Not only will this be a review of the new Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for combination to oily skin, but I will also compare it to the original Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream.
I think it’s important for you guys to know how much (or little) it differs from the original one. Let me start by saying I absolutely ADORE the original BB cream by Garnier. It wins hands-down compared to my Pond’s BB cream, Yardley CC cream, Lioele BB cream and even some of my foundations (yes, I am referring to you Estée Lauder Double Wear Light and MAC Face & Body). The original gives perfect coverage, a gorgeous dewy finish (even when set with a powder) and minimises the look of pores. Will the new BB cream for combo-oily skin beat the original? Let’s take a look and see…
What Garnier says: Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for combination to oily skin immediately mattifies, minimizes pores and conceals imperfections to give skin a naturally smooth, matte, flawless finish. Blends easily with your skin tone. A new innovation for combination to oily skin types with a hybrid formula that offers instant perfection and all-day shine control in one single beauty product. This oil-free skin care formula combines mattifying mineral pigments with ultra oil-absorbing properties to deliver an immediate complexion transformation.
My review: After reading Chantelle’s blog post, I knew I had to get the new BB cream as soon as it hit the shelves. I kept an eye out every time I went to Clicks and Dischem and eventually, about 3 weeks ago, I spotted it. I bought mine in shade Light (I am an NW20 in MAC foundations for reference). I tested it out the very next day, first with a damp Beauty Blender but then decided to rather use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The coverage is good, it conceals redness and minor imperfections but doesn’t really minimise pores. I would say this BB cream gives a satin finish, rather than a matte finish (the original gives a dewy finish). I also found I needed to set it with a powder to control shine, but I did not need to blot and powder again (like I do with the original). I have to be honest, the first few times I used this BB cream, I was not impressed. Something about the runny consistency and messy packaging was off-putting. But it has grown on me and I can see myself reaching for this on those hot, humid days of Summer.
The pro: This BB cream provides a longer lasting satin finish than the original and if you are someone who has decent skin and only requires something that provides light coverage, then this BB cream is for you. If you have blemishes and major redness (rosacea), then you might want to add concealer to those areas or skip this BB cream all together. What I also like about the product is even though it’s supposed to be mattifying, it doesn’t accentuate dry patches in the skin.
The con: I am not a fan of the packaging. The product is quite runny, so it does get messy when dispensing and recapping (there is always leaked liquid in the cap). The tube also doesn’t state the SPF, but I remember from Chantelle’s blog post it is SPF20.
The price: R 84,95 for 40ml at Clicks and Dischem stores (both Garnier BB creams are on sale at Dischem at the moment for R 64,95).
The tip: I have found that a dense buffing brush like this one or this one, is best for the combo-oily BB cream. If you use a Beauty Blender with this BB cream, you’ll find you use a lot of product because it gets absorbed into the sponge. I find I get the best finish when I apply the original BB cream with a Beauty Blender, it gives me a gorgeous airbrushed finish. Also, remember to wear a moisturiser that contains an SPF under your BB cream, even though it contains SPF20, Garnier recommends applying this BB cream every 2 hours (no comment!).
On the left is the new BB cream for combo-oily skin (in shade Light) and on the right is the original BB cream (also in shade Light) – click to enlarge. These have been heavily swatched (and not blended), so you can see the difference.
There is a big difference between the 2 shades, not only is the original a bit darker in colour but I also find it’s more pink-toned whereas the new BB cream is more yellow-toned. Thus, don’t count on being a shade Light in the combo-oily BB cream (even though you are a Light in the original), make sure you swatch the shades (on your jaw line, not your hand) before you buy one.
So to sum up – I like this BB cream, it provides decent coverage with the added benefit of being somewhat oil-controlling. But, even though I do have combo skin I still prefer the original Garnier BB cream because I feel it suits my skintone better and the finish (in my humble opinion) is better – even though I need to blot and powder towards the end of the day.