Saturday, 26 November 2011

Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (BB Cream)

When I won Hannah's 100 follower giveaway, one of the things I was most excited to try was the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, or Australia's first drugstore version of a BB Cream. BB creams have been all the rage in the beauty community lately, and the reviews I heard about this product were mixed, so I was excited to finally try it for myself.

  1. This products (claims to have) proven effectiveness of:

- Instantly, skin is beautified, hydrated and protected
- Feeling of hydrated skin (82.5%)
- Smooth skin just after application (96.8%)
- Reduces redness (71.4%)
- Unifies skin complexion (90.5%)
- Gives a healthy glow (93.6%)
- Leaves skin complexion luminous and radiant (81%)

 Is also dermatologically tested and Non-comedogenic.

The first thing I noticed about this product was the size. I would have thought it to be a bigger bottle, but it was surprisingly much smaller than imagined. I found this is the case because you really don't need much to cover your face at all. You can build it up for a bit more coverage, but a little goes a long way.

This product comes in three shades - not a whole range of variety - Light, Medium and Dark. Hannah sent me both Light and Medium - I would have thought I was a medium, but that made me slightly orange, so I gave that to my sister, whom it matched perfectly. I was quite lucky to find the Light matched my skin tone quite well and blended straight in.

Swatches of the Light

Left - Bare Skin. Right - Blended out.

As you can see, my skin is in a bit of a bad way at the minute. I usually have really good skin, but it has had a bit of a breakout, which is really frustrating to me, but thats just something we all have to live with I guess. You can see that it does provide nice coverage - not full coverage over the red blemishes, but a nice sheer coverage that would be provided with a light foundation. If I were going out, I'd wear concealer over the blemishes, but am satisfied with the rest of coverage.

I found that this really lives up to the proven points on the packaging, but I did have an issue with the last too points. When researching, I found that people with oily skin had an issue with this - I must say, I did too. My skin is not overly oily, but if I don't wear a powder with foundation, I find I do get quite shiny throughout the day. This product had the consistency of a thick moisturizer, but when applied, it looked almost greasy. I would liken it to wearing sunscreen in the summer - how you get hot and 'glistening' and apply a general sunscreen, then appear to look quite shiny and almost greasy. I then applied concealer and a powder on top and it proceeded to look like a regular foundation, no shine at all. This product really enforced the fact that for people with oily skin, glow is not always good.

I wouldn't recommend for people with oily skin to wear this product without a powder, because it does look incredibly unnatural and shiny, but otherwise I had no problem with this product! I had the light coverage that lasted for quite a few hours, and that included going out and running errands in humid weather.

I personally am a bit hesitant to buy this product again, simply because in the summer if I want some coverage, I'm not going to want to have to put powder on top of it, but I may just have to warm up to the product a bit more.  For 50ml, it retails approximately $14AU. Some people may find this a bit costly for the amount, but if you're after a tinted moisturizer with some coverage, this does the job nicely. This product certainly does live up to what it claims and I think many people would be pleased with the result, but it can be considered a bit heavy for just a daily moisturizer/cream.

Do you have any BB creams you're particularly fond of?
Love Gianna


  1. I've been so curious about this BB cream, thank you for your great review. You helped me make up my mind :)

  2. I have also been looking at this BB cream and your review has helped me so much! Thankyou!

  3. I'm glad I could help you two! I wanted to know as much as I could about it before I bought it, so I'm glad I could do that for you :)

  4. Great review! It does make you quite shiny so I generally use a powder over the top and find that it still looks quite light and natural but I have dry skin so it's not so much a problem for me xo

  5. Interesting review Gianna. I found the coverage was lighter than other BBs I had tried which was a bit disappointing as I have redness to cover.