Drugstore product of the week: Garnier Beauty Balm Crème

If you’re a makeup junkie like I am, you know you can hardly ever resist impulse-buying products on sale or just products with great prices.


I’m currently holed up in Ctown {somewhere in Francophone West Africa…007 business} and I went to the nearest Pharmacie to restock my wipes and cleansers; that was when I saw this product: Garnier BB Crème Miracle Skin Perfecteur 



What actually caught my eye was the packaging, It was sitting in that counter looking all “green & Eco- friendly” and I just thought that I’d be doing a good deed by buying it …*side eye*   Well, I did myself a whole world of favor.

I’m amongst the very few who are blessed with little or no skin imperfections, as per rare instances of breakouts, acne and it’s minions; So Full-coverage / heavy-duty makeup (foundations) doesn’t  interest me. I happily use tinted moisturizers, lightweight foundations (like Revlon Nearly Naked foundation) and co; sheer coverage and I’m good to go.


Product swatch with flashlight
Product swatch with flashlight

This product I reckon only comes in 3 shades: light, medium and Dark. If you’re darkskinned (chocolatey not deeply dark aka Lupita Nyong’o), the Dark (Foncé) is for you. Most alphabet creams: “BB, CC Creams” hardly cater for the really darkskinned women…its the sad reality and I really hope cosmetic companies stepup their game in that aspect.

Company Claim:



Evens skin tone


Hydrates 24H


•If you have serious skin imperfections eg acne and dark spots, you should most definitely mix this with a full coverage concealer for better coverage

• this particular type is only suitable for Dry and normal skin type because of its serious hydrating/moisturizing properties (although there’s another Garnier BB cream for Oily/Combination skin). So, find out

what Skin type you are (post for another day) and buy accordingly.

• it only has SPF 15, which is a tad too little in this day of acute global warming.

• It Contains vitamin C which we all know helps to Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage, boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure

• it works great with sunscreens

• the mineral pigments gives your skin a healthy glow

• it actually allows your skin to “breathe” thanks to its sheerness.

• evens out skin tone

• it is buildable (you can keep going until you’re satisfied with the coverage)

• it’s affordable, {It was labelled 5000FCFA (approximately 1700 NGN) where I got it}


Wearing Garnier Miracle BB Crème, Powder, & sheer makeup.
Wearing Garnier Miracle BB Crème, Powder, & sheer makeup.

It was a good buy. I reluctantly wear foundations, this one is a good substitute. And with its SPF, Vitamin C & Mineral “glow” pigments properties and the price, I like!


Bon Weekend tous!



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      5000FCFA, that’s about 1700NGN

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