Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Review, Swatches & Pictures

Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Review, Swatches & PicturesThe Garnier BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin (Light/Medium) is a product that I’ve been wanting to try for a very long time because of all the hype.

You’ll remember that the original formulation fell flat on a lot of key points for many people who were hoping for the ‘miraculous’ skincare/makeup product that BB creams were supposed to be.

This new Combination to Oily Skin version stepped up to the plate, I heard, which is why I decided to try it.

I’ve been wearing it on a daily basis for about a month, and considering that I’ve also been wearing it during these really humid days where the temperature has felt like around 40+ degrees Celsius, I think it’s a great test!

So how did it hold up? Did it live up to all the hype? There’s only one way to find out!

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Garnier BB Cream Pictures

Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Light Medium Combination to Oily Skin

Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Light Medium Review

Garnier BB Cream Review Combination Oily Skin

Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Review, Swatches & Pictures

Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Review

Garnier BB Cream Swatches

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Garnier BB Cream Review Combination-Oily Skin Light Medium

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BB Cream Garnier Review


  • Matte finish (Yes)
  • Minimizes the look of pores (Yes)
  • Evens skin tone (Yes)
  • Hydrates (Slightly)
  • Brightens (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Protector Combination to Oily Skin Light/Medium
  • Amount: 60 mL
  • What I Paid: $16.99 CAD (on sale)
  • Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Loblaws, Target, Wal-Mart & anywhere that Garnier products are sold

Garnier BB Cream Review


Considering that there were only 2 different shades available for this Garnier BB Cream (either Light/Medium or Medium/Dark), I was really lucky that the Light/Medium matched my skintone nearly perfectly!

Since the formulation actually provides a decent amount of coverage, it’s important that the colour be as close to the skin tone as possible. Sure, if it’s too light, you could add bronzer, but I think that’s too much work. I like to be able to use a product right out of the package and alone if I want to.

This BB cream by Garnier is light, but not so light that it would be good for redheads with light skin. Also, I did notice that the Light/Medium has yellow undertones. I have some yellow undertones, so that’s why it worked out well for me.


Unlike the original Garnier BB cream, this one’s specially formulated for those with combination to oily skin, so the finish is matte, not shiny and oily-looking like a lot of other western BB creams. This is a huge selling point to me, since I have combination skin. (Throughout the day, my skin gets oilier, so I’m a fan of anything that can slow down that process.)

Application & Formula

When you first apply it, it feels a little sticky, but not uncomfortably so. After a few minutes, the formula dries down, and that’s when you begin to see the matte finish come out.

Despite this matte finish, it didn’t feel really dry. It was slightly more hydrating than you’d expect.

You could use it with a brush, a sponge, or your fingers. Since I’m always rushing in the morning, I tend to use my fingers. I tried it with a brush once, but I thought it packed too much on at once and looked cakey. I like how the warmth of my fingers works the product in more and helps to give it that natural look.

It’s important to note that the formulation is extremely watery. When you unscrew the cap, make sure that you’re holding the tube upright, or you’ll have a potential mess on your hands.

When I saw how watery the Garnier BB cream was, I thought that it wasn’t going to have much coverage. But, boy, was I wrong!


To show you that the coverage isn’t so sheer like a lot of other BB creams (that really are glorified tinted moisturizers), I decided to show you it in action.

Now, you know that I don’t post a lot of photos of my face on here. That’s something that I can’t see myself doing regularly. But, to show a BB cream, it’s helpful to see Before and After photos.

Since I have some freckles on my arms, I decided to show those instead to give you an idea of the coverage. I hope this will help.

Say, “Hello!” freckle!

Garnier BB Cream for Oily Skin Review & Pictures Freckle

Freckle: “Hello!”

This is what the same freckle looks like after a light application of this Garnier BB Cream!

Garnier BB Cream for Oily Skin Review & Pictures Freckle

I was really impressed because I wasn’t expecting it to perform so well!

On my face, I only like wearing light-medium foundations. Full-coverage foundations tend to look weird on me, and I don’t like how heavy they feel. So, for me, this coverage was perfect.

Also, despite providing this coverage, it still felt as light as the powder mineral foundation I tend to wear on a daily basis.

The Garnier Light/Medium BB Cream smoothed out my complexion to make it appear more even. It also did a great job at covering redness. However, if you’re trying to use this to cover acne, you’ll need to build it up with several layers to conceal it. (I think you’re better off with a regular concealer for acne.)

The buildable formula gives you a great even complexion. I would recommend not using more than 2 thin layers or it’ll start to look cakey.

Also, with my skin tone, I noticed a slight brightening effect. In fact, the first few days I wore this, I got compliments from a co-worker who said that my skin looked brighter (in a good way)! She had no idea I was testing out this BB cream, so that pretty much proved (for me) that the claim that it brightens is actually true.


I tested this BB Cream from Garnier for a long time and in different weather conditions. Even in the humid summer, it held up better than I thought, and I never once set it with powder. (I wore it over my sunscreen, moisturizer, and primer. That’s it!)

