Garnier’s BB “Miracle Skin Perfector” Cream – it couldn’t be more misleading

Happy Monday everyone! I have so many amazing products to tell you about that I wasn’t actually planning on reviewing this one this week. However, I had a chat with a friend yesterday who had exactly the same experience as me with this product so I wanted to inform you all about it now. It’s another BB Cream but this time from a Drug Store brand.

I don’t know about you but Garnier’s BB Cream is everywhere. I have ads for it on Facebook, I see it on the TV all the time and when I go to Superdrug it’s right next to the till. As Superdrug had a really good promotion (I think it was half off at the time but it’s now £2.50 off) I thought I’d give it a go. I bought the light colour on an impulse and was fairly excited when I got home.

I’ll go through the pros first before I do the cons.

The cream itself is very dense but spreads and blends really easily so you don’t need excessive amounts. It did minimise my pores, evened out my skin tone and hid the odd blemish (at first I had barely any) and provided a fairly even base to apply the rest of my makeup. My skin did look a little smoother and my makeup didn’t dry out as much throughout the day.

Now for the cons… hold on to your hats.

Let’s tackle the colour first. As you may know I am ridiculously fair. I have a slight olive tint to my skin that makes it look darker than it actually is but I generally need the lightest product going. Garnier’s Light BB Cream was not this. Though it did blend down it still made my skin look a bit dirty and I needed my foundation over the top to make my skin colour look anything like my neck/décolletage. It also had a bit of an odd tint to it – like almost a bronzer.

The cream itself sets in the tube really quickly. Between each usage (roughly 24 hours) there would be a really thick, crusty layer of product around the nozzle and I would have to discard some product before use. This can only be a bad omen.

The texture on the skin is odd to say the least. I felt as though I had a layer of plastic on my face and my skin felt a little suffocated. I honestly couldn’t wait to get my makeup off each time I used it.

Now the big one… I had the biggest breakout imaginable. I take really good care of my skin and I cleanse, tone, moisturise, I use facemasks, I don’t leave makeup on my skin for a second longer than necessary so imagine my shock and disappointment when my face was covered in pimples and blemishes of all sizes. Some were/are so severe that I have what looks like the start of scarring on my jaw-line and chin. My friend had exactly the same experience as well as the suffocating sensation I’ve mentioned so I know it’s not just me.

I could not be more disappointed with this product and I honestly hope that the blemishes don’t scar. I’m honestly considering getting in touch with Garnier about this product and complaining because 1) it is in no way a “Miracle Skin Perfector”, 2) if I have lasting damage on my face due to the product and others have had similar experiences shouldn’t it be recalled?

I never say this but keep far, far away from this product. I 100% regret buying it and I’ve now got to spend time, nerves and more money to solve my current skin issues. I’m well aware that it’s won awards and that it’s the first BB Cream to do so but that can’t make up for my own experience and all I can do is tell you my honest opinion.

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20 thoughts on “Garnier’s BB “Miracle Skin Perfector” Cream – it couldn’t be more misleading

  1. jessicadivakaran says:

    looks like I can cross out garnier from my list of BB creams to try! thanks for letting everyone know. I hope your face doesn’t scar though =\

  2. bea says:

    Oh my god lady!! I have had exactly the same experience. Im writing this up this week and I don’t really have much good to say about it. It gave me a really bad break out and made my skin look orange and I got the palest one! was sooooo looking forward to a bb cream success and caused me nada but trouble!!! xxx

  3. Jade says:

    if you find a good alternative let me know, I’m starting to get bored of my bare minerals and its not lasting more than a couple of hours before i need to top up! but I’m wary of foundation as i feel, as you said, like I’m wearing a plastic covering on my face xxx Jade

  4. Wow I’m so sorry that this happened. I’m so glad I didn’t buy this when I saw it at the store.

  5. Emily says:

    Crikey! I hope your face clears up. I got a free sample of this cream but never got round to using it – looks like it might be going in the bin now.

  6. Lesley says:

    Exactly the same thing has happened to me and I only had it on for two hours! My forehead had exploded in spots that very night. Very, very disappointed. It’s much too dark for me, too, and I’m deeply regretting wasting my money on it after reading such positive things in magazines.

    • Vanessa says:

      I had a horrible experience I also broke out massively all over my face and chin it was gross. They havent gone away I am soo disappointEd I am definitely gonna complain. So much for a miracle cream

  7. Kayla says:

    I never get pimples (only had a couple as a teenager too) and the priduct made me breakout badly, especially on my chin. This happened witjhin three days, horrible waste of money!

  8. Tanya says:

    I had this SAME experience! My skin was great before, as I also take good care of it – cleansing, moisturizing, etc. It took me a good few weeks to realize that it was this product that had caused my massive, severe acne breakout. It was so bad that at its worst, I was skipping social functions. I shed tears over the acne that I was suddenly burdened with. I thought it was stress, hormones (I just turned 30), and all kinds of other possibilities. When I realized that this product was the only thing new that I had been using in timeframe that the acne started, I immediately stopped using it and am seeing my skin (slowly) return to the complexion I remember. I also am seeing some scarring, and the worst of it was on my cheeks and chin. I wish I could post a picture…it was AWFUL.

    When I first started using this product, I loved it. It made me glow and evened out my skin beautifully. But I did notice that I would get extremely oily by the afternoon, let alone the end of the day. (And I didn’t even use a foundation on top of it!) Anyhow, I found this site when I googled “Garnier’s bb cream made me break out.” I found that I’m certainly not the only one, and thank heavens my skin is healing. The worst product I’ve EVER put on my face.

  9. Sherri Simmons says:

    I have great skin…even at 43. This stuff made me feel like I had a layer of putty on my face, caused dry patches on my forehead and pimples on my forehead! DISGUSTING! I plan on returning this and going back to using my Wet N’ Wild tinted moisturizer with Olay Regenerist face cream underneath.

  10. tami says:

    So glad to hear I’m not the only one. Everytime i try putting it on, huge breakout only hours after applying it. Plus, no matter how little i use, it looks like a mask, it will not blend. Yuck. Really not a fan of bb cream. Can we discuss self tanners?

    • tami says:

      So glad to hear I’m not the only one. Everytime i try putting it on, huge breakout only hours after applying it. Plus, no matter how little i use, it looks like a mask, it will not blend. Yuck. Really not a fan of bb cream. Can we discuss self tanners?

  11. varsha says:

    I am late to read this first i thought i have got my HG product..but has given me also horrible breakouts on my cheeks and forehead and I have got scarring as well…No..never again will I buy this!!

  12. Allison says:

    It broke me out to but…I’m going to give it another shot since it gave my face a beautiful glow!

  13. Lindsey says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I thought I was going mad.. I blamed my breakouts on my age, 46.. thought it must be hormonal. I too have terrible breakouts around my chin and forehead using this product.. also scarring along chin. Have never had skin problems in the past. Back to Clinique for me!!

  14. Marquez says:

    I’m so glad I found your post I’ve been using this bb cream for a few weeks and I have been struggling with the worst acne I’ve ever had around my chin and it’s so painful and I had no idea why I was breaking out so badly if I follow a clean diet and clean my face everyday and just follow such a good routine. I wish I never bought this bb cream 😦 it’s horrible for the skin and now I have to try to recover from the worst breakouts I’ve ever had

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