I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted here or on my social media pages, but I’ve had a bit of a pest problem in my dorm and haven’t been staying there most of the week. It should be fixed now, so hopefully I’ll get right back to the routine I was just getting settled into.
I bought the original formula of Garnier’s BB Cream a few weeks ago, but soon realized that there’s also a formula for oily and combination skin! I was so confused, because I had only heard that this BB cream is amazing, but had no idea that there were two options. So, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about the differences with both and show you what they look like! These are really amazing BB creams, but only if you get the one that will work best for your skin.
Price: Both bottles are about $12, but the original formula contains .5 oz more product. I got the original formula from the drugstore, but had to go to Ulta for the oily/combo formula.
Packaging: Both come in squeeze-bottles that are slightly different sizes. The original formula comes on a short and wide tube, while the oily/combo formula comes in a taller and skinnier tube. However, the way the product comes out of each of them is very different, and I HATE the oily/combo packaging. The product just drips out of the opening, and you store it facing down, so it’s a mess to use.
Color and Texture: I got the shade Light/Medium for both formulas, and they’re just about identical color-wise. The original formula is thick and almost like a cream, while the oily/combo formula is runny like a liquid foundation. The original formula doesn’t go on looking thick, though; I actually think the oily/combo formula has better coverage.
The original formula has a dewy (almost shiny) finish, while the oily/combo formula is semi-matte. After a setting powder they look very similar, except for the shine. I had a huge problem with the original formula for this; I can only use a teeny bit without it getting too shiny, even with a powder, which probably cuts down on the coverage. The oily/combo formula also has a shine problem by the end of the day, so touch-ups are definitely needed for both.
Coverage and Lasting Power: Both of these have pretty good coverage and decent lasting power when set with a matte powder. I think the oily/combo formula has slightly better coverage even though it’s messier to use. I wonder if mixing the two together would be the magical solution for me!
Final Thoughts: The oily/combination formula has the better coverage and finish for my skin, and I’ve been using it a lot as summer comes to an end. I will definitely try mixing the two formulas together or try adding a foundation to deal with the coverage and shine issues as the weather gets colder, and to make sure I get enough use out of both tubes. The great thing about these is they’ll last forever!
Have you tried these BB creams? What do you think?