By around the 6-hour mark, I noticed some fading and parts of my skin with redness peeked out more. Considering that it’s not a foundation, that’s really amazing!

Throughout the day, the matte finish wore off gradually, and the shine came back, but it wasn’t nearly as shiny as it would’ve been had I not applied this.


This Garnier BB Cream for Light/Medium Combination-to-Oily Skin comes in a long squeeze tube with a screw-on cap.

I like squeeze tubes because they’re easy to use and simple. But, make sure you hold the tube upright when opening, or it will spill out. Heck, even when you are careful, the product still oozes out a little into the cap and along the treads of the opening. That being said, so far, it has never leaked out of the packaging to create a mess.

I recommend storing this upside down. That’s what I do to prevent any accidents with this.


  • Good colour match for me (those with light skin tones and yellow undertones will like it best)
  • Matte finish (lasts hours before it fades)
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Provides a decent amount of coverage to even out the skin tone & cover redness
  • Doesn’t feel drying

  • Formula is so watery that it leaks into the cap & along the treads of the opening (Be sure to store it upside down to prevent accidents)
  • Not many different shades to choose from (so some people may find it to be too light or too dark)

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

I’m highly impressed with the Garnier BB Cream for Light/Medium Combination-to-Oily Skin! It feels like a watery moisturizer that dries down to a nice, natural matte finish. The coverage is exactly what I feel comfortable with, and it has a brightening effect that makes me look more refreshed.

If you’ve tried other BB creams and were left looking like a greaseball, check this out because the finish is so different! Plus, if you like light-to-medium coverage, you’ll really enjoy this!

What’s your favourite BB cream? Do you like having some coverage on your face, or do you go out with nothing more than moisturizer and sunscreen? What Garnier products have you tried and loved?

Edit: Yay! Garnier Canada retweeted my blog post! Love it when companies support bloggers and customers! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin Review, Swatches & Pictures

  1. beachgal

    Thanks – I had been curious how or if this had improved the brands BB cream that had ‘issues’ due to the oil base in it…I still have not tried this one – I have been happy with 2 versions of an oil free tinted moist. Tarte came out with that has the Amazonian clay in it – really controls the oil almost all day for me – esp when I dust it with their non powder powder that also has Amazonian clay in it – it’s one of those white, yet translucent powders. I am so lazy …I want to be able to forget my face after I get ‘coverage’ and not deal with blotting or touch ups all day.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Beachgal!

      The Tarte one you mentioned sounds interesting because controlling oil is a big struggle for me. My skin’s strange. It’s combination with drier spots, but certain areas (like my T-zone) get oily throughout the day. Wonder if the Tarte one would work as well for me as it does for you.

      I’m the same way – I just don’t want to be bothered with touching up throughout the day. I put my ‘face’ on in the morning, and that’s it. I do have blotting paper, but I only use them in emergencies these days. (Years ago, I used to use them daily.)

  2. Grace

    I use this BB Cream DAILY!
    I adore this BB Cream!
    I have used more expensive brands but this one does the “trick!”
    It is great to wear alone – for a quick errand run OR when you want to look better ~ but you do not feel like doing the entire GLAM look! :0)
    To all ~ Protect your skin! The sun is dangerous! :0)
    Thank you for an informative post as usual and always!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Grace!

      YAY! Glad that you enjoy it, too! Isn’t it great when affordable drugstore brands work wonders? It’s always fun to uncover these kind of gems!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Shelby!

      Glad you enjoyed my review! 🙂

      I actually never tried the original – didn’t even bother since my skin tends to get oilier as the day goes on, and the first formulation was said to be greasy right from the get-go. That’s a no-go for me!

  3. Frosso

    I’ve never tried BB Cream yet. Now that there are “CC and DD” creams coming out I feel way behind lol. I’m just so used to wearing mineral makeup. I recently started using UD’s new Naked Skin foundation so I’m more comfortable with liquid on my face now. I might try the Garnier BB cream out now based on your review (If I think the light will match me). I’ve been curious and wanting an option for those days where I don’t feel like using foundation, but still want some cover up.
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      Haha, I think all these trendy creams are a bit funny. Soon we’ll have YY creams and ZZ creams. 😉

      I’ve also tried Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation – was going to review it on here, but I put it off. Some days, it looks good on me, but other days really cakey. I much prefer this BB cream.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Kat!

      You know what? I’ve heard some other people comment on how it smells awful. When I use mine, I don’t even notice much of a smell. I wonder if the US version (with the SPF) has more of a smell than this Canadian one (without SPF).

  4. Jill

    I know this is an older blog post, but I’ve been looking for a new light foundation. I think I’ll look for this one next time I’m shopping.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Jill!

      It’s better than a lot of the other BB creams that I’ve tried. Other ones left my skin shiny, but this one stays matte for longer. Also, the coverage is impressive!

  5. christine wagner

    Thank you for the review on this. I have always wanted to try a Bob cream but kept passing g it by, it like you said most are just glorified tints and I couldn’t see myself purchasing something like that. I am definitely going to try this now because I also dislike wearing heavy foundation . My skin feels like it can’t breathe, if that makes any sense.


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