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The Best BB Cream for Your Skin: Drugstore to High-End

Updated on November 26, 2016
Amazon/Graphics by Shay Lorseyedi
Amazon/Graphics by Shay Lorseyedi

BB Creams: A Comprehensive Shopping Guide

Welcome to the ultimate guide to beauty balms. You'll find everything from drugstore BB creams to luxury brands in this guide: I will cover the basics of BB, the brands available, and where to find them.

I created this guide during my own research for beauty balms. Their increased popularity over the last year or so has resulted in an explosion of options on the market. Luckily, because these products have become so popular, they can now be found at just about any price point. I hope that this guide makes your search for the best BB a little bit easier!

  • First, we'll define the term "BB" and discuss what these creams do
  • second, we'll look at drugstore brands
  • third, high-end department store brands
  • then we'll discuss the most popular Asian brands on the market
  • and finally, we'll look at the best BB alternatives.

Not sure what I'm talking about? No problem! If you're interested in low-maintenance beauty products, skincare, and on-trend makeup, you've come to the right place.

What is BB Cream?

Foundation + Skincare = BB Cream

BB (or B&B) stands for blemish or beauty balm. It originated as a protecting and regenerating cream for patients of dermatological laser treatment before becoming wildly popular in Asia and Southeast Asia (Japan, China, and especially Korea). This style of product has since spread to western countries and can be found in just about any department store or drugstore in the US.

BB is the best parts of makeup foundation and facial skincare rolled into one easy-to-use product.

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BB Cream Ingredients: Antioxidants, Moisturizers, Etc.
BB Cream Ingredients: Antioxidants, Moisturizers, Etc.

What Do BB Creams Do for the Skin?

The Benefits of Beauty Balms

At the very least, BB creams should include:

  • A lightweight but highly pigmented foundation base
  • Moisturizer
  • SPF sunscreen (UVA/UVB protection)

They can also contain:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-wrinkle ingredients (such as retinol)
  • Acne-fighting ingredients
  • Oil-control ingredients
  • Skin-whitening or bleaching agents

BBs are tinted moisturizers with a kick. They can be worn alone for lightweight coverage or under makeup as a primer. Many beauty balms are buildable, allowing for the camouflaging effects of concealer or the customized coverage of a buildable foundation.

The major allure of BBs is their low-maintenance appeal. Many brands are non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and allow for coverage of blemishes and other discolorations. True BB creams allow for an elegant marriage of skincare and makeup: they give you the healthy look you want now while improving the actual health of your skin over time.

Drugstore BB Creams

These are the best drugstore bb creams for your skin type and skin concerns. Many of these creams can be found at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Amazon, and of course, drugstores.

Price Range: $8—$15+

Compare Drugstore BB Brands At-a-Glance

 
$
SPF
Won't Clog Pores?
Anti- Oxidant?
# of Shades
Okay for Acne?
Oil-Free?
Anti-Aging?
Garnier (Dry to Normal Skin)
$10-13
15
yes
yes
3
yes
 
 
Garnier (Combo Skin)
$10-13
20
 
yes
2
yes
yes
 
Olay
$13-15
15
 
yes
2
 
yes
 
Ponds
$10-13
15
yes
yes
2
 
 
yes
Maybelline
$7.50-12
30
 
 
5
 
yes
 
L'Oreal Magic Skin
$8-11
no
 
yes
4
 
 
 
L'Oreal Youth Code
$14-17
15
yes
yes
2
 
 
yes
L'Oreal Age Perfect
$17
20
 
yes
1
yes
 
 
Revlon
$8-10
30
 
 
3
 
 
yes
Palmer's
$13
15
 
yes
2
 
 
 
Iman
$20
15
 
yes
6
 
 
 
Ulta
$12.50
20
 
yes
4
 
yes
yes
Physician's Formula
$15
30
yes
 
2
yes
 
 
Lumene
$15
20
 
yes
 
 
 
yes
Garnier BB Cream
Garnier BB Cream

Garnier BB Creams

"Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector"

Garnier BB Cream – Dry to Normal Skin

Price: $10 – $13
Specs:

  • SPF 15 (UVA/UVB)
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Antioxidant: vitamin C
  • Moisturizers: hyaluronic acid, lipidure microspheres, glycerin
  • Pigment: mineral
  • (From Garnier): evens tone, hydrates, renews skin, protects, and brightens

Shades: 3 – Fair/Light, Light/Medium, Medium/Deep

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for dry skin and acne-prone skin; a drugstore favorite

Garnier BB Cream – Combination to Oily Skin

Price: $10 – $13
Specs:

  • SPF 20 (UVA/UVB)
  • Oil-free (the original formula is not oil-free)
  • Antioxidant: vaccinium myrtillus extract (bilberry) – this also contains vitamin A, which is a standard anti-aging ingredient (also found in retinol)
  • Mattifier: talc, perlite
  • Pigment: mineral
  • (From Garnier): Controls shine, minimizes pores, evens, and hydrates

Shades: 2 – Light/Medium, Medium/Deep

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for oily and acne-prone skin; a drugstore favorite

Olay BB Cream
Olay BB Cream

Olay BB Cream

"Fresh Effects"

Price: $13 – $15
Specs:

  • SPF 15 (broad spectrum)
  • Oil-free
  • Antioxidant: camellia sinensis leaf extract (green tea extract)
  • Moisturizers: glycerine, fatty acids
  • Skin Tone Corrector: laminaria saccharina extract (sugar kelp extract)
  • (From Olay): refreshes, hydrates, smooths, and protects skin; skin tone evener and brightener; sheer coverage

Shades: 2 – Fair to Light, Light to Medium

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for oily skin, sheer coverage, and use as a primer

Pond's BB Cream
Pond's BB Cream

Ponds BB Cream

"Luminous Finish BB+"

Price: $10 – $13
Specs:

  • SPF 15 (broad spectrum) octinoxate, zinc oxide
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antioxidants: ginger root extract, vitamin E
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, allantoin
  • Anti-aging ingredients: niacinamide (vitamin B3), bisabolol
  • Pigment: “special pigment system” for flawless blending
  • Coverage/Finish: moderate coverage, matte finish
  • (From Pond’s): immediately conceals imperfections while “tone-perfecting complex” targets the source of dark spots and fades them overtime

