The fight between Garnier’s BB creams, Australia vs Asia, was an interesting one. Asia came up victorious at the end. But Garnier Australia was resilient. Not willing to go down without another fight, they went back, worked hard at it and came up with another version. This time, it’s for combination to oily skin. When it was finally launched in stores, I knew I had to get one to compare the two once again.
Well, what do you know? Garnier has finally gotten it right. In fact, it’s so similar to the Asian version that I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the *ahem* same one (any nicking of ideas and/or ingredients here, I wonder? )
Garnier has her smug boots on, so there isn’t going to be a fight this time. No more Australia vs. Asia. Too many similarities to even bother fighting. Aww damn .
To compare this list of ingredients to the other 2 BB creams, click here
In terms of texture, the Aussie version is very slightly runnier than the Asian one. The dissimilarity is so subtle that it is barely noticeable.
In terms of colour, the Aussie version has warm undertones (at least, to my observation, that is) and the Asian one cool undertones. Another interesting observation is that both also suit my warm skin. Odd, eh? It’s my skin but heaps better. Again, the Australian version has two shades: Light and Medium, whereas the Asian one only has one shade. If there really was a fight, I’d say Australia is winning here.
Another difference between the Asian and Aussie version this time is the SPF. The Asian version has SPF26 whereas the Aussie one has an SPF of 15.
Both BB creams do not finish matte on the skin, but leaves a slight dewy look on the skin. Just as the Asian version, the Aussie Garnier BB cream does not have full coverage, just a medium. For once, the Aussie version isn’t just a tinted moisturiser like the original one. It’s a BB cream that covers most blemishes if you have decent skin. I mentioned ‘decent skin’ because if you have problems with rosacea, acne or severe redness on the skin, this unfortunately isn’t going to do much for your skin without concealer.
So who’s the winner for this one? Both are, in my book. The Aussie version has an extra shade that will suit darker skin and has more product at 40ml (compared to the Asian version’s 20ml); the Asian version has a higher SPF in comparison to the Aussie one. I’m very glad that Garnier Australia has come up with a winner at last. Oily-combination skin types, rejoice!
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin retails at AU$13.95 for 40ml and is available at Priceline, major supermarkets, selected pharmacies and independent stores nationwide.
What I like about it: Oil-free, decent coverage, very similar to the Asian version that I love, a proper BB cream and not a tinted moisturiser
What I do not like about it: Wish the SPF was higher