BB Creams For Any Budget

This article was first published on Stylizen on 18th February 2014


10 Amazing BB Creams For Any Budget

It’s the multitasking wonder product that exploded on the beauty scene last year – but what exactly is a BB cream and what does it do?

Standing for ‘beauty balm’, the idea of a BB cream is to act as a multitasking product, replacing five or six products you’d normally keep in your beauty cabinet. Part skin care, part make-up product, the cream combines a moisturiser, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer and foundation, all in one. Phew!

Working for all skin types – yes, even sensitive skin! – BB creams can be used as a last step in a skincare routine or on their own for an instant beautifier. Simply apply the BB cream with a foundation brush, starting on your cheeks and working your way around the forehead and chin but avoiding your under eye, for youthful and radiant skin.

First developed by a German dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin but also give coverage to use post laser treatment, the BB cream spread like wildfire through Asia and the US, before hitting every beauty and skincare stand as we see it today.

But with so many on offer, which ones are worthy of the ‘miracle’ product status? We’ve tested them out, to bring you the 10 best BB Creams for any budget.

1. Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 30+

This go-to skin perfector comes in a whopping nine shades, meaning you’re guaranteed to find one perfectly suited to your skin tone. The light weight foundation combined with skincare properties gives great coverage too.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 30+ 40ml, $60, available at Bobbi Brown.

2. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF30

Using in-built HD properties to reflect light for a brighter appearance, this multi-purpose day cream works to sooth and revitalise your skin whilst preventing premature ageing, leaving you with a flawless looking complexion.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF30 30ml, $45.10, available at Facial Company.

3. Natio BB Cream

Protecting like a cream but covering like a foundation, this is a great BB cream made even greater by its price. The natural formula combines jojoba, vitamin E, shea butter and green tea with light reflecting minerals to give you a beautiful dewy and radiant effect, even if you’re feeling anything but!

Natio BB Cream 50g, $14.95, available at David Jones.

4. Revlon Photoready BB Cream

Extremely lightweight, this BB cream will really have you photo ready in no time. With an SPF of 30, there’ll be no need to wear any foundation in summer  – and your skin will love you for it.

Revlon Photoready BB Cream, $24.95, available at David Jones.

5. L’Oreal Paris Luminosity Code BB

Combining the best of L’Oreal’s skincare and make-up know how, this beauty balm really does leave your skin looking luminous, evening out any imperfections while providing ample coverage.

L’Oreal Paris Luminosity Code BB 50ml, $29.99, available at Priceline.

6. Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream

The team at Kiehl’s really do know all there is to know about skincare, so it’s no surpise that we absolutely love their BB cream. With an instantly perfecting formula clinically proven to correct skin tone irregularities, you know your face is in good hands.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream 30ml, $36, available at Kiehl’s.

7. Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 Light

If there’s one beauty product worth investing in, it’s this one. Described as the “Swiss army knife of the beauty industry” this BB cream really does do it all, hydrating, protecting and concealing skin imperfections. Plus, it’s silicone free, meaning no trapped dirt or bacteria beneath the skin.

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF20 Light 50ml, $160, available at Feel Unique.

8. Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream

Shiseido’s oil free BB cream has a light, comfortable feel that conceals pores and minimises the appearance of skin unevenness. Combining make-up and skincare, it will keep your skin feeling moisturised and protected against UV damage.

Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF30, $52, available at David Jones.

9. Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets BB Cream SPF20

Available in three shades, Yves Saint Laurent’s all-in-one BB Cream offers five benefits while concealing dullness and imperfections. Its serious hydration factor deeply moisturises the skin, with vitamin C to correct discolouration and prime the skin for a perfect canvas for foundation.

Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets BB Cream SPF20 30ml, $79, available at David Jones.

10. Giorgio Armani Luminessence BB Cream UV

It may be at the upper end of the price scale, but Giorgio Armani’s Luminessence BB Cream certainly delivers what it promises, and more. The cream goes on easily, with a gorgeously delicate and velvety formula and gives skin a vibrant and youthful radiance.

Giorgio Armani Luminessence BB Cream UV 30ml, $85, available at David Jones.