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BEST BB CREAMS: WHY YOU NEED A LIL SHEER COVERAGE IN YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE

BEST BB CREAMS: WHY YOU NEED A LIL SHEER COVERAGE IN YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE

We know, we know, if you’re after a foundation then coverage is generally the aim of the game. However, if you want to wear something a little more sheer – whether it’s due to changes in the weather or wanting your natural glow to show – then BB creams will be your go-to. Don’t know which to buy? Read our guide to the best BB cream you can get.

What is BB Cream?

BB cream sits in the mid-point between makeup and skincare, so expect a (generally) light coverage base with a slight bit of pigment, all with skincare properties.

Most BB creams will include an SPF of some kind, but make sure you check the packaging first to make sure yours defs does!

Best BB Cream 2018

  1. Garnier Oil Free BB Cream
  2. Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Triple Functions Balm
  3. L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream
  4. Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm
  5. Rimmel 9-in-1 Super Makeup BB Cream
  6. Benefit Big Easy Foundation
  7. REN Satin Perfection BB Cream
  8. Lancaster Sun Sensitive Delicate Fresh BB Face Cream
  9. Dead Sea Spa Majik Diamond Range BB Cream
  10. Balance Me BB Natural Perfection

BB Cream Review

You know our top ten, so now it’s time to dig deep into why we love ’em. Keep scrolling to read our BB cream review.

  1. GARNIER OIL FREE BB CREAM
    £6.95 Buy now with HQhair

    GARNIER OIL FREE BB CREAM

    One of the first BB creams we bet you saw on the market, Garnier have established themselves as a bit of a leader in UK drugstores when it comes to this makeup skincare hybrid product.

    As it’s oil-free, this base product leaves a matte longlasting finish, perfect for those looking for longwearing coverage: this is defs the best BB cream for oily skin. We also love that it comes with a lil SPF at factor 20 with UV protection thrown in too.

    It also helps to hydrate skin for up to 24 hours, without wearing off.

    Shop Garnier

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  2. SKIN79 SUPER PLUS BEBLESH TRIPLE FUNCTIONS BALM SPF30 PA++
    £22.90 Buy now with HQhair

    SKIN79 SUPER PLUS BEBLESH TRIPLE FUNCTIONS BALM SPF30 PA++

    You may be aware of this Korean skincare brand after reading our guide to the best Korean sunscreen, but if you missed it we’ll quickly bring you up to speed by saying it’s a must-have if you’re after makeup that’ll leave your skin glowin’ in no time at all.

    Working to brighten, smooth and protect skin, this SPF30 contains little brightening beads mixed in with pigment to give you a fresh glow.

    Shop Skin79

    Buy now with free delivery
  3. L'ORÉAL PARIS NUDE MAGIQUE BB CREAM
    £9.99 Buy now with HQhair

    L'ORÉAL PARIS NUDE MAGIQUE BB CREAM

    A lightweight formula, this L’Oréal Paris BB Cream is the perfect option for those after a dewy base.

    Available with SPF20, this creamy sheer foundation is perfect for someone looking for a skincare product with bonus pigment, which may be reapplied throughout the day.

    Shop L’Oréal Paris

    Buy now with free delivery
  4. STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 ILLUMINATING BEAUTY BALM
    £26.00 Buy now with HQhair

    STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 ILLUMINATING BEAUTY BALM

    The best BB cream for the gym, this Stila Beauty Balm is water resistant (sweat? No problem) and longwearing.

    Much like the Garnier BB cream, it’s oil-free too, moisturising with skin-protecting emollients. With continued use, expect to see wrinkle depth reduced by up to 84%, but see reductions in blemishes, pores, redness and excess oil with every application.

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  5. RIMMEL 9-IN-1 SUPER MAKE-UP BB CREAM
    £6.99 Buy now with HQhair

    RIMMEL 9-IN-1 SUPER MAKE-UP BB CREAM

    The cheapest BB cream on our list, this Rimmel base isn’t any less worthy of a place in your makeup collection.

    Simultaneously prepping your skin and moisturising it, this is a great base for applying makeup on top – blusher, bronzer, highligher, etc. – or its flawless coverage is perfect on its own. Leaving a brightened and matte finish, this tinted balm is perfect for those looking to cover minor imperfections with added SPF25.

    Shop Rimmel

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  6. benefit Big Easy Foundation
    £31.00 Buy now with HQhair

    benefit Big Easy Foundation

    Yes, we’re not deceiving you, this is a foundation in our list of the best BB creams, but don’t expect cakey coverage. Benefit’s Big Easy Foundation is a light to medium coverage, bordering on BB territory due to its natural finish.

    Including SPF35, this lightweight, oil-free formula is a great option for those looking for a slightly higher coverage than your average BB cream.

    Shop Benefit

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. REN Satin Perfection BB Cream
    £31.00 Buy now with HQhair

    REN Satin Perfection BB Cream

    As the name would suggest, this satin finish BB cream leave skin with a flawless pore-less matte finish.

    With SPF15, this helps to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, whilst also helping to cover minor blemishes and tone skin.

    Shop REN

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. LANCASTER SUN SENSITIVE DELICATE FRESH BB FACE CREAM
    £21.00 Buy now with HQhair

    LANCASTER SUN SENSITIVE DELICATE FRESH BB FACE CREAM

    One of the most established suncare brands in the business, Lancaster have create a BB Cream with a massive SPF50 in it.

    First and foremost a sunscreen, this blocks UVA, UVB, infrared and visible light making it a skincare essential with bonus pigment to help reduce the appearance of minor blemishes. Dermatologically test, this is the best BB cream for sensitive skin.

    Shop Lancaster

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  9. DEAD SEA SPA MAGIK DIAMOND RANGE BB CREAM
    £13.50 Buy now with HQhair

    DEAD SEA SPA MAGIK DIAMOND RANGE BB CREAM

    Incredibly hydrating, this beauty balm contains SPF15 and works on helping to fight the first signs of ageing thanks to it being rich in minerals, pure plant extracts and antioxidant Vitamin E.

    This sheer coverage is buildable too, meaning you can layer up as and when required.

    Shop Dead Sea Spa Magik

    Buy now with free delivery
  10. BALANCE ME BB NATURAL PERFECTION
    £26.00 Buy now with HQhair

    BALANCE ME BB NATURAL PERFECTION

    Known for their focus on natural skincare, the Balance Me BB Cream contains 97% natural ingredients. Incredibly hydrating, the SPF25 balm will give a sheer coverage whilst plumping and firming skin.

    Shop Balance Me

    Buy now with free delivery

Now you know the best BB Cream you can buy, it’s time to try one for yourself.

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