Shades: 2 (Light, Medium)

Where to Find It: Target, Amazon, Most Drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal/combination, acne-prone, and sensitive skin types

Maybelline BB Cream

"Dream Fresh BB"

Price: $7.50 – $12
Specs:

  • SPF 30
  • Oil-free
  • (From Maybelline): “8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector” – evens tone, blurs imperfections, smooths, enhances, brightens, and hydrates skin

Shades: 5 – Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep, Deep

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for oily skin, high SPF, good range of tones (with options for darker skin)

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream, Light/Medium, 1 Fluid Ounce (Packaging may vary)
Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream, Light/Medium, 1 Fluid Ounce (Packaging may vary)

Maybelline is one of the few drugstore brands that offer a range tones for a range of skin colors. The one pictured here is the darkest Maybelline offers.

 
L'Oreal BB Creams: Magic Skin Beautifier (for minimal skin concerns), Youth Code, or Age Perfect (for anti-aging)
L'Oreal BB Creams: Magic Skin Beautifier (for minimal skin concerns), Youth Code, or Age Perfect (for anti-aging)

L'Oreal BB Creams

Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Price: $8 – $11
Specs:

  • Antioxidant: vitamin E
  • Moisturizers: “24-hour hydration”
  • Pigment: “micro-encapsulated pigments”
  • (From L'Oreal): “multi-tasking beautifying cream” that hydrates, evens tone, and corrects/covers skin imperfections

Shades: 4 – Fair, Light, Medium, Dee

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good range of tones (with options for dark skin); no SPF sun protection


Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

Price: $14 – $17
Specs:

  • SPF 15 (UVA/UVB)
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Antioxidant: vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin CG (a slow-release form of vitamin C)
  • Moisturizers: hyaluronic acid, lipidure microspheres, glycerin
  • Anti-aging ingredients: procysteine, recoverin
  • (From L'Oreal): illuminates, evens, and moisturizes; improves tone and texture over time

Shades: 2 – light, medium

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for wrinkles (the only drugstore BB cream with anti-aging ingredients) and for dry skin


Age Perfect BB Cream Instant Radiance

Price: $17
Specs:

  • SPF 20 (broad spectrum)
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Antioxidant/skin tone correctors: vitamin C and soy seed protein
  • Anti-acne ingredient: capryloyl salicylic acid (good for treating blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Moisturizers: glycerin, shea butter, mineral oil
  • (From L'Oreal): 5-in-1 BB that tones skin and reduces age spots

Shades: 1 – Light/Medium

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for skin-evening, dry skin, and acne-prone skin (this product is not oil-free, but does contain salicylic acid which is good for acne) (also contains mineral oil, so if you know this ingredient makes you break out, avoid this product)

L'Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, Medium, 2.5 Fluid Ounce
L'Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, Medium, 2.5 Fluid Ounce

One of the only anti-wrinkle drugstore brands. The two key ingredients here are vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which are proven anti-aging ingredients. It comes in two tones: Light and medium.

 
Revlon BB Cream
Revlon BB Cream

Revlon BB Cream

"Photoready Skin-Perfector"

Price: $8 – $10
Specs:

  • SPF 30 (broad spectrum)
  • Moisturizers: glycerin, cucumis sativus (cucumber seed – also a skin toner)
  • Anti-aging and brightening ingredients: hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract (considered an AHA or alpha hydroxy acid), licorice root extract (a skin-brightener)
  • (From Revlon): A “skin-perfecter” that moisturizes, primes, covers, and conceals

Shades: 3 – Light, Light/Medium, Medium

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Amazon, and most Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal to dry skin; inexpensive; with brightening and toning ingredients and high SPF

Palmer's BB Cream
Palmer's BB Cream

Palmer's BB Cream

Eventone (Cocoa Butter Formula)

Price: $12.94
Specs:

  • SPF 15
  • “Tone-enhancing complex”
  • Pigment: mineral
  • Moisturizers: cocoa butter, glycerin
  • Antioxidants and brightening ingredients: licorice root and tricholoma matsutake (a type of Japanese mushroom)
  • (From Palmers): moisturizer, primer, and concealer; reduces redness, targets discoloration and prevents it from coming back, and brightens skin

Shades: 2 – Fair/Light (very light tone), Medium/Dark

Where to Find It: Amazon, Target, Walmart, and most drugstores

Bottom Line:
Good for dry skin, shades for very fair and pale skin tones; with whitening/brightening ingredients

Iman BB Cream
Iman BB Cream

Iman BB Cream

"Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Creme"

Price: $20
Specs:

  • SPF 15
  • Paraben-free
  • Moisturizers: aloe, almond, kokum (from kokum fruit which is rich in essential fatty acids)
  • Antioxidants and brightening ingredients: acai, licorice, grape seed; vitamins A, C, and E
  • (From Iman): “Skin tone evener complex” helps remove discolorations and even tone

Shades: 6 – Sand Light, Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium, Earth Deep

Where to Find It: Available at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) and at online retailers including Ulta and Drugstore.com

Bottom Line:
Good for dry skin, with skin tone evening ingredients; best range of tones, with options for tan or dark skin, best brand for women of color

Ulta BB Cream
Ulta BB Cream

Ulta BB Cream

Price: $12.50
Specs:

  • SPF 20; titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antioxidants: ginseng root extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, chamomile extract, green tea extract
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, lysine
  • Anti-aging ingredients: retinyl palmitate (a combo of vitamin A, aka retinol, and palmitic acid)
  • Coverage, finish: sheer coverage, natural finish (illuminating BB cream contains shimmer)
  • (From Ulta): moisturizes as it protects, evens skin tone, and has a natural finish

Shades: 4 (light, medium, deep, illuminating)

Where to Find It: Ulta

Bottom Line:
Good for oily and sensitive skin; good value (given the amount of skincare ingredients)

