But here’s Garnier offering you a “miracle skin perfector” BB cream and I shall examine this miracle closely 🙂
BB creams have been the big thing in Asia for some time now.
In fact BB creams were created in Asia from a German medical formula .
They are a short form of Blemish Balm creams which even out skin tone and instantly (because of optical brighteners) make your face look fresh and alive.
I have worked in Asia and I find Japanese and Korean women very particular about a flawless finish in their make up-every blemish and zit covered up for a public face.
FIRST LOOK : Garnier BB cream, daily all in one moisturizer.The product is not easy to find but I got mine at the chemist opposite the Mercedes showroom at Worli in Mumbai.
PRICE : RS 199
PITCH : A “miracle skin perfector” and a BB cream and a Daily All in one moisturizer for fairer skin, healthy glow,even skin tone, that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and gives you 8 hour moisturisation.
Really Garnier- we like your brands but such hype! It’s a tall order and sometimes it is better to under claim even if you can over claim .
THE GOOD STUFF:
It has an SPF 24 which is perfect for Indian skin.
The fragrance is mild but I prefer all face products to have minimum or no fragrance.
The cream seemed bit light for my skin tone but it was very easy to apply and did go on smoothly.
It blended in well despite my reservations about the colour
I took a picture of myself on my iPad and it did not show up as a white mask or pink cake.
(This is the torture test for all foundations , tinted moisturizers and concealers so good on you Garnier. )
It does leave skin looking brighter and even toned but don’t expect the coverage of a foundation.
It is only available in one shade and I personally found the shade a little light for my skin (even though it passed the I pad test)
Like foundation, skin can look grey if the shade variation is too much.
Garnier needs to launch at least three shades to cover our spectrum and definitely one with a more yellow tint.
My face did get an oily sheen after a few hours when I used it alone but with a touch of compact it stayed matte .However I am concerned about summer and would love to know what people with oily skin have to say about this .
Very good value for money. Goes on surprisingly easily and stays on.It is all –in- one so you can skip the moisturizer and sunscreen but don’t expect miracles
The lack of shade choice is a definite limitation.
If you want go much higher up the price ladder Clarins Beauty Flash balm is one of the best in my opinion .
Clinique, Estee Lauder, Chanel and a whole lot of Japanese and Korean brands –M from Missha,BRTC, Kao, Fancl, Shu Uemura have BB creams which are worth checking out.