Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream
Shades: 2 (Light Tint, Natural Tint)
Benefits: Broad-spectrum SPF 36, sheer and fine pigments resist rubbing off on clothing, argan and macadamia oils, caviar extract, shea butter, aloe to soothe, special airless pump to prevent contamination. They also claim you can sleep with this on, due to its natural pigments in a state-of-the-art protective moisturizing base that will not block pores.
Review: A light, creamy texture that goes on smoothly and sinks in quite well. It blends easily and imparts a nice healthy glow, not overly shiny (a bit of powder is all you need). The Light Tint is fairly light, but more yellow-based than pink. The Natural Tint is more golden in hue and evens skin tone nicely — not masky at all. One of our favorites.
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Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening BB Base
Shades: 2 (No. 1 Blooming Beige, No. 2 Natural Beige)
Benefits: SPF 50, converts UV rays into visible pink rays
Review: A nice, creamy texture that goes on sheerer than the texture would suggest. Shade No. 1 is perhaps a bit too light for light-medium Asian skin tones, but rather than masky or pinkish, the effect is more brightening. A shiny finish, so use a bit of powder. Shade No. 2 is almost indistinguishable from Shade No. 1 in terms of color. Good for those looking for sheer coverage, but hardcore skin treatment benefits.
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Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector
Coverage: Sheer to Medium
Shades: 2 (Light/Medium and Medium/Deep)
Benefits: SPF 15; antioxidant vitamin C; hyaluronic acid, lipidure microspheres and glycerin for 24-hour moisturization; mineral pigments.
Review: Testing the Light/Medium shade, we found that the cream felt lighter than other BB creams. It goes on smoothly and easily, blending in fairly well and sinking in fast. The color seemed to adjust to our light-medium Asian skin tone. When applied, it looks dewy, a little shiny. This has buildable coverage, so if it looks too sheer, apply more for more coverage. We like this for BB cream/foundation novices and those who don’t need much coverage.
For the Medium/Deep shade, we found the texture to be thick and creamy with a lot of coverage. Some thought it blended into skin nicely; others thought it took a while to sink in, but had better results after using it with a primer. The finish is glowy, but not oily, and lasted all day.
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Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB
Overview: A great BB cream for teens or makeup novices.
Shades: 5 (from Light to Deep)
Price: approx. $7.50
Benefits: SPF 30, oil-free, a 70% gel-water formula with “no heavy ingredients.”
Review: This has a very light texture, it goes on smoothly and it melts in super fast. The finish is very sheer and, surprisingly, the Light shade is not too pink. Make sure to pick the right shade, though, or else it won’t blend into skin well and will look like it’s just sitting on top of your skin. This is definitely good for BB cream novices, teens or 20-somethings, or those with naturally good skin.
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DermaE Evenly Radiant BB Crème in Light Tint
Shades: 2 (Light Tint, Medium Tint)
Benefits: An eco-friendly option, this mineral BB cream is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Active plant stem cells for skin brightening, peptide complex Matrixyl, SPF 25, antioxidants green tea, Vitamins C and E, natural mineral color-correctors.
Review: This definitely has a lotion, not cream, feel. It smells a bit musty — maybe it’s the natural ingredients? It goes on easily, but doesn’t seem to sink in as well as other BB creams. Surprisingly, the light tint is a good color, though it may be a bit pink-ish for some Asian skin tones. This leaves a nice, glow-y finish; not shiny.
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Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm
Overview: A super-light, water-infused formulation good for warmer climates or oily skin.
Coverage: Sheer to Medium
Benefits: SPF 25, made with 50 percent water, unique Water Bead Technology helps to hydrate and maintain healthy moisture, oil-free. No sulfates, no phthalates.
Review: A lighter texture, less dense, but still decent coverage. You can definitely feel the water in this formula (a slight cooling effect, which is nice) as you put it on and it sinks into skin well. The finish is also sheerer than other Dr. Jart BBs (nice for hot weather) and the shade is made for skin tones on the light side.
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Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit
Shades: 3 (#1 Light Beige, #2 Natural Beige, #3 Honey Beige, #4 Sand Beige)
Price: Approximately $11
Benefits: SPF 30, adenosine and arbutin to fight wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, pearl mineral powder, anti-oxidant and moisturizing ingredients.
Review: This BB cream from the established Korean cosmetics brand has a creamy, almost silky, texture. As with most BB creams from Korea, the shade is on the light side, but this offers good coverage. The finish is dewy.
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CAILYN PRECIOUS BLEND BB CREAM
Overview: An editor favorite with a good range of shades for Asian skin (including deeper tones) and an innovative application tool.
Shades: 6 (from 01 Porcelain to 06 Maple)
Benefits: In addition to hydrating and protecting, this BB cream is formulated to be applied with Cailyn’s BB perfector (purchased separately), a vibrating tool with antibacterial puffs to “buff” your way to perfection.
Review: The formulation has a medium-light texture that sinks in fast on skin. It leaves a nice, dewy finish. The 02 Sandstone shade is more olive than golden, and it doesn’t leave a pale, masky look. It’s a good color for East Asian skin. One of our favorites.
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COMODYNES URBAN COSMETICS BB COLOR SKIN PERFECTOR
Highlight: Darker tints for deeper skin
Coverage: Sheer to Medium
Shades: 2 (Medium, Dark)
Benefits: This oil-free formula contains a mineral sunscreen of SPF 15, hyaluronic acid to moisturize, hazelnut extract for elasticity and firmness, Fomes Officinalis extract to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores, Vitamin E to fight free radicals, illuminating pigments to neutralize imperfections and dark circles, paraben-free, allergen-free perfume, and without mineral oils.
Review: A lighter texture that sinks in fast. The finish is nice and natural-looking, like a sheer veil over imperfections. It’s almost matte, not shiny like some BB creams. The color is true to its name and not pale or pasty. For light skin, the Medium may be a bit dark.
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Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm
Benefits: SPF 40, patented platol white-c complex, nutrient-rich exotic oils, niacinamide to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, no parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates.
Review: This formulation is thicker than other Dr. Jart+ BB creams (Black Label Detox and Water Fuse). The color is fairly light and with a more olive tinge. It goes on rather thick, but then melts into a finish that feels more like an anti-aging cream than a sheer lotion. It’s a bit shiny, so touch up with powder.
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