I recently went on the hunt for the best BB cream. I scoured my favorite beauty sites (The Budget Beauty Blog, Vivianna Does Makeup, MaskCara, But First, Coffee) and Pinterest, and found the top 3 recommended brands, choose my colors and decided to test them out against each other!
Here are the contenders:
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB (8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector)- in Light/Medium
Revlon Photoready BB Cream (Skin Perfector)- in 003 Medium
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20- in 02 Medium
I used this rounded stippling brush to apply all 3 creams, and I love how flawless it makes application!
I also use this large tapered blending brush for my concealer, love love love!
First up, Maybellline!
Above are some swatches of the color, as you can see, I chose poorly. However, this color will work for my skin in the winter. Some info from the Maybelline site:
The 1-step wonder for a good skin day, everyday. Packed with 8 great skin benefits for instant skin perfection. Ideal for Normal Skin.
Why You’ll Love It
BB creams combine skincare + makeup in 1 simple step
8-in-1 Skin Perfector:
• Blurs imperfections
• Evens skin tone
• Protects with SPF 30
• 0% oils and heavy ingredients
Do I agree with all of Maybelline’s claims? No. But I’m not quite ready to call this one a trick. This BB Cream seems to me like its marketed to younger women, who have less age spots, sun spots, discoloration, etc. to hide. I am no old geaser, but I am in my 30’s, and I’ve gotta have a little more coverage than this BB cream affords me. Check out those imperfections above! Not ok!
The reason I am not discounting this cream entirely is because, come winter, I put on my snowboarder hat (literally) and like to have a product like this to use. Minimal coverage, so it doesn’t look like I put on makeup to hit the hill, and SPF to protect my skin. This one is loaded with SPF 30 and feels lightweight, so I won’t mind having this on all day while being super active.
Coverage: 2 out of 5
Verdict: Treat for activities, Trick for daily use
Next is Revlon…
This color is pretty perfect for me, and here is some background on the product from the Revlon site:
A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen into one step.
– HYDRATES like moisturizer
– SMOOTHES like primer
– COVERS like foundation
– BLURS FLAWS like concealer
– PROTECTS with SPF 30 like sunscreen
Please note, this did not “blur flaws like a concealer” I added the above concealer (Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer) to my under eye area prior to taking the photo, since I’m pretty self-conscious about that area. Interesting that I didn’t need to do that with the Maybelline option, most likely because it’s so light in color. Note: I picked this one up prior to finding “the one” concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. I can’t live without it. Read all about it here.
My apologies for the blurriness of these photos, I’m not sure what was going on that day! We’ll call them ethereal! Anywho, this cream has a really nice consistency and smoothes and evens out the skin tone. I did need to use the concealer before taking the photos, but it did cover my sun spots. I also had to set with a finishing powder since it is “luminous,” to put it nicely. No one wants to be shiny, so use the finishing powder- Revlon has a nice Photoready option. I got carried away and added a bit of blush too, so don’t get confused, this won’t automatically blush-en your cheeks!
This BB Cream has become my go-to for work and casual weekend activities. I would not replace my Revlon Photoready Foundation for nighttime activities and events, but this is great for daily wear!
Coverage: 5 out of 5
Color: Just Right
Last up, Lumene!
This is another perfect color match. I actually had a great coupon at CVS and popped in the other day to pick up the lighter shade of this for winter time, so that I won’t be left out in the cold. Hardy har har har. From the Lumene site:
Light, moisturizing and conditioning cream helps to even out the skin’s natural tone and correct small imperfections.
Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 protects against the harmful rays of the sun, helping to prevent premature aging of the skin. Your skin will have a natural, even tone. Suitable for all skin types.
I put this cream on as I was headed out the door to yoga, and it ended up offering better coverage than I thought! It lives up to all of the claims, and smells amazing- like fresh citrus! That is one thing the other creams were lacking, they’re both scentless. This one is a nice treat! I use a Vitamin C serum daily (Valentia Even Glow) and I’m hoping that continued use of both will lighten the sun spots and scars that I have.
I really like this BB Cream and I use this a lot on weekends for running errands, and times when I don’t want any heavy makeup feel at all, while still looking polished. I tried applying Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser as a primer prior to putting this on, and it really balances it out! Something about the scent says “glowing” to me, and I will usually add a bit of bronzer and set this with a powder to complete the glowing look.
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Color: Just Right
So, who won the battle? The Revlon BB cream is my fave, followed closely by the Lumene BB Cream. Like I mentioned, I will use the Maybelline BB cream in the winter for snowboarding, and suggest it for any of my fellow skiers and boarders out there. Other than that, it’s not worth picking up! Stick with one of the other two, Revlon for more coverage and Lumene for a little less coverage, and a great scent!
I hope these reviews were helpful! Do you have a favorite BB Cream to recommend? I am ALWAYS on the hunt for new beauty products to try!