Review: Garnier BB Cream


I had heard of BB creams a couple of years ago but didn’t really have a clue what they were and so promptly forgot all about them. When I saw Garnier had released their Miracle Skin Perfector All-in-One BB Cream I suddenly became interested again and couldn’t wait to try this out. Sometimes I feel like I wear way too much makeup in the daytime but I would never go out without any makeup on at all, so I was looking for something with light coverage that would make my skin look good. I’ve tried out one or two tinted moisturisers and wasn’t hugely impressed so I was hoping this BB cream would be exactly what I was looking for.

I have no experience of ‘real’ BB creams to compare this too, but I really like it. It does seem pretty similar to a tinted moisturiser to me, but it has a different consitency and gives better coverage without looking heavy like a foundation would. It’s also less moisturising than I thought it would be, I tend to still use a bit of my normal moisturiser before applying this.

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1. Before: no makeup. 2. After: Garnier BB cream + under-eye concealer, blusher and finishing powder.

My skin is in pretty good condition but my skin tone is quite uneven (see photo above – rosy cheeks, redness around nose, lots of freckles!) and the BB cream definitely helped to even this out. I don’t know if I would go so far as to say it blurred out imperfections, but it certainly gives enough coverage that I didn’t need to use concealer anywhere apart from under my eyes. I like the fact that some of my freckles still shine through as it’s not too heavy, sometimes with foundation (see below) I feel it covers everything up a bit too well.

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1. Garnier BB cream + under-eye concealer only. 2. Normal foundation, concealer, blusher and finishing powder routine.

The BB cream is designed to be an ‘all-in-one’ so you can just put it on and go, but I don’t like the finish of it by itself. It’s way too shiny for me, some people really like the look of dewy skin but I prefer to be nice and matte! I also wouldn’t wear this on its own as I find it’s just a bit too dark for me – a bit of light finishing powder on top solves this problem. It’s currently only available in two shades (I’m using Light, and it’s also available in Medium) but hopefully some more shades might be introduced.

Overall, I would recommend the Garnier BB cream but I don’t think it’s completely amazing. I would be interested to try some other kinds of BB creams to see how they compare. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this for daytime wear but if I’m going on a night out I would definitely stick to foundation.

Have you tried the Garnier BB cream yet? What did you think of it?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • yiqin; says:

    i have never tried bb cream :*

  • Stefany says:

    You have amazing skin! Great review, might give them a try and see what I think xx

  • Cherry says:

    I'm not sure whether to try it out or no, is it just a glorified tinted moisturiser? Your skin looks great in these pics though so I might give it a try!

  • Gem says:

    it sounds great for work, not too heavy. Need to try this x

  • I didn't try it yet, I bought the OCC Tinted Moisturizer a couple of weeks ago and I'm loving tinted moisturizers now so I may try this one too1 xx

  • I bought this yesterday! I got it for my travels because I don't want to wear heavy foundation every day. I actually quite like it but agree with you on the finish – I'll definitely be wearing powder over the top,

    Rosie x

  • geehawkes says:

    I've never tried it but I've been waiting to see a review like this! I think it looks lovely on your skin and I think, like you've said, I'd love to get it and compare it to others to see what works best on my skin :)! Thankyou for this review lovely, xo

  • AngelaQ says:

    I tried it while ago, and gave it another go last week, but this break me out so badly. Love the way you showed how does it look on your skin. There is a difference. You got really pretty face without foundation. xx

  • Shabna says:

    Ooooo this looks good! You have amazing skin, you really don't need foundation! You could get away with concealer and powder tbh 😉 xx

  • rhiannonvic says:

    I got this too and was really impressed with it considering it was relatively cheap! It looks really lovely on your skin xx

  • Oh this looks great! Think I'll have to give it s try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Raz says:

    I really really want to try this. I think my skin is fairly similar to yours in terms of being a bit uneven but not really that bad blemish-wise. Great pictures too – really good to give an idea of what it's like in comparison to foundation.

  • Lovely review! I really want to try it out. x hivenn

  • Lena says:

    your last picture is gorgeous, what foundation do you use?

    • gillian says:

      Thank you! It's Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in shade 1. x

    • Lena says:

      thanks dear! love the blog, didn't know edinburgh was so cool! 😉

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