Saturday, February 11, 2012

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Medium Dark



Hey Guys!
As you know, I tried my first BB Cream last month (click here to see my review on Marcelle BB Cream) and was very impressed. I've been hooked on Marcelle's BB Cream since trying it as it has eliminated some steps from my daily makeup routine as well as provided a great product for daily wear when I don't want to cake my face with foundation. Once I saw that Garnier was coming out with their own BB Cream I knew instantly that I had to pick one up as I've had very good experiences with Garnier skincare products in the past (i.e., Dark Spot Corrector, Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller...etc). 



About the Product

"All-in-1 every day moisturizer - Gently apply the Miracle Skin Perfector daily to face. This light, velvety-smooth lotion is rapidly absorbed without leaving a greasy or sticky feel. See immediate results after applying it, as well as long-lasting effects after only two weeks."

5 Benefits:

Hydrates
Corrects Wrinkles
Corrects Imperfections
Protects with SPF 15
Evens and Brightens Skin Tone

Mineral Pigments

Mineral pigments are light and melt instantaneously into skin, which allows to obtain a light and comfortable textured cream that spreads flawlessly over skin and absorbs quickly

(This is the same thing used in the Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller which I love!)

Vitamin C

Vitamin c is well known for it's anti-oxidant properties and its anti-free radical effect that brightens and evens skin tone.

I've only just started using this product so I can't tell you the long term benefits and whether or not this has corrected and improved wrinkles and imperfections. I can tell you the immediate benefits of using this include the skin being more moisturized, even, and bright. My only qualm about the Marcelle BB Cream was that it didn't contain an SPF. I love how the Garnier BB Cream has an SPF of 15. As my daytime moisturizer, it is essential that it contains an SPF so that I don't have to rely on my primer or foundation containing SPF. Like a regular moisturizer, I use my finger tips to apply this to my face in circular motions. If you have ever used a tinted moisturizer, this reminds me quite a bit of that. If you have a sensitivity to smell, this product has a very strong citrus scent, very similar to many other Garnier products on the market so be wary.

Swatched on natural skin tone (NC25), light-medium would best be suited for NC25
Wish this had a warmer undertone, this pulls rather pink on my skin
Personally, I find this product to be a little too pink for my colouring to the point where I can't use this on its own without something, a foundation or powder, to go over top. With that said, this kind of defeats the purpose of using this solely as a BB Cream. I really shouldn't have to apply a yellow-toned powder or foundation to achieve my colouring. This would be great for medium-dark ladies with a cool, NW undertone, but for you NC ladies like myself, this may not be your best match. Also, I found my skin to be very shiny once applied. This seemed to never fully absorb into my skin. If you were just going to use this alone, I would suggest applying a powder overtop to set the BB Cream. Once again, this kind of defeats the purpose of a BB Cream if you have to set it with another product for it to look natural.  If you are looking for a matifying BB Cream, I would highly recommend Marcelle BB Cream as it absorbs into the skin and leaves a natural-matte finish. Overall, I think Marcelle makes a better BB Cream than the Garnier so if I had to choose one, it would be Marcelle. I may still end up getting the light-medium BB Cream to see how it compares and if it would better suit my natural NC25 colouring. 

After
Before
I think this is a really good product for evening out the complexion, brightening and moisturizing the skin. If the colour matched my skin tone a little bit better, I would definitely repurchase. If this product is of interest to you, make sure you check out the Garnier website for a $3.00 off coupon. I wish I would have seen this before, prior to purchasing the Medium-Dark shade, but at least I found this now so that I can save some money when picking up the light-medium shade. If you are a Canadian resident, Walmart offers the lowest price, so I would definitely check there before going anywhere else. You can find this at Shoppers as well, but you know they are going to charge you 5x the amount.

25 comments:

  1. I didn't know Garnier came out with a BB cream aswell. I really love how it evened out your skin but it looks really natural.

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  2. It looks great! Can I ask which self tanner you used?

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  3. Awesome Review!

