Finally!! An affordable BB cream that is available in Greece!!
So, what is a BB cream? I know that many of you already know the answer but for those who don't here's the story of the BB creams.
BB cream stands for Blemish Balm cream. It was originally formulated in Germany by Dr Christine Schrammek in the 60s. It was initally used to heal, to soften out and to help fast recovery for patients who have been on surgery. After many years, in 2006, people realized that flawless Korean celebrities skin was not all natural. When they realized that well known Korean actresses and models were using BB creams, everyone wanted to try them! BB creams became very popular because they are basically an all-in-one product, moisturizer, anti-acne, anti-wrinkle, whitening, covering imperfections and protecting from sun damage with high spf.
So the BB trend arrived to the US and Europe and everyone started ordering them from Korea. As far as I know Garnier is the first company that offers affordable BB cream in Europe. I think some other companies already have products that are similar to BB creams but they are high-end/more expensive. That's why I was super happy when I was asked to try and review this Garnier BB cream. To the review now!
It comes in a 50ml beige tube in a box. 50ml is larger than most foundations and Korean BB creams.
02-Light and 03-Medium
Both sides of the box (click to view larger)
The 50ml tube it comes inIngredients
Ingredients from the box, click to view larger
Left to right: 02-Light, 03-Medium
As you can see, two colours were sent to me, 02 light and 03 medium. 02 matches perfectly my skin at the moment, 03 will be great for summer time when I tan a little. Since this is a light coverage product I'm sure most Greek girls will be fine with the colour selection. If you have porcelain skin colour, you may need something lighter than 02. Now, I haven't tried any Korean BB creams yet but I have read in blogs that they sometimes look grey-ish or too yellow. This isn't the case with this one. The undertones are very natural, not grey, not yellow, not pink.
FeelingAgain, I haven't tried Korean BB creams but I've read that some of them are thick and difficult to blend in. Bloggers usually suggest to wet the brush to help the blending. This is not the case. This cream is very very easy to apply and blend. I've done it with fingers, I've done it with foundation brush and had no problems. When I apply it, my face looks a little oily. But in 2-3min the skin kind of absorbs it (I guess it's the moisturising ingredients) and it looks perfect. It's not a matte finish or dewy finish, it's just natural.
How it worksIt's a 5-in-1 product:
- SPF15 protects the skin from UV rays damage
- moisturising and anti-wrinkle ingredients moisturize and protect the skin for 24h
- covers imperfections and fine lines
- mineral colour particles give an even skin tone
- vitamin C gives a natural glow to the skin
Does it really work?
I tested it on the most difficult and uneven part of my face, the side of my chin. Here's the result
It has a nice and fresh smell, the usual Garnier smell if you have tried other Garnier products.
Summary: 5/5Again, this is the first BB cream I try. I've used it for about a week and I like it very much. On good skin days I only need some concealer on top. If you want more coverage you can apply your regular foundation on top. I don't know if you agree but I have always wanted an all-in-1 face product and I'm very happy that BB creams are exactly that. I mean, using face cream, sunscreen and foundation separately means more time and more money since there are 3 products I have to buy! Anyway, I really like this cream, I had no problem with it, no break outs or anything and I will definitely continue to use it!
Where can you find it-Cost
In Greece: According to the company, during December it will be exclusively available in Hondos Center. From January, it will be available in every beauty store.
Everywhere else: Beauty stores that sell Garnier.
What do you think about BB creams in general? Have you tried them? Are you going to try them? I have ordered a couple Korean BB creams so I'll definitely write a post about them.
Disclaimer: products were sent to me for review. Nobody pays me to use or review them. This is my honest opinion.