Garnier BB Cream India Review & Comparison

by mehak on January 25, 2013

in Face Products, Grade B+, Reviews


When Deepika Padukone looks right into your eye and counts upto 5 great benefits of the Garnier BB Cream on her slender fingers, you know half of India is going to be lining up in stores to get their hands on this BB Cream !! And even though i know by now that brands mostly will just slap on ‘BB Cream‘ tag on anything that looks, moves,   snorts or smells  like a tinted moisturizer i knew i had to get to try out this latest , affordable variant which obviously is in competition with the Maybelline BB Cream!!!

Deepika claims that this little tube of thick-ish liquid renews, brightens,evens, hydrates, protects. Deep honey, finding all that in one tube that costs less than 200 Rs is like finding a pink elephant with glittery ears who flies. Pretty much impossible, but even if this cream can brighten, even and hydrate i would say job well done!!!

Here is what i think about the Garnier BB Cream and it comparison against the Maybelline BB Cream

  • It subtly evens out the skin tone. The coverage isnt high, its mild….it  isnt as high as the Maybelline BB Cream, but its decent enough for my relatively well behaved skin. If you are someone who needs more coverage everyday go with MBBC .
  • Its a thick liquid, but it blends really easily, much more easily than Maybelline BB Cream and feels more weightless and light  on your skin as well! Thats probably one of its best qualities- its kind of effortless everyday makeup!
  • It doesnt moisturize upto the level my skin needs ! So if you are dry skinned you will probably have to layer a moisturizer under this which i think kind of defeats the purpose of the BB Cream. If you are oily skinned however, and the Maybelline BB Cream broke you out or caused shiney-ness then this is the cream for you
  • It stays put for a pretty long while -it does brighten your tone a bit and ensures it stays on your face for 6-8 hours
  • There is only one shade available in Garnier which is kind of a bummer but in the end it doesnt matter because the coverage is low anyway so most people will be able to find a match unless you are very very pale. If you couldnt find shades in Maybelline, because even their darkest shade was pretty light you could try this.
  • The finish is not dewy at first, its pretty matte but over the course of the day you will notice a subtle glow

Overall then: I think the Garnier BB Cream of Blemish Balm cream as its called is best suited for girls who need just an evening out of skin tone,  light coverage and combination-oily skin. If you fall into the above category you will love this!!! I do like this a lot myself actually  and iv been using this everyday to work but i definitely need a moisturizer under this for my dry skin!




There isnt much coverage,  but notice the area around eyes an mouth. There is even-ness of skin


Price: Rs 99 for 18gms and Rs 199 for 40 gms

Recommendations: Whether you love the Garnier BB Cream depends on how much coverage you need, how much moisture you need and whats your general preference about SPF. I think for college girls on a budget, this is quite nice actually. For me it works because i dont need extra coverage, and also because its so light and almost effortless but i definitely need more moisture and i need to layer this on top of a moisturizer on a regular work day! Is this better than the Maybelline BB Cream- both got an equal grade from me. I tend to use this more, because i just think its more easy to blend and its really light. Read the comparison above to see which one is more suited for you needs/ skin type.

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

komal January 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

You can also use it as a concealer and it helps brightens the eye area :D


Orangepinkk January 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Great post mehak.. And very useful for me.. Thankx:)


coralcrue January 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I feel there is good amount of difference with this on, in the pics you have clicked. I really, really adore your review of this. I will definitely get this now! thank, Mehak :)


mehak January 26, 2013 at 12:16 am

Hey ya it shows more in the pics. Coverage is lower than Maybelline though!


Preeti Kaur January 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I might give it a try as the Maybelline one is not fit for my combi-oily skin :(


priya January 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hiya Mahek,
Thanx for reviewing this product, won’t work for me since I need coverage, TC


mehak January 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

Yup not for those who need more coverage!


M January 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I’m getting this now.


Richa Saxena January 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm

You have reviewed this product so very well! And I just loved your comment on the elephant with pink ears…..


