Scholars believe that the original, culturally accurate translation of BB cream is “blemish balm.” Now, of course, BB stands for — and does — just about everything. But all that moisturizing and skin tone-evening and UV-combatting have created a twist of beauty irony: Though many BBs are indeed mattifying, they’re often too heavy for oily or acne-prone skin. We dug through the complex alphabet of do-it-all balms to find the ones that really fight oil without causing breakouts.
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream, Light/Medium
Achieve healthy-looking skin today, clearer skin tomorrow. 8-in-1 BB reduces the appearance of blemishes and diminishes the size of pores. Skin looks smoother, even and hydrated. For healthy, clearer looking skin today and tomorrow. Oil free and with SPF 15.
Dream Pure BB from Maybelline… blurs imperfections of the skin as blemishes, pimples or scars while it softens and moisturizes throughout the day, without any oil or other heavy ingredients. This BB cream brightens up your skin and enhances and improves while also providing sun protection with SPF 15.
Garnier SkinActive BB Cream Oil-Free Face Moisturizer
This oil-free formula with Mineral Perline, Antioxidant Wild Berry and tinted mineral pigments is specifically designed for oily to combo skin to give five skin-perfecting benefits: controls shine, minimizes pores, evens skin tone, hydrates and helps prevent sunburn. Now it’s quick and easy to get a shine-free, more even-toned complexion.
This oil-free formula with mineral perlite,… antioxidant wild berry and tinted mineral pigments is specifically designed for oily to combo skin to give five skin-perfecting benefits. Women agreed instantly.* 93% saw a more even skin tone, 88% saw a natural shine-free finish, and 84% found pores less visible.*In a consumer study
COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream Light
In the summertime I tend to oscillate wildly between loving ALL TEH BASE MAKEUPZ solid bulletproof coverage or #Iwokeuplikedisnobasejustflawless sheer coverage. Base tends to glop up rather quickly in humidity for me and my skin turns into a true combination type when it gets hot.
Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation… is a big drugstore hit in my book when it comes to lightweight demi-matte formulas, so I spared no time tracking down their newest Clean Matte BB Cream. The only problem with Covergirl, and many other drugstore brands, is often the abysmal shade range and lack of olive undertones.
Somewhat fortunately, the Clean Matte BB comes in 6 shades from Fair to Deep and I chose Light Medium 530 for my NC30 skin. Covergirl’s shade range is notoriously pink but Light Medium is a yellow leaning neutral beige that matches me. Light looks to be pink leaning and Medium is much too orange/golden for me. Although it’s marketed as a “BB”, there is no SPF or skincare benefits in this formula and you should rely on a separate product for sun protection.
Smashbox SPF 35 Camera Ready Light/Medium
Always be ready for a photo shoot, a selfie, or just to look your best, with this 5-in-1 BB Cream. It primes, perfects, protects, moisturizes and controls oil all on 1 step. Your complexion gets a flawless-looking finish in a flash.
No camera required.… Primes – wear alone, or under your favorite foundation to instantly and temporarily create a smooth canvas. Perfects – tinted formula in your shade evens the skin’s appearance for a flawless finish and healthy look. Protects – broad spectrum SPF 35 guards against UVA/UVB sun rays.
Moisturizes – helps optimize skin’s moisture levels. Controls the look of oil – instantly and temporarily minimizes shine with no chalky finish. Helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles with continued use. Reduces the need for touch-ups.
Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Bb Cream
Love the Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream? Try the new and improved formula with higher SPF and paraben free formula. All the same great benefits as the original with an extra boost and added bonuses. Check out all the amazing upgrades below.
After thoroughly washing hands,… pump a pea-sized amount onto the top of your hand. Using a foundation brush or your other hand, apply onto face. Start with dabbing onto cheeks, forehead, nose bridge and chin. Blend out with tool of choice.
Harnessing the powers of vitamin-rich Damask Rose Flower Water and Acerola Extract, the fast-absorbing, fresh-textured blemish balm combats dullness and uneven skin tone, whilst absorbing excess oil and defending against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Its revolutionary Vita Brightening Complex restores a clarified, rejuvenated and refined complexion.
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Bb Cream
Garnier offers women skincare solutions that safeguard the long-term health and vitality of their skin. Your skin is a reflection of your inner vitality. For your skin to be the best it can be, it needs natural nutrients to stimulate cellular activity and to protect against external aggressors.
Garnier always gives preference… to active natural ingredients which perform for the skin’s maximum benefit. Garnier skin renew miracle skin perfector bb cream for combination to oily skin immediately mattifies, minimizes pores, and conceals imperfections to give skin a naturally smooth, flawless finish.
Save time with just one multi-benefit product that combines advanced skincare plus immediate skin perfecting coverage. Broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen protects against harmful effects of the sun when used with other sun protection measures. Formulation facts: dermatologist tested for safety, non comedogenic, won’t clog pores, non acne genic, won’t cause breakouts, gentle to skin, oil-free, and non-greasy.
Benecos Natural BB Cream (Fair), 8-in-1 Care
The Benecos BB Cream in Fair helps to cover imperfections and even skin tone, just like a foundation, but lighter and it also works to moisturise, mattify and smooth the complexion so that it feels softer and looks healthier even after you have removed your make up.
This 8-in-1 Natural BB Cream contains… light-reflective pigments and nourishing oils to smooth the skin and even complexion, tinted pigments to even out and correct the complexion concealing redness, Pomegranate Seed Extract too calm and sooth sensitive skin, absorbent powder to absorb superfluous oil,Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Olive Oil to nourish the skin, Organic Acia Oil to protect the skin from ageing free radicals, Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin and Acai Oil to improve skins elasticity. Your skin will be left feeling irresistibly soft, smooth and light.
Containing anti-ageing ingredients, including Pomegranate Seed extract, Acai Oil and Shea Butter which work to lock in moisture and lighten pigmentation.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Makeup
Instant oil-absorbing coverage cream mousse, BB cream makeup for oily skin to minimize the appearance of large pores and cover blemishes. Absorbs oil for all-day matte even skin. The cream-mousse formula controls sebum production, excess shine and sweat.
Contains blur technology… and shade-adapting BB pigment which adapts to the colour of the skin on application to visibly blur the appearance of pores. With cutting-edge smoothing mattifier airlicium that absorbs 150 times its weight in oil for all-day matte skin, broad spectrum spf 20, ultra-light breathable texture, oil-free/non-comedogenic, paraben-free.
Effaclar BB Blur makeup for oily skin provides instant coverage and will result in a visibly flawless complexion in seconds. Is oil-free and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. Absorbs oil and shine and optically smoothes skin. Absorbs humidity and sweat. Visibly cover blemishes, mineral sun filter provides daily UV protection.