Thursday, 20 February 2014


Ah BB Creams, the previous bane of my existence. With ridiculously oily skin, I could never find a BB Cream which didn't make my face turn into a oil slick. But in the past year I have come across two that almost work with my kind of skin, these are the Garnier BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin and M.A.C Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35. I've been using both for over 3 months so I'm going to tally up the pros and cons to help you decide on a BB Cream for oily skin.

TOP: M.A.C     BOTTOM: Garnier
M.A.C Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
I got recommend this by a MUA at M.A.C when I was looking for a light foundation for oily skin in summer. I was a bit skeptical because I haven't had a good time with other BB Creams but I took her advice because I thought she must know how it works. This has a very thick consistency as you can tell with the picture compared to the Garnier. Smell doesn't really matter but it kind of smells like Play-doh which I don't really mind. It's a little difficult to blend in and does come out a bit streaky. Throughout the day it tends to move around on my face which isn't good because I also set it with powder. It gathers around the sides of my nose which is really annoying. However, compared to other BB Creams this has a bigger shade range, 9 shades in total which is good for people who don't suit drugstore BB Creams. I got the shade Light Plus which I'm still not sure if it's the right colour for me. It's $42 for 40ml which is pretty expensive for a BB Cream. To sum it up, I don't think I like this BB Cream very much.

Garnier BB Cream for Combination and Oily Skin
I've had this for a while and I hated it, so I stopped using it. It oxidised my skin turing me into a oompaloompa. But I realised this was because I was using a coloured loose powder on top so I decided to give it another go. This is very liquidy, so be careful when opening it as it can just flow out without squeezing the bottle. I'm not sure what it smells like but it doesn't bother me at all. It's super easy to blend in because for it's consistency. I thick the best brush for this is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I don't find that it moves throughout the day which is fantastic! I always set it with a translucent powder but my face can get a tad oily during the day but that happens with any foundation I use so I always look past that and touch up during the day. This one only comes in 2 shades, and I use Light. I think this is a tad too dark for my skin but I make sure to blend it down my neck so i don't get an obvious line. The coverage with this is fantastic for a BB Cream! I find it settles into the skin really well after an hour and your face looks almost flawless. It's $13.99 for 40ml, which I find is a real steal for the quality of this!

To sum it up, I think the Garnier looks and feels a lot better on my oily skin. The M.A.C has a better shade range though, so if they combined it would be the perfect BB Cream. At the end of the day, everyone has a different reaction to products so find one that you think best suits your skin tone and always try to try it out before buying.

Happy reading!


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