These BB Creams Challenge Our Love for Foundation

You might have thought that the BB cream trend would fade out, but the beauty craze, which started in Germany and went global once Korea got in on the act, continues to go from strength to strength, with new products launching every season. Still haven't found your perfect match? Fear not. We're here to play beauty matchmakers because your best BB cream + U = FF (flawless face). In case you need a quick BB cream refresher, here's why we love them… Beauty balms (or blemish balms, as they were initially called in the Asian beauty markets) offer lightweight, buildable coverage but boast numerous skincare benefits, too. It's a most pleasing cosmetic marriage of moisturiser, foundation and (usually) SPF, and what's more, there's an A+ choice for every skin category.


Before we run you through a few of our favourite picks, there are just a couple of things to remember: Firstly, beauty balms, contrary to some reports, are not one shade fits all, so you'll need to colour-match your BB just like you do your foundation, especially if you're relying on it as your only colour base. Secondly, for best results, you should apply it just as you do your foundation, with a clean beauty brush, a sponge applicator or, if you want to massage further into skin, your fingers. And don't think that you can't combine one of the best BB creams with our usual beauty heroes-if you've got really dry skin, apply your BB after a hit of your usual moisturiser, or if you want a more long-lasting colour, use before a heavier-duty foundation.

Click through for our pick of the best BB creams.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 $30Shop

It's super watery, so you'll need a Beautyblender on hand to control it, but this BB cream glides on so smoothly and has this uncanny ability to melt into skin-you honestly can't tell there's anything there.

The Light Touch

Diorskin Nude BB CrГЁme $34Shop

We love the super-light, rosy formulation of Dior's Nude BB cream. It gives a natural no-makeup makeup finish while smoothing and hydrating skin. We'd advise a slick of your favourite SPF underneath this SPF 10 formulation to ensure you're fully protected from the sun.

The Oil-Control Cream

Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy $31Shop

If you have combination or oily skin, Benefit's oil-free formulation is a super-soft liquid-to-powder option that gives a smooth, velvety finish. It gives slightly higher coverage than most BBs, so it's a good option if you're looking for a colour-rich foundation replacement. It also offers a broad-spectrum SPF.

The Radiance Cream

Burberry Fresh Glow B.B. Cream $30Shop

If you love fresh, dewy skin, Burberry's BB cream is the choice for you. Enriched with the brand's signature English skincare blend of rosehip, lavender and tea extract, it soothes and protects as it gives a sheer, buildable coverage.

The Luxe Treatment BB

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF 20 $80Shop

Available in two shades-light and medium-this sheer, buildable cream is a true beauty hero. Yes, you may need to add a dash of your usual foundation to make the perfect match, but this all-in-one moisturiser, foundation, sunscreen, concealer and anti-wrinkle cream is a cult classic for a reason. Skin texture looks and feels instantly improved.

The BBB (Bargain Beauty Balm)

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB $8Shop

This oil-free SPF 30 cream colour is a light, non-greasy BB cream that you can build to create a flawless finish. We love the smooth texture and sheer but buildable colour.

The Shade Match

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue $28Shop

Technically a tinted moisturiser, BB cream and CC cream in one, this multitasking colour offers a shade spectrum we love. It launched last year with 10 shades, and this summer, it's adding six more, so you should be able to find your perfect match of this hydrating skincare hero.