BB cream is one of those beauty items we didn't even know we needed until a few years ago, but now couldn't live without. It's the perfect middle ground between full-coverage foundation and ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer, and it's a must-have if your makeup mood changes with the wind the way ours often does.
While there are tons of iconic BB cream formulas on the market from more high-end brands, we've learned that some amazing options are available at the drugstore. We have to admit that some of those drugstore mainstays are seriously lacking in the shade-range department, but, that being said, there are still some solid selects for those who want to save their coins while pursuing a natural-looking glow.
Ahead, check out the 13 best drugstore BB creams for every skin concern that will save your complexion with a quick swipe.
If you have oily skin
Real BB cream enthusiasts know that because the formulas tend to include so many hydrating skincare ingredients, they can be a recipe for oily skin. This oil-free option won't contribute to your oily skin's natural shine, nor will it clog your pores.
If you have dry skin
An infusion of willow bark extract and shea butter makes this pick a soothing, hydrating option for those with dry skin. It's lightweight upon application but still delivers much-needed moisture to the skin.
If you have combination skin
Combination skin types can be tricky to decode, but this BB cream by Garnier is infused with antioxidants and SPF to keep the skin fresh and protected in any weather.
If you have redness
If you suffer from redness or rosacea, this is the pick for you. It has color-transforming pigments that work to neutralize redness while also evening the skin tone and adding a hit of hydration.
If you have a deep skin tone
You might have noticed by now that the majority of BB creams come in two or three shades. This is due in part to the fact that the formulas are often sheer enough to be compatible with varying skin colors, but when it really comes down to it, black and brown women are simply underserved in this category. Black Radiance is one brand that creates rich, deep shades of BB cream that women of color can wear confidently.
Here's another option for those with deeper complexions. The shade range speaks directly to women of color, and with ingredients like grape-seed oil, kokum, almond, aloe, and vitamins A, E, and C, it's an all-around winner.
If you have acne-prone skin
When you're suffering from a breakout, piling makeup on top of active inflammation might make things worse and not better. That's where this option comes in. Not only is it lightweight and oil-free, but it also contains 2% salicylic acid to help combat pimples and minimize the appearance of pores.
If you have sensitive skin
This natural formulation is perfect for those with sensitive skin who prefer cleaner ingredients. It smooths the skin, conceals blemishes, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with noni fruit extract.
If you prefer sheer coverage
Think of this formula as a moisturizer with just a hint of color. The hero ingredient, blackberry, detoxifies the skin without being overly drying.
If you prefer heavier coverage
This is the formula you should reach for if you want a bit more coverage but still don't want to go down the foundation route. It sinks into the skin, creating a natural-looking veil that practically makes your pores disappear.
If you prefer a matte finish
Whether you've got oily or dry skin, this formula will keep your skin looking smooth and matte while concealing minor imperfections.
If you prefer a dewy finish
This vegan and cruelty-free formula contains floral stem cells, hyaluronic acid, and coconut water to plump up the skin and add luminosity. You can keep the application light for a barely there finish or build it up for more coverage.
If you have a bigger budget
French-pharmacy favorite La Roche-Posay also offers a wonderful option that's formulated to soak up excess oil in the skin to keep it looking soft and even. The only catch here is that it'll cost you about $15 more than any other pick in this list.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.