The Garnier BB Cream comes in just two shades, unfortunately, Light and Medium. I think if you're anything over an NW40-ish, even the Medium won't work for you. It's pretty orange. That said, they're quite sheer and could be used as more of a base pre-foundation, but still, slightly wider colour range would be good. The cream itself is quite thick in consistency, much more of a foundation than a tinted moisturiser. Light on the top, Medium underneath:
I applied it, admittedly quite hastily, having just removed the make up I was wearing all day, so my skin wasn't prepped terribly well. Perhaps due to this, or perhaps this is always the case, I found it quite hard to apply. It blends easily but I found it really clung to any dry patches on my skin, and for the first half hour or so of wear, actually accentuated them. I'm going to wear it for a proper full day tomorrow, with my regular skin prep first, so we'll see if that makes a difference. In terms of finish, well, this is my bare (horrifying) face:
And this is with the BB cream applied:
It's definitely not an effective concealer on blemishes, like the ripe one I have on my cheek (especially for this experiment) but I do think it does a decent job at evening out and brightening my complexion. It smells lovely and fruity, quite similar to the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, which I happen to like. I could even smell it a little bit on my skin after application but it faded within minutes. After about half an hour, it seemed to have settled into my face and looked a lot better than it did initially, which is weird. I applied with my fingers - maybe I should try with a damp sponge?
As regular readers will know, I have oily skin and large pores, and so the 'illuminating' properties of the Garnier BB Cream make me slightly anxious. With my regular primer though, hopefully it won't accentuate the flaws too much. However, you can see below the 'glow' I had after applying. Hmm...not sure if I like it...
Overall first impressions are...a bit meh. Obviously I can't comment on the supposed skin enhancing/improving benefits, as I've barely used it, but I plan, provided it doesn't break me out or leave me a shining beacon of sadness, to use it everyday for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference to my skin. I think, once I have a bit of a tan, I'll be able to get away with just this BB cream and some concealer and be done with it, but normally, I can't see this having quite enough coverage for me. I'd probably apply this and then a light layer of foundation to top up and pay attention to areas that need it.
Oh, plus with a flash, this photographs BADLY. Please see my best corpse face below.
Yeah. Sorry about that. Good look, isn't it? God bless the SPF.
So, have any of you tried the Garnier BB Cream yet? If you're familiar with BB Creams in general, I'd love some recommendations of others I should try out.