Physician's Formula BB Cream
Physician's Formula BB Cream

Physician's Formula BB Cream

"Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Cream"

Price: $14.95
Specs:

  • SPF 30
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause allergic reactions)
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Gluten-free (huh, never seen that one on a beauty product!)
  • Dermatologist-approved
  • Moisturizers: glycerin, shea butter, Perilla ocymoides seed oil
  • Anti-acne ingredient: willow bark extract (a natural extract similar to salicylic acid)
  • (From Physician’s Formula): All-in-1 miracle cream – lightweight and blendable; moisturizer and skin-refiner

Shades: 2 – Light/Medium, Medium/Deep

Where to Find It: Target, Walmart, Ulta, Drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.), Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for oily*, sensitive, and acne-prone skin (the only drugstore BB with an anti-acne ingredient); high SPF

*Note: Physician’s Formula BB is not oil-free, but due to its formulation and the reviews I’ve read, it does work well for those with oily or combination skin.

Physician’s Formula also sells a BB powder and concealer which have a lot of the same active ingredients as the cream, so they might be worth a try.

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream, 1.2 fl. oz., Light/Medium
Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream, 1.2 fl. oz., Light/Medium

The original Physician's Formula Super BB is a cream-based formula. This brand is known for being gentle on sensitive skin and safe for acne-prone skin.

 
Lumene BB Cream
Lumene BB Cream

Lumene BB Cream

"Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age"

Price: $15
Specs:

  • SPF 20 (octinoxate)
  • Paraben-free
  • Antioxidants: arctic cloudberry, ascorbyl palmitate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, silica, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss, rich in vitamin K)
  • Anti-aging ingredient: citric acid
  • Coverage, finish: light/moderate coverage, non-greasy, dewy finish
  • (From Lumene): 6 daily benefits: sun protection, primer, hydrater, skin-evener, concealer, improves elasticity of skin

Shades: 2 (01 Light, 02 Medium)

Where to Find It: Ulta, Amazon, drugstores (CVS, Walgreens)

Bottom Line:
Good for oily, combination, or mature skin; options for light/medium (but not pale) skin tones

Other Drugstore Beauty Balm Cream Options

  • Rite Aid may have a "store brand" version of Garnier's BB Cream for about $10 - keep an eye out!
  • Rimmel London BB Cream has an SPF of 25 and is dermatologist-tested. It contains mattifiers and is probably best for combination skin or skin that is slightly oily. This BB comes in three shades (light, medium, and dark), and you can find it online, at Target, Walmart, or drugstores. It's only $6 - $7 so it could be worth a shot if you have oily skin.
  • Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream has an nice, high SPF of 30 (broad spectrum), is oil-free, contains Aveeno's famous "total soy complex," and is one of the few BBs I've seen that is supposed to be good for acne or breakout-prone skin. You can find it online, at Target, Walmart, or drugstores.
  • L'Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream is the only drugstore brand I could find that contains Retinol. I believe it's a UK product, so if you're in the US, you may only be able to find it online. This means the price in the US has inflated to about $50.
  • Cover Girl BB Cream: So, Covergirl had this product out, then removed it, then brought it back again. It looks like it's simply a rebranded version of their CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer. Weak! Despite its low coverage, it does have an SPF of 15 and it is non-comedogenic, so it might be a "go" if you want something light. It costs about $6.
  • Sleek BB Cream: If you're looking for a good BB for under $20 and the US brands aren't up to snuff, I'd give this stuff a whirl. Sleek is a fantastic UK-based makeup company. In the US, their products can only be found online (see the link below). "Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm" is recommended by my favorite makeup guru on Youtube (Gossmakeup Artist) so I thought I added it to the guide. Sleek has an SPF of 15, contains vitamin C (for those pesky skin-damaging free radicals), vitamin E, protein peptides, jojoba oil, and comes in 7 shades.

High-End BB Creams

Browse the products in this section to find the best luxury or high-end BB cream for your skin type and skin concerns. The creams here can be found at department stores, Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, and online.

Price Range: $30 - $50+

Compare High-End BB Brands At-a-Glance

 
$
SPF
Won't Clog Pores?
Anti-Oxidant?
# of Shades
Okay for Acne?
Oil-Free?
Anti-Aging?
Smashbox
$39
35
yes
yes
5
yes
 
yes
Bobbi Brown
$42
35
yes
yes
5
yes
 
yes
Stila
$38
no
 
yes
1
yes
yes
 
Clinique
$37
30
 
yes
3
yes
yes
 
Shiseido
$33
35
 
yes
2
 
yes
 
MAC
$30
35
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clarins
$56
25
 
yes
3
 
 
 
YSL
$50
25
 
yes
3
 
 
 
Dior Hydra Life
$56
30
 
yes
1
 
 
yes
Diorskin Nude
$44
10
 
yes
4
 
 
 
Diorshow White Reveal
$50
50+
 
 
1
 
 
yes
Lancome
$45
30
yes
yes
6
yes
 
 
Estee Lauder
$38
35
 
yes
2
yes
 
 
Peter Thomas Roth
$48
30
 
yes
2
 
yes
yes
Too Faced
$32
20
 
yes
4
yes
yes
yes
The Body Shop
$20
no
 
yes
4
 
 
yes
Philosophy
$38
20
 
yes
3
 
yes
yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Smashbox BB Cream

"Camera-Ready"

Price: $39
Specs:

  • SPF 35 (UVA/UVB)
  • Non-acnegenic (shown to not cause acne); dermatologist-tested
  • Fragrance-free
  • Antioxidants: wheat germ extract, barley extract, cucumber extract, and glycerin
  • Anti-aging and skin tone correcting ingredients: apple extract (malic acid), alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), caffeine
  • Pigment: “optical pearl pigments” (mineral) for glowing skin; buildable tint for “progressive” coverage
  • (From Smashbox): primer, flawless finish, oil control without a “chalky” finish, guaranteed skin moisture improvement in 4 weeks

Shades: 5 – Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Dark

Where to Find It: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Wide range of tones (options for olive or dark skin); good for normal to oily skin (dry skin may require an additional moisturizer); good for sensitive and acne-prone skin; high SPF

Smashbox SPF 35 Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum, Light/Medium, 1 Fluid Ounce
Smashbox SPF 35 Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum, Light/Medium, 1 Fluid Ounce

This shade is the darkest Smashbox has to offer (choose from 5 shades: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Dark). Smashbox actually offers one of the darkest shades of BB creams out there so it is one of the best options for women of color.

