These 7 Best Drugstore BB Creams Are the Ultimate Multi-Taskers
All of our top picks offer coverage and they're good for your skin, too.
By now, BB creams aren’t necessarily the newest beauty kid on the block. These complexion perfectors, which originated in Germany and eventually became a phenomenon in Asia, made their stateside debut a few years ago, and their popularity instantly skyrocketed. Still, unlike other trendy products that have come and gone since, BB creams have remained a staple and maintain legions of devoted fans—and it’s easy to see why. Packing a host of different benefits, these skincare-makeup hybrids moisturize and deliver sun protection (and many formulas offer even more skincare benefits on top of that), all while covering up imperfections with a natural-looking tint.
The only thing better than a good BB cream? An inexpensive BB cream. Happily, the drugstore shelves are lined with plenty of options. Here, seven wallet-friendly BB creams that deserve an A+.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Skin Perfector
Who needs a 2-in-1 product when you can have an 8-in-1? This formula packs eight, yes, eight, different benefits, doing everything from brightening to smoothing to hydrating skin. It also delivers your daily dose of SPF 30, and while it only comes in three shades, they do tend to work well with most skin tones.
To buy: $9; ulta.com.
L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
Packed with beautifying beads (pigments encapsulated in lotion), this goes on white but quickly transforms into a skin-toned hue. The coverage is fairly sheer, ideal if you still want your skin to show through, though it also works equally well as a primer, in the event you want to use a separate foundation over it. Also nice: It’s infused with good-for-your-skin antioxidants vitamins C and E.
To buy: $9; target.com.
Found BB Cream with Blackberry Extract
This 98 percent natural formula relies on, you guessed it, blackberry extract to detoxify and absorb excess oil, without ever over-drying your skin. It also contains raspberry oil ceramides for hydration, and comes in seven different shades—an impressive number in the world of BB creams.
To buy: $10; walmart.com.
Physicians Formula Super BB Cream
Got sensitive skin? Reach for this option, which is dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic, and also has no added fragrance. Not only does the sun protection it delivers clock in at an impressive SPF 30 (high for a BB cream), it also comes from mineral ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, non-irritating options that are ideal for sensitive skin.
To buy: $11; target.com.
Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Créme SPF 15
The one overarching drawback with BBs is that they usually come in only a few shades, with minimal options for darker skin. That’s why we appreciate that the three hues offered here are all made for deeper complexions. And, like any good BB, it also hydrates, has SPF 15, and contains skin-loving vitamin C to boot.
To buy: $16; target.com.
Wet n Wild Pump: Makeup Locker 3-in-1 Sheer BB Cream, Highlighter & Corrector
Consider this your one-stop shop for flawless skin. The lightweight BB delivers sheer coverage, but there’s also a built-in highlighter/color corrector in the lid, too. Use the peachy corrector to help neutralize dark circles (dab a little bit of it under your eyes before applying the BB), then tap the pearly highlighter on cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a gorgeous glow.
To buy: $9; cvs.com.
Rimmel BB Cream Matte
Generally speaking, many BB creams tend to skew on the more glowy, dewy, luminous side of the spectrum. We’re all for that, but if your skin is naturally oily and you prefer a more matte finish, this pick is for you. Not only does it mattify skin and tamp down any unwanted sheen, it also minimizes the look of pores (and other imperfections) while evening out your skin tone.
To buy: $6; walmart.com.