Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review & Application: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream in Light/Medium

  Finally, an affordable American version of BB cream.
As some of you might have noticed, a few brands have released BB creams in America (namely Clinique, MAC, Dr. Jart, and Boscia) but they are all over $30, which is more expensive than just ordering an Asian BB cream on Ebay or Asian beauty websites.
I was very excited to see this for $10.99 at Target, and gave no second thought before snatching it up.

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Left: Before; Right: After
I don't know if you see a difference... But I don't. It slightly diminished the redness just a teensy bit, and if my skin was yellow toned I wouldn't have to blend it out so much, but such is the life when they only have 2 shades.

- Good value (compared to Asian BB creams)
- Natural looking
- Easy to blend
- Hydrating
- Easily accessible

- Very minimal coverage
- Yellow-toned
- Only two shades available

$11-14 for 2.5 oz / 75 ml

Overall: C+
Right off the bat, I saw that this BB cream is very yellow-toned, which is good and bad depending on your skin's undertone. On my NC20 skin, the yellow-tone is easily blended away, and looks very natural on the skin... Although once blended in to fit my skintone it doesn't give enough coverage. This is also advertised as somewhat of a skincare product, but if you use it without a moisturizer beforehand, the yellow undertone might be a little hard to blend away.

If you don't have much discoloration and spots on your face, you can easily use this and get out the door. On my acne prone skin, however, it only minimizes a little bit of redness and I need to go over with a lot of concealer to conceal my active acne and acne scars.

For the price, I think it's better to just go with a drugstore foundation. I'd rather spend the $20+ on a real BB cream, like my L'egere White Multi BB cream (review here) for better coverage and lasting power.


Would I recommend it?
Not in particular


  1. I definitely think/agree that Asian BB creams are much more effective!

  2. I like it as a glowy (barely) tinted moisturizer on colder days since it feels so balmy and moisturizing. But I kind of hate the super warm undertone, it's not yellow to me (I am slightly cool for Asian but I have no problem using yellow since it brightens the purply-gray in my skin)more like a burnt red/brown shade that make my skin duller...

  3. @ Maggie I know right!

    @ Citrine Oh wow, have you tried other BB creams? Or maybe your skin doesn't need any coverage


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