 
BBBB (that's Bobbi Brown Beauty Balm) is one of the best choices for olive skin
BBBB (that's Bobbi Brown Beauty Balm) is one of the best choices for olive skin

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

"BBBB" (that's Bobbi Brown Beauty Balm) is one of the best choices for olive skin.

Price: $42
Specs:

  • SPF 35 (broad spectrum UVA/UVB)
  • Non-acnegenic and dermatologist tested (shown to not cause acne)
  • Fragrance-free
  • Antioxidants: vitamin E, rice bran
  • Anti-aging ingredients: argireline peptide for collagen production
  • Skin tone correcting ingredients: Scutelleria (a flower) extract, sucrose, caffeine
  • (From Bobbi Brown): good coverage, evens tone, oil control via “moisture attracting molecules,” reduces appearance of wrinkles, skin brightener (instant and overtime)

Shades: 5 – Extra Light, Light, Fair, Medium, Medium to Dark

Where to Find It: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for wrinkles and mature skin; tones that work with olive skin; evens out redness; high SPF

Stila is great if you want a BB with more natural ingredients
Stila is great if you want a BB with more natural ingredients

Stila BB Cream

"All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm"

Price: $38
Specs:

  • Oil-free; dermatologist-tested
  • Paraben-free
  • Antioxidants: rice bran, tripeptide-37, bamboo extract, pea extract
  • Pigment: “smallest sized coated pigment particles” for smooth coverage
  • (From Stila): primer, “micro spheres” hide wrinkles and other imperfections by up to 84%, improves look and feel of skin, oil and blemish control (“silky, powdery finish”), redness and irritation control, “shown to increase antioxidant activity by up to 89.7%”

Shades: 1

Where to Find It: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, Macy’s

Bottom Line:
No SPF (no sun protection); good for oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin; natural ingredients; good for use as a primer

Stila has three 10-in-1 HD beauty balms with the same benefits as the original formula: all three Stila BBs have an SPF of 30 (the original has no SPF), one has a bronzer added to it (good news for those with darker skin!), and one formula has illuminators added. All of these products are oil-free.

Clinique BB Cream

"Age Defense"

Price: $37
Specs:

  • SPF 30 (broad spectrum)
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Antioxidants: vitamin E, barley extract, wheat germ extract
  • Skin tone correcting ingredients: caffeine and sucrose
  • (From Clinique): antioxidants for protection, primer, and coverage of imperfections; anti-aging and brightening

Shades: 3 – 01 – very fair, pink undertones; 02 – moderately fair, golden undertones; 03 – moderately fair/medium, golden undertones

Where to Find It: Sephora, Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin

Clinique Age Defense Bb Cream SPF 30, 1.4 Ounce
Clinique Age Defense Bb Cream SPF 30, 1.4 Ounce

Clinique is a trusted brand for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. I wore this BB on my wedding day and my skin looked lovely!

 

Shiseido BB Cream

Price: $33
Specs:

  • SPF 35
  • Oil-free
  • Antioxidants: rose apple leaf extract, thiotaurine
  • (From Shiseido): brightens and evens skin with antioxidants, conceals pores and skin irregularities; lightweight

Shades: 2 – Medium, Dark

Where to Find It: Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.), and online

Bottom Line:
Good for oily skin; matte finish; high SPF sun protection; best for medium-toned or tan skin – Shiseido is a favorite brand of those with olive skin (myself included)

Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Sunscreen Dark, 0.11 Ounce
Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Sunscreen Dark, 0.11 Ounce

Shiseido's BB comes in 2 shades (medium and dark). With its matte finish, it's fantastic for normal to oily skin, or with a good moisturizer for dry skin. It's also great for those with olive, tan, or Mediterranean skin.

 
People love to use MAC BB as a primer.
People love to use MAC BB as a primer.

MAC BB Cream

"Prep + Prime Beauty Balm"

Price: $30
Specs:

  • SPF 35 (UVA/UVB)
  • Pigment: sheer coverage
  • (From Mac): primer; re-texturizes skin; light tint

Shades: 3 – Extra Light, Light, Light Plus
Where to Find It: MAC stores, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.), and online*

Bottom Line:
High SPF; cheapest department store brand; good for use as a primer

*MAC products are prone to counterfeiting. As such, I’d only purchase MAC’s beauty balm from a MAC counter in a department store, at a MAC cosmetics store, or online at their website.

Clarins BB Cream
Clarins BB Cream

Clarins BB Cream

"Skin Perfecting Cream"

Price: $56
Specs:

  • SPF 25 (broad spectrum, UVA/UVB); 100% mineral (titanium dioxide)
  • Oil-free
  • Antioxidants: kiwi fruit extract, fermented Thermus thermophilius, green tea extract
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: katafray (binds moisture for continuous hydration), hyaluronic acids, glycerin, silica, Cedrelopsis grevei bark extract, Lapsana communis flower extract (nipplewort)
  • Coverage, finish: medium coverage, dewy finish
  • (From Clarins): 3-in-1 innovation: evens skin tone, revitalizes complexion, gives mineral sun and free-radical protection

Shades: 3 (01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Dark)
Where to Find It: Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal to oily skin, medium to tan skin (this BB tends to be darker), and mature skin

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YSL BB Cream
YSL BB Cream

Yves Saint Laurent BB Cream

"Top Secrets All-In-One Skintone Corrector"

Price: $50
Specs:

  • SPF 25 (UVA/UVB)
  • Antioxidants: tomato extract (tomato is a mild antioxidant)
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, fructose, glucose, silica
  • Whitening ingredient: aspartic acid
  • Pigment: coated pigments for lasting color
  • Coverage/finish: moderate coverage; dewy, satin finish
  • (From YSL): hydrater, primer, concealer, corrector, and protector all-in-one

