The Worst BB Creams

About six months ago I chronicled my experience with BB Creams, both Asian and non-Asian, and today I’m here to give you a little update on what I’ve found. I’ve tested more BB Creams, and continued testing the same ones more thoroughly. Click below to find out where I buy my asian BB creams.

Overall, as I stated in the video, the asian BB creams are my favorite (P.S., I get mine from this site). But they are not for everyone, and I remain frustrated that my favorites thusly exclude a great portion of you because of the lack of available shades suitable for all skin tones. As I said in the video, my wish is that one of the Asian brands (Lioele or Skin 79, preferably) would export one of their fantastic BB creams to the non-Asian market, creating the same product but in a wide variety of skin tones. That would be sublime.

As for drugstore BB creams? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video to see which ones do and don’t make the cut! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and give the video a Thumbs Up on YouTube!

As always, will update this post whenever a more updated version is posted, as new BB creams are being developed every single day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlie.wiese Kimberlie Hayward

    I agree, the Garnier one is terrible! I am a fan of the Too Faced one, though.

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Ooh, have not tried the Too Faced one. May check it out!

      • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlie.wiese Kimberlie Hayward

        yep, it’s pretty good, and they have more than 2 colours to choose from. I end up slightly oily at the end of the day, but apart from that it’s all good.

    • http://www.boxandbrownie.com/ Hannah

      Try the oil free Garnier one. They really improved it significantly – I adore it and I HATED the original Garnier one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlie.wiese Kimberlie Hayward

        really? Do they still on have the 2 colours to choose from?

        • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

          As of my latest reference they still only have 2 shades of the oil-free, unfortunately, which is what keeps me from buying it. They have light/medium and medium/dark. I wanted a fair/light version like the original!

  • Berit

    Maybe I should try an asian BB-Cream! Can I buy them in Europe?

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      I’m not sure about Europe, I’m sure you can, but I ordered mine from prettyandcute.com!

  • http://pretemoiparis.com PreteMoiParis

    This is a great video! I just bought the Garnier BB cream, and it has been okay, but I do feel like the color is not perfect for my skin tone and it could be a little less oily by the mid-day. I am going to check out the Skin79 one! Merci!!! (PS : the Garnier is a French brand)

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  • Caitlin

    Skin 79 (the same makers of the pink and orange ones mentioned) also has a “diamond” one that I’ve been loving for controlling my oily skin. Comes in a great light pink bottle with a plastic cap to cover the pump during travel. J’adore!

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  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    I gave up on the BB cream trend and went back to focusing on my skincare. have you used the DDF face cleanser yet I just finished my first bottle and in all honesty I can say that dark spots have faded a lot.
    xo
    Rachelle
    http://pinksole.com

  • loftyappetite

    I love the BB cream trend because I hate foundation, and its a nice lighter alternative! I’ve been eyeing the Olay BB cream, but now I think I will stay away. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.mylifeinthecurvylane.com The Curvy Girl

    I agree with you 100% on the Olay…I hate that I spent $20 on it too!

  • Stephanie Robinson

    I currently use the dream bb and I agree that it’s a VERY sheer coverage. I have not historically been a foundation wearer so it’s not too much for me but I agree if you’re looking for a better cover – you’d hate that one. I don’t hate it but as I creep into my mid 30s I think I’ll need a little bit more coverage – I think I’ll try the skin 79 next – thanks for the tip!

  • Jenn

    i have tried the drugstore BB creams as you mentioned— not so great. I also have tried the Smashbox, and felt like you- 50/50… I currently am using the Clinique BB Cream, and actually, am kind of loving it. It provides coverage for red spots, blemishes, etc… gives color and a good finish, yet adapts to my skin’s oily and dry areas… so far, it seems like a great day-to-day BB cream. I would stick with what you love for special events, but for a daily BB– maybe worth a try. If you go to the counter, they will give you a 10-day sample. =)

  • Kerri

    Any suggestion for the best places to purchase these BB creams?

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Hi there! I have links to them on the actual video page on YouTube, check out my channel until I’m able to update. Thanks for the reminder!

