5 of the Best Drugstore BB Creams for an Airbrushed Finish
What did we ever do before BB creams? A flawless middle-ground between fuller coverage foundations and the sometimes too-sheer likes of tinted moisturisers, BB creams (short for "beauty balms") have had us covered the past few years, and we're not sure we can remember what life was like before them. Should we call it: BBBC—Before BB Creams? Maybe.
Just like other beauty products that gain a fast and furious market momentum, there have been plenty of skin-improving innovations within the sea of BB creams—from colour-correcting technology to almost instantaneous zip-zapping benefits. They're the ultimate multi-taskers, saving us steps, time, and frustration while also gifting us with a blurred, glowing complexion, to boot.
Plus, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for some of the best, editor-approved options. So in honour of our love for all things BB, we've rounded up our favourites—all of which you can find at your nearest drugstore. Keep scrolling for the best drugstore BB creams money can by. (Your glow awaits!)
L'Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream ($25)
Infused with antioxidants aplenty, this four-in-one skin-loving formula is one of the best BB creams your drugstore has to offer thanks to its healthy ingredient list which includes mega-watt hits of vitamins C and E. Post-application, you can expect perfected, lit-from-within results.
Maybelline Fresh BB Cream ($16)
Since the formula effortlessly adjusts to your skin tone, you'll never have the dreaded "floating face" to contend with. (i.e., a complexion that doesn't match your neck.) Maybelline's cult-loved BB cream will also hydrate, even, smooth, and brighten your complexion all while blurring out any grievances like blemishes or acne scars. Plus, it's completely oil-free and equipped with essential SPF.
E.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20 ($16)
The first time we tried this drugstore BB cream from E.l.f. Cosmetics, we couldn't believe it was the same price as our morning coffee habit. Extremely blendable, this best-of-the-best formula promises light, even coverage in addition to a helpful dose of SPF 20. Not to mention, your skin will love it for the high-caliber ingredient list including radiance enhancers like jojoba, aloe, cucumber, and vitamin E.
Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 ($30)
Boasting nine clinically proven benefits, Burt's Bees BB cream might just be one of the best drugstore options we've tried, period. Thanks in part to essence of the noni plant (which happens to be rich in antioxidants and hydrating benefits), this handy cream will also help protect skin with SPF 15 while simultaneously firming, concealing, smoothing, illuminating, and perfecting.
Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream ( $24 ) ($18)
This sheer formula will give you glowy, bronzed skin with the addition of and SPF factor. Pop it in your beach bag to even out your skin tone after a day of swimming. You can even mix it with your regular liquid formula for a more summer-friendly coverage.