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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Miracle Skin Transformer MEN SPF20
Benefits: Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10, SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection, colorless naturally derived silicone base, specifically formulated for men’s skin (dry, normal or oily).
Review: Our intrepid male tester was a newbie to BB cream, but he liked the way the Miracle Skin Transformer smoothed and evened out his skin, without obvious color or coverage. The slippery, primer-like feel left a matte finish that looked natural.
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Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm
Coverage: Medium to Full
Shades: 1 (Light to Medium Skin)
Benefits: Mineral sunscreen SPF 25, arbutin to erase unwanted dark spots, caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants, green tea and aloe vera to soothe blemish-prone or sensitive skin, Soothe. Specifically formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
Review: This BB cream from one of the original brands from Korea (and one of the first to hit the U.S.) is a thicker formula for medium to full coverage. It takes a little longer to sink in and the shade is on the light side, maybe even slightly pinkish. But it’s not masky and provides a natural looking finish. Good for those with skin tones on the light side and needing more coverage.
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Grace Choi Porcelain Skin BB Cream
Overview: The widest range of shades, especially for Asian skin tones. Get it while you can!
Coverage: Medium to Full
Shades: 10 different shades (3 with yellow undertones, 4 in olive undertones), all in either a dewy or a matte formulation
Benefits: SPF 30 broad spectrum, adenosine for anti-aging, arbutin for dark spot repair, Korean pearl extract, oil control, hypoallergenic, oil-free, paraben-free
Review: Creamy texture that goes on well, sinks in smoothly. The perfect amount of coverage for Asian hyperpigmentation, but still sheerer than a foundation. The finish is a little shiny, so you’ll need to blot or powder the T-zone. You can’t beat the range of colors — find the right shade and it seemingly melts into your skin. The best part is you can order a deluxe sample set to try out all the shades, and the price of the sample set is deducted from your full-size order.
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