My Top Five BB Creams

As the beauty world has moved on from BB Creams to brighter and better base options (including the apparent arrival of CC Creams….I’m not ready!) I have refused to catch-up and have instead continued my quest to find the perfect BB Cream.  BB Creams aren’t a standard choice for skin types like mine who need a lot of coverage, but I really do prefer the look of BB Cream all over with concealer on the problem areas rather than heavy coverage over the whole face as I think it looks a lot more natural.

Therefore, the BB Creams in this list are the products I’ve found work best with my skin.  I have oily, spot-prone skin with dry patches, and this lot are good all-rounders that don’t break me out, nor cling to any dry areas.  I’ve mentioned their coverage level in relation to BB Creams rather than foundations, so a high level of coverage in this list won’t compete with a high coverage foundation.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin

This wasn’t one of the first BB Creams to arrive in the UK, but it was one of the first to give us a bit more choice rather than the ‘one size fits all’ approach of previous brands.

No7 BB Creams are available for three different skin types, each of which come in two different shades.

My favourite is the normal/dry variant which gives a good level of coverage, leaving skin looking natural and not too dewy.

Here’s my review and some extra swatch comparisons.

Coverage level:  medium 
Range:  good – 2 shades, 3 skin types 
SPF:  15
Price:  about average at £12.95 for 40ml and available from Boots.  

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF20

The idea of BB Creams is that they mix skincare and make-up, so if you’re after luxury skincare that’ll also work as a base, then Omorovicza is a great choice.

There’s plenty of goodies in this including Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, and this is one of the few BB Creams I use where my skin feels as if it’s been taken care of under the make-up.  This also gives one of my favourite finishes which is a lightly dewy effect that lasts surprisingly well.

Here’s my Pug giving it some loving and I’ll be writing a full review soon.

Coverage level:  light but buildable to medium
Range:  low – only 1 shade/variant available
SPF: 20
Price:  very high at £80 for 50ml from the Omorovicza store.  

Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm

Dr Jart+ arrived to much fanfare recently due to their popularity in Asia.  There are four types in the range and I’ve tried a couple, by my favourite is the Regenerating version which I understand has the highest coverage.

It’s a little on the dewy side, but manages to avoid being overly greasy and it does a great job at reducing redness.  As featured in my monthly favourites for June.

Coverage level:  medium but buildable to high 
Range:  pretty good – 4 different variants, each with a slightly different shade, all of which are fair
SPF: 30
Price:  medium, ranging from £18 – £24.  
The Regenerating version costs £21 for 50ml from Boots

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free BB Cream

The original Garnier BB Cream was one of the first to be commercially successful in the UK, but a lot of people complained that it was too rich and left skin feeling greasy.  So Garnier finally released an oil-free version, but unlike a lot of oil-free products, skin isn’t left looking stripped and plasticky and instead takes on an ever-so-slightly dewy finish without being OTT.

The coverage of this is also phenomenal and can be built-up to almost perfect coverage, which is very rare for BB Creams.  The big downside of this one is that the shade leans very yellow, meaning that any neutral, pale or pink toned girls are going to end up looking like they’ve been tangoed if they’re not careful.  Here’s my full review.

Coverage level: high but buildable to very high
Range:  not bad with 2 shades and 2 variants available (normal and oil-free)
SPF: 20
Price:  average at £9.99, although it’s worth noting that you only get 40ml in the oil-free version as opposed to 50ml in the standard version

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream 

Ginvera’s BB Cream was one of the first I fell heavily in love with as it’s soooo good on my skin.

It gives good coverage, leaves skin dewy without any greasiness and blends phenomenally with my skin tone.

Having worked my way through quite a few different BB Creams over the past year this is still one I keep coming back to as for me it meets all of my criteria.  You also need very little for a full face, which is a great bonus.

Read my full review here.

Coverage level:  medium but buildable to medium/high
Range:  not great at just the one shade 
SPF: 30
Price: not bad, coming in at £20 for 25ml although it’s worth noting the lower quantity.  

Disclosure:  Omorovicza, No7 and Ginvera BB Creams were sent for review, Garnier and Dr Jart+ were paid for by me.  



  • Pampered Prince
    July 24, 2012

    I love the Ginvera BB. I have tried a sample of the DrJart+, it seemed nice but too pale for me at the moment. Maybe in the winter time. I haven’t tried the other 3 yet. I’m currently using Clinique’s BB, following recommendation from another blogger, I’m not really a fan though, I’ll be reviewing why soon 🙂

    • BeautyGeekUK
      Pampered Prince
      July 25, 2012

      I struggle with any Clinique foundations; I hear raves about them, buy them and then can’t get them to work with my skin type 🙁

      The Ginvera one is really fab xx

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