Garnier Pure BB


 When I spotted this is Superdrug I HAD to try it, I am a big fan of the previous 2 versions (original and oil free) so something designed to improve your skin and potentially combat shine (major issue for me) had to be tested. First thoughts, it felt like a mixture of the earlier 2 to apply, it’s creamy and thick but is more of a matte than tinted moisturiser finish so it’s closer to the oil free. It has a faint ‘Pure Active’ scent which makes sense as it’s been placed in that skincare range family and I happen to be fond of it, I used to be a big fan of that skincare as a teen. I don’t currently have any active breakouts so I had no way to test the effectiveness of the product on them but it’s anti-shine claim left a lot to be desired. I needed to powder sooner than I would if using a regular foundation so if you’re looking at the product for that reason I’d steer clear.

garnier pure bb cream

 What I do like about this new release is the coverage, it gives a nice even yet natural finish which I was fond of in the oil free but I don’t think this Pure Active version contains quite so much alcohol. The oil free reeked of it as soon as you took off the cap and it broke me out after only one use (and my skin is not generally reactive) but this felt fresher and I had no adverse affects after using it for 3 consecutive days. If you’re looking to replace your BB/Tinted moisturiser and you’re on the oilier/spot prone side you may like this but my main bug bear is that the light colour is far too dark. The Original was much more sheer so I could just about get away with it and the oil free colour was much better but this is back to the standard beige which is so disappointing.

Available online here for £9.99

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  1. 10 June, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    I have the original bb from Garnier and like you I found it way to orange for me but still workable. If this is darker then I doubt I’ll be trying it plus £10 for a Bb seems expensive to me now there are so many cheaper options.

    Jaq @

  2. 10 June, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    It looks great, but it might be on the expensive side for what it offers. I know Garnier tends to run on the higher end of drugstore brands.

  3. 10 June, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    The previous one didn’t suit me much… this seems nice:)
    hope they bring it to the US soon

  4. Susana Del Rio
    10 June, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    This is my new favourite bb. I love the consistency of it but yes I do find it darker but I think I can just about get away with it. I also find out of every bb I’ve tried that this one seems to last the longest in that I can still see it present on my face once I get home from work. I also find my skin in a better condition. Today I put on foundation as I had an event to go to and feel spots forming around my chin so definitely prefer this bb. Love it! 🙂

  5. 10 June, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I love the idea of BB creams, but they all seem too dark! Ah well

  6. 12 June, 2014 / 4:35 am

    I love this site. It’s so helpful. Thank you.

  7. 12 June, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    I was looking at this! But I wasn’t sure if it was going to work for me or not. Looks awesome on you though.

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