What a long name for a tinted moisturizer! I almost fell asleep writing that, zzzz.. It`s also rather self-indulgent if you ask me, using the words `miracle`, `skin perfector` and `all in one` in the same everlasting name for what is, and let`s face it just a tinted moisturizer.
Or, is it? To be honest I didn’t even know what a BB cream was, until I now googled it. Apparently it stands for Blemish Balm, or Blemish Base. Originally formulated in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1950s the cream was initially used to protect skin after laser procedures and surgery, while also providing light coverage. BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory and having a soothing effect. Due to its “multi-tasking” all-in-one properties — moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock — the cream became a hit in Asia where it still has the most popularity, and has recently made an entrance into the western world of cosmetics. It seems beauty now a days is all about looking like you just woke up gorgeous; skin glowing, eyes bright, not letting anyone know that you actually spent 5 hours in front of a mirror getting that “all natural look”.. There’s a constant search for that one product that`ll give you the fake-makeupfree-glow your looking for, and the BB cream claims to be just the thing for that.
This is the first BB cream I`ve tested, and I`ve come to realize there`s been a lot of talk about it in the beauty-blogosphere for a while, and I kind of get why.
The Garnier BB cream contains SPF 15, a number of emollients (skin softeners) ascorbil- glucoside- a form of vitamin C, and sodium-hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid- a water binding molecule in the skin which results in a plumping effect).
I bought mine in the springtime, and started using it now in the summer as a substitute for foundation when I wanted an even skin tone and light coverage. I also used it when I had my thesis defense, and you can have a look at what my skin looked like for that HERE. I have used mineral makeup in the past for that light cover feeling, which I`ve been happy with so far, but for summer this BB cream is performing better in giving me that “glow” I`m after.
The cream is thick and is easily pressed out from the tube. It sort of “melts” into your skin, to leave a nice moisturized, and tanned looking face behind. It adapts to your skin tone, so I use it on areas where I want the most coverage first, and then spread it out to the other parts of my face after. It`s very moisturizing and might be too rich for people with oilier skin types, but will work great on dry, mixed and normal skin.I`m very happy with the moisturizing aspect of this product, as it gets the job done on top of my sunscreen as well as giving me an even radiant face with a dewy finish. I comes in two types, light and medium, I`m happy with mine in medium.
Summed up, the positives are:
1. Moisturizes well
2. Covers lightly- good for us wanting a “see-through” finish
3. Well pigmented, gives a sunkissed look
4. Blends easily
5. Has SPF 15
6. Contains Vitamin C and a hyaluronic-acid derivative
7. Gives a dewy skin result
8. Paraben free
9. It`s inexpensive. £7.24 from Amazon: Garnier Nutri Miracle Skin Perfector Medium
The negatives are:
1. Contains ONLY SPF 15, which in my book is too low a number for your daily UV- shield, so you would still need to apply a sunscreen first. (And there goes the “all in one” part of its name)
2. Contains few antioxidants, vitamin C being the only one. I like products with a number of antioxidants in them, and although vitamin C is a great one, I would still have to use a serum first, in order to give my skin some added protection.
3. Somewhat oily- and leaves skin dewy (which I love!), but it might give too much of a shine to those of you with oily skin.
4. Light coverage- again, great for me, but not so great for those of you seeking more coverage with perhaps a matte finish.
All in all its a great multipurpose makeup product for summer, and can easily be used as a substitute for foundation.It has tickled my curiosity in regards to what other BB creams are out there, and I wonder how they will compare. But for now I`m sticking to my Garnier BB bottle, and I`m confident I`ll re-buy it at some point, as it performs so well and is more than worth the little money I spent on it.
Has anyone tried this cream? Or do you have any other similar products to recommend? I would love to hear about them!