BB cream is the perfect option if heavy, cakey foundations are not your thing. After all, we don’t all want to mask our skin, we want to enhance it and make it the best version it can possibly be. And that’s exactly where BB creams step in.
Originating from Asia, they’ve fast become a beauty bag staple, but what is a BB cream and who is it for?
As we’re sure you already know, they go by the names of blemish balm and beauty balm, but they’re not there to cover your spots. In fact, they’re the ideal product for girls who like the natural look and want a lighter, dewy finish.
Created by dermatologists for patients who’d undergone laser surgery; think of them as a marriage between a foundation and a moisturiser with added SPF and a tonne of skincare benefits.
In short, they’re an all-in-one wonder balm that will leave your skin feeling hydrated, looking radiant, and give you just enough coverage to even out your skin tone and blur imperfections.
To confuse matters further (because the beauty industry quite likes to do that), there are also CC creams; and DD creams (yes, seriously) are steadily emerging onto the scene. One of our personal favourites which doesn’t quite fall into any dual lettered category, goes by the name of Complexion Rescue and is a tinted hydrating gel cream (quite the mouthful, we know).
But, CC’s DD’s and all others aside, we’ve hunted down the best beauty balms you can buy online now. So go on, treat yourself to one of these skin savours and expect a flawless complexion. You’ll never look back…
Estee Lauder Crescent White BB Cream, £42
This lightweight BB creme creates an even-toned finish that minimises the look of dark spots and imperfections
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £26
This tinted Complexion Rescue gel cream gets rid of the need for heavy foundation, and gives a smooth tint to your face.
No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal / Dry skin, £13.50
The added protective power of SPF 15 and 5 * UVA technology helps skin stay youthful with this budget friendly bb cream.
La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream, £15
This luxurious cream is super smooth and non-greasy it melts into skin to soften and make it even more supple.
Guerlain Lingerie de peau BB cream SPF, 30 £35.50
This BB cream gives your skin a perfect complexion. It smoothes, hydrates and protects, as well as giving your skin a radiance boost. The SPF factor is also another reason why this should be a must-have in your beauty bag!
Stila Cosmetics HD Beauty Balm, £26
This Stila HD Beauty Balm is the perfect canvas for your make-up. It can be used as a primer or simply a little skin pick me up for a make-up free day. Brilliant age defying qualities and gives you a flawless look.
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Creme, £34
Sick of the shine? Estee Lauder's offering leaves skin super matte and helps keep spots and bay.
Erborian BB Creme Au Ginseng, £36
Clever Korean technology means this BB cream leaves skin seriously silky and smooth.
L’Occitane Precious BB Cream SPF30, £29
This sheer tint conceals and perfects skin instantly, leaving a dewy, fresh-faced glow!
Vichy Capital Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF 50, £15.50
Perfect for summer thanks to the stay-matte formula and high UV protection.
Miss Sporty Morning Baby! BB Cream, £3.49
Miss Sporty’s cream is great for BB newbies and is a super save, so if you’re strapped for cash opt for this.
Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream, £28.50
Brighten your base with this glow-getting, oil-free BB cream. The feather light formula comes in two shades and will perfect your complexion in seconds!
Luxsit Organic Sun Glow BB Cream, £46
Made from all organic, natural raw ingredients, this phyto-botanical formula contains protective anti-oxidants and natural pigments that leave skin smoother, brighter and evenly toned.
Garnier BB Cream + Blur, £12.99
This wonder product combines the properties of a primer, moisturiser and foundation, it’s mega moisturising for the skin and provides a light coverage.
Clinique Anti Blemish BB Cream SPF40, £27
Perfect for oily, spot prone skin, Clinique’s cream is formulated with and anti-blemish solutions and also SPF 40. A BB cream has never felt as great as this!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 20, £23.50
A total superhero, it protects your skin against external stressors, helps banish imperfections, fine lines, pores and redness, as well as containing a host of anti-ageing benefits.
NYC Smooth Skin BB Crème, £3.99
These NYC BB creams are available in different colours and texture – instant matte and bronzed radiance are just some of the ones available!
MAC Prep Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35, £24
Feels ultralight but still leaves skin looking flawless.
Diorskin Nude BB Crème, £30
In the same line as the luxury Diorskin foundation, this is pricey but will get your skin glowing! Wear alone or with your fave foundation.
Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream Skin Perfector, £9.99
A lightweight, multi-benefit balm, Revlon's offering combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen in one step.
Bobbi Brown BB Crème SPF 35, £29
Moisturise and protect-instantly with the Bobbi Brown BB cream, with a high SPF of 35.
Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow BB Cream, £30
This amazing little buy minimises imperfections without hiding your skin and moisturises it without weighing it down.
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50, £23.50
Use this fantastic beauty buy every day and it will start to correct the appearance of skin tone irregularities.
Cover FX Mattifying BB Gel, £35
Apply this must-have buy with the Liquid Foundation Brush or with clean fingertips, blending well.
Rimmel London BB Cream Matte, £6.99
Instantly perfects skin and hides pores whilst keeping shine under wraps.
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF20 Cream, £80
Omorovicza’s BB cream is a 5-in-1 complexion perfector including foundation, moisturiser, sunscreen, concealer AND anti-ageing cream.
Dr Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream, £27.24
Formulated with Dr. Brandt’s signature flexitone technology this BB cream blends seamlessly with most skin tones.
Garnier BB Miracle Cream – Oil Free, £6.66
For under £10, the Garnier BB cream will deliver a perfected skin tone with no shine.
Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm, £10.50
This Dr Jart+ BB cream provides strong coverage for redness and spots.
Balance Me BB Natural Perfection SPF 25, £26
The Balance Me BB cream will give your skin a naturally radiant, dewy finish.
Decléor BB Cream Skin Perfector, £29
Achieve a flawless and radiant complexion in one simple step with Decléor’s BB cream.
Origins A Perfect World BB Cream, £29
Cover flaws, fight ageing and hydrate with this Origins BB cream – a beauty bag favourite.
Lily Lolo BB Cream, £12.49
Want a natural BB Cream? Look no further… Lily Lolo's silicone-free BB is full of vitamins and minerals to keep your complexion happy.