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While the no-makeup look is always trending—sometimes you want a little coverage to tackle your day. BB creams (short for beauty balms), which combine tinted moisturizer with SPF and a lightweight foundation that can cover minor skin imperfections are perfect for getting out the door quickly. BB creams are a smart-buy for those with oily skin since you don't need to apply heavy foundation—plus our picks below also have mattifying benefits to prevent that midday shine.
Best Overall: Dr. Jart + Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
This cult favorite has thousands of reviews praising it for being perfect for acne prone skin. An added bonus is it has an SPF of 45 so you know you are keeping your skin protected as you go about your day.
This formula was also one of the first US brand BB creams to be introduced to the market so it has had a lot of loyal fans. It only comes in three shades so for some finding the right match might be tricky. Some say it works better for fair-skinned complexions.
This BB cream, strangely, looks like it has a gray cast when you first apply until it oxidizes into the right tone (this is generally true across Korean face products). This doesn’t affect how it performs, but a note in case you’re surprised.
Best Budget: Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream
Packaged in an on-trend, color-blocked tube, this mattifying BB cream controls oil without breaking up into sticky, greasy clumps. It is, like most other BB creams, lightweight and comfortable to wear, and doesn’t make skin look dry despite the matte finish.
The coverage is buildable, ranging from light to medium. It skims over scars and hyperpigmentation—not enough to make them disappear, but enough to make skin look healthier and brighter. It applies beautifully with fingers and can survive being jolted around in a makeup bag. The downside? The shade range and, sadly, lack of SPF.
Best Drugstore: Garnier SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
For a budget option that does include sun protection, Garnier’s Skin Perfector BB Cream packs a ton of skin-perfecting benefits for a few dollars more. It keeps oil at a minimum, mattifying oily skin while adding a generous dose of hydration.
While the packaging could use some work (some reviewers disliked the way the cream spilled out of the tube), the thin, liquidy formula blends into pretty, natural-looking coverage that blurs pores and minimizes imperfections.
Reviewers loved wearing the soft, lightweight cream, but it’s also one of those products that make your skin feel softer even after you take it off, thanks to its hydrating properties.
Best for Acne Prone Skin: Clinique Acne Solutions BB
It’s easy to settle for a neutral product, one that doesn’t improve or worsen your acne, but the magic of this beauty balm is its ability to soothe breakouts as it smooths over scars and blemishes.
It comes with UVA/UVB protection with a SPF 40, helps cover up redness, and even blurs pores. The Clinique balm is extremely watery, which helps it melt into the skin for comfortable, lightweight coverage, but makes application slightly unwieldy (one of the few gripes reviewers had).
The mattifying claim also varies, depending on how oily you are, wearing somewhere between natural/velvet to dewy (though not greasy). Either way, it’s a worthy pick for those who want a little more out of their BB cream.
Best Natural-Looking Finish: Bobbi Brown BB Cream
This uses the skin-perfecting qualities of higher-end beauty balms for nearly undetectable, natural-looking results (which is a good thing, if you don’t like smoothing the dimension out of your skin). The resulting finish is matte, but your face at the end looks brighter and healthier, with the added benefit of SPF. It’s also hydrating, plumping up skin without triggering an oil slick, and blurs pores with light-reflecting pearls. And you’ll especially like this if you’re prone to hating the mask-like feel of most other foundations: as the creamy balm warms up, it melds with skin to even out tone without covering up your skin completely.
Best CC Cream: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
CC creams do everything BB creams do but with more color correcting properties. It doesn’t feel greasy or cakey despite being thicker than conventional BB creams. This might make this too heavy for summer, but it’s still worth trying if traditional BB and CC creams are too thin for your liking.
It also covers redness and scarring completely—as you rub it into your face, it melts into the skin for a radiant, natural-looking finish. Glow-inducing ingredients like niacin (which helps with hyperpigmentation), peptides, and hyaluronic acid all nourish and hydrate skin. The packaging is great, too, with a slim tube that dispenses the CC cream through a compact pump.
Best Cushion: Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur
This lightweight BB cream sinks into your skin as you press in with the makeup sponge, blurring pores and softening hyperpigmentation. Using this is very simple—you dip the makeup sponge into the cushion compact and gingerly build thin layers of makeup until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Those thin layers of makeup essentially create a seamless filter for your face, adding up to a glowier, healthier version of your skin, thanks to skin-brightening ingredients like niacinamide. The coverage, then, is on the natural side (it won’t make everything disappear), but it’s ideal if you want makeup application that’s easy and effective. Even better, the cushion compact helps hydrate your skin to a juicy (not greasy!) finish without exacerbating oiliness.
Our writers spent 60 hours researching the most popular BB creams for oily skin on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 23 different BB creams overall, screened options from 19 different brands and manufacturers, read over 75 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 2 of the BB creams themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.