Shades: 3 (Clear, Medium, Dark)
Where to Find It: Sephora, Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for dry and mature skin types and dark skin tones

Dior now offers 3 different BB creams for a range of skin concerns and types
Dior now offers 3 different BB creams for a range of skin concerns and types

Dior BB Creams

Hydra Life BB Creme

Price: $56
Specs:

  • SPF 30 (broad spectrum, UVA/UVB)
  • Antioxidants: black rose from France (Rosa hybrid flower extract), three plant extracts (for free radical defense)
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: jisten from Uzbekistan (for water circulation), hyaluronic acid, Ajuga turkestanica extract
  • Anti-aging ingredients: centella from Madagascar (for collagen stimulation)
  • Pigment: subtle tint with “new-generation” correcting pigment
  • (From Dior): moisturizing, lightweight coverage to blur irregularities and imperfections; velvety texture

Shade: 1

Where to Find It: Sephora, Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for dry, mature, and sensitive skin

Diorskin Nude BB Creme

Price: $44
Specs:

  • SPF 10
  • Antioxidants: Camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract), Aspalathus linearis (rooibos or red tea leaf extract), rhodochrosite extract
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, Malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, hibiscus extract (it is also a whitening ingredient), linseed (flaxseed) extract, Balanites roxburghii seed oil, Ajuga turkestanica extract
  • Coverage/finish: decent coverage, dewy finish
  • (From Dior): a moisturizer, corrector, smoother, and protector; allows for a dewy, glowing finish

Shades: 4 – Fair 001, Light 002, Medium 003, Dark 004

Where to Find It: Sephora, Amazon

Bottom Line:
Good for dry, combination, and sensitive skins


Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection

Price: $50
Specs:

  • SPF 50 PA +++
  • Skin conditioning and moisturizing ingredients: glycerin, Malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, meadowsweet (Spiraea ulmaria) extract, biotin
  • Whitening ingredients: hibiscus extract (it is also a conditioning ingredient)
  • Anti-aging ingredients: Dilsea carnosa (red algae) extract, plankton extract (for cellular repair)
  • Coverage/finish: medium coverage, semi-matte finish
  • (From Dior): Diorsnow has been clinically proven to brighten the skin by reducing the appearance of dark spots and making the complexion more even

Shades: 1

Where to Find It: Amazon, department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for oily, combination, or sensitive skin; high SPF sun protection

Lancome BB Cream
Lancome BB Cream

Lancome BB Cream

"Bienfait Teinte Beauty Balm"

Price: $45
Specs:

  • SPF 30 (broad spectrum); octinoxate and titanium dioxide
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Antioxidants: vitamins E, B5, and CG (a form of vitamin C with glucose)
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: moringa pterygosperma seed extract, chestnut seed extract, glycerin, silica
  • Pigment: subtle tint with “new-generation” correcting pigment
  • Coverage/finish: moderate/lightweight coverage, dewy/luminous finish
  • (From Lancome): natural, even coverage with vitamin/antioxidant-enriched, 24 hour “nurturing” non-greasy moisturization

Shades: 6 (Porcelaine, Clair, Naturel, Tan, Sand, Caramel)

Where to Find It: Sephora, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal, dry, and acne-prone skin

Ladies love Estee Lauder BB cream - lovely scent, lovely texture. Lovely
Ladies love Estee Lauder BB cream - lovely scent, lovely texture. Lovely

Estee Lauder BB Cream

"Day Wear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Crème"

Price: $38
Specs:

  • SPF 35 (broad spectrum)
  • Oil-free
  • Antioxidants: “super anti-oxidant complex” includes vitamins C & E, EGT, eukarion (fights free radicals to help prevent aging)
  • (From Estee Lauder): instant healthy look, evens tone, creamy texture, radiant finish, continuous antioxidant protection, cucumber scent

Shades: 2 – Light, Medium

Where to Find It: Amazon, various department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales, etc.)

Bottom Line:
High SPF, good for oily/combination and acne-prone skin, good for skin tone correction

Peter Thomas Roth BB Cream
Peter Thomas Roth BB Cream

Peter Thomas Roth BB Cream

"BB Blur"

Price: $48
Specs:

  • SPF 30 (broad spectrum, UVA/UVB); octinoxate, octisalate, titanium dioxide
  • Oil-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Antioxidants: vitamin E and goji berry
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: squalane (a naturally-occuring lipid), “mineral complex” includes sodium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and lysine
  • Anti-aging ingredients: palmitoyl hexapeptide-14 (boosts collagen production, improves skin tone via lipid delivery)
  • Coverage/finish: lightweight moderate coverage, non-greasy, slight “dewy” finish
  • (From Peter Thomas Roth): sheer, tinted BB with “diamond dust” and anti-aging ingredients to blur flaws for luminous skin

Shades: 2 (Light to Medium, Medium to Tan)

Where to Find It: Ulta, Amazon, other online stores

Bottom Line:
Good for all skin types (oily to dry) and for sensitive or mature skin

Do you have tanned or olive tone skin? Check out Too Faced BB Cream!
Do you have tanned or olive tone skin? Check out Too Faced BB Cream!

