Part six of my Drugstore BB Cream Series today. If you'd like to see the other parts of this series, just click here. My mum and I each tested the nine drugstore BB creams available in the UK; to find out more about our skin types check out part one.
Today, the BB cream reviewed is the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector (£9.99). I got it in the shade Medium. You can also get Garnier BB Cream Oil Free (£9.99) if you have oily skin. This is the first BB cream that was released in the UK drugstores.
Shade range: You can get this in Light or Medium in both the Oil Free and Miracle types.
Packaging: 50ml. Both my mum and I noticed that the packaging looked more like skincare than any other BB cream - it is beige, green and white with a focus on the skincare benefits. This isn't surprising though, given that the brand is known for it's skincare. It comes in a squeezy tube with a flat nozzle. It has one of the highest volumes of any of the BB creams we tried, so you get more for your money.
Claims: Says it ill even skin tone, give a healthy glow, blur imperfections and redness, smooth fine lines and give 24 hour hydration.
Formula: Both my mum and I agreed that this looks thick and dark out of the tube. To me, it felt more like a thick moisturiser on application, although both my mum and I found it blended easily. We both used our hands for application. It smells like suncream, but neither my mum or I experienced any irritation.
Coverage and Longevity: Here is where my mum and I disagree; she found it applied quite sheer, where I found it leaned more to the side of medium. It doesn't feel heavy on, but I think because it was a little too dark for me, it covered my blue under eye circles and covered some of my redness. It didn't cover my mum's blemishes.
Mum thought it was a bit dark too, although the undertones are definitely yellow, and both of us agreed it was perfect for summer when you have a bit of a tan. This did not feel greasy although it did feel slightly tacky for a moment, but it set soon afterward.
It does make your skin look bright and dewy, mum and I agreed. My skin looked more hydrated after application.
I put it on at 1.30pm, and it was holding up four hours later. There was some shine and fading by the 7 hour mar, and it looked at little oily by 8 hours, with fading at the nose, cheeks and chin.
Here I am with makeup on top:
- SPF 15
- Hydrating, sheer-medium coverage.
- Long-lasting, dewy finish.
- Not greasy (at least on me and mum!)
- Small shade range.
- Thick formula, felt greasy to apply so probably not good for oily skin.
- Smells like suncream (which I don't mind but I know some do)
- A little dark for me, so might have to be for when I have a tan!
I know that a lot of people don't like this BB cream and say it is too greasy - I obviously have very dry skin so this isn't really an issue for me. I didn't like the greasy feeling on application but it didn't stay with me all day, and I liked the finish and longevity. I'd recommend trying out the Oil Free version if this has been too oily for you.
Have you tried this BB cream? What did you think?