Garnier Nutritioniste
Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin SPF 20
2.5 fl. oz. for $12.99
Category:Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:06.14.2013
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin SPF 20 is a BB cream that's very similar to Garnier's Skin Renew BB Cream for normal to dry skin. The only formulary difference is that the Combination to Oily Skin versoin has a higher percentage of active ingredients (which results in a slightly higher SPF rating) and a lighter, silkier feel. Otherwise, the same comments apply: Despite providing broad-spectrum sun protection, the formula is highly fragrant and contains a potentially problematic amount of skin-damaging alcohol.

This has a lightweight, thin lotion texture that feels silky, is easy to blend, and sets almost immediately to a powder-soft matte finish that doesn't feel the least bit hydrating and does help control shine as claimed. Its finish and feel are good for combination to oily skin, but the fragrance and amount of alcohol remain a problem.

Three shades are offered, and all are on the peachy side. Since this isn’t as sheer as a tinted moisturizer, the peachy tint can look more obvious (the formula provides light coverage) but the Fair/Light shade is workable.

Although Garnier has printed some impressive-looking before-and-after photos on the box for this BB cream, the reality is that this effect is best achieved with a good foundation, not a product like those whose shades tend to look off and whose formula puts your skin at risk of pro-aging irritation.

As mentioned above, this BB cream is intensely fragranced and contains numerous fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Between that and the paltry amount of beneficial extras (BB creams are supposed to contain beneficial ingredients like antioxidants and skin lightening agents) this is not recommended over lots of other BB creams and tinted moisturizers.



Active: Octinoxate 3%; Titanium Dioxide 4.7%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Caffeine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Citral, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance.

May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
I had no idea this was bad for me

I actually really like how this looks and applies on my skin. I have normal to dry skin and as long as I moisturize, this looks nice and offers medium coverage. I'm shocked to learn how low a rating this received, but I trust Paula's Choice. I definitely don't want to put something on my face that going to speed up aging! Alas, the search for the perfect bb cream continues...

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