Thursday, 1 August 2013

Review: Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin


I don't know about you, but on those cold winter mornings when you wake up wishing that you can snuggle in bed just a little bit longer, you find yourself in a rush to get ready for the day. One of my saviours has been easy-to-slap-on BB cream which requires minimal effort. When Garnier first released their original BB Cream formula a couple of years ago, I was so excited to snatch it up and found that its thick formula was perfect for my dry, dehydrated skin, and was a nice shade match for me. Earlier this year, out came the Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin and I happily picked it up, eager to see how it compared to the original formula.


The Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin is described as a formula that soothes and reduces redness of the skin, along with the million other claims BB creams always have including correcting blemishes, evening and illuminating the skin while providing SPF protection. This sensitive skin formulation was fragrance-free which I thought was great for those who didn't like the scent of the original- although I personally loved the fresh pleasant fragrance it had! These BB creams are definitely more on the moisturising side and can leave a dewy or shiny finish that some people may not like, and I'll probably stay away if you have oily or combination skin. If you have dry to normal skin like me, then these will be great!

L-R: Garnier BB Cream for normal skin, Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin

I had really liked the original BB Cream as it worked well with my skin despite being a little on the greasier side, which I didn't mind as I could always set my face with a pressed powder to mattify it- like the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I never realised that the original formula was made in Germany while the sensitive version was made in France! When I first used the Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin, I actually found it a little difficult to blend into my skin and that it sometimes balled up on my face. It was so hard to work with depending on what skincare products I had put on my face earlier (usually rosehip oil, a moisturiser and sometimes a sunscreen) and the product would constantly rub off into little balls! I found that it made my face more pink than usual, opposing the fact that it was meant to "reduce redness".

 After many uses I found the sensitive formulation to be quite temperamental- sometimes it would stay on, other times it would rub off and leave a mess. However eventually I found a way to minimise the balling up of the product- to use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or by minimally blending in the BB Cream using my fingers. Because of this, I have to say I like the original formula for normal skin better, as it didn't have the problem of "balling up" on my face which made it just that much easier to use.

L-R: Garnier BB Cream for normal skin, Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin
I absolutely love the simplicity and ease in using these BB creams with its natural-looking coverage, perfect for quick morning routines when I want to indulge in a sleep in! I find that its thicker formulation is great for keeping my dry skin moisturised , and any oiliness around my nose was fixed with a little powder and I was good to go. There is also an oily skin version for those with oilier skins which I believe will not have the dewy finish that these BB Cream formulations have. 


Have you tried the Garnier BB Creams? What are your go-to products for lazy mornings?


44 comments :

  1. I have the original one and I'm dissapointed in it. The color is WAAAY too dark and orange for me..
    But I guess if the color was lighter I would use it since I liked the coverage.

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    1. I used to think it was orange but I must have gotten darker and the colour suits me now! The coverage is quit nice :)

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  2. I experienced the same issue with the Sensitive version, the product balled up whenever I tried to blend it. I tried using a brush and it somewhat helped but I still prefer the Original version.

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    1. The balling up is terrible! Glad to find that it didn't just happen to me. The brush really does help but it really is too much effort sometimes!

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  3. I haven't tried Garnier's bb creams but I think I'll give it a go! :)

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  4. ohh im writing a draft for the sensitive BB and the oily/combo skin one! i dont really use the sensitive skin one as much just because i prefer the oily/combo version's coverage! we shouldve collab'd for a garnier bb cream post :P

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    1. A lot of people like the oily/combo version better as most people do have combination skin! I have dry skin though so I like the slightly more "greasier" option haha! We should have :P

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    2. I have dry skin as well, but if your face is well moisturised then the oily/combo skin one should be fine. maybe try it out when theres a 50% off garnier promo on :)

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  5. I'm currently using Garnier's BB cream too but the one for oily to combination skin and I was really surprised at how much I liked it! BB creams do let us sleep in a tad longer- which is awesome because every extra minute of sleep counts on these freezing mornings :p

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    1. I love how easy and quick it is to apply :) I absolutely hate the cold Melbourne mornings... it's so hard to get out of bed :P

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  6. The original broke me out waayyy bad and I really didn't like it, I'm glad they made a sensitive skin.

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  7. I haven't tried any Garnier BB creams, or any other drugstore BB cream for that matter. I'll have to give them a go some time just because they're a lot more affordable than the higher-end ones.