  • http://twitter.com/akaleistar Akaleistar

    I’ve been thinking about buying the Olay CC cream, so I’m glad I saw your video first. Will have to try Skin 79 instead.

  • Cristine

    I ordered the Skin 79 BB cream a couple of months ago after I saw it on your blog and I absolutely love it! Thank you!!! I have the same skin tone as you and I love how it gives my skin an even glow. However, a friend who’s Hispanic tried it and she looked like death, so its not for everyone unfortunately. They definitely need to step up and formulate some different shades.

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  • http://six-2-eleven.blogspot.com/ Kim // Six2Eleven

    Great video! Best BB review I’ve seen to-date. Totally ordering the Skin 79 one right now :)

  • MJ

    I just bought Loreal BB cream last night, and I really like it! Anybody else think so? It’s definitely lighter than foundation, but still covers. My friend told me today that I looked liked I was glowing…sweet! Thanks for the good review. P.S. What the heck does BB stand for anyway?! Also glad I didn’t buy Olay, which is what I thought I was going to get! My forty-something-year-old Aunt’s skin looked amazing (I actually thought she got botox or had other work done! ha!), and when I asked her what she used, she said Loreal BB!

    • cryan

      it means beauty balm!

    • SG

      I also use and like the L’Oreal BB Cream!

    • Bostonkgb

      I love it too but am having a hard time finding more. It’s sold out!!

    • Kathleen

      I’ve been using L’oreal BB cream for about 6 months now and I absolutely love it!!

    • Alli

      I love the Loreal BB cream!! I have actually use that as a “foundation”. It’s a 4 in 1 product and comes in four shades. I use the lightest shade and my sister recommended it to me. I tried the maybelline when I ran out if my first tube of loreal and after a few minutes of having it on, I ran to the store to get my loreal bb cream again.
      You should try it, I would say it’s one of the best American marketed bb creams out there!

  • Allison

    I have been using the Clinique BB Cream and I have been pretty happy with that. I was using their foundation but decided to try the BB cream instead. The only thing I don’t like is that it cost quite a bit more than the foundation.

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  • Jillian

    I have to admit I didn’t watch the videos, but I am a huge fan of the Too Faced BB cream. When it ran out, I switched back to using my Bare Essentials Foundation and I really miss the BB cream.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlie.wiese Kimberlie Hayward

      i love the too faced bb cream!

  • Anne

    I’d love to continue reading your blog bt you make it so hard! All these damn pop ups and asking for likes and “tips.” Chill out; it’s just a blog. See ya later.

  • followmarlaslife

    My favorite bb creams are made by Missha, Skin79, and Bobbi Brown. Everything else I’ve tried has been pretty subpar.

  • Asia Carter

    I have really wanted to try the BB cream but as an African American I can attest to your argument about them needing to cater to a wider range of skin tones. Really enjoy the review even though I have yet to find a BB cream that fits me.

    • Madeleine

      Asia, have you tried Jane Iredale’s BB Creams? They come in a range of shades and do have darker global shades. You can purchase it here: http://tinyurl.com/cmbfx43

  • http://www.boxandbrownie.com/ Hannah

    I hated the original Garnier BB cream but the new oil free one is actually fantastic!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      I have been meaning to try the new oil free version! Guess they listened to us!

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  • Jen

    Where do you buy the Skin 79 BB cream?

    • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

      I buy it on e-bay. There are some Korean stores that carry them in my area. You may check out. There is also a web-site http://www.skin79northamerica.com/ if you do not trust e-bay. :-)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Hi Jen, sorry for the delay! I buy mine from prettyandcute.com – they ship from within the U.S., if that’s where you are!

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    Olay is by far the worst out there. It made my face red the next day. I mean RED and burning!

  • self

    BB Cream? WTH?!?! You need to explain what BB means.

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      I strongly recommend that you actually reference my first BB cream post or do a little research. Also, if you don’t know what something is, may I suggest you use the time you spent writing this comment to enter the search terms in your Google search bar.

