Garnier BB creams: Ultimate summer makeup!

In this heat, foundation is way too much makeup for me to wear. It feels thick and heavy, and it melts off anyway. So I switched to BB creams – my first foray into this! In an interesting twist, I bought the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream for combination/oily skin at the same time as my sibling bought the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Original BB cream, so this seems like a great opportunity to show both of these products together.

The MSP for combination to oily skin (which I’ll refer to as the “matte” version throughout this review) claims to give you immediately perfected skin, with anti-shine, blurred pores and imperfections, even tone and boosts glow, moisturises, and gives SPF20 protection.

The MSP Original claims to even tone and boost glow, blur imperfections, smooth fine lines, give 24hr hydration, and SPF 15 UV protection.


L: Garnier BB cream Original, R: The mattifying version

The first thing you’ll notice is that, despite being the same price, the matte one for combo skin is a smaller tube (40ml compared to 50ml), so less product for your money. That said, the skinnier tube is so much easier to fit into my makeup bag for on-the-go touch ups!


L: mattifying BB, R: standard BB

Note that in the picture above the creams are the opposite way round to the previous pic!

The formulation is totally different – the original BB cream is quite thick, whereas the matte version is a lot more liquidy. This doesn’t seem to make too much difference in application though, they both blend in really well. The matte version just spreads a little further across your face due to being thinner. The difference in formulation probably explains the different tubes – if you squeezed matte BB cream out of the thicker tube with wider opening in the cap then you’d be covered in it instantly! The coverage of both is a perfect balance between concealing and letting your features show through – in summer I don’t want to hide those freckles! The matte version has more of a concealing effect, and I look more like I’m wearing makeup, if that makes sense? Like the original version is very good at the “my face, but better” concept, it looks really natural. Staying power is also amazing with both – the heat is so much that I fully expect to have sweated off most of my makeup  by the end of the day, but these creams are still clinging on!


L: matte, R: original

You can see in the pic above what I mean about the matte version going further. And look at the colour! These are both the “Light” colour, but the matt version comes up a few shades paler – I had to wait til I had a touch of tan on my face before the original one looked ok on me. If you’re superpale, the original BB cream will probably come up too dark for you. There’s a slight hint of the colour difference when you look at the tubes they come in, as the matte is noticeably lighter, but given that they come in boxes you can’t tell this until you’ve got it home!


L: matte, R: original

Here I’ve blended them out a bit under each swatch. My arms are ghostly pale so both of these come up a little too visible, but I promise that on my face they come out looking perfectly normal! The matte version really does do what it says on the tin – my face has no hint of shine (though in this heat, I’ll admit that doesn’t last too long!) and it gives a really good base to set the rest of your makeup. The original version I actually prefer – you get a bit of a glow and a touch of shine along the cheekbones, nose etc just give a bit more of a summery feel! The one downside to it is that it can feel a touch sticky (I think this is due to the thicker formulation) and trying to put a powder blush on top just leaves powder where the brush first hits your face and no further. I think a cream blush would probably blend beautifully over it though.

So, do they match up to their claims of instantly perfected skin? I found that the original version did a better job of disgusing my pores, gave a better glow and felt more moisturising, but the matte version beat it for evening out tone and hiding imperfections. And in the midst of summer, I’m always a bit swung by the promise of a higher SPF – the only glitch to this is that I’m now so used to my BB cream providing sun protection that on my make-up free day I totally forgot to compensate with suncream and had a bit of a red nose and cheeks for a day! Oops!

I’ve not tried the rest of the Garnier BB cream range (there’s one for sensitive skin, an anti-aging version, and an eye cream) but I’m loving both of the two I’ve tried. They’ve both got major plus points, and I can’t pick a definite winner between them, so go for the one that best meets your requirements – matte for its anti-shine and good coverage, original for a great glow!

What do you think to the Garnier BB cream range? Would you agree that it’s the ultimate summer makeup product?


3 thoughts on “Garnier BB creams: Ultimate summer makeup!

  1. It’s interesting that the matte came up as being so much lighter. I wonder why that is? I actually didn’t even realize that there were matte formulas for BB creams. I guess I always thought there was only original formula. Hm.

    • I didn’t realise there was so much choice til recently either! I guess the original formula was never going to suit everyone, so it’s great that more varieties are coming out. I tweeted Garnier to ask about the shade difference thing and they haven’t got back to me, guess it’ll have to stay a mystery for now!

      • Yeah, sometimes big companies take awhile to get back to you. I guess when you have a billion tweets coming in, it’s hard to keep up! 😛

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