Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector graced Walgreens at the end of November and into December 2011. I found a display in one of my local stores a week before Christmas and grabbed it up as fast as I could! It was a display of 8, 4 Light/Medium and 4 Medium/Dark.
Kind of annoyed with the color range, I grab a box on the left from the light/medium side of the display and grab a coupon from the tear off pad and head up to the register. I already have some experience with BB creams (lol) and I was excited to give this one a try.
I rush home and smooth a good squeeze from the tube on my face. Why I do this I don't know. I always over apply a product the first time I use it for a couple reasons I guess.
1. I can really see the color.
2. I can see what the product looks like if one morning I'm in a rush and I don't properly blend.
3. I can actually feel the product. Is it greasy, heavy, runny, etc...
4. I can tell right away if it is going to irritate my skin.
It's not science but I really test out a product. I just assume it's not going to work and I want the product to prove me wrong.
Back to the Garnier BB Cream... It looked a little dark coming out of the tube but most BB creams are dark on me. I look in the mirror. Hmm, a bit dark. "Wow, did I really just put that much on my face?" Scrub off, start over and put way less back on. Hmm, still dark, but a good tone. Oh well. Then I go rationalizing... This would look good in the summer maybe. My old NY self would further rationalize and say, "Well summer isn't until another 7 months, you need to get rid of this." But now my new NC self says, "Summer starts in 4..."
Then I look at the box, I accidentally grabbed the shade in Medium/Dark. Oh dummy! It took me about a week to get back to Walgreens to do the exchange. I went to the other Walgreens in town. I'm lucky I have two. This one doesn't have a display. Uh oh. For some reason I check the skincare aisle and there it is on the shelf. One left! Phew... How did I miss the display? At that time I was in Walgreens once a week.
As I walk away from the register, I just glance down into the bag and sure enough the sales associate put the medium/dark back in there. Good thing I checked! So I finally have the light/medium and I open the box and smooth it on my hand. Yikes, a little orangey. Instead of heading back into the Walgreens and doing a return, I have a few errands to run and I really wanted to test it on my face.
About an hour later, I look down at my hand. Hmm, no orange. Wait did it rub off? No. The BB cream set beautifully with a hint of sheen. WOW! Now I can't wait to get it on my face.
I'm going to warn you, this post has a ton of photos. I want to show you before, just after application and after it has set!
This is my right hand.
I realize that this last picture is in different light but I wanted to show what it looked like after it was set in natural light. Nice huh? No orange.
Now on to my left hand.
After it has set. Less orange. See the sheen?
Natural light, no orange.
Unfortunately, it is still looks a bit dark on my face (because of my blasted white neck) but I can add a little of my Missha #21 and it fixes that problem right away. But why do I want to go through all that trouble you ask? Well, that night when I washed my face after initially using this product, my face looked, well more even toned. It looked really nice. This BB cream really is like a treatment. I already was planning on returning it but after looking in the mirror after washing it off, it is now a keeper! I have never noticed a difference with my other BB creams like this one.
There is a light scent that was pretty strong the first time I used it. It is a very clean scent, (is that a hint of sunscreen?) but disappears after a few seconds and now that I have been using it for a couple of weeks on and off, I don't even smell it anymore. This BB cream is not greasy, sets after a minute or two and it's also buildable. I need a couple very, very thin layers. My skin is too light to cake this product on, plus I don't really like that look!
I still need concealer and if I want it to last, I need to set it with a powder but I found that it does wear nicely for a few hours. My skin shows through at the level of coverage that I prefer. But like I said, it's buildable. If I had a darker skintone, I might be able to load this on to cover and even out everything completely.
I just wish Garnier would come out with a shade in fair, then it would be perfect! Like the picture on the box shows. lol That would be a good shade for me. I do agree with all three claims, more even complexion, healthy glow and smoother skin. The healthy glow is just a bit too dark on my fair skin unfortunately or I would really love it.
I am going to compare all my BB creams but this Garnier one is not as heavy as Lioele, it's more breathable but Lioele is also a bit dark, I usually add a little Missha #21. Garnier also has a nice glow unlike Missha #21 which is a tad bit light for me and it leaves a greyish cast but luckily it oxidizes on my skin. In fact it's consistency is not the same as Missha or Lioele so I'm not sure if it is really a "BB cream" but that's how they are marketing it.
It is definitely thicker than a tinted moisturizer and tinted moisturizers that I have tried really aren't "moisturizing" anyway, but this Garnier BB cream isn't really moisturizing either. So I'm not sure what point I'm trying to make here. But I found with BB creams including this Garnier one they are best smoothed on with your fingers but with TM and foundations I like a brush. Is that better? :)
So give it a try if you can find it. My area had a total of 16, well 15 since I returned one. Not sure if they will be stocked in other drugstores soon. Give it a chance to set on your skin and you will be pleasantly surprised. (Unless you are white as a ghost, this will look way too dark/orange on you as you probably find with most foundations/BB creams/tinted moisturizers on you anyway... That was me in NY with no sun.)
Have you tried this BB Cream yet??? What do you think?