28 April 2014

Review: Garnier Pure Active BB Cream

Garnier's latest offering in the BB cream department sees a product tooted as an "anti-imperfections" product. Now who wouldn't like that? 

The tube looks exactly like that of the first BB cream. Followers of Garnier will know that this is their third BB cream. The first BB cream being more for dry skinned ladies, and the second BB cream more for oily skinned ladies. This third BB cream is also for oily skins, but has the added benefit of containing 2% Salicyclic acid, mineral pigments, and an SPF of 15. Salicyclic acid help keep the skin clear and blemish free. I am not too sure what the mineral pigments do, but maybe it helps with mattifying the skin? Garnier says this BB cream will hydrate, even skin tone, keep blackheads at bay, mattify the skin, and cover redness. This BB cream ticks all the boxes for me, as my skin concerns are dehydration, enlarged pores, an oily T-zone, and redness.

I've been using it for a few days and I love it. The tube is the same as the original BB cream, and the  texture is also the same. It reminds me a bit of another old favourite: Sorbet BB cream. The Garnier Pure Active BB cream is a thick cream that smoothes onto the skin easily and it smells incredible. It smells fresh and clean, and it has the distinctive Garnier "blue and green product" smell. Vague, I know, but just go smell any Garnier product in blue or green packaging and you'll know what I'm on about.

It hides my redness well and it doesn't feel like I'm wearing a mask. I was a bit hesitant when I saw the thick consistency, but just a drop is enough to cover my entire face and it smoothes on beautifully. The smell is also a bonus for me and it smells so clean and fresh that I feel I'm doing something good for my skin instead of just hiding it under a layer of something that's not doing it any favours.

As far as I know this comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark. A tube retails for about R85 at Clicks, but Dischem will probably be a few rand cheaper. And if you catch it on a special, even cheaper!

Have you tried this BB cream? Which one of the three is your favourite?

Until next time!


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