If there's one new standout make-up product that's been creating a buzz on the beauty scene over the past couple of months it has to be BB cream. If you've still not heard about them, BB creams combine a moisturiser, primer and foundation into a single product. Many also contain SPF, for added defence against the suns rays. In a nutshell, the aim is to get all of your skin care and foundation needs out of just one product. I've finally given in to the hype to see what all the fuss is about and I must say I've been pleasantly surprised. Here's a run down of some of my top tried and tested picks.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector
Garnier's BB Miracle Skin Perfector, £7.49, 50ml, contains mineral pigments and vitamin C to even out skin tone, blur out imperfections and hydrate the skin. The cream smells delicious and smooths on to the skin effortlessly leaving a radiant finish. While it doesn't offer quite as much coverage as a foundation, it will minimize most minor discoloration. It's non-greasy and contains SPF 15. The only downside is that it is only available in two shades; light and medium.
Best for: Those who are interested in trying out BB cream and want a purse-friendly option
Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
While many BB creams focus on offering several shades, DR Jart+ offers a range of BB creams formulated for different skin care concerns and ages. I recently tried out the DR Jart+ water fuse BB cream, £18, 50ml, (recommended for those aged 20-35s) and I've fallen in love with the product. It contains a higher SPF than most BB creams (the water-fuse contains SPF25 although others in the range contain up to SPF40) and it provided excellent coverage, whilst still feeling light on my skin.
Best for: Those who want to target specific skin care needs and want a high SPF
GOSH BB Cream
GOSH probably has the widest selection of shades to choose from when it comes to BB Creams. Available in 5 different shades, it contains colour-adapt technology to suit your skin tone. The good news is, unlike many other Western BB creams, it also comes in shades to suit darker skin tones; Chestnut and Espresso. GOSH BB cream, £7.99, 30ml, offers great coverage, close to a foundation and doesn't feel heavy of greasy on the skin. It also contains SPF 15. In my opinion, the coverage is very close to a foundation.
Best for: Darker skins and those who want a good amount of coverage
No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream
No7 beautiful skin BB cream. £12.95, 40ml, comes in two different shades (light and medium) and is available for normal/oily skin, normal/dry skin and dry/very dry skin. The BB cream left my skin looking flawless and it lasted well throughout the day. Although moisturising, it didn't like clog my pores or feel sticky.
Best for: Those with very dry or oily skin who need a product formulated to their needs
No 17 All in One Magic Make-up
If you want an oil-control product but prefer a lightweight finish, 17's BB Blemish Balm, £6.99, 30ml, is a good option. The product offers light coverage, so you may need to apply a dab of concealer to any blemishes or redness. Boots often have a number of 3 for 2 deals on their make-up ranges, making this product great value for money. This BB cream left my skin looking natural whilst evening out minor imperfections. It also contains SP25.
Best for: BB cream-lovers on budget and those who want to control oily skin