Too Faced BB Cream

"Beauty Balm Multi Benefit Skin Care Makeup"

Price: $32
Specs:

  • SPF 20
  • Oil-free
  • Vegan
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Antioxidants: vitamins A & E, chamomile
  • Anti-aging ingredients: magnesium, zinc, potassium, ginseng, ginko biloba
  • Pigment: “light-diffusing”
  • (From Too Faced): instant healthy glow and skin appearance, primer, soothing, moisturizing

Shades: 4 – Vanilla Glow, Cream Glow, Nude Glow, Beach Glow

Where to Find It: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, Macy's

Bottom Line:
Good for oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin; good range of tones with options for olive or tan skin

The Body Shop BB Cream
The Body Shop BB Cream

The Body Shop BB Cream

"All-in-One"

Price: $20
Specs:

  • No SPF
  • Contains community fair trade ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
  • Phthalate, triclosan, and GMO-free
  • Antioxidant: vitamin E
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerin, castor oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, soybean oil, silica
  • Anti-aging ingredients: marula oil (an antioxidant-rich, highly moisturizing oil)
  • Pigment: white cream out of tube, pigment-filled capsules release color when applied
  • Coverage/finish: light coverage, natural finish
  • (From the Body Shop): blends for perfect color match, undetectable finish, 24-hour hydration, makeup and skincare all-in-one

Shades: 4 (01 – Lightest, 02 – Lighter, 03 – Medium, 04 – Darker)

Where to Find It: Amazon, Ulta, the Body Shop (online, in store)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal skin; SPF-free

Philosophy BB Cream
Philosophy BB Cream

Philosophy BB Cream

"Hope In a Jar A to Z Cream"

Price: $38
Specs:

  • SPF 20 (broad spectrum); titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
  • Paraben-free
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Antioxidants: chamomile extract, Avena sativa (oat) bran extract
  • Skin conditioners and moisturizers: glycerine, lysine, palmitic acid
  • Anti-aging ingredients: lactic acid (an AHA), retinyl acetate and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A/retinol)
  • Coverage/finish: natural, buildable coverage; lightweight dewy finish
  • (From Philosophy): Iconic “Hope in a Jar” line in BB form – one-step complexion-perfecter with a hint of color

Shades: 3 (Light, Medium, Tan to Deep)

Where to Find It: Ulta, Sephora, Amazon, department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's)

Bottom Line:
Good for normal to oily skin, good anti-aging ingredients for mature skin); options for tan or darker skin tones

Jane Iradale BB Cream - Good for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin
Jane Iradale BB Cream - Good for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin | Source

Other High End BB Cream Options

  • Boscia B.B. Cream (SPF 27) $38 (Ulta, Sephora, Amazon): Botanical/natural ingredients, preservative-free, dermatologist-tested. It contains natural, non-chemical physical sunblock and three potent ingredients for anti-aging and skin tone correcting: abyssine (a skin smoother), hydroxyprolisilane (improves elacticity and reduces fine lines), and beta-glucan (a moisturizer).
  • Dr. Jart BB Creams (SPF 25-40) $34-$49 (Sephora, Amazon): 7 different types. Sephora sells a set of 4 travel-sized bottles if you're not sure what you'd like to use (see the link below).
  • Jane Iredale BB Cream (SPF 25, water resistant) $48 (Nordstrom, various boutiques, online): 6 shades, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores), hypoallergenic, excellent for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
  • Tarte BB Cream / BB Tinted Treatment (SPF 30 broad spectrum) $34 (Sephora, Ulta, Amazon): 4 shades, oil-free, chemical-free, SPF. "TripleB Complex" contains diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids to refine the appearance pores/wrinkles; matte finish, light coverage (good for use as primer).
  • Urban Decay BB Cream / Naked Skin Beauty Balm (SPF 20 broad spectrum) $34 (Sephora, Ulta, Amazon): 1 shade, oil-free, anti-aging ingredients include "Pepha-Protect, Vitasource, and Glyage" which help to firm skin, "inhibit DNA damage," and hydrate skin.

THE ORIGINAL BB SET
THE ORIGINAL BB SET

Dr. Jart is one of the most popular BB brands because it packs a lot of skincare ingredients. This set contains 4 of Dr. Jart's most popular BBs and allows you to really hone in on the best product for your skin. It also makes a great gift.

 

The 6 Most Popular Asian & Korean BB Cream Brands

Browse these products to find the best Asian BB cream for your skin type and skin concerns. The creams here can be found on Amazon or online.

Price Range: $10 - $40+

How Are Asian BB Creams Different?

The BB creams on the Asian market will often contain skin-whiteners or bleaching agents, while those found in Western countries will not. Additionally, Asian (or more specifically, South Korean) beauty balms tend to contain a greater amount of skincare ingredients and a higher SPF (SPF 35 and up). At the same time, they often have more limited color or shade options as compared to their western counterparts. Many hardcore beauty buffs maintain that the Asian/Korean brands are the best available.

Missha

Missha is one of the most popular South Korean brands with 8 BB varieties including a hypoallergenic cream, anti-aging cream, mattifying cream, and more.

M Perfect Cover BB Cream: Missha’s most popular, and possibly best BB cream
Price: $10-$30
Specs:

  • SPF 42
  • Oil-free
  • Whitening ingredients
  • Anti-aging ingredients

Shades: 5 – Milky Beige (13), Light Beige(21), Natural Beige(23), Honey Beige(27), Golden Beige(31)

Asian Beauty Balm

MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml)
MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml)

Missha is not only the most popular Asian BB cream, it's also the most popular one on this guide. It's oil-free, has an SPF of 42, has anti-agers and whiteners, and comes in five shades. In the US, your best bet is to buy online.

 
Skin79 is a top contender for favorite Korean BB cream brand.
Skin79 is a top contender for favorite Korean BB cream brand.

Skin79

Skin79 is another huge South Korean brand with over 10 blemish / beblesh balm varieties including one for soothing skin, one with shimmer, one for men, and more.

Price: $16 - $45

Here is a quick breakdown of Skin79's top 5 best-selling BB creams:

  • Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm Triple Functions: 10-in-1 BB with SPF, skin-whiteners, anti-aging/anti-wrinkle ingredients, oil-controllers, and moisturizers. (Good for acne-prone or oily skin.)
  • Diamond: The Prestige Beblesh Balm: SPF, anti-wrinkle ingredients, and peptide complex. Actually contains diamond powder (good for mature skin).
  • The Oriental Gold BB Cream: SPF, anti-aging ingredients, antioxidants (green and black tea), skin-whiteners (excellent for those concerned about aging or skin tone).
  • VIP Gold Super Plus Beblesh Balm: contains SPF, gold, caviar, aloe and almond oil; anti-ager, whitener, improves skin tone (excellent for those concerned about aging or skin texture).
  • Intense Classic Balm: Skin79's original BB with skin-whiteners and SPF.

