I received a free product last Friday..a new BB cream by Garnier. It is advertised as a skin renew "miracle skin perfector" for combination to oily skin and has a SPF of 20. I have to say, I love tinted moisturizers and BB creams. As a not-so new month of a one year old, I don't have time or energy to put on foundation all the time. These seem like so much less work to do every day before I go to work. Plus thankfully, I don't need the full coverage that foundation provides. This gives just enough coverage to even out my blemishes and make me look a bit more pulled together!
Before accepting this product, I searched on line to see if I could find a swatch of the Deep tone but this is a fairly new product and an even newer tone, so I could not find an accurate swatch, even on their site (sadness). I wrestled for a few moments between Medium/Deep and Deep and decided on deep due to the model being of a lighter African-American complexion and the medium/deep swatches I found to appear way too light. I am a NC-45 in MAC for reference.
Of course the tinted moisurizer is a bit more sheer because BB creams provide a little more coverage, but you get the idea.
So in all, I can not give a full review until late Spring when I am able to wear it a full day with out looking odd. I may try to mix it with another cream to "lighten it up" enough to match me. I will say however that I love the SPF 20 in the Garnier and the formula goes on smoothly and blends well. Once blended in, it does not look as off as I first thought, although it is not a perfect match. I am a medium complexion, so I am a bit disappointed that the Deep tone will not work with most African-Americans, but other brands may work. This is why I have to pay a bit more money to find a cream that is more suited to me. For example, I tried the Maybelline BB cream last year and found the medium much too light and the medium/deep too dark, but they do have a few to choose from in different shades, so blending two together may work. That's a great thing about being able to select from different brands..to find out what works best for you!