      • Maria

        I love this response! Thank you for writing what we all think! Google… stop being lazy! Btw, freest review of BB creams. As a Korean American I’ve had the privilege to try some great ones but not the skin79.

  • http://twitter.com/BeverlyCruise Beverly Cruise

    Hi, great review! I have combo/oily skin also and will be trying your recommendations. Have you ever tried Estee Lauder Daywear BB? I think works really well, and does control oil .. but I haven’t tried the Asian ones yet! I’m excited! Have a great day!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A5PSL3ZHM7A5I3MBP3ZYPFNUVA Ashley

    I am so happy to find out that some BB Creams for oily skin exist! I tried a few samples
    at Sephora, but they all made my oily face feel even greasier. And, they didn’t
    cover any flaws at all. I hated them! Will definitely check out some of the
    Asian ones, and the Estee Lauder brand.

  • http://agirlastyle.com/ A Girl, A Style

    Love this post Kristina (and SO great to hear an honest review of the products that do and don’t work, in descending order in the same post). I’m yet to try those two Asian versions (must hunt them down), but out of all of those I’ve tried I like Estee Lauder’s (only in two shades unfortunately) and Dr Jart’s (which comes out quite grey, but I add a drop of a liquid bronzer or a foundation that is much too dark for my skin to correct this) the best. 

    Briony xx

  • http://beautycareforwomen.blogspot.in/ edna wilson

    hey i apologise for not going through the videos but would love to know about BB creams, are they really good for combination skin or not?

  • DayintheLifeofM.blogspot.ca

    Thank you for helping me avoid spending money on marketing-driven bb creams. I was almost going to spend some money on Smashbox.

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  • sisamarie719

    i absolutely love the garnier BB cream. i have used it for over a year now. i have extremely dry skin so it works perfectly for me! i just had to buy the lighter, fair shade…i was using light/medium.

  • http://twitter.com/ParanormalAR ~heidilore~

    I have been extremely irritated with most of the BB creams. There aren’t many that I haven’t tried. Drug store garbage made me break out. I tried the higher brands…Urban Decay, Smashbox, Too Faced, Boscia, Dr. Jart…out of all of those, the only two tolerable for me are the Naked by UD and the Too Faced BB. I’m very pale, so maybe these Korean ones will work out for me. I’ll give them a shot. I think the companies honestly just ran with it without doing the proper testing, etc. Annoys me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1821309 Lindsay Smith

    i love your comment, “i’m an honest person but if someone thinks i have flawless skin…” lady after my own heart!
    I wish I would have seen this earlier- I read a TON of articles about bb creams before taking the plunge. I also heard the garnier one was bad and I actually almost went for the olay one- and decided against it. I had heard mixed reviews on (i blogged a little on it here, http://asgoldasitgets.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/my-makeup-bag/ ).
    I’m pretty happy with the covergirl version. I know that it probably could be better version but its been doing pretty well and I actually like it more as I use it. Have you tried it?

  • Laura

    I hear CC cream is more formulated to correct and cover hyperpigmentation or dark spots. That’s smart of you to try to focus on the root problems instead of just the cover up though :)

    • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

      Thanks Laura I’ll check it out :)

  • Melissa Gamblian

    Does anyone have any feedback on Clinique bb cream or este Lauder bb cream? Trying to decide which one to go for. Thanks!

    • Danielle

      Did not like the Estée. I ended up trying Stila and I like that a lot.

      • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

        You’re the first person I’ve heard that likes the Stila! What do you like about it, out of curiosity?

  • Tris

    Have you tried the Dr.Jart bb cream?

  • Shani G

    I use the Smashbox, mostly because its the only quality BB cream I could find in my shade. Tarte makes one that I loved in the store- only 3 shades though :( update us if you find any new medium shade BB creams!

  • paula

    I have to say, I have very dry skin @ garnier is a great for me! Skin type means the world to each person:)

  • Lauren

    Hey!
    Love your page, have you ever tried cover girl BB cream? The are having a sale and I was wondering if it was worth it to get some!
    Thanks!