Skinfood

Skinfood is a natural skincare brand based out of Singapore. Each of their 5 BB creams center around a superfood:

  • Peach Sake (for oily/acne-prone skin); SPF 25
  • Agave Cactus (for dry skin); SPF 36
  • Mushroom (for mature skin, anti-aging, brightening); SPF 20
  • Aloe (for acne-prone and sensitive skin); SPF 20
  • Ginko Green (for dry skin); No SPF

Skinfood Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream SPF20 PA+ 50g, #01 Light Skin
Skinfood Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream SPF20 PA+ 50g, #01 Light Skin

For mature skin (has anti-aging/anti-wrinkle and skin brightening ingredients).

 
Hanskin BB Cream
Hanskin BB Cream

Hanskin

Hanskin: A Korean brand with several varieties, including Mineral Magic, Super Magic, and Gold Caviar. You can find these online via Amazon.

Hanskin Premium Perfect Super Magic BB Cream (woo that's a mouthful!) is one of their most popular BBs. It comes in one universal shade and contains:

  • whiteners
  • anti-wrinkle ingredients
  • moisturizers
  • SPF 30
  • hyaluronic acid acid and vitamin E

BRTC caters to specific skin types and skin concerns.
BRTC caters to specific skin types and skin concerns.

BRTC

BRTC is a popular Korean brand with 4 BB cream varieties, best for specific skincare concerns:

  • Jasmine (for oily or mature skin, anti-aging, whitening); SPF 30
  • Gold Caviar (for dry or mature skin, anti-aging, whitening); SPF 50
  • Blemish Recover Balm (for oily and acne-prone skin; whitening); SPF 28
  • Aqua Rush Water Drop (for dry skin, anti-aging); SPF 36

Etude House BB Cream - Precious Mineral
Etude House BB Cream - Precious Mineral

Etude House

Precious Mineral BB Cream

Etude House is a Korean brand with several varieties including their popular Precious Mineral BB Cream. This BB has:

  • whitening ingredients
  • anti-aging ingredients
  • moisturizers
  • UV protection
  • antioxidants

BB Cream Alternatives

Products That Are Similar to Beauty Balms:

BB creams might not be your thing for any number of reasons. You might not be able to find a good skin tone match, you might not like the way it feels on your face, or maybe it doesn't agree with your skin type or issues. Fear not! There are other options, namely, tinted moisturizer and CC creams (yes, CC Creams are a thing now!):

  • If you have very light, very dark, or tough-to-match skin color (such as Mediterranean or olive skin), consider looking into tinted moisturizers. NARS "Pure Radiant" Tinted Moisturizer ($42) has many options and is a good choice for those with olive or dark skin. Laura Mercier has a few tinted moisturizers ($43) for different skin types and has color options for those with very light, pale, or fair skin and options for dark skin, as well. These products have a lot of the same benefits of a beauty balm, but without the "trendy" label.
  • CC creams are the newest skincare/makeup trend. They are very similar to beauty balms, but tend to pack in more skincare ingredients and are generally lighter and more blendable in consistency. If you are looking for an all-in-one product packed with antioxidants, anti-aging ingredients, and skin-brighteners, but BB doesn't work for you, check CCs out. They are specifically geared towards women (and men) who want better coverage and more benefits in their cosmetics.

Source

Struggling with Acne?

If you have had more than your fair share of zits and pimples, I feel your pain. I have been dealing with acne for more than a decade. I wrote an article about my problem skin and how I've been dealing with it called Acne Facts and Myths. It challenges a lot of preconceived notions about acne and acne treatments and includes tips based on my own personal experiences, research, and dermatologist recommendations. You might learn something new.

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      Dot 3 months ago

      This is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to compile and research this!

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      Silvia 15 months ago

      I been wearing Loreal Youth Code it has worked great for me! Awesome information! Thanks so much!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 20 months ago from France

      Hi, one of my supermarket favourites is the Garnier one, great texture, color and coverage. Otherwise, the Clinique one is my other favourite, a bit more expensive but perhaps more efficient.

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      BuyMeBeauty 2 years ago

      LOVED your post! One of my favorites is the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream- works like magic! Another one of my favorites is the Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm, especially for summer. Also, I had no idea about the differences with Asian BB Creams- some great info you shared!

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      DS Bella 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wow, I've never seen such a thorough post on BB Creams! I have one more cream to add though it's recently become popular: Laneige BB Cushion. Have you checked it out before? It's mainly designed for darker skin tones.

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      Sara 2 years ago

      Thank you so much!

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      amberrewis 3 years ago

      I've tried Garnier, L'oreal, Smashbox,, Dior, and Too Faced so far. : ) Wicked lens!

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      perfumesmarina 3 years ago

      OMG, I *have to* try BB creams as soon as possible, thanks for this amazing selection!

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      rihannsu 3 years ago

      I've tried both Cover Girl and Maybelline's BB creams. Even though I have dry skin, both of them made me look like an oil slick. I switched to Almay's Smart Skin because I gave up on the BB creams.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Great lens! It was pleasure to read it. Indepth research and fresh information. Fabulous!

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      I've been trying both the cc and the bb creams, so I sure am glad to see you make sense of all the different ones! Gave you a boost, cause this is definitely on my list of things that help us age better. :)

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens. Love all the different choices of BB cream.

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      squid-pinkchic18 3 years ago

      Isn't it just crazy to see how many of these bb creams there are? It's nuts! But I guess that's what keeps the beauty industry going ;) Great lens here, it's great to hear a break-down of each product!

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      TheMakeupAdvisory 3 years ago

      I recently discovered the Maybelline BB cream and I can highly recommend it, It is definitely one of my beauty must haves now! I also use it on all my clients and they all rave about it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Did you know that there are also men's BB creams now. I tried some and they are great I think. They have less of a foundation look than women's ones and is hardly noticeable.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not used BB cream yet but I've heard a lot about it.

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      @FoksyMaria: The key to finding a makeup that won't break you out is to figure out what specific ingredients give you problems and stay away from products that contain it. For example, some people have a lot of problems with certain ingredients in chemical sunscreen and can't wear it at all. BB Creams and CC Creams tend to have a higher amount of active ingredients than normal liquid foundation. It gives those with problem skin more chances to react.

