Brand vs Budget: BB Creams

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I’m not the hugest fan of heavy foundations, mainly because I don’t have the skill to apply them, they always look cakey, often show up my dry patches, and it just takes far too much time. Tinted moisturisers were my base of choice as a young teenager, but I quickly realised they were actually far too dark for my skin. Luckily for me it was seemingly on trend in my school at the time to look as though you’d bathed in Tango…

Over the last few years BB creams have taken beauty shelves by storm (more recently CC creams, which I haven’t ventured into yet) and luckily for me they seem to be available in slightly more forgiving colours. Today I compare Garnier’s BB cream (which if I remember rightly was one of the first to hit UK ‘drugstores’) with Aldi’s cheaper version. My review of the Aldi offering may be in vain; I bought it in a reduced basket for 1.99, and have only seen in on rare occasions since, so I have to accept it may be discontinued.

The Garnier one comes in at £9.99 (when not on offer) and is in a small and rather annoying tube – the plastic is rather stiff, and it is near on impossible to (1) get a small amount out, and (2) get anything out when you’ve used around 75% of the tube. So not only is it more expensive, but it seems ridiculously wasteful too. Aldi’s version is obviously making use of cheaper packaging, but I prefer it, and the matte look of the tube actually appears relatively high-end.

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In terms of colour, it was really hard to show the real difference. In all my photos the Garnier appeared to be the lighter shade, but I’ve found that totally untrue, with the Aldi one blending in to my (very) pale skin far better. Coverage and lasting-time is, on me, better with the Aldi version, and my forehead doesn’t turn into an oil slick like it does wearing Garnier.

Texture wise, Aldi’s BB cream is nicer to wear, it feels lighter. I can feel the Garnier sitting on my skin, it’s thicker and harder to blend, and it feels oily virtually straight away.

Now onto breakouts. I wouldn’t class my skin as sensitive, but it hates foundations and anything of that type. Neither of these BB creams were an exception. They didn’t cause a big reaction, no cystic pimples, but just a few more spots, a few more inflamed pores. If anything the Garnier one was slightly worse, possibly due to the slightly oily texture.

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If I’m honest, neither of these products blew me away. Maybe its just be, but I’d still much rather stick with an illuminating moisturiser, with concealer and a translucent powder when necessary. Any more of a base is just wasting valuable sleeping time! Forced to choose between the two, I’d definitely choose the Aldi version, simply due to its rather wonderful colour match and improved ease of application. Budget wins!