Let us count the ways we love BB cream. First, it's lightweight and fuss-free. Second, it looks smooth and natural on the skin, and third, it goes beyond traditional makeup to provide actual skin benefits. These include—but aren't limited to—sun protection, hydration, and free radical-fighting antioxidants. Because, if there's anything we love more than skincare and makeup, it's the combination of the two.
With so many BB creams on the market, we thought it was high time to narrow down the seemingly endless options into a compact list of tried-and-true favorites. From sheer tints to medium coverage mousses and beyond, keep scrolling to see the 14 best BB creams that money can buy—at least according to Internet reviews (and team Byrdie).
This product from Korean brand Dr. Jart is one of the best-selling BB creams at Sephora (and sales don't lie). It perfects the complexion with the low-to-medium coverage that's expected of a BB Cream. It also promises to provide anti-aging effects and SPF 45.
Tarte's BB cream offers medium coverage, which is great for someone trying to wean off of foundation. Actually, it's a great foundation replacement, as it also has a built-in primer. Did we mention it also hydrates the complexion, brightens and smoothes the skin, and protects it from UV rays with an SPF of 30?
The main issue when it comes to BB creams is an extreme lack of shades. Most offer only a couple, with vague names like Light, Medium, and Deep. That's why we appreciate this BB cream from Black Radiance. It boasts an impressive and inclusive range of shades, so there's no need to mix it with foundation in order to match skin tone.
Lancome's Bienfait BB Cream is a best-seller at Bloomingdale's, and for good reason. It offers buildable coverage as well as hydration and antioxidants, thanks to moringa seed extract and chestnut seed extract.
Burberry's BB cream is formulated with rosehip, lavender, and tea extract, so it soothes skin, while also disguising uneven tone and slight blemishes. This one has a radiant finish, so fans of a dewy complexion will be very pleased with its glow-inducing effect.
How about a BB cream in a cushion compact? This one from 3LAB might seem alarmingly expensive, but it lasts a long time and comes with a full refill. Byrdie editor Hallie Gould says a friend remarked she'd looked as though she'd gotten a "skin transplant" after applying the hydrating, color-correcting blend.
If oily skin prevents you from embracing products that promise a dewy finish, rest assured that there are matte BB creams out there. We like La Roche-Posay's oil-free option, which applies with the texture of a whipped mousse, but sets into a velvety and powdery finish that absorbs excess oil throughout the day.
This is one of the only BB creams recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, since it offers water-resistant SPF 50. It also has vitamin C and E and green tea, cranberry fruit, and pomegranate extracts to fight free radicals and photo-aging.
BareMinerals BB cream is really more like a combination of a BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer. It feels like a lightweight gel on the skin, and it comes in a wide variety of shades (seriously, one of the widest shade ranges we've seen in a BB cream).
Jane Iredale's BB cream is a classic product in my makeup kit. I like the fact that it's vegan, cruelty-free, and safe for sensitive skin, while also blurring—and sometimes fully disguising—my mild rosacea.
Another longtime favorite is this drugstore pick from Physician's Formula. It offers higher coverage than most other BB creams I've tried, yet it still manages to look natural when applied with a damp beauty sponge. With SPF 30 included, it does everything that a BB cream is supposed to do.
We're super excited about Found Beauty, especially its blackberry-infused BB cream that hides redness, minor blemishes, and hyperpigmentation. One reviewer contends that the natural blend doesn't make her sensitive skin break out compared with other variations.
Korean brand Laneige is responsible for another BB cushion compact that we love. Each sponge comes soaked in skin-perfecting color, which simultaneously filters out the appearance of imperfections and imparts a dewy glow.
This BB cream feels almost like a tinted sunscreen; it's a true combination of makeup and skincare. It uses a mix of fully vegan and 70% organic ingredients (including rose stem cells) to diminish signs of aging. Plus, its SPF 30 stays water-resistant for up to 80 minutes post-application. Just be warned: It's very sheer, so if you're looking for the most coverage you can get, it might not be for you.
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