Best BBs: The Guide To The Best 10 BB Creams!

By Emma | August 24 2012 | 28 Comments

Top 10 BB Creams

Not all BB creams are created equal. In fact there’s a lot of debate among BB purists about whether European offerings are even BBs at all. Certainly they’ll disagree with some of the selections here. But this round up of our faves should have something for everyone, from budget to budget-busting! Having tried and tested dozens of the things, and in no particular order, here’s the BB Cream Top 10.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free SPF 20 €15.24

We liked Garnier’s original cream, but we loved this version. Perfect for oily skin, this tackles shine, minimises pores and keeps oil at bay. Light/medium coverage with a demi matte finish, evening the skintone but adding some radiance, too. Thumbs up – read our full review here.

Shu Uemura UV Under Base BB Mousse with SPF 30, €34

This foam formula is sheer, lightweight and about as far from the thick, creamy texture of your standard BB cream as you can get. It evens the skintone without providing much coverage so I like it best as a primer, though Lynnie loves it as a foundation substitute, too.


BB Creams

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, SPF 30 €11.99

Excellent SPF levels for the price. The oil-free formula has a slight gel-like consistency and provides sheer coverage with good levels of hydration. A good choice if you have combination-to-oily yet dehydrated skin. Also works really well as a primer.

Dior Hydra Life BB Cream SPF 30, €54.50

This is the BB cream that converted me. Soothing, comforting and with the best coverage levels of any BB tested to date, this is perfect for problem or sensitive skin. So, so good, but so, so pricey – see our full review for why it’s worth the big bucks.

Estee Lauder BB Cream

Estée Lauder DayWear BB Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35, €40                 

Like the Dior product this has a surprising amount of coverage – yet it still retains that lovely cushiony ‘traditional’ BB texture. All skin types should get along with this – it has good levels of hydration but also contains oil balancing ingredients for combo-to-oily types. Has the highest SPF of the bunch – and an added bonus? The brightening optics and light-reflective pearls means it helps disguise fine lines, too. See it in action here.

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream SPF 12,  €15.35

Smart pigment capsules mean this thin fluid comes out white, with tiny dark flecks that burst on application and adjust to your skintone. Provides light coverage but with a perfected, radiant finish – a good pick for dull complexions. Check out the full review.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF 15, €23.75

Ok, so this one’s not billed as a BB cream but with its thick, creamy formula, skin friendly ingredients and SPF 15, we’re really not sure why. Gives a glowy, natural finish – if loss of radiance is something you’re concerned about, definitely give it a whirl. This post has all the details.

L’Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream

L’Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream, SPF 20 €22.49

Good for more mature skins (like, er, mine), L’Oreal’s Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream is their first anti-aging BB. Thick, creamy and non-greasy, this has enough coverage to even out my skintone and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Ginvera Green Tea BB Cream SPF 30, €25.50

This cream is a great all rounder – it mattifies where you need it, but thanks to angelica, hyaluronic acid and the like, it’s also hydrating and it doesn’t cling to dry patches. Coverage is good and it lasts well, while still providing a natural finish. Read more about it here.

Pure BB Cream

Pure BB Cream, from €1.49

Ok, this has no SPF, so you’d need to add a separate facial sunscreen into your daily routine. But it evens out the skintone, adds a little radiance and has some skincare benefits too – though clearly not in the same league as the Estee Lauder or Dior products here.

Still, it’s a very nice product if you just want a basic, budget BB cream -when I last wrote about it, the lightest shade seemed too dark for many Irish skintones. But they’ve since sent me a sample of their latest shade, ‘Super Light’, which I think lots of you will get along well with. Look for it in Dealz for just €1.49!

Hope this comes in handy if you’re in the market for a new BB. Tried any already? Let’s discuss them in the comments!


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28 Replies to "Best BBs: The Guide To The Best 10 BB Creams!"

  • ZsaZsa says:

    Good List – I’m want to try the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free and the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. I’ve used the No7 oild free one – I liked it at first but then I realised that it was part of the reason that I got big spots around my chin that just wouldn’t leave. Once I went back to the old reliable of Kiehl’s tinted Moisteriser my skin improved massively (to be honest I can’t praise this product enough for the summer time – good sized bottle, great coverage, etc). Once I’ve used this up I might give one of the others ago!

  • Michelle says:

    First one I tried was the original Garnier one & with oily/combo skin,it wasn’t good.My skin completely broke out,changed to the L’Oreal Nude which is fine but today’s the day I try the Garnier BB that is actually suited for my skin type so fingers crossed..

  • I’m in the love with Garnier’s oily version, Maybelline is not too bad either but I’m looking forward to trying out Sleek’s offering when it hits Superdrug next Friday.

  • fififinx says:

    I’ve tried a few of these, but ran into the same problem I often had until YSL rocked my world last month (or the month before?): either they don’t match my skin tone or they oxidise like buggery so within an hour or so I look like a Tango girl. I have a BB I use which comes from Asia, which does go well with me (and with herself the DH too) but it’s a pain having to get it online, especially with all the fakes out there.

  • Edelmc says:

    I tried the Bobbi brown Bb cream yesterday and I am in love! Good coverage, lovely finish and it somewhere minimises my pores- bonus! It also comes in extra light which suits my nw10 skin and isn’t too yellow which I was worried about since Bobbi brown foundations tend to be too yellow for me. Defo thinking of buying a bottle

  • Sarz says: never mentions the Clinique bb cream, but it’s SPF 30, matte and a generally awesome product. Please review!

  • Lori-Meyers says:

    Just wondering which BB creme is the lightest one that you have sampled on your hand at the top?

  • Dee says:

    That Revitalift one was like tinted moisturiser on me, oxidised really orange, then wore off in patches! Not a good look.

  • Emma says:

    Lori-Meyers, that’s actually a Korean one that didn’t make it into the top 10 – here you go:

  • Lori-Meyers says:

    Thank you! Big pasty head on me..

  • Edelmc says:

    Beaut girls- have you tried the Bobbi brown one yet? Would love to know what you think of it!

  • Bren says:

    Dying to try the Pure one…really hoping Dealz in Limerick have it…

  • Carol says:

    Been using the Maybelline one since May and I’m a big fan and now my work colleagues are using it aswell. I play a lot of golf so the SPF30 is perfect for me

  • vanillacupcake says:

    I love the Dr. Jart BB cream its a Korean BB Cream so is a little different to the ones mentioned. Great coverage, it controls my shine and has SPF30 which is great because I live in the Middle East. Think their are 4 different varieties to choose from so it’s well worth a look at

  • Atkin says:

    My absolute favorite is No 7 for combination skin. No breakouts, very natural looking and lasts all day. Love it!

  • @EdelMc Will be reviewing the Bobbi Brown one shortly!

  • Littlesis says:

    I already have too many foundations to get through so haven’t gone down the BB route, shall bookmark this post for when I get through my others!

  • Sabrina says:

    Thanks for the great reviews. There’s so many BB creams, I feel panicked trying to choose one. I think Dior is the one for me :-)

  • Ciara says:

    I snarfed me a MAC BB in the Plane Station the other week.
    I love it.
    AND it’s not crazy expensive either. One shade suits all, which is great and strange at the same time.

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