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Somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and foundation lies the BB cream. This lightweight, tinted cream is the perfect answer for when you don’t want to wear a full face of makeup, but need a little bit of coverage. Unlike your typical full-coverage foundation, BB creams allow special facial features like freckles to show through, but they also do a great job at covering up imperfections you don’t want people to notice.
What’s more, BB creams contain SPF, but you’ll never know because they don’t leave you chalky or with that sticky sunscreen feeling. Your basic BB gives you slight coverage, blurs out pores and fine lines, while providing protection. However, some have special features to specifically help reduce redness, fight blemishes, or provide extra hydration. Here, we have rounded up a list of the top BBs in the drugstore.
Best BB Cream for Acne-Prone Skin: Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB
When your skin is in full-on break-out mode, piling on the makeup is simply not an option. But let’s be honest, at those times, leaving the house without coverage isn’t an option either and you should not have to compromise. Enter this blessing of a BB cream from Maybelline.
Not only does it go on super light and smooth out pores, it contains a whopping 2% salicylic acid, which helps treat blemishes while keeping them covered. Apply it with a brush, use a beauty blender, or put it right on with your fingers. Either way, it will keep breakouts away and stays put all day.
Best BB Cream for Redness: L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness
We love this BB cream for its transforming ability. The mint-colored liquid formula contains tiny little beads that are filled with green pigment and give the texture a somewhat gritty feel. Upon touching the skin, it melts right in and the freaky green color and bead-y feel immediately vanishes, leaving you with a completely even-toned complexion. This type of neutralizing superhero is quick solution for all causes of redness from sunburn to rosacea. Plus, it’s hydrating and gentle, so it doesn’t leave already-sensitive skin feeling irritated or inflamed.
Best BB Cream for Sensitive Skin: Burt’s Bees BB Cream
Trying new makeup sounds like a scary idea when your skin goes into total freak out mode at the touch of a brush. If you have sensitive skin, you likely already know that flare-ups typically have to do with the chemicals and fragrances in products.
Just like all of its gentle products, Burt’s Bees BB cream skips out on the added preservatives, and instead includes beneficial ingredients like the noni plant, which is known for its antioxidant and moisturizing properties. Because of this, it leaves skin feeling nourished and restored without making you feel like you need to go on hive patrol.
Best BB Cream for Combination Skin: Garnier SkinActive BB Cream
When your skin swings between oily and dry on an hourly basis, you need something that can handle it all. This multi-purpose BB cream is great for combination skin because it does exactly that—it controls shine, reduces the appearance of pores, hydrates, evens skin tone, and protects with SPF 15.
To top it off, it also contains antioxidants, which help reduce free radical damage and other toxins in the skin. So, if you're looking for something that keeps shine away throughout the day but doesn’t dry out skin, this BB cream might do the trick.
Best BB Cream for Dry Skin: Physicians Formula Super BB Cream SPF 30
Apply this one onto your face like it’s a lotion. The hydrating formula gives thirsty skin the moisture it needs with added SPF protection while plumping up fine lines and crepiness. Beyond its skin care properties, this BB cream gives the perfect amount of sheer color, which can be used both as a base for other makeup or worn alone. Overall, this creamy formula is perfect for giving dull, dried out complexion a gorgeous glow.
Best BB Cream for Oily Skin: CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin
You can count on this oil-free formula to keep you looking fly all day. The lightweight yet pigmented formula (for BB cream standards) keeps skin shine-free without clogging pores, causing breakouts, or creasing. It’s water-based so it makes skin feel hydrated and lets it breathe, but won’t slide off your face even on the hottest days. What makes this matte formula so special is that it gives skin a glow, but still maintains a smooth finish that you look for in matte products. Plus, it comes in six diverse shades, which we will admit is scant, but it’s definitely impressive given the limited color range of most BB creams.