For those new to BB creams, Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream is exemplary. It offers light coverage in an ultra-blendable, lightweight formula. That said, the shade options are limited and may all be a bit too peachy. This BB cream is not good for those with sensitive skin, as it includes fragrances and alcohol.
Light, buildable coverage. Garnier offers two versions of its Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: one for normal to dry skin, the other for oily and combination skin. This is a very recent development. We often found reviews for the predecessor (one product for all skin types); other times the products were reviewed separately. Regardless, feedback was remarkably similar for all three, so it makes sense to look at them as a whole.
In general, users are a fan of this BB cream's light, buildable formula. It offers sheer coverage that's similar to a tinted moisturizer but can be built up for slightly more coverage. The shades are somewhat lacking, says beauty expert Paula Begoun. They're all a bit too peachy, she says, and there are only three shade options.
Irritating ingredients, though fine for most. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream is not for women with sensitive skin. Begoun points out that both formulas have very high quantities of fragrance, and the combination/oily skin version is also high in skin-damaging alcohol. Most reviewers didn't pick up on the fragrances, and some said it smelled nice or smelled like nothing at all.
Still, those with sensitive skin did have problems with this BB cream irritating their skin. Most users agree that the BB cream is matte and leaves their skin shine-free. Those with combination skin find this cream can bother their dryer patches. On the other hand, Allure editors say the dry skin formula is very hydrating and specifically cite two of the active ingredients: hyaluronic acid for moisturizing and Vitamin C for brightening.
For the most part, though, users love the texture, saying it's easy to apply and blend. In fact, texture is one of the top "pros" listed by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Beautypedia.com and Choice magazine. Its lotion-like feel is appeasing to most users, but a few say that it can be too runny.
Paula Begoun gives Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream her lowest score. She says it's heavily fragranced and it "contains a potentially problematic amount of skin-damaging alcohol." Despite the ingredients, Begoun says that the formula is easy to apply and can feel good on your skin. She says the shades are all a bit peachy and can look unnatural.
Review: Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin SPF 20, Paula Begoun, June 14, 2013
2. Choice magazine
Editors of Choice magazine tested 10 beauty balms with 34 testers. Each tester evaluated the creams for texture, coverage, effectiveness at moisturizing, and fragrance. Testers were also asked whether they would purchase the item themselves, and Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream was the product testers were most likely to buy themselves. While Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream got higher marks in many categories, Garnier's BB Cream was more popular. Testers were neutral on its coverage, fragrance and moisturizing ability but liked its texture.
Review: BB Cream User Trial, Zoya Sheftalovich, March 6, 2013
3. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) gives Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream a B-plus, putting it around the middle of the pack of those tested. Editors say it's, "a solid choice with an average price tag and decent performance in GHRI tests." They say it provides moderate coverage, but less than other BB creams tested. Still, many testers really loved the texture and said they would use it at home, and editors note its low price tag. In GHRI's test, they did not find the formula to be irritating as Paul Begoun, beauty expert, suggests.
Review: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream SPF 15, Editors of Good Housekeeping, February 2013
Allure editors name Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream the best tinted moisturizer of 2012. O'Rourke says it protects skin from the sun and lends a glowing complexion to skin. She also says that hyaluronic acid helps hydrate skin.
Review: Best of Beauty: Base, Theresa O'Rourke, Not dated
In this review, Elizabeth Siegel lists the eight best BB creams, according to qualifications like "for mature skin" or "for dull skin." Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector is the best BB cream for dry skin. The beauty balm hydrates skin with its moisturizing ingredients, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. She adds, "The light formula covers minor imperfections, is easy to blend over dry areas, and generally feels really nice."
Review: The 8 Best Multitasking BB Creams, Elizabeth Siegel, Not dated
MakeupAlley.com does not compile all reviews for Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream onto a single page -- reviews are listed separately by color. Across all three shades, the formula earns an average score of 3.7 out of 5, with nearly 200 reviews each. Reviewers say it offers very light coverage and is really more of a tinted moisturizer than a BB cream. Some seem to have issues with the cream having too runny a consistency or not staying in place, but others say it wears well for hours. Several owners note the alcohol content -- some don't mind it, but others find it drying or irritating.
Review: BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream is reviewed only five times at TotalBeauty.com and averages 6.6 out of 10 stars. Reviewers are divided; three love it and two hate it. The two that dislike it find it runny, difficult to blend and greasy. The others say it has wonderful coverage and works very well on their skin.
Review: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2013