I suspect that Garnier will start releasing their BB Cream here in the US soon. If we don’t see it for Spring 2012 we will most definitely see it for Summer 2012.
The BB Cream trend we saw around Fall will probably pick up speed again for Spring and Summer and hopefully we’ll see some of the first BB Creams in US Drugstores at some point during those seasons. The first drugstore BB Cream to pop up in the UK and Ireland was Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All in One BB Cream so I predict it’ll be our first as well.
If you aren’t familiar with BB Creams or not sure what I am talking about I suggest you read my What is a BB Cream prior to reviewing this review.
Let’s take a look at Garnier’s BB Cream.
This is probably one of the most disappointing BB Cream products I’ve laid my hands out. It’s an insult to BB Creams everywhere. What a bad formula.
Garnier produced it as a skin miracle of sorts that would blur minor imperfections, smooth fine lines, offer a hydrating finish, and even out skin tone…basically all the good things that a BB Cream should do. I love that they took the initiative to release one of the first drugstore foundations outside of Asia, fantastic, brilliant…..but please at the very least get the formula down correctly before slapping “BB Cream” on it.
This comes in two shades one of which is a light shade and one a medium. I had a friend purchase the medium for me from the UK and ship it over. I felt the medium would be the best choice since I feared the light would be a more traditional porcelain shade for fairer English skin. Sadly, medium is VERY dark and wasn’t exactly fitting with my skin tone however I really didn’t have to worry too much about the shade being off since there is very little pigment involved here and the product has pretty much zero coverage abilities.
If you have drier skin you’ll love how hydrating this is. The formula is a super creamy base with a thin consistency that absorbs easily and leaves behind a dewy finish. It’s very moisturizing but it feels lightweight on my skin without being greasy or oily. Overall, the formula was a plus on a whole particularly for my drier skin.
On the downside, it offers zero coverage…I mean this won’t even perfect your face or ease dullness…nothing. It’s like applying moisturizer, zero color just hydrating. BB Creams are typically quite pigmented and have a thicker consistency, creamy yes but not as thin as Garnier’s formula so really it does not have a traditional BB formula.
On top of zero coverage it’s not technically treating finer lines, brightening, whitening, or even offering decent sun protection as SPF 15 isn’t exactly the best coverage money can buy in the BB Cream world.
According to Garnier it will unify your complexion, conceal redness, and makes skin smoother and more hydrated. Garnier props for the hydration factor but no way is this hiding redness or unifying my skin tone.
Overall, this one was a complete and utter bust. To add insult to injury the price range is a whooping £9.99-£11.99. Ouch! A lovely formula Garnier but please take the BB Cream out of the name here…this is NOT a BB Cream by any means heck it’s not even a tinted moisturizer.
Don’t bother if it launches in the US as I’m doubtful it’ll prove any better.