Is it really a BB Cream? Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All in One BB Cream (Medium) Review

BB creams (Blemish Balms) have been popular in Asia for quite a while, originating from Korea, inspiring releases from Taiwanese and Japanese brands such as Hada Labo.

Now other brands have jumped on the bandwagon of a ‘all in one’ skincare and foundation product.   BB Creams can cover an array of uses – it varies from product to product, and brand to brand but basically, at a minimum these days, you should expect it to work as a: Moisturiser, Sunscreen, Primer (as in covering pores and redness), Foundation, Concealer and a lot of Asian releases also have a whitening element.

Then Garnier decided to give it a go – now here’s a brand I rarely use.  Off I skulked to Superdrug with £9.99 (why do I feel like that’s ridiculously expensive for Garnier!?) for their Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review

This comes in 2 shades, Light and Medium.  There’s no Deep or Dark which annoys me – complete the set, my dears! I chose Medium obviously.

Regular readers will know I have a problem with most BB creams because with olive toned skin, most Asian releases are too light for me. I say MOST – because that greyish cast people complain about is not actually present in every single Asian BB Cream.  A few that suit golden tones include Hada Labo (as mentioned earlier in the post), Missha Perfect Cover in Golden Beige and Etude House V-Line BB Cream.

Medium (as you will see later) in the Garnier BB works fine.  It’s sort of yellow and beige.  It looks a tad orange on me but at least it’s not greyish.

Here is the tube – you get 50ml of the stuff:

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The product at first squeeze is surprisingly thick, reminding me of a lot of BB creams I have used before. It has a really strong scent, which I dislike a lot – headaches ahoy:

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Despite it being quite thick at first touch, it spreads out and disappears into the skin leaving sheer coverage and more of a tint on the skin, a bit like a mousse foundation. The title, ‘Skin Perfector’ really fits the product – its an ‘enhancing’ product as opposed to a proper foundation.  It’s more interesting in texture than a bog standard tinted moisturiser I think, and it gives a more polished finish but nevertheless.

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This is really not a bad product – it’s a bit better for ‘finish’ than a tinted moisturiser but it’s feels to me like more of a skin perfector with some spf (and only a measly SPF15 – Asian BB’s usually offer SPF 30-50). I certainly wouldn’t call it a BB cream – indeed, if you are looking for something to match the type of BB creams you find on the Asian market in terms of coverage, finish, benefits you will be sorely disappointed.

The finish is sheer, sheer, sheer. I confess, my love for medium coverage is strong, but it doesn’t mean I don’t wear something light like Estee Lauder Daywear Tint at the weekends – that for me gives more coverage than this Garnier BB Cream.

It does control redness – I give it that. Pore cover is average. Blemish coverage is poor. I wouldn’t wear this on it’s own at all as a ‘all in one’ – the hydration levels are not great (on my dryish skin, I DEFINITELY need an extra moisturiser) and yet it has a tendency to slip as well so about 3-4 hours into the day, the make up has started to disappear.

So I don’t recommended it for dry skin, or skin with patchy areas, but I also don’t recommend it for oily skin!  I guess it’s just you plain old normal skinned gals left…


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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All in One BB Cream Medium Review


Don’t think of this as a BB cream – otherwise every tinted moisturiser or foundation with SPF and hydrating properties can call itself a BB cream.

Instead treat this like a skin perfecting base which is great for ladies who don’t mind fragrance in their skin products, and need minimal coverage and want a bit of glow.  Skin that is neither very dry or oily is the best type for this product.

Ladies who want a product that can do a bit more (ie. cover scars and pores, blemishes and conceal redness) should look elsewhere.  For me, I still love Hada Labo the most despite the colour being a little off – I can use it to even out my skin texture, cover scars, dark circles and have a all over even base, even though like the Garnier, it doesn’t last as long as I’d like on the skin.

My Women Stuff has a review of the Asian version of this BB cream.

I bought this from Superdrug for £9.99.

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  1. says

    I also have Medium, and dry skin. I apply a moisturizing primer first, and it works a treat. I do classify this more as a tinted moisturizer.

    • Row says

      Hi Jamilla

      Me too – it leaves a sort of tint on the skin. All the Asian BB’s I have are really dense in comparison!

  2. says

    I had my hopes up high for this but good thing you’ve convinced me not to bother buying this. I’ll stick to my Asian BB creams, thank you very much 😉

  3. Janet says

    I tried this in Boots, I had high hopes for a decent amount of coverage, but it was sheerer than I expected, but my big problem was the same one I always have with any base products. I’m too pale for em! There are only a few brands with products that are light enough for me & not too yellow looking. Oh well.

    • Row says

      Hi Janet
      I would def look into some BRTC BB creams. They are pale and also don’t tend to be so yellow more beige or whitish.

  4. Jen says

    I swatched this on the back of my hand whilst working in Superdrug, and it seemed pretty sheer and didn’t give much coverage. Against my better judgement I still bought it in the Light shade, and I would definitely say it’s more a tinted moisturiser than a BB cream, and not even that tinted a tinted moisturiser. Luckily, I quite like the scent of Garnier products, but It’s definitely a strong scent so I can see why some people would be put off by it! I think Western companies still have a bit of a way to go before they catch up with the Asian brands functions

  5. says

    Thank you for reviewing this item, especially as a darker skin toned girl with dry skin :) I’ve always been curious and now know not to buy!

  6. Giselle says

    I’m getting worried that in the US they’ll just start slapping “BB” on tinted moisturizers :\