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Makeup Review: Foundation

Marisa Anziano 

Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm (B.B.) creams began as a dermatology treatment in Germany during the 1950s. It has become extremely popular in Asia, especially Korea, over the past few years. This skincare and face makeup trend eventually traveled over to the United States but only by higher end cosmetics brands. Garnier recently debuted the first ever drugstore B.B. cream called the Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector.

According to Garnier, “B.B. Cream is a hybrid formula that offers advanced skincare and immediate skin perfecting coverage that is becoming popular all over the world. It combines several beauty routine steps in one single product.” I would say that a B.B. cream is the middle ground between a tinted moisturizer and a liquid foundation. It is extremely moisturizing and lightweight like the former but still slightly more pigmented like the latter.

The Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector retails for around $12. The packaging boasts very lofty claims, which appear nearly impossible to execute, on its packaging. It is marketed as an all-in-one product, replacing the need for a moisturizer, a foundation primer, concealer, and foundation. Garnier alleges that this face makeup “renews radiance, brightens complexion, evens skin tone and blurs imperfections, hydrates for 24-hours, [and] protects with SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen against harmful effects of the sun—the #1 cause of skin aging.”

Online reviews from beauty bloggers and industry experts are mixed. Many gushed endlessly about how amazing the effects of this product were. Others maintained that the formulation was greasy, oily, and all but slid off their faces. After trying out this product for myself, I have found my new favorite face makeup.

The formulation of the Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector is light and smooth, as if you are merely swiping on some moisturizer. This B.B. cream provides a sheer coverage but can be built up simply by using more in problem areas. It seamlessly matched to my skin tone despite initially seeming a little too dark for my extremely pale face. My only complaint lies in the fact that the makeup leaves a dewy, almost glowing finish to the skin. That might not sound negative to many people, but I usually like a more even or matte finish. I merely set the makeup with a pressed powder to minimize the shine and also increase longevity.

I highly recommend this product to anyone interested in trying the latest face makeup trend. I especially recommend it to people with dry or combination skin, like myself, mostly because of the moisturizing properties. I caution those who have very oily skin, however. The sunscreen ingredients found in this B.B. cream might worsen or combine poorly with that skin type. Lastly, I advise you to apply the product and let it dry before proceeding. Personally, I sit in front of a fan for a few minutes just to make sure the B.B. cream has set in. Visit Target and CVS to purchase Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream.

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