Tested on animals:Yes
Miracle Skin Perfector Daily Anti-Acne BB Cream joins Garnier's expansive group of BB creams, this time adding an anti-acne twist. Does it deliver the goods in the battle against breakouts? Sadly, no. Despite being medicated with 2% salicylic acid (an anti-acne superstar ingredient), the formula's pH is well above the range this ingredient needs to work—but if you have normal to oily skin, you may still want to consider this for other reasons that we'll discuss.
This offers sheer coverage akin to a tinted moisturizer, which is enough to even out skin tone. The colors are versatile enough to work for most skin tones, except notably fair or very dark.
We like that this BB cream's soufflé-like texture blends easily, setting to a natural-looking satin finish that leaves a healthy (not greasy) glow. As the formula contains absorbent clay (kaolin) it feels matte but doesn't look matte, which is a finish that some may prefer because there's little chance of this making skin look dry or dull. If you have oily skin or oily areas, this won't keep them shine-free for long, but it won't make them look extra-greasy, either.
BB creams are often said to provide multiple benefits, and that's where this product falters in living up to its marketing promises. We mentioned the 2% salicylic acid not being able to exfoliate, but the formula also lacks ingredients that could help reduce inflammation, including red marks from past breakouts. Given this product's positioning for acne-prone skin, we were disappointed such ingredients were left out given the enticing claim of "One product, five results."
Beneficial anti-aging ingredients are barely present; you get a couple of antioxidant vitamins but both are listed after the fragrance. True, Garnier isn't making anti-aging claims, but in light of the disappointing results from the anti-acne claim, a greater array of such ingredients would've been welcome.
At best, Miracle Skin Perfector Daily Anti-Acne BB Cream provides sheer coverage to softly even-out your skin tone without a risk of making breakouts worse. On the flipside, don't expect this BB cream to replace your anti-acne skincare routine or provide anti-acne benefits at all in contrast with its marketing claims, which is why this missed our earning top rating.
Note: Despite the prominence of fragrance and presence of other fragrant ingredients, this BB cream isn't knock-your-socks-off fragrant. However, the combined amount of fragrant ingredients likely poses a risk of irritation, especially if you plan to apply this around your eyes.
- Provides enough coverage to help even-out skin tone.
- Soufflé-like texture blends easily.
- Looks natural and leaves a healthy, not greasy-looking, glow.
- Versatile sheer shades work for most skin tones.
- The pH of the product is too high for the salicylic acid to function as an exfoliant.
- Offers little help to those struggling with acne and the red marks it can leave behind.
- Combined amount of fragrance may pose a risk of irritation.