Garnier BB Creams

Friday, May 17, 2013

BB Creams have become quite popular, haven't they? I've dabbled with quite a few of them in the last year or so, Garnier being the first "westernized" version I tried.

The original Garnier BB Cream was released in Canada last year around this time. I did like it, but I didn't really love it. When I heard about the release of a new formula for oily / combination skin, I was definitely eager to try it & see how they compared.


original
CLAIMS
renews, hydrates 24h, brightens, evens skin tone


TEXTURE
thicker cream, light-weight, blends easily;
dries down to a dewy finish but feels tacky to the touch;
can be applied with fingers or a brush



SCENT
the typical "Garnier" scent, dissipates quickly after application

COVERAGE
very light to light

SHADES
light, light/medium, medium/dark
oily/combination
CLAIMS
controls shine, minimizes pores, renews, brightens, hydrates, evens skin tone

TEXTURE
lighter cream (more fluidity), blends easily, absorbs quickly;
dries to a matte / satin finish, luminous without looking oily;
can be applied with fingers or a brush (preferably a brush)

SCENT
any fragrance is overpowered by a distinct alcohol scent, dissipates quickly after application

COVERAGE
very light to light

SHADES
light/medium, medium/dark

1/ Original, light / medium
2/ Oily / combination, light / medium
3/ Oily / combination, medium / dark

thoughts
i. the original formula leaves a slightly more dewy finish on the skin & it tends to break down after a couple hours of wear on my t-zone, whereas the new formula's matte / satin finish wears all day;

ii. when set with a powder, the original formula's dewiness is diminished & longevity increases on my skin;

iii. the new formula's watery consistency can get a little messy, especially with the packaging;

iv. both formulas transfer slightly (which is typical with most face products);

v. experienced zero oxidation with the original formula, whereas the new formula oxidizes slightly;

vi. new formula offers a tad more coverage on me than the original formula. Both formulas do not completely cover blemishes / dark spots, but they do neutralize slight redness;

vii. both formulas do not settle into fine lines or dry patches;

viii. it is not specified whether this product contains sun protection. I don't think the Canadian versions do;

ix. I wear light / medium in the original formula, and a mix of  1/3 light / medium & 2/3 dark / medium in the new formula.


Applied a pea sized amount of each product to a completely bare face (cleansed skin; no moisturizer, serum, or eye cream)
Note skin imperfections (e.g., dark spot on forehead & café au lait on cheek) and under eyes are not completely covered, but they're slightly minimized.

For my skin type, I prefer the the new formula. It sits much better on my skin & it wears much longer throughout the day. I don't typically wear BB Creams on a daily basis -- only when I feel like I'm having a bad skin day -- but between the two formulas, the new formula is the one I've been reaching for the most lately.

Have you tried either formula? What's your favourite drugstore BB cream? x


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8 COMMENTS

  1. The original broke me out so bad! But I tried the new formula on a whim & it's amazing!! Great review!

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  2. I havent tried any bb cream yet lol so behind. Thanks for the review! Ill check this one out (:

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  3. great review! I really love this bb. I also really like the one from revlon

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  4. This is a really good review, Aleeza. While I like to coverage of the original, I definitely feel like it's a bit "greasy" (for lack of better word). Now you've enticed me to try the new formula! Also what other bb creams have you tried? xx

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  5. I got the new formula in medium dark as well but holy it turns my face into 2 shades darker with orange undertone....it sucks because it has the perfect texture and finish and covers so well...ugh, weird that it doesn't turn orange on you.

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  6. Ya! It does oxidize! It only oxidizes about a shade darker for me. That's why I like to mix the light/medium & the medium/dark when I use. It's not something I'd recommend, but I just happened to have both shades x

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  7. I have tried quite a few BB Creams! I'm leaning away from them more now, though. i find my skin just prefers tinted moisturizers haha. From the drugstore, the Maybelline one is nice. From the Sephora brands, I really like Dr. Jart & Tarte :) x

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  8. they look beautiful on you! I agree, I like the new formula on you! It still has a glow, but it is not oily.
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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