      You can't always rely on reviews for this information because what would break out one person could be perfectly fine for another. You will never find a foundation that has a 100% non-breakout rate, so basing purchases completely off reviews can be frustrating. It's a big reason why I made this guide.

      PS: Bare Minerals and a handful of other mineral makeup foundations broke me out as well. I don't think my skin is suited for mineral makeup, unfortunately!

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      FoksyMaria 4 years ago

      Thanks for explaining it so well! You are such a helpful person in general, thanks for so many awesome advices!

      I'm gonna post some of my research and a great forum to skim over. I'd use it and go to amazon.com reviews.

      For the past week or so I've read my face off when it came to cover up for tired eyes to BB creme, and now some on CC...all I can say is, OMG. Yellow, green, orange, grey, pink...oily, too dry, too thin, too cakey, velvety perfect, great skin, made skin worse, washed skin out, turned some orange, terrible coverage, life-changing coverage. A lot to look for.

      The top things I've heard are how great it smoothed skin out without other make up or was great under make up â in both western and Asian brands. The flip side, it was hard to spread and made flaws amplified due to lousy texture. Next: made skin rather pretty and radiant, dull, or broke people out in small break outs on nose and cheeks, and for some it got worse than that over time. I also dunno what damage whitening agents could or could not do, and not all have them. I've never seen a product market with such strong 50/50 reviews!!! This is just still in it's infancy stages of trial and error if you ask me.

      I've even heard mineral is better for break outs or it makes it worse, (but pure mineral make up doesn't seem like it so much?) and a strong over-all expression of SPF and the amount making skin irritated. How does someone worried about break outs comb through this?! My medicine makes me breakout some (and I can't quit it) so I want to be careful + I can't waste money atm. Some of the mentioned ones on here had awful reviews for breaking out. Anyone find some that suck or ones that don't irritate skin? How about the whitening agent? Put how long you used it. =)

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I had never heard of BB Creams. I might have to give it a try. There are so many different ones to choose from. Thanks for the guide. Nice lens.

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      CheapMakeupSnob 4 years ago

      I'll have to try the Smashbox and Iman bb creams since they have good options for darker skin tones!

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      HayleylCanning250 4 years ago

      Great lens, need to try some of these

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      NailArtDesign LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, really nice selection of products. I've heard the Asian version of BB cream is very popular.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @shay-marie: thank u very much!!!! i think ill try another one first!

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: From what I can tell, Givenchy's BB Cream is very very new. I'm not sure if it's available in the US yet. I also can't find the ingredients or any reviews on it, so I can't tell you what kind of skin it would be best for. I will do a write up of it once more info is available!

      My advice is to see if you can get a sample of it. It's the best way to test out a new product (especially if you have problem skin - just because a company says there product is good for those with acne prone skin, doesn't mean it will agree with YOUR skin).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi, did u try Givenchy bb cream? can i use it if i have combination skin with acne sometimes..?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I meant Dr Jart. Stupid spell check. Lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I compared my Korean brands vs my western ones (Garnier,Smashbox, Two Faced). Caffeine seems to be a common ingredient in the western versions that I could not find in the Korean ones. Perhaps you may want to look into Dr. Hart brand

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is there a BB cream out there that does NOT contain caffeine?

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      @mmfcfa: I've never thought of that - Great idea! If I may, I'd like to add my thoughts on this: I found that Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals can be difficult for those with problem skin (like myself) - a lot of folks have better luck with simple ingredient mineral powders Everyday Minerals or Meow Cosmetics. I think a good option would be to get a sample of the mineral makeup first before committing to a full sized jar. That way, you can not only insure a color match (and compatibility with the BB Cream), you also can make sure it agrees with your skin concerns/skin type.

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      mmfcfa 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You could try mixing some mineral makeup like Bare Escentuals that is a close match to your shade to the cream to try to match your shade as close as possible. If this is an option you would consider, I would pick a brand that is thick in consistency. I have found that bb creams that have a more watery consistency doesn't blend well. Then a final dusting of a matching finishing powder to set.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very detailed although I haven't yet been able to find a BB cream that is my perfect shade

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      @mmfcfa: Excellent idea! I have notes on coverage for some of the creams listed here, but not all. I'll likely include information on the finish as well. I do have the Rachel K cream listed in my CC cream article, but I haven't tried it myself. I've heard a lot of good things about it!

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      mmfcfa 4 years ago

      I think that it would also have helped if you also included what type of coverage each type of product provides. I use the BRTC, Skin 79 & Missha brands along with some that are not included here along depending on time of year and type of coverage I want to achieve. I also use the Rachel K CC Cream and have tried some of the American version such as Garnier, Smashbox and Dr Jart - which is funny since this is a Korean brand but these are the American versions. Overall I prefer the Korean brands but it may not be for everyone because of the limitations of their shades which the American versions provides much more variety. I am actually wearing it now in my profile picture.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for the great information and for summing up all the BB cream facts.

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      @Johanna Eisler: You're welcome! Thanks for visiting!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Where have I been that I hadn't heard of BB? I'm really looking forward to investigating this further! Thank you!

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      Not a problem MiddleSister. I love to collect and organize ideas - I'm so glad you found it useful! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      This is an amazingly HELPFUL bunch of information. It's time consuming and sometimes confusing to find skin care products that work. Your detailed list made comparing and contrasting a breeze. I just got some Loreal Youth Code BB. It has just what I wanted, and is in my budget too. I think it's cheaper than foundation, because you don't need to use much. It's so very simple. Thank you for your very practical information.

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      Shay Marie 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Erin! Thanks for the hot tip trish - I've heard whispers of the existence of this Rite Aid BB cream. I will definitely look for it next time I'm there!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! Great info on.all the varieties ! I've tried the garnier and I love it! Get a lot of compliments on my skin after less than a wk of using it. Also there is now a rite aid brand they works excellent and its a couple bucks cheaper:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      fab!