Over the course of the year, I’ve sampled numerous BB creams, not to mention the latest addition, color/complexion correcting creams, aka CC creams. It’s hard to choose the best BB cream, because I honestly think there are numerous great products out there… it’s just a matter of what works best for your skin type and coverage needs. Here, I’ve rounded up
eight nine (an odd number, but hey, this isn’t Vogue ) of the best BB creams (and CC creams!) for common skin type needs/issues. I also enlisted the help of my multicultural beauty guru, Brittney!
Best for dry skin: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 ($34)—a one step skin perfecting balm offers unique water bead technology that hydrates and maintains moisture for plump and rejuvenated skin. It’s my go-to for days when I wake up with dry, flaky skin.
Best pore-minimizer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($34)—Tech meets beauty with this balm that diffuses light with high-tech pigments that will optically blur out pores, wrinkles and redness. It’s a miraculous pore-minimizer.
Best to layer under foundation: Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream ($18)—A dual-chambered tube, this tone correcting moisturizer can be applied as a base or under foundation for extra coverage. The consistency may be a little sticky, but I’m a huge fan of Olay and enjoy the moisturizer side of it.
Best drugstore BB cream: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector ($12)—While it’s been on the market for over a year, this is still my go-to for that fresh dewy look. Also, it’s incredibly light weight and perfect to wear for warmer weather.
Best drugstore CC cream: Hard Candy CC Cream ($8)—While most effective CC creams may be a little pricey, Hard Candy is an easy short cut to great results. Their oil-free version neutralizes undertones, brightens complexion and evens skin texture. I prefer using a brush and only applying to needed areas, plus it’s got a thin consistency, so be careful when squeezing the tube.
Best long-wear BB cream: (Brittney‘s pick) IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème ($20)—Here in DC, where the humidity can make you feel like walking around in a pot of boiling water, wearing foundation can turn in to a runny mess by mid-afternoon. Iman Cosmetics BB Crème will curb your foundation fears—it offers supreme coverage, moisture and sunscreen in just one tube. We’re also a fan of their “find your shade” tool on the Iman Cosmetics website.
Best BB cream for oily/acne-prone skin: Estee Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant BB Crème ($39)— Gotta give some love to the first BB cream I ever tried. I still swear by this sweet cucumber scent and a cream that packs all the anti-oxidant protection and helps control excess surface oil.
Best age-defying BB cream: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm ($38)— Innovative micro-sphere technology helps conceals imperfections and reduces wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent. Pore-reducer, oil and shine control, eliminates redness are just a few other reasons why I love this cream.
Best vitamin-packed cream: Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream ($48)—This multifunctional complexion corrector packs an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange that will evens out skintone. I’m a huge vitamin C junkie so needless to say, my complexion looks and feels good. We’ll take two!
Best lightweight finish BB cream: Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector ($38)- This multi-balancing BB cream is a balancer for moisture while controlling oil, plus it self adjusts to your exact skin tone. I particularly love the incredible lightweight finish. It’s a liquid-to-powder formula so apply it quickly! I promise, you won’t feel like you’re wearing any makeup.
I’m sure there are plenty of other BB and CC creams out there that I haven’t tried yet. Leave a comment on this post, and let me know which one(s) are your favorite!