Garnier BB Cream for Oily & Combinations Skin – Review, Photos, Swatches


The Garnier Oil-free BB Cream offers a light coverage that is quite easily buildable to medium coverage.





Like the original formula, the Oil-free version of Garnier’s BB cream comes in only 2 shades, Light and Medium. Unfortunately the light shade is still a little dark for my NC15-NW15 (let’s just call me an N15) skin tone. Fortunately, due to the sheer pigmentation, I can get away with wearing the light shade, but I need to make sure I blend down my neck and onto my decolletage.

Ease of application:

I find this BB cream incredibly easy to apply. I can happily use a buffing brush, a stippling brush or my fingers, and be happy with the finished look. It dries down reasonably quickly – I find it stays fluid long enough for me to work it into my skin, then dries quickly enough for me to apply a second layer (if I want to) without disturbing the first layer.


I’ve been wearing this to work for the last week or so. If I wear it alone, it seems to disappear by the time I pick my daughter up from school – however this is a good 10 hours after I have applied it. If I top it with a mineral powder, I find it wears extremely well, and I still look quite fresh faced when I get home.



The Oil-free version of Garnier’s BB Cream comes in an long, slender tube. To my mind this looks more elegant than the original version.


I’m also a fan of the needlenose tip – it’s so damn hygienic!


Anything else worth mentioning?:

There are 2 things that I don’t love about this product.

First and foremost, I wish there was a greater shade range. I adore the texture of this product, and how it looks on my skin, but I wish it were a few shades lighter.

Secondly, I find there is a faint smell of alcohol when I apply it. Denatured Alcohol is third on the ingredient list, and I can definitely smell it. I’m happy to continue using it – my skin loves it, I’ve had no adverse reactions at all (and I have intrinsically dry/combination skin), but the smell is ever so slightly offputting. It disappears after a few seconds, but it is definitely noticable during application.

What they say:

Garnier BB Cream Oil Free has adapted Garnier’s successful BB Cream formula to now be more suitable for oily to combination skin types. Utilising ultra-absorbing perlite with mineral pigments for immediate shine control and matte effect, the BB Cream contains SPF 15+ to minimise sun damage. Other benefits of this tinted lotion include reduction in pores and imperfections and evening skin tone. Garnier BB Cream Oil Free comes in shades Light and Medium.

My verdict:

Despite what I’ve just said, I love this version of Garnier’s BB Cream. I have to admit, I didn’t love the original. I didn’t hate it either, but I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. The Oil-free version, however, is wonderful for my skin. As long as I blend it out properly, it makes me look like I have amazing skin.

If you’re interested in seeing this product in action, check out this Makeover.

Available from:

Supermarkets, Variety Stores and Pharmacies.


$13.95 AUD
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