Review: Garnier Pure Active BB Cream


There used to be a dark time in my life where I did not want to acknowledge the existence of BB Creams. I even went so far as to say that I would never like one.—the horror!—They just all looked like sheer, tinted moisturizers to me. Until recently, I got introduced to the Kings and Queens of BB Land. The best of the best. The BB Royalty. And I fell in love. A BB that helped me fall in love with the entire trend? The Garnier Pure Active BB Cream

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The Garnier Pure Active BB Cream (€9,99 for 1.69 oz/50 ml) is part of their well-known, and much-loved Pure Active line. A line that focuses mostly on clearing up troubled skin. In the Pure Active line are a bunch of amazing products that are geared towards teenage girls (and boys) with normal to oily, acne-prone skin. This BB Cream fits perfectly in a Pure Active regimen, and helps clear the skin of spots and black heads even more. The BB Cream also hydrates and evens out the skin, while giving it a flawless matte look all day long. Basically, while wearing the BB, you’re still taking good care of your complexion.

What I really like about the Pure Active BB is that it smells heavenly. It has that iconic Pure Active scent to it. But the best thing about it is that this baby has coverage like no other! The first time I tried it, I was shocked at how opaque it actually was. I love that, ‘cause let’s face it: If you’ve got a little bit more of a troubled skin, you use makeup to make yourself look as flawless as possible. With most European BB creams, all you get is a little tint. With this, you can actually cover up the imperfections, while still taking care of your skin. I love that!

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Above, I applied the BB to my complexion and buffed it in with a Sigma F80 brush, which is a great brush to get the most coverage out of a foundation/BB Cream. I love how the BB looks on my face. It looks natural, yet still flawless. It felt very hydrating and fresh on the skin. I got around 6-7 hours of wear out of it, before needing my first powder-touch-up.

Want to see this BB Cream in action? Watch the video below…



I absolutely love this BB Cream. It covers spots like a dream, looks natural on the skin, and is super affordable. It’s perfect for those who are on a budget! I can officially say I’m a huge BB Cream fan, and this one is definitely one to check out.


Garnier Pure Active BB Cream: Available at the drugstore and here.

What do you think of this BB Cream? Have you tried BB Creams before? Which one did you like best? Tell me down in the comments!

❥ Nikkie

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18 Responses to Review: Garnier Pure Active BB Cream

  1. Zina says:

    It seems a little dark though? But if it’s good for the paler girls, i will definetely buy this!
    Would love to try!

    Take care!

  2. Amanda says:

    I hope I can find a color pale enough for my complexion- that’s been my only complaint with Garnier. And Nikki your lips look amazing in that picture – what are you wearing???

  3. femketje says:

    klinkt echt super nice :D

  4. Lucinda says:

    What is this madness? You… actually liking a BB cream? Well… that’s it… hell froze over. hahahahaha JK! xxx Lucinda

  5. Kylie says:

    Wayyyyy too dark for me. That’s been my main issue with BB Creams in general, I’ve yet to find that one for super pale girls like me.

    • NikkieTutorials says:

      I like mixing it with MAC’s Face and Body in White! ♡

    • Melissa says:

      I feel you girl ! I went to buy it and was a little bit hesitant as it looked a little bit dark. But Nikkie is pretty white (sorry hun but it’s true) and I’m an NC15 in Mac studio fix which oxidises a bit but i find it never looks unnatural on my face despite looking scary on my hand kind of like the BB cream did. It is a lot lighter than any other bb cream I’ve looked at so I think I’m going to give it a go! Chi Chi (an Australian brand) apparently do an amazing BB cream that is actually really pale as well!

      • anita says:

        hey, I’m also a N15 in mac, and I’ve got the chi chi BB cream in light (the lightest shade) and it is still too dark for me haha and it goes quite orange on the skin. just letting you know before you buy it haha but you could always try it still with powder to lighten it up :)

  6. t. says:

    Hij ziet er heel oranje uit. Wat zijn de ingrediënten?

  7. Betija says:

    I like Garnier BB creams, but they have one huge problem – the shades are way too dark :( I can use this only in summer…

  8. Marloes says:

    Oeh dit klinkt erg goed. Ik ben benieuwd!

  9. Brittany says:

    I can’t wait to try this out of since you love it so much. I also had a question – it seems like you absolutely LOVE this product but you gave it an 8.6. What were the cons that you noticed? Thanks for taking the time to read this!

  10. Lisa says:

    Ziet er onwijs mooi uit! Is er ook een hele lichte kleur? voor de mensen die geen face&body white hebben?

  11. Jasmijn says:

    Ziet er heel fijn uit! Ik vroeg me alleen af of deze bb cream droge plekjes zou accentueren? Ik heb een onzuivere huid maar tegelijkertijd veel heel droge plekjes (een vreselijke combinatie). Denk je dat dit een fijne bb cream zou zijn voor mij?

  12. nenacecilia says:

    Geweldige dekking! Echt super :)

  13. M. says:

    I have this one…but is it me or does this bb cream starts to smell weird after a few hours of wearing it?

  14. Scarlet says:

    Hmmmm…I used to use Garnier BB cream just as it came out. I gave up after two or three packages b/c it was really doing very little for my oily, porous, acne prone, blemish-covered skin. It had poor coverage and would start sliding from that damn face oil quite soon. Also, did not react well with water. But it was the regular one, maybe this one’s designed exactly for such skin?

    Anyways, I’ve switched to korean Holika Holika Petit BB Cream in clearing and was so surprised after Garnier – it has a really good coverage, I don;t even use concealer for my blemishes: just cover them first with the same BB, wait until it sets and then do all face. And it’s so darn cheap on eBay.

    If european/american bb creams are too weak in coverage, it’s worth to take a look at the asian ones because the coverage is usually way stronger.

  15. Ilham says:

    I love this BB Cream.
    I have a fair skin and this one is perfect for me .I apply it daily and it does not look like you are wearing anything on your face.It looks natural and silmple.

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