I’ve disliked foundation since high school and am always on the lookout for more natural-looking, less mask-like alternatives. I was on the mineral makeup bandwagon for a brief time, but these days I’m a huge fan of BB creams. BB creams are all the rage in Asia, and for good reason: these miraculous multi-taskers even out skin tone and moisturize while boasting a slew of skincare benefits (and they make getting ready in the mornings a breeze). No wonder Korean actresses swear by them.
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream is the latest one I’ve tested, and it’s great stuff. The new combination/oily skin formula promises to absorb oil and minimize pores—all while also evening, hydrating, and protecting skin. Its key ingredients include perlite, an oil-absorbing mineral derived from volcanic rock; mineral colour pigments, which even out skin tone and deflect light; caffeine, which wakes up a tired complexion; and vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties, brightens and protects.
I was concerned that a mattifying, oil-absorbing product would dry out my skin or leave it looking ghastly, but I was pleasantly surprised by Garnier BB Cream. The unscented formula goes on light and leaves a velvety even finish when I apply it in the morning. It hydrates my cheeks effectively while combatting T-zone shine throughout the day. The mineral pigments in the light/medium shade blend into my fair Asian skin tone flawlessly and never look ashy, unnatural or overdone. I finish the day looking as good as when I started it. Garnier BB Cream’s new formula is definitely a terrific choice for preventing makeup meltdown in the summer.
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