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Garnier Oil-Free B.B. Cream

I’ve been itching to see if BB creams live up to all the hype I’ve been hearing for the last year or two. What better way to try out a product you’re not sure of than trying it free? I received a full-size tube of Garnier Oil-Free B.B. Cream in Light/Medium free  through

A little about my skin before I get to the review: I am really pale, and my skin tends toward the oily side. I have darkish areas below my eyes (stupid allergies), large pores, and some reddish areas.

Ok, so first impressions of the BB Cream? It’s not so much of a cream. It’s pretty runny, and if you lay the tube down, you run the risk of the product coming right out. A bottle that stands on end might be a better choice of packaging. That said, the thinness of the “cream” allows the product to cover a large area of skin with a small amount.

I wish there were more color options available. The Light/Medium was a bit too dark for me and led to a little bit of a “mask” look. Once we get into summer, it will probably be a good match, and I’ve found that using a little less of the product made the color difference less obvious.

BB Creams contain sunscreen (SOOOOO important for me – I burn in 10 minutes in the sun!) but I’m not convinced that I would use enough of this product to actually protect my skin. However, I have worn it outside several times this spring and have yet to get a sunburn, so it appears to be effective. They also contain moisturizers and this one in particular contains minerals (including Perlite – which I use in my garden to retain moisture in the soil) that absorb oil and leave a matte finish. Garnier claims that this will last all day, which I haven’t found to be the case, but it does last for at least half the day.

This product has been gentle on my face, and hasn’t caused any breakouts or other undesirable effects. It does a good job of evening out my skin tone and making my dark eye circles less obvious. It doesn’t necessarily minimize my pores like it claims, but honestly, that’s not a huge concern of mine anyway. This is an excellent product for downsizing my morning beauty routine. Before, I would mix my foundation with a little moisturizer with an SPF 15, and follow up with concealer, and maybe a translucent powder. Now, I can replace all that with one product (though sometimes additional concealer is necessary.)

Overall, I am pleased with this product and will continue to use it!