I read a lot of foreign beauty blogs and it amused me greatly when recently, the beauty scene in the UK was taken by storm by a new introduction of something they’d only ever really read about on Asian blogs, or which was mostly unavailable in their market – BB Cream. To be exact, the Garnier BB Cream.
At about the same time, or a little before that, the Garnier BB Cream was launched here in Malaysia too. You will already have seen it on the shelves so with all this buzz, it probably is opportune that I let you know what I think of this new BB Cream, or to give it its full name – Garnier Light BB Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer with SPF26 PA+++ :)
The Garnier BB Cream is very affordable, weighing in at just RM19.90/20ml. At that sort of price point, you don’t really feel the pinch to give it a go which I think is very clever marketing strategy. Importantly, I know what you’re thinking – how does it perform and is the Garnier BB Cream in Asia the same as the one in Europe? Let’s try and answer those questions :)
First off, this is your regular run of the mill BB Cream – and like many BB creams promise you lots and lots. In fact, they promise you 10 benefits (beating the Maybelline BB cream that promises 8 benefits by 2!)
Here’s what they promise your skin will be:-
- More radiant
- More even-toned
- Less dark spots
- Less visible imperfections
- Reduce redness
- More hydrated
- Less visible Lines
- Less visible pores
- Reveal a healthy glow
On top of that, it also promises you amazing fairness (hence the “Light” in its name). Me = Sceptic. So, I’ll let you judge for yourself with this before and after picture.
Garnier BB Cream Left: Before Right: After
You can see my skin imperfections in all their glory – pigmentation on the cheeks, and pimples and pimple marks on the chin, redness around the nose area.
I will concede that the Garnier BB Cream is a dab hand at covering up redness. You can see that the redness is markedly reduced on the skin and naturally therefore, the skintone looks more even. The tint in the Garnier BB Cream tends to a slight pink based cast which does adjust itself somewhat to give a slightly brighter tint to the skin.
However, dark spots aren’t covered and neither are imperfections. Pores are slightly reduced. On the whole, I’d say that there is a slight improvement in the skintone overall, but coverage is very very sheer. I do rather like how it evens my skintone out quite well, so I take care of the rest by using concealer. A swipe of loose powder over my face to set it, increases coverage and keeps it on longer.
If I do not set it with powder, I do find that it will slip by the end of the day. It does not turn my skin very oily – a little but nothing dramatic – but I will warn oily skinned gals about this. If you have combination-dry skin I think it will work better than if you had oily skin. A light dusting of powder helps me take care of the oiliness.
Its tone is pink based as I’ve noted which can help with skin brightening. However, if you have a very warm or very yellow based skintone, it may not suit you. The tint looked dark initially for me, but I did notice that it self adjusted quite well after a few minutes so it did match my skintone ultimately. That said, it must be noted that my skintone is light, and this only comes in 1 shade so I’m not sure if everyone can use it.
Like all BB Creams, I do not treat this as a skincare item but as makeup. Therefore in my case, I apply this after my skincare routine and sunscreen.
In a nutshell
The Garnier BB Cream is very sheer and does not cover imperfections on my skin. It however covers up redness and evens out the skintone and generally helps my skin look a little brighter. I did not notice any skin lightening but it did look dewy without looking like an oil slick. It also did not make my skin very oily throughout the day. I usually use this with a dab of concealer and a light dusting of powder for all day wear. I don’t think those with very oily skin will take to this or those with very warm or yellow skintones. Otherwise, I think its an affordable product that does a decent job.
Pros: Covers redness and evens out skintone, Affordable, Slim packaging, Skin looks a bit brighter after application
Cons: May not be suitable for those with oily skins, Did not cover blemishes and skin imperfections
Here are some comparison swatches for your viewing pleasure.
The Garnier BB Cream is a tad pinker in tone compared to the Maybelline BB Cream but not as pink toned as the Sunplay Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream. The Hada Labo BB Moist Cream is significantly more yellow toned. I decided to compare apples with apples so they were compared with pharmacy based brands as opposed to mixing in higher end brands.
And here’s the ingredient list for the Garnier BB Cream
Now, how does the Asian Garnier BB Cream compare to the European BB Cream? Truth to tell, I have absolutely no idea LOL! However, if you read the review on Beaut.ie here are a few quick differences I picked up almost immediately:-
|Asia Garnier BB Cream||Europe Garnier BB Cream|
|Name: BB Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer||Name: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily all-in-one B.B. Cream|
|10 in one benefits||5 in one benefits|
|One shade||2 shades available – Light and Medium|
|Skincare benefits focus on whitening, brightening, radiance||Skincare benefits focus on hydrating and offers 24 hour hydration|
|Comes in 20ml tube||Comes in 50ml tube|
The ingredients are also different so the irresistible conclusion is therefore that whilst they may have the same name and perform the same functions, the two products are quite quite different to suit the different needs and requirements of the different areas they serve.
Have you gone and picked this one up already? Its available in local pharmacies so you can take a gander at it to see if it might be something that suits you or that you might like. I experienced no unnatural breakouts with this one. I’m not the biggest BB Cream fan out there but I do think this rather decent for weekends and suchlike. Otherwise I do still prefer using a foundation.
Garnier BB Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer retails at RM19.90/20ml at all major pharmacies. It comes in 1 shade.