    I saw it at Superstore the other day, but was too hesitant to try it. The only BB creams that fit my ivory-neutral skin tone is from Korean brand Missha M. In my opinion, I still prefer the Asian BB creams, they have much better SPF rating...and better coverage. In fact, all I use as far as foundation goes is BB creams and tinted moisturizers. Wonderful stuff!

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    1. I really got to try one of the Asian BB Creams...I hear so many good things about them.

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  4. Wow, I just realised the packaging is different over in the US and here in Australia! :D Great review though hun :D

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  5. Hey Cheryl, nice post. Actually I wanted to buy the Garnier BB cream yesterday but then didn't. Now that I see your post, I'm even less convinced that I wanna buy it (although you seem to be happy with it) but the outcome isn't exactly what I want. You're beautiful though, with or without makeup :)

    <3 Elisabeth

    http://beautybyelisabeth.blogspot.com/

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  6. i'm already using it.it's been 3 weeks and i love the formula!it will be the perfect thing for summer too!...right now i put a little of other foundation over this BB cream as my skin has been bad this winter and needs more coverage.But it's perfect on its own on a casual day :)

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  7. This looks amazing on you, Cheryl. Thanks for the detailed post and heads up on the coupon. I completely agree with you on the formula being too pink-toned...when i swatched it at walmart that's what i noticed right away and decided to leave more time to decide since i have an asian yellow-toned complexion. Will definitely consider picking this up with your recommendation! (setting with yellow-toned powder etc. of course ;))

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  8. I bought this when it first came out and I didnt like it at all! I thought it was more like an overpriced tinted moisturiser! ;( glad someone has got on with it though! :) xo

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  9. Great review! I was wondering how the Garnier BB cream was and now with the $3.00 off coupon, I think I may head over to Wal Mart to pick it up.

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  10. I was hoping for a really great review on this :( my skin tone is similar to yours and I also need something with more of a yellow undertone. I've yet to try any BB creams (since most of them are just too light) and I think I still may give this one a try. Thanks for the review and heads up on the coupon! :D

    www.beautynthingsblog.com

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  11. BB creams are taking over! I like this on you, it looks very natural... I def. wouldn't want to have to layer anything else though, like you said it kind of defeats the purpose.

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  12. I have it, but am afraid to use it. I bought another Garnier skin care item at the same time, and the other one broke me out really bad.

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    1. Check the ingredients and see if they contain the same things. I ended up realizing I was allergic to Mica a few months ago and have since had to get rid of/giveaway a ton of makeup and skincare because of this.

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  13. I'm afraid to use BB creams as well since I have super sensitive skin. I hope I can find one that's non-comedogenic! Thanks for the review, Cheryl!

    http://beauty-twist.blogspot.com/

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  14. Great review, so much detail! I have also been using this BB cream but in light as I'm quite fair, and definitely agree with you in saying that it never seems to fully "sink in", so I find that it makes my skin look quite oily. Plus, like you, I've found that I need to use my MSFN over the top to neutralize the pinky-ness of it. I still find myself reaching for it though when I need a quick fix!


    http://imhunguponmakeup.blogspot.co.nz/

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  15. I have been thinking about trying this out after seeing it on a few other's monthly favorites. I am looking for something lighter to wear for the upcoming warmer months that will still even out my skin tone. Do you feel that this would be okay for people with combination/oily skin?

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    1. You would most definitely have to set it with a powder. I have dry/normal skin and find a powder is essential

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  16. Your skin looks amazing!!! It doesn't even look like you have anything on your face in the second picture. I'll probably be passing on this, but I definitely want to try a BB cream in the near future.

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  17. I am so curious about this and about bb creams in general. What do you think is a good one to start with or other brands to check out? I have heard so much mixed reviews about this so curious about what other ones out there are great.

    Also wanted to let you know I just found your blog and loving it! Would love if you stopped by mine sometime =)
    www.mirandasmakeupandmore.com

    Thanks!

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  18. Hi, did you ever try the light medium shade? How did you feel the shade was? I'm also an NC25 and wondered if you thought it worked better for you? Thanks, Ella :)

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  19. Great blog! I really love how it's easy on my eyes as well as the facts are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made.

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