Nivedita January 26, 2013 at 12:03 am

My skin is pretty dry right now and I needed a moisturizer underneath. Looking forward to using it again in summer when my skin is super oily.
Mehak, how did you get such super thin? And what MAC shade are you right now? You look way lighter as well! If you have lost weight, or doing any kind of facial exercise, please do share with us.


mehak January 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

Haha its wierd actually. Iv put on wieght everywhere else and lost weight on my face i think. Or maybe its the anhgle. Not doing anything ya..Still sticking with NC 40…


Nivedita January 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

Ha! How does that happen? Even I feel now I need to shed a few kilos :( You skin looks really nice both before and after!


Vaish January 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

I hate this! First MBBC and now this! They’re too dark for me :(
But the Korean ones work perfectly fine
But I somehow prefer this one over MBBC which a complete and utter disaster.


Rajvi Bhow January 26, 2013 at 1:33 am

Ya it does make your eye region look even and lighter.. will try this out just for knowing what the buzz about BB creams really is.


Simi January 26, 2013 at 1:42 am

Great review. I agree with everything you’ve said. They have a light & “dark” shade in the US. This looks like the light which blends into my skin tone really well. I’m quite fair-skinned so I’m surprised so many people are finding it too dark..

It does work a bit like a primer too – I notice my foundation goes on smoother and lasts longer.

Looks like I can add this to my list of things to stock up on when I’m in India next – definitely cheaper than the US!


Sumathi January 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

Looks really good.. Can see the difference in the pics..
Will surely give this a try.. Maybelline BB creams looks terrible on me..
Hope this would do a better job..


Deepti January 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

Well I am currently using this cream and can say it has a very mild coverage. Doesn’t work for me. But yes good as tinted moisturizer since it makes my skin smooth to touch and it doesnt feel dry or oily after application. If only it had a little more coverage, i would have loved the product. :(


Simi January 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

BB creams, by definition, are not built to give you coverage. It’s incidental if you get any coverage. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d say mix a foundation with your moisturizer (go 1-2 shades darker than normal with the foundation or the color will be too light)


Sukanya January 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I have been thinking of getting this one.. just wonder why they are calling tm’s as BBcreams !


Shami January 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I have been using this for 2 weeks and i agree with every point in the review!! i was saying ‘yes’ for every point :)

Since i have oily-combination skin i prefer Garnier BB cream than Maybelline BB cream..


Swati January 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I got this one last week! And i am loving it so far! Better than the maybelline one for me. :)


deepti January 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

nice review. but how do you manage to get almost duplicate shots for before and after :)


Abhi January 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Was waiting for this…seems good for everyday..


sakhi January 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

I am using this and loving it


Sanya Rai January 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I used it. It’s good. But I’ve been using this cream…Very Me Peach Me Perfect Skin Glow. And there’s no way that this one beats it. It’s not actually a BB cream but works like one. So I think I’ll just stick with my brand. :)


mehak January 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Oh the oriflame one? ya i have that…dont like the hsimmer in it but otherwise its nice.


Prachi February 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I bought this cream yesterday n try it. It feels very nice and soft. I like this cream.Fine coverage. But my skin is little dry so can you suggest me any good moisturiser which I can use before applying BB cream.
Thank you.


suhana February 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

its very good yaar.


Monika February 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

I have a combination skin.Can you tell me which one is better … Garnier BB cream or Maybelline BB cream??


sunny rana March 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Which cream is better for mens…


sandhya May 14, 2013 at 2:41 am
piyali June 21, 2013 at 12:09 am

can we use it on dark circle or under eye ? is this harmful for eyes ?


mehak June 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hi Piyali i wouldnt say its harmful but dont recommend you use it directly like a concealer either. Just soreak it around your face and under you eye area like a regular cream


piyali June 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

ok , u mean spread it like a moisturizer , can u suggest me a good concealer (not expensive) for under eye ?


Pihu September 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

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Binny January 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I don like its fragrance, my skin is super sensitive so when I use it , I feel itching on d applied area but I like d shine it brings on my face , suggest a bb cream for sensitive skin


shivani August 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

im a user of this bb crm since 1 for me really well..blends in nd lightens d skin …love it..!! one should stick to one brand otherwise goes messy


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