Tarte has 3 BB products- they have their Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen (which they recently reformulated), Amazonian clay BB illuminating moisturizer, and their BB tinted treatment primer. What I am wearing in #4 is the BB tinted treatment primer
Before I start, let me explain something- when I was doing research for this BB cream article, I stopped into Ulta to exchange my tinted moisturizer, because I got the wrong color when I bought it (I got Agent 06 which is for yellow undertones- it looked bad on me). They didn’t have that formulation anymore which confused me and the salesperson. But wait…they do have the exact same product on the shelves now, just repackaged. Instead of being called just plain “tinted moisturizer” it was called BB tinted moisturizer SPF 20. They actually stopped selling their tinted moisturizer, and renamed it and repackaged it to be a BB cream. On their website on the BB cream’s page, they also say “*please note that not all shades are available in new packaging, but formula is the same” and they refer to the old shades in their drop down menu. So don’t be fooled into thinking this is something new and exciting- it’s the old tinted moisturizer, just now they call it BB cream.
Ok…so on to the BB tinted treatment primer! It claims to work as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen. The SPF on this one is 30 so that’s great. I found it to be moisturizing for sure, but because it also works as a primer, it has a lot of slip to it and the formula is quite thin. It is feather light and my skin feels like a baby after using this. It honestly feels like I’m wearing no makeup. It has very little to no coverage on me.
The website boasts light to medium buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and conceals discoloration, acne and other skin imperfections. It also is supposed to diffuse light and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores while improving skin luminosity. In the summer, if you have great looking skin already and and don’t really need to do much besides give a minute amount of coverage to your skin, you’ll probably like this. They do market this as a primer- not a BB cream or foundation- because it’s not even listed by the other BB creams on their site. I would definitely need to set this with a powder because by itself it is too sheer and dewy on me.
5. The Body Shop
The Body Shop has three shades in their BB cream, and I wear the light. It’s called an All-In-One BB Cream
. This one is funky and I don’t like it. Can you see my cheek in #5? It’s kind of streaky and patchy. I blame this on the “pigment-filled capsules” that burst when applied to the skin and adapt to your perfect skin color. I hate products that do this. This product applies white out of the tube and as you rub it in it adjusts. What’s the point though? It comes in 3 shades anyways, so there shouldn’t be any self-adjusting. It’s light, medium, or dark already! Because I couldn’t really see the pigment until after it developed, I did a terrible job rubbing it in.
All they really say about their product on their website is that it adapts to your skin tone, provides light to medium coverage, even finish, 24-hour hydration, and non clogging. It didn’t clog my skin, it hydrated, and provided light, patchy finish that was uneven. Fail. Also, no SPF. Why do they call themselves a BB cream? That’s supposed to mean that there are plethora of good for your skin ingredients like SPF and stuff.
This is one of their newer products that JUST came out, so I’m guessing they wanted to hop on the BB cream bandwagon but didn’t really do the legwork coming out with a quality product.
6. Dr. Brandt
dr. Brandt BB matte with signature SHINERASE
is what I’m wearing in #6. Although I look like I have a bit of redness going on, this was actually one of my favorite BB creams that I tried. There are 2 shades, and I wear the light to medium shade. It actually blended in great with my natural skintone, surprisingly, since I normally wouldn’t wear something with medium in its name. Their site says it is ideal for oily/combination skin, blemish prone, and sensitive skin types. It also has SPF 30.
I’m not oily, but something like this is perfect for the summer. When it’s hot and humid, even though I don’t have an oily skin type, I sweat and my face gets slick. One of my favorite tricks in the summer is to wear an acne foundation or an oily skin foundation, because it whisks away any extra moisture that I have. In this picture, the product is gathering a little above my lip and on the side of my forehead. You really have to work quickly with this product because it dries very fast. I would suggest rather than dotting this everywhere and then blending it in, to dot and blend as you go. That is also why I look a little red. I was rubbing the product in and it was drying faster than I could spread it, so I made my nose a little red trying to blend out despite the product being dried. I would also wear a separate moisturizer with this, but like I said, I’m