Naturally, then, when I spotted reviews of Garnier's latest 'miracle skin cream', I found myself grabbing a tube from the shelves at my local Boots on my latest shopping trip, eager to see for myself how much of a 'miracle' this cream could possibly be.
I don't have much experience with Garnier's products, generally, aside from their Micellar Water (review here), which I love, and the price is a little more than I'd generally pay for this kind of product, but the cream is a lightly tinted moisturiser (think Origins' VitaZing, on the high street), which I convince myself I'll use all the time during the summer months, instead of foundation. Plus, I adore anti-ageing products, generally, so I take the £12.99 plunge.
I was vaguely horrified when I first applied the moisturiser to my skin, I must admit; it looked so orange...but, in the time it took me to reach for a face wipe, the product had had a chance to settle, and the results were, well, pretty impressive, actually. I'm not a fan of 'dewy' finishes, and Garnier's 'Miracle Cream' is far more subtle than that; it really does look like your natural skin, just slightly smoother, and with a bit of a natural glow. It's lightweight, and would be perfect for the warmer months, and can be used in place of foundation (I've been using it with just a slick of concealer for a couple of weeks, now).
In fact, the only downside I can see, at all, is that it's not particularly long-wearing, and does go a little patchy at the end of a long day. Not ideal, but then, if you're not spending a good 8 hours in your university library every day, like me, it's hardly a huge problem.
Overall? I'd definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a light coverage base for the summer, it's very light on the skin. Not great for anyone with serious imperfections, though, or those of us who need a good 12+ hour base.
Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is available from Boots stores nationwide, or on their website, here, for an RRP of £12.99.
What's your favourite spring/summer base? Do you fall into the trap of 'gimmicky' products?