Thursday, January 16, 2014

REVIEW! Garnier BB Cream for Combo/Oily Skin

Hi everyone! This is a quick review of the new Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin. Garnier makes several different versions of BB Creams, but this one is specifically targeted for those with oily skin. I have been using this every day since I bought it and I would like to share my thoughts about it.

Garnier's packaging states that it is "An all-in-one product designed to control shine and naturally conceal imperfections for a smooth flawless finish. This oil-free formula combines mattifying Mineral Pigments with Perlite, an ultra oil-absorbing Mineral Powder, to deliver an immediate transformation." It states that it will control oil and shine, cover imperfections naturally, minimize pores, and provide hydration.

I purchased this at Ulta for about $12.00 in the shade Light/Medium and it is a perfect color match for my skin. I did some searching and found that this only comes in 3 shades: Light/Medium, Medium/Deep and Deep/Dark. The product is a very thin consistency out of the tube, and I find that the packaging leaks. Thankfully, I kept the box and now I store it cap side up in the box, yet it still seems to ooze a bit. Maybe I got a bad one, but just keep that in mind if you decide to give it a try.

It has light to medium coverage, blends easily and leaves the skin with a matte finish. But, be aware, this BB cream will cling like mad to any dry patches of skin you may have and just accentuate them.

I first tried this product over moisturizer only, not using a primer or powder. It did not hide my pores and I found that my t-zone needed blotting after only 2 hours. But, it did not oxidize on my skin, which I've found to be a problem with other BB creams I've tried. Next I tried it with just a pore minimizing primer (no setting powder) and found that it lasted a bit over 3  hours without needing to blot, but when I used a primer AND a light setting powder, I was able to go about 4 1/2 hours before I had to touch up with a little powder. If you have severely oily skin, you may need to use an oil controlling primer. On me, this didn't break up or start sliding around, it just started fading away after about 6 hours. The rest of my face makeup (blush, bronzer, etc.) also faded, but when your foundation fades, of course the rest of your makeup will go with it.

I am pleasantly surprised with this BB cream. I like the amount of coverage it has and after I found the right combination of products to use with it, the staying power is much better than any other BB cream I've tried. I am curious to see how this performs in the South Florida heat and humidity in the warmer months.

I love my full coverage, long wearing matte foundations, but if I'm not going to be needing a full face of makeup for an entire 8 to 10 hour day, I would definitely prefer to use this. If you have oily skin and are looking for a lighter option to foundation, I would recommend you try it!

I know that many of you have been anxiously waiting for this review since I posted the photo on Instagram and I hope that this was helpful to you!

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