12 Top-Rated BB Creams That Can Simplify Your Beauty Routine — and Protect Skin, Too
Whether you're still completing a lengthy beauty routine each morning or your beloved products are collecting dust, there's one base makeup item that both can simplify things and persuade the fresh-faced crew to change their tune: BB cream. First developed in South Korea, this all-in-one product can replace your foundation — and also your serum, moisturizer, primer, and sometimes even sunblock — saving you time, money, and effort.
"Beauty balms" (i.e., "BB") are typically more sheer than traditional foundations (and even most tinted moisturizers), and are easy to apply with a brush, sponge, or even your fingers. Nearly all formulas include some form of SPF to protect against the sun, as well as active ingredients to help treat common skin concerns. Now, this versatility could explain why they seem to be flying off the (virtual) shelves at Sephora, but we picked out 12 popular options that get an A+ from us — and other shoppers, too.
Here are the top-rated BB creams you can still nab at Sephora ahead.
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
There are more than 2,000 5-star reviews for the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($37). This vegan foundation-replacement offers sun protection and redness coverage along with a triple-B complex to help brighten and soften skin, too.
Erborian BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF20
This Erborian BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF20 ($22-$39) does the traditional BB cream work of minimizing the appearance of blemishes and protecting your skin from the sun, but this version adds in ginseng which offers extra moisturizing and smoothing results.
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm ($36) not only hides uneven skin tone, it adds in a range of skin-calming botanical actives — like those found in orange and lemon peels and aloe and artichoke leaves.
Coola Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30
The water-resistant, mineral-based Coola Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30 ($52) features 70 percent organic ingredients, including rose stem cells to improve skin's reaction to environmental stressors and fight any early signs of aging, too.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($40) features protective antioxidants and SPF to keep skin safe while also improving the appearance of fine lines or blemishes.
Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 50+
The newly reformulated Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 50+ ($36) is already earning rave reviews from Sephora shoppers. This silky beauty balm blurs out skin imperfections into a soft-matte finish — and has SPF 50+ for extra sun protection.
Erborian BB Crayon
The unique Erborian BB Crayon ($26) is a creamy beauty balm in stick form so it's easier than ever to conceal imperfections in just one spot, or build coverage to blend all over your face with a foundation brush, too. There's also hydration-boosting squalane and nurturing ginseng inside, but there's no sunscreen in this option.
Boscia Skin Perfecting BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Boscia Skin Perfecting BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38) not only blocks out UV rays but also fights against blue light and pollution, too. Then, ingredients like vitamin B-rich quinoa oil help reduce the melanin deposits that can cause dark spots, and turmeric heals already-done UV damage and elasticity loss.
Kiehl's Since 1851 Skin Tone Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
This Kiehl's Since 1851 Skin Tone Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($40) is rich in vitamin C so it adds brightening and clarifying to the traditional sun protection and blemish coverage.