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    1. They aren't like the Asian BB creams at all- they should rather be called tinted moisturisers! The formulation of this Garnier BB cream is quick thick, instead of being more runnier like the Asian ones :)

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  8. I have tried the Garnier BB Cream for sensitive skin and I really liked the finish, but it broke me out like crazy T.T
    I believe I had never experienced break out that bad before.
    Glad it works well for you!! since it is a very nice alternative for a good BB Cream with affordable price without having to order it overseas like most of the asian brands..

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    1. Aww what a shame that it made you break out :( I can understand how though- it does seem a little greasy and thick, but if you remove well at the end of the day it is fine :) It is really affordable and accessible!

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  9. I almost picked up the original a few days ago. I still want to try it x

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  10. Cool! I've been searching for a BB cream to buy next

    <3 Kelly's Kouture

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  11. The coverage looks pretty good! I have tried one BB cream, the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Cream, however it oxidized a bit. Does this BB cream oxidize?

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    1. I quite like the coverage for this BB cream as it is quite natural but easier covers up red areas :) The Garnier BB cream is more like a tinted moisturiser than the traditional BB creams so I wouldn't say it oxidises at all!

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  12. Love their BB creams. I've only tried the original one. I have the one tailored for combination skin also in my drawer, waiting for me to try it out.
    Great review! I love using products made for sensitive skin so I will check this out once I finish up on my creams.

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    1. I really like these Garnier BB creams despite a lot of people not liking them! Probably because I have skin that is more dry than combination or oily :)

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  13. I have the Garnier BB Cream for Oily/combo skin and I absolutely love it. It's my go-to base whenever I'm in a hurry or don't want to look like I'm wearing too much!

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    1. It is definitely a great base for when you're in a hurry and are sort of time! :)

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  14. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of even the oily skinned version. I absolutely hate it when products ball up!! >.< great review! xx

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    1. Aww I guess not everything works for everyone! Balling up of product was terrible :(

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  15. Oh I never tried any product from Garnier many thanks for your review and comparison!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  16. BB cream is also a go-to product for mornings !
    I've tried the BB cream that isn't for sensitive skins. I really like it, especially the scent, but the shade is a little bit too dark for me.

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  17. That's strange about the balling up! I guess it must be related to using excess product? I haven't tried the original formula of this or the version for sensitive skin, though I do use the Oily/Combo skin version relatively frequently. I think that's a great BB (Western) BB cream - great for days when you still want a bit of coverage and a luminous finish, but nothing too involved or a regular foundation. I normally apply my one with my fingers - never tried a brush with it, though one day I might give the Buffing Brush a go with it!

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    1. I'm not sure, but it definitely flakes off my face and makes such a terrible mess! The original formula doesn't do it though, so I find it very strange. I normally apply these BB creams with my fingers too (so quick and easy) but I decided to try it with the buffing brush and it went on very nicely :)

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  18. Hmmm, interesting review! I haven't heard too many good reviews on the original so it's nice to see the other side of the story.

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    1. I hadn't heard many good reviews either but this product just seems to work for me! :P

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  19. I love the oily skin version of this so this sounds really interesting! It's a shame you've had problems with it balling up though :(

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    1. I don't think that the oil skin formula has the problem of balling up, just the sensitive version which is so strange!

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  20. I haven't tried this but will definitely try it out once I pass by drugstore tomorrow ^_~

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  21. I really want to try this but it just doesn't match my skintone at all :(
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    1. Aww I used to think it was orange on my face but it suits me really well now! :)

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  23. I tried the one for oily skin (recommendation from jodi on youtube) and I do really like it. The one for normal skin seems to be too sheer for my preference and it feels like a tinted moisturizer. Will give the sensitive skin one a try :)!!

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    1. I agree that it is like a tinted moisturiser! I might try the oily skin version sometime soon when there is a sale :)

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  24. Would love to try this! Love your blog :)

    http://basic-s.blogspot.com.au

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  25. Hi Karen,
    AHH im in love with this BB Creme. Although I think the loreal age defiance one is much better. it has a more even coverage and spread! I love this piece on BB creme because I feel like people dont know enough about it!

    I somehow stumbled upon your blog and love it

    If you have a chance stop by my blog and check it out! If you like it, Id love to follow each other on G+/blog lovin!
    Let me know! <3

    Best Wishes,
    Jeannie

    wwww.teasetossandtangled.blogspot.com

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  26. Really- This post is very informative about use of sensitive skin care products i like this post....

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  27. Too bad I have oily skin! :( Informative post thanks!

    xx
    ofloveandsmiles.blogspot.com

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