually enjoyed the scent.
The coverage is decent.
The packaging is easy and nice.
Cons *ahem* where do I begin?
The coverage is only decent or nice, because it's not a true light shade in my book. It's got an orange/yellow undertone which can perfect many imperfections. You're probably saying how is that a negative right?
Well, not every fair or light girl has those undertones. So what you end up getting is a face mask of a shade that's wrong for you.
Worst of all, I believe this is the bandit for my recent break-out. This felt like pure grease on my skin. Rubbing it in, impossible. Blender? Alright. Foundation brush? Rather not.It doesn't sink in to your skin, it just sits on your face and fingers. It felt very heavy and unhealthy for my skin.
I should mention I'm combinational, this emphasized my oily areas even worse. At the time I bought this, the oil free version wasn't in existence. But regardless of that, nothing outweighed the cons. Especially the shade. I know the smashbox BB cream is smaller and more expensive, but it's a 1'000 times better. Great primer, no break outs, little smell, and good coverage. Even better, smashbox isn't making me homer simpson yellow.
I bought this the other day and I have to say, I ignored the reviews saying that it was greasy on the skin and I was wrong to do so. I have normal/combination skin (depending on the weather) and I bought this thinking it was going to give great coverage and look like I wasn't oily at all. It gave okay coverage but left my skin feeling greasy the whole day, and my glasses I wore kept wanting to slide down. DO NOT IGNORE the fact that it is too dewy.
I won't buy it again.
Also the next day I had a blemish, which I never get blemishes, especially not on my cheek where it as.
This BB cream is literally made for someone with perfect skin. If you have any blemishes, avoid using as it has almost no coverage at all. I have extremely oily skin and this is a very hydrating and moisturizing BB cream. I instantly turned oily after literally one minute and had almost nothing on my face by the end of the day. This is more so made for the dry skins, and for oilier types you should avoid since it makes you break out. (because of the excess oil) While it did feel very light and refreshing, the overall greasiness of it brought it down and I would definitely not repurchase.
This product made me super oily. However, it was very moisturizing and really made my skin baby smooth after I washed it off for the day! Unfortunately the greasiness is not worth it. The coverage is pretty good, but I would label this as a nice tinted moisturizer, not a BB cream. The scent is also rather strong. I found myself having to blot quite often throughout the day. The shade I got, light/medium, is great and kind of adjusts to your skin tone. Overall, the slimy grease ball look and feel of this bb cream just isn't worth it. If you're looking for a good bb cream, try an asian one. They work wonders for me.
,I love this product.
I battled acne as a teenager and I have moderate scarring (pigmentation and uneven texture). I started using this product last summer when my usual foundation started causing breakouts (I was 7 monthd pregnant and didnt want to use any acne treatments). I love the way it smoothes my complexion, I use Rimmel stay matte pressed powder in translucent to finish, and its perfect...soft, natural, glowing. ...best of all, by the time my baby was born 1.5 months later, my scarring was really improved! Now, as a new mom, its my go-to :-D
The lightest shade available is WAY too dark for my skin. I'm not even that pale. It is also very oily. Have to blot, and set with powder. I do like how it gives me that glow and it is very moisturizing. I like how it has an SPF