Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream – Behind the Claims

Garnier, ‘Miracle Skin Perfector’ Daily all-in-one B.B. Cream, ‘The two little letters that are driving Beauty Editors into a frenzy’

Garnier B.B. Miracle Skin Perfector

This product is essentially a tinted moisturiser with SPF. It is available in two colours, ‘light’ and ‘medium’. The price is very reasonable at about £8/10.  It gives a nice even coverage although I do find it has a shiny finish so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with particularly oily skin. I usually dab a small amount of powder on after applying it. My skin is incredibly sensitive and so far (about 4 weeks) I haven’t had any reactions to it.

So what does the product claim to do? What is the evidence to support those claims?

IMMEDIATELY PERFECTED SKIN – it contains pigment (colour). B.B. is a re-vamped tinted moisturiser.  Think half a tub moisturiser and the other half foundation. The pigment covers any differences in colour on the skin exactly the same as a foundation. Making imperfections invisible and perfecting the skin. It achieves this claim nicely although the covering you get is thinner than that of a liquid foundation.

1) EVENS TONE AND BOOSTS GLOW – this is all down to the pigment evening out the skin tone

2) BLURS IMPERFECTIONS – covers imperfections with pigment

3) SMOOTHS FINE LINES – covers them/fills them in with pigment. Plumps them up by moisturising the skin

4) 24 HOUR HYDRATION – the moisturiser will keep moisture in your skin for 24 hours (this probably isn’t the case if you wash your face as soaps will remove the moisturising agents from the skin)

Pack text B.B. Garnier Cream

5) SPF 15 UV PROTECTION – contains an SPF that will help protect your skin from those nasty, harmful, aging UV rays. SPF refers to protection from UVB (rays that cause sunburn). It isn’t clear on this product if it protects against UVA rays too (the ones that cause skin aging, wrinkles) as it doesn’t say it does protect against UVA rays it is probably safe to assume that it does not protect against the harmful UVA rays.

CONTAINS VITAMIN C – it contains vitamin C (asorbyl glucoside). Does not specify what concentration of vitamin C is in the cream. No claim that vitamin C does anything at all in the moisturiser, only that it is present. On the side of the pack it states that Vitamin C, ‘is known for its antioxidant and illuminating properties’. It doesn’t say that vitamin C in the B.B. cream will have any effect at all. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (in the asorbyl glucoside form) as far as I can see are still not proven. I have no idea what ‘illuminating properties’ eludes to!

What else?

On the back of the pack Garnier clam that B.B. Miracle Skin Perfector is a ‘next generation product with a hybrid formula, combining skincare with mineral pigments‘. This translates to, this product contains a moisturiser and some foundation.

Garnier B.B. Cream Back of Box

It combines 5 benefits in 1! But I would argue that benefits 1-3 are pretty much the same.

The effectiveness is PROVEN

The effectiveness was proven by survey of 63 subjects who evaluated their skin after using the product.

90% said that it ‘Unifies skin complexion’

93% said ‘Gives healthy glow’

81% said ‘Leaves skin complexion luminous and radiant’

71% said ‘Hides redness’

If you gave these subjects a bottle that mixed half of your foundation with half a bottle of moisturiser, you would probably achieve similar results.

It is ‘Dermatologically tested‘ – this means the product has been tested on skin. Tested for what we do not know. What type of skin it has been tested on, we do not know either. This statement is pretty meaningless.

All in all, the claims that B.B. Miracle Skin Perfector has are not outlandish, but the product isn’t particularly new either. I like the product for a light, even coverage that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

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