BB creams are the perfect solution for those who want to subtly correct imperfections on their face without using a full-on heavy foundation. They’ll cut time from your makeup routine by accomplishing several steps in one: hydrating, priming and concealing. When choosing a BB cream, choosing a brand that makes a shade that works well for you is vital. A great BB cream lasts all day, blends easily and does not cake or settle. Based on those criteria, here are 10 of our picks for the best BB cream.
10. Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream
Best for: Combination to dry skin
Rimmel’s BB cream has a matte finish, it smoothes skin, minimizes pores, and reduces blemishes. This is a product that accomplishes a lot of things at once: priming, moisturizing, and evening your skin. It has some sun protection as well. This BB cream is supposedly designed for those with combination to oily skin, but the user reviews tell a different story. Users say this cream can become oily after several hours of wear, so it’s really better for those with drier skin. This cream is sheer, lightweight and gentle.
9. e.l.f. BB Cream
Best for: Combination skin, normal skin
We’re big fans of e.l.f.’s super-affordable and effective products, and this BB cream is no exception. It’s formulated with nourishing and anti-aging ingredients, including vitamin E and jojoba oil. It provides a slight tint to your skin, evening your skin tone and smoothing imperfections. This BB cream unfortunately only comes in 3 shades, none of which are particularly dark. It’s also not ideal for those with sensitive skin. However, users say this BB cream has excellent coverage and is long-lasting. It has a dewy finish, and is not at all drying. However, it contains a low SPF sunscreen.
8. Garnier SkinActive BB Cream
Best for: Older skin
This BB cream is designed to be used just like a moisturizer, with the additional effect of brightening and evening skin. The Garnier product smoothes wrinkles and makes skin appear more firm. One downside to this product is that it comes in only 2 shades, although it does blend quite well into a variety of skin tones. It offers sun protection at just SPF 15, so you’ll often need to wear a more substantial sunscreen underneath. Fans of this BB cream love that it’s sheer, lightweight, and long-lasting. It subtly makes your skin look younger and smoother without feeling heavy.
7. L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
Best for: Oily skin, uneven skin tones
The next item in our search for the best BB cream is this L’Oreal Paris BB cream, an impressive and affordable product that color-corrects, evens skin tone, and hydrates your skin at the same time. The product comes in 4 shades, all of which come out white from the tube and then change color upon application to the face. This cream has a matte finish, perfect for those with oily skin or those who live in humid climates. A couple cons include the fact that it has a slightly orange undertone and it’s too drying for naturally dry skin. Users say it blends extremely well and looks natural, making your skin look subtly better and smoother.
6. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Best for: Normal skin
Maybelline’s BB cream is available in 5 shades, and blends easily into a variety of skin tones. It’s formulated with SPF 30. It moisturizes, brightens, hydrates, and evens the skin tone. The formula is lightweight enough that it doesn’t feel heavy on your face, yet still blurs your imperfections. Users say this BB cream is ideal for those who already have pretty good skin, without major redness or acne, since it provides light coverage only. It blends in evenly and lasts throughout the day.
5. Covergirl Smoothers Lightweight BB Cream
Best for: Normal or dry skin
The BB cream from Covergirl comes in only 3 shades, ranging from light to deep. It’s designed to hydrate, moisturize, and smooth skin. It features SPF 21 and it has a sheer and lightweight feel. Users like the smooth, light coverage offered by this BB cream. It’s also affordable, and a little goes a long way. However, there are some downsides: it doesn’t offer enough coverage for those who are looking to skip concealer, and its SPF is low enough that you’ll probably want to use an additional sunscreen. This BB cream is best for those who want something super sheer.
4. NYX Cosmetics BB Cream
Best for: All skin types
This affordable BB cream from NYX cosmetics is designed to hydrate the skin while evening the skin tone. It uses natural minerals and is oil-free. You can easily layer this BB cream for more or less coverage. This product does not offer SPF, it’s perfect for layering under makeup for a lightweight, bright look. It works well for all skin types, users say it is as high-quality as other much more expensive, high-end brands. The only downside aside from the lack of sunscreen seems to be the size, it can run out quickly since the tube is rather small.
3. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream
Best for: Dry or combination skin
BareMinerals’ cream is pricier than the other creams on this list, but it’s well-loved and for good reason. It comes in 6 great shades, so you’re better able to match your particular tone, and it offers long-lasting medium coverage. It also hydrates the skin and it has a dewy finish. According to users, this BB cream is easy to apply and lasts all day without settling into lines, it even works well for sensitive skin. The main complaint from user reviews is the price and the small package, so this is the best BB cream for those who are looking to splurge.
2. Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
Best for: Acne-prone skin, sensitive skin
Aveeno’s BB cream is formulated with sunscreen. It’s great for clearing up breakouts on problem skin, and it leaves a subtle tint to even out your skin tone. It’s moisturizing, clarifying, oil-free, hypoallergenic and works well as a sun protectant with an SPF of 30. This can be used just like you’d use any moisturizer, or it can be used instead of foundation. This product is not great for dry skin as it can worsen dryness. It also applies somewhat thickly. However, it’s great for combination skin or oily skin, and it’s hypoallergenic so it could work well for sensitive skin as well.
1. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
Best for: Normal or combination skin, lighter skin
BB creams were first popularized in Korea, so it’s no surprise that Korean brands are still killing the BB cream game. This cream offers full coverage, yet still has a lightweight, non-cakey feel. It’s long-lasting, dewy and won’t settle into fine lines. This BB cream is not designed for those with particularly oily or dry skin, it’s not drying, however. Our main gripe with this product is that it really works best for those with lighter skin tones, it’s a Korean company, after all, if that describes you then this just might be the best BB cream for your skin tone.
Finally, the picks in our search for the best BB cream all have their pros and cons. Until you find the perfect BB cream you have to experiment in order to know what works best for your particular skin type and tone. Do you have a favorite best BB cream that’s not on our list? Tell us all about it in the comments!
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