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Garnier BB Cream

Kept in my bathroom counter so I can remember to apply in the mornings

So it’s been about a month since I’ve started using Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in light/medium. I picked it up because I had a three dollar off coupon inside my latest Elle Canada magazine.

As you’ll remember, I was initially hesitant about trying out BB Creams but decided to give it a shot since I got a deal for it. So what’s the verdict?

Pros:

  • I really works to reduce the redness in my face which is something I’m always concerned about. I don’t have rosacea but I do have sensitive skin which is often red in the cheeks and sometimes my chin. The BB Cream helps tone down the redness and doesn’t irritate the areas.
  • It’s convenient to moisturize and apply foundation in one step. I don’t generally wear foundation but I do moisturize. But I found I did enjoy the extra coverage I was getting out of it. I can imagine for some girls who wear sheer foundation, this will help save time in the mornings by eliminating 1 step from their beauty routine.
  • It always felt comfortable on my face, never sticky which some moisturizers and foundations can feel. This is problematic for me especially because of the aforementioned sensitive skin issue.
  • The makeup always looked natural which is important to me. The mask effect from foundation is one main reason I generally do not wear foundation. I’d rather people see my skin (flaws & all) rather than seeing me with a foundation mask on.

Cons:

  • It’s easy to over-moisturize with this, especially if you’re looking for more coverage. I found when I had a breakout, I was over-applying because the coverage just wasn’t enough. Ultimately, I ended up applying a separate moisturizer and a separate foundation for when I wanted to achieve a flawless face.
  • If my skin was flaky from a dried up zit, the BB cream would emphasize rather than camouflage it. My skin needs to be lightly exfoliated every day to keep it smooth.
  • The finish is supposed to be glowy but I ended up looking oily as my skin goes between normal and oily already. I found I was always lightly dusting my nose to keep it from being too shiny.

According to Garnier, I should have been a difference at around two weeks of regular use. My skin initially started off irritated and had broken out around my cheekbones. I do notice that the redness has been reduced. My skin’s still prone to breaking out, but I don’t think it’s from the BB cream (which neither causes nor treats my acne). My wrinkles are also still there. I don’t have many – just tiny ones under my eyes. They’re still there and don’t appear to be in a hurry to go somewhere.

Right now, I’m not 100% ready to say Yay or Nay on BB creams. I think I like them better than my initial impression of them. But I’m still on the fence about whether it’s better to go with a BB cream rather than a separate moisturizer & foundation – both of which I can customize to work better for my skin than an all-in-one solution. (I’ve often found that all-in-one solutions usually aren’t that effective.)

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Over the last year, I’ve had multiple friends ask me if I’ve tried out BB creams yet. I guess because they know I’m a makeup enthusiast (read: fanatic) and read beauty blogs (and wrote my own at one point).

[BB creams, as I’m sure most ladies who are reading right now know, are supposed to be an all-in-one cream. Depending on which one you’re looking at, that all-in-one can include skincare, foundation, concealer and SPF, amongst a whole host of other things.]

I had yet to buy a BB cream yet even though it sounds right up my alley. I’d been tempted the last few months though because it’s so readily available (at my local drugstore even) and so popular right now. Still, I had a couple of reservations about BB creams that I wasn’t able let go of just yet.

1) The BB creams currently in the North American market seem to be catering towards those with dry skin. I’ve had oily, acne-prone skin since I was fifteen so I generally don’t need or want to moisturize my skin more than my light morning moisturizer (which already has SPF). And my moisturizer does a great job for me so it’s not like I’ll be giving it up in favour of BB creams. The BB creams in the Asian market seem to treat blemishes/acne but that doesn’t seem to have translated when they brought the product over here to Canada.

2) I just don’t like to wear foundation in general, preferring the look of my bare skin to a “flawless” finish (read: mask-like). I usually lightly powder to take off the shine and that’s it. On the days I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll rub a drop or two of foundation on both my cheeks to take down the redness. I know that most BB creams promise light coverage but it still feels like too much for my tastes.

Nonetheless, this weekend, I took the plunge and bought my first one: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, using a $3 off coupon. I have yet to try it out although I’m not really optimistic. I’ll report back the results later.