  • pam cay

    I’ve tried several BB’s and so far my #1 pic is Physicians Formula. Little more coverage and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Little pricey for drugstore,around $14. But lasts long time. Hope this helps!

  • Cindi

    As I’m not yet familiar with BB creams this post fascinated me… Curious though for the Asian versions that are too lite has anyone attempted to darken with cocoa powder or something else natural that shouldn’t have an effect of the benefits of the product??

  • Candace

    I watched your video a few months ago and went straight to Amazon to order Skin79 Beblesh Cream. I sampled them all and the VIP Gold Collection is the one that fit the best. It makes my 47yo skin look flawless and used with the Skin79 Powder I look great all day. I do tend to oiliness and I do live in south Texas, but with this product I don’t get oily at all.

    thank you for blogging this!! Changed my life for sure ;)

  • shana

    Two Faced Bb Is My Favorite! Tried Loreal AndIts ok But Two Faced I Love!

  • Amy

    I have been using Loreal BB creams. There is one for about $15 and an “Age Perfect” version for about $30 & I actually prefer the less expensive version!

  • Nikki

    I have really weird skin that is sensitive and oily and dry in random spots. I tried the Rimmel BB cream after seeing a review on a tv show and really like it. I am very pale in the winter and tan well in the summer. It comes in three shades and the light was perfect for my pale months. I’ve been using the medium this summer and it blends well. I’ve never used the dark, but can only imagine that it would probably work well on a darker Hispanic skin tone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wholesale.beads Beacab Gems

    This is great information about the BB creams. Next time I have to think before buying the cream, and I have sure for choosing some of the Asian ones.

  • Serena

    Thanks for the heads up n the cc creams. Great job on the video! I have the Super+ and had used it only a few times because of the death pall it cast on my biracial skin. It works fine as a thin primer w/long wear, but I’m curious whether there are actual long term improvements you’ve noticed as a treatment cream. That is, has your skin received any noticeable benefits after you take the BB off?

  • Laura

    Missha BB Cream is wonderful! Plus it comes in multiple shades, which is wonderful! Thank you for this video, though, I’m definitely going to try Skin79 BB Cream once my Missha runs out.

  • Tawny

    I’ve really been enjoying the Tarte BB cream! I chose it as a sample at Sephora because it was the only one that didn’t settle into the super fine lines on the back of my hand, blended seamlessly… I love it as a light concealer under my eyes but it almost has too much coverage anywhere else when paired with my urban decay powder as an overlay. But, I use it where I need it and it is, truly seamless, no pores, no wrinkles, lasts all day and never separates :) (I’m 35)

  • Alexa Atkins

    So makeup is kinda tricky for me. I have pretty normal skin, except for when I break out. Then it’s real bad. I really am interested in the Asian BB creams, are there any that have acne control?

  • Everdeen

    I just started using the oil free Garnier BB cream. The only thing I have noticed, is that it is a tiny bit more on the liquidy side than I would like. That should not imply that it runs down my face while I am applying it though. I really do like the amount of coverage it provides and I have not has a problem with it becoming oily/ greasy at all, and I have worn it from morning til bedtime for 2 days. I urge you to give the oil free version another chance and see if you like it better now.

  • Katie Skoglund

    You need to try Hanskin! Amazing BB Creams from Korea. :)

  • Nicole Brown

    I see this post is over a year old now .. I’d love to see an updated one! Everybody’s getting on the BB bandwagon so I’d love to see some of the newer ones reviewed .. especially in comparison to the ‘tried & true’ ones :)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina

      Definitely! Long overdue, although the reason why I haven’t is because I think the trend is kind of on its way out…

      • Nicole Brown

        I kind of noticed that as well .. onto the ‘cc’ creams and the new ‘blur’ creams .. I usually show up late to the show .. wait for the junk to get weeded out .. I too started with the Garnier BB cream and it was so oily, I JUST (yesterday) bought the oil/combiniation skin version from Garnier and used it today .. so far so good :) I looked at the blur creams that are now out but they seemed to be aimed at ‘erasing’ fine lines and wrinkles and I’m not quite there yet :)