A year ago, we'd never even heard of BB creams and then, much like Jennifer Lawrence, BB creams were all anyone could talk about. And while you may now be spotting BB creams on the shelves of your local drugstores and specialty beauty boutiques, not many of us really know what this suddenly-trendy product promises to do.
The "BB" stands for blemish balm in Asia, where this multi-tasking product first gained popularity, but in the States "BB" stands for beauty balm. BB creams are touted as do-it-all products that promise to replace a host of items on your vanity; think foundation, serum, moisturizer, primer, and SPF. Plus, you can pair a favorite BB cream with tinted moisturizer or powder for additional coverage.
But before you head out, determined to come back a BB cream devotee, take our advice and pick one of the BB creams that stood out amongst the twenty-eight brands we tested.
Love it! L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream
Surprisingly good. That's how we'd describe Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream. This four-in-one cream primes, perfects, hydrates and corrects skin. Available in a variety of hues chock-full of encapsulated pigments that cover skin imperfections, this BB cream also acts as an ultra-light lotion and contains vitamins C and E. Get it for about $8 at local drugstores and Walmart.
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