I had received a sample of the Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream by mail a couple of weeks ago, and since the forecast for today was super hot and humid (first day of a heatwave, yikes!), I decided to apply this to my face instead of my usual foundation. I know this Beauty Balm Cream has been out for a while, and I had heard mixed reviews ever since it hit the shelves. My take on it: I really like it! :) The fact that my sister walked into my room right after smearing it on my face and asked me if I had makeup on made it a done deal for me! She told me I had a nice glow and was wondering how my face looked so dewy, since my foundation leaves my skin really matte.
I got mine in the shade Light/Medium since the sample came in that shade and it matched my skin pretty well. Granted, I am a little tanned now, so if I were to use this in the winter I think it would be too dark for me. The consistency is hard to describe, it is not quite creamy, yet it is not runny - the closest consistency that comes to mind is that of a primer. It definitely gives a nice glow to the skin (see the last picture), evens out any discoloration, and is really light weight and moisturizing. What I really appreciate is that there is a SPF of 15, especially since I plan on mostly using it in the summer.
The coverage is not the best, I would say it is light to medium (if you apply a second layer). It didn't quite cover my acne as I would have liked, but it did cover some of the redness. I used a pressed powder to lock in the product, but this is optional. It also has a refreshing citrus smell.
I got this from Shoppers Drug Mart, and for anyone of you who would like to purchase this, it is on sale this week! Retail price is $21.99 (which I think is so overpriced), and it is now on sale for $16.49. I had a $3 off coupon which came with the sample, so I ended up paying only $13.49! I love saving money! :)
(Just for comparison, I saw the Smashbox BB cream and swatched it at the same drugstore - I found that the light shade was a little too light for me, and I found it harder to rub into my skin. Price-wise, it was $49! . . .that alone made me stick to my Garnier BB cream!)
- combines many products such as foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, and primer into one
- no need for makeup brushes or sponges, your hands will do :)
- lots of product (75mL instead of the usual 30mL for foundation)
- does what it claims
- super light weight
- on the pricier side. . . although not as pricey as Smashbox and other high end brands
- not recommended for oily skin
- not the best coverage
So, bottom line: the pros out weight the cons for me! :)
Have you tried this BB cream? What's your take on it?