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Review – Garnier ‘BB’ Cream

The last couple of months has seen blogs, magazine and everyone else buzzing about BB Creams, their magical properties, and how ‘they are the next big thing’.

BB Cream’s may only be hitting the European market now, but they have been huge in Asia for many years. Having lived there myself, I tried a couple of different versions.

I found them to be pretty good and similar to heavy coverage foundation. The formula worked well for me as I have oily skin and small scars on my face, I found it evened out the skintone. The downsides to the creams I tried are few but significant; a lot of them leave a sticky film on the skin and the range of available shades is very poor. Most brands only offered 2 shades to suit all skintones.

Now, Garnier have brought out their own BB Cream which I was uber excited to try out. Check out my review below

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  • Reply Emma (Fluffandfripperies)

    Ah bugger, how disappointing! Well hopefully a few more brands are getting ready to roll them out for the European market…

    August 16, 2011 at 6:26 am
    • Reply Anonymous

      Yeah, I’ve heard Clinique have already put one out but I haven’t heard of it yet. I’m still considering trying Illamasqua’s version but just not sure…

      August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply madeleine m.

    Great review, loved it. I saw the list of ingredients that the Garnier BB Cream (this European version) contains and it was a huge disappointement (too much perfume, irritants). The Garnier BB cream made for Asia had a better formula, except for the lemon extract. I have tried neither but if I could, I’d rather try the Asian one. I hope we will see more BB creams targeted for Europe in the future, some better formulated.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply Anonymous

      Thanks Madeleine! Yes, I agree they need better formulations for it to work. They are cutting out a lot of the key ingredients which results in it not being a very good cream at all. It’ll be interesting to see which brand actually comes out with a decent one xx

      August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm
      • Reply madeleine m.

        Yes I wonder that too, if any other company will launch a good version aimed at the european market… I’m curious how come garnier is the first to launch this and not mother-company L’Oreal or sister-brand Maybelline?

        I’m thinking of ordering a decent korean BB cream on e-bay but I fear I might pick the wrong colour. Even here in shops I have trouble choosing the right shade (always too yellow for my skin-tone or way too white). For the moment I discovered that my daily sunscreen cream (Avene Mineral Cream spf50) works pretty much like a BB cream is supposed tooso I’ll just stick to that.

        August 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply Suecutshair11

      Try AVEDAS mineral tinted moisturizer! It is parabin free! You will absolutely love it and feel good about using a product that won’t cause cancer. It also contains SPF 15!

      July 28, 2012 at 5:01 am
  • Reply cornflakegirl

    Really informative video Simone, thanks.

    I’m glad I didn’t pick up the Garnier one now…although to be honest Garnier and I don’t get on facial skincare wise at the best of times anyway and SPF15 isn’t enough for my uber pale skin even in Ireland.

    I love the sound of the Missha one you reviewed…though I did find myself at the SPF42 but that’s just the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy nerd in me being amused by the number 42.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply Anonymous

      Ha! I know, 42 is a bit random isn’t it? Same as me re. Garnier Skincare but I thought as they were modelling it after a BB Cream it would be good, oh well!xx

      August 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply kunko

    Thanks for this review. It was really useful.
    I’ve been using BB cream for a couple years (HANSKIN, Missha: the one you reviewed in this video) and was excited finally they brought it out here in the UK but doubtful if they’re as good as Asian ones.
    After watching your review I think I’ll stick to Missha one.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Anonymous

      I’m about to try out the Une one also, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that. I haven’t found one better then the Missha one yet!x

      September 8, 2011 at 6:49 am
  • Reply teehee

    Yeah… Garnier’s BB Cream isn’t much of a BB Cream….

    October 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Guest

    I personally love the Garnier BB cream and find that it really helps to cover my spots and scars, but that may just be because I have a different skin type, the only downside I found was the limited range of colours but thats no different to the other ones. I think others should try it before they write it off, thereare free samples to try (I certainly did) to see whther or not it is suitable for your skin.

    October 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Jen

    This product just came out in the US and I bought it with desperate hopes that it would calm and conceal my rosacea. I have never tried a b.b. cream before, so I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage abilities…but I just can’t get over the smell of this product! For lack of a better description, it smells like “old lady perfume” – it just stinks. Why would they perfume this product so much? I also have flakey skin on the rosacea patches and after awhile the flakiness comes through. With regular foundations the flakiness comes through right away though, so that is an improvement for me. As my first foray into b.b. creams, it makes me want to explore other options. Maybe I will try Misha next if I can find it in the US. Thanks so much for your review, Simone.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    • Reply guest

      You should use Bare Minerals if you have rosacea. It covers rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and doesn’t irritate. Try the foundation in the matte version. I guarantee you will like it.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:47 am
  • Reply Idaira

    Sorry but like you I’ve tried asian BB Creams…like Missha,skin79,Skinfood,Fairy Drops,Holika Holika…etc…and honestly I don’t think this Garnier thing can be called a BB Cream…it’s just a tinted moisturizer for me…

    February 3, 2012 at 2:38 am
    • Reply Anonymous

      Yeah, I agree. I think if you haven’t tried BB’s before, this might be an ok product but if you have then I think you’ll see the difference. Some people love it though, so it’s not all bad! 🙂

      February 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Simone Loves Makeup » » No. 7 BB Cream

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    February 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply R D Algama

    Where can I purchase the Missha B.B. cream here in the United Kingdom?

    March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Pauline Howe

    my free samples came today and i am very impressed! makes my skin glow..i will deff be buying it

    March 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply diana

      How can u get a free sample?

      March 9, 2012 at 1:49 am
  • Reply Lynneyav

    love it!! Sampled Clinique &this is much better.Great for aging skin!!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:53 am
  • Reply Simone Loves Makeup » » Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – Oily/Combo Skin

    […] I slated their first attempt at a BB cream for the European market so when I heard they were bringing out a second more skin type specific BB, I took very little notice. Then, all of a sudden there was a deluge of blogposts and You Tube video’s saying how great it was and how different it was to the first one and I thought uh-oh. Although I’m very loyal to Missha and their BB Cream’s, I’m always looking for a cheap drugstore version that does just as good of a job. And so what happened? Well I bought it of course! […]

    June 28, 2012 at 8:51 am
  • Reply durangodena

    I hated it..greasy, settled in pores by end of day…I liked the smell and that was it..loreal makes a great one!!

    August 20, 2012 at 4:56 am
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