I was tossing up between a whole heap of BB creams to buy and eventually just bought this one because it was the cheapest/easiest to find. Price = fab!
I was initially quite disappointed by this product actually. You know, you see the ads and they're all flawless and glowing and amazing (and airbrushed!) My first impression was that it was a bit wet, and a bit dark on my very pale skin. But the colour does settle and I find with a bit of powder (I literally cannot go a day without my Rimmel Stay Matte powder - best thing ever invented!!), my skin just GLOWS. It looks like skin but just so, so much healthier. And its SO much better for your skin than foundation! I definitely adore it now. I think people expect a bit too much from BB creams. At the end of the day they're just glorified tinted moisturisers: they're not foundations!! Of course, there are some that are specifically designed for more coverage, but for the price, this is pretty great.
I wouldn't wear this on a night out, the only reason being the less coverage. But saying that, with a big of concealer on any spots (don't we anyway?) and, like I said, some powder, it does turn out really great. I would recommend people with oily skin definitely get the oil-free one because, again, this goes on quite wet and I imagine it would be a nightmare with oily skin.
Seriously, don't be put off by all the negative reviews! If you know what products to wear it with this product is amazing. I understand that a lot of people are on the search for the one holy grail product that does everything perfectly, but you're going to be looking a long time, trust me! Concealer and powder exist for a reason! Spending 3 extra minutes in the morning using them is just going to make all your foundations/bb creams/tinted moisturisers look that much better! :)
I have been meaning to write a review on this. If I could give anyone a piece of advice- AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS! I wanted to try a BB cream because I've heard so many great things about them, however, this BB cream was a huge disappointment. I not only wasted money on this tube, it broke me out as well. After ONLY two days of wearing the BB cream, I got lots of small clogged pores. Luckily they're gone now, but I would not waste your money on this product if you're thinking about purchasing it. It's not worth it!
Despite devoting considerable time and effort to makeup, up until recently I had not tried BB Cream. I just didn't get it. Does it go on instead of primer? After primer? Do you wear powder over it? Where does the sunscreen go? But by the time my 50 something mother was gushing about the virtues of BB cream, I realized I had to give it a try. I raced down to Priceline, determined not to miss the boat on this whole BB cream. I randomly picked Garnier, possibly because they're always advertising it on TV. Triumphantly, I went home and applied it. Now I do have combination skin, in that I get acne on my chin, but my cheeks are extremely dry. Well, I put on this BB cream and it was Oil City and I was definitely the Mayor. OK, try again. I apply the tiniest bit and stare in the mirror. Isn't this when the BB miracle happens? No singing angels, no skin epiphany. Nope, just an uncomfortable greasy feeling. And wait, I look like one of those shiny kids working the grease trap at McDonalds. I stash the cream back in one of my make up draws. A couple of days later, I'm reading yet another beauty blog claiming that BB cream will Change My Life. So I decide to try again and this time I put some powder Mac Studiofix over the top. No, still greasy and now the powder is looking weirdly caked on and my pores are looking giant and my expression lines (OK, fine, wrinkles) suddenly look a million times worse...So yeah, won't be buying this again.
this bb cream makes my skin oily and my makeup look shiny which is a shame because the coverage was really good
This makeup made my skin look very orange and oily. It also did not have any coverage, just made me look like I had a bad spray tan.
Recently purchased this when I was away and had forgotten my makeup purse. I am glad I did, it's a good value product that gives my normal to dry skin a dewy look. I had been in the sun and had some flaking on my forehead and this product managed to minimise the flakes quite well. Quite happy with the product as it has not irritated my sensitive eyes.
Good value for money
This product was such a disappointment for me. The packaging really reeled me in and I thought it would be in between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer and would do some good for my dry dull face. No. First of all this product is not a BB cream whatsoever and does nothing that a BB cream is designed to do. I feel like drugstore products are just slapping on the name "BB cream" on to some crappy tinted moisturizers to get sales. I find it to be very similar to my Aveeno tinted moisturizer (which I also don't recommend for all the same reasons as this one), maybe a TAD BIT more coverage.. maybe, but not noticeably. They don't have a variety of colors. I purchased it in Light/Medium which was the lightest available and it was too dark for me. As others have said the smell is overpowering, people can literally smell it on me after I apply it. It also irritates my skin, it kind of burns when I apply it especially around my eye area which is exactly what I wanted to avoid since my skin is especially sensitive there. But what I hate most about this product is how greasy it is! I have really dry skin and this is too greasy for even me. It leaves my face feeling sticky and looking incredibly shiny. It rubs off really easily as well. I would only use this when going to the beach or pool in the summer because of the SPF and slight tint.
I just can't get over the heavy perfume scent. It's overwhelming. I could not leave it on to test the product because of the smell.
I purchased this with the mind set of using it on lazy days when I don't feel like doing a full face of makeup, but still need something to even out my skin tone and for after I get off of work and don't want to be makeup free, but need a little something. I have pretty bad skin (see photo below). It does the job pretty well. I wouldn't be able to use this as an every day foundation, unless I used concealer. The pros are that it is a quick fix for uneven skin tone and if you have blemish free skin, this would work great. The cons would be not enough coverage for an every day foundation if you have blemishes, and the smell. I don't mind it that much, but I can see how others would. The scent is a strong Garnier smell, similar to their shampoo and conditioner. Their color selection is also limited, so the light/medium seemed too light on my NW20 skin, but the medium/dark was just too dark for me.
It is a little over priced IMO, but the packaging is convenient. I would purchase this again, but I'd also like to try out the other BB creams first. Since I don't use it that often, I doubt I'll need to repurchase anytime soon.
Below you can see my before and after photos:
I saw the adverts and I thought wow, there must be some reason everyone loves it and it's not just a tinted moisturizer! Wrong. It's greasy, makes you face look dirty and sets in those lines around your eyes. It also just feels horrible on. It's probably fine if you have dry skin, but if you get breakouts this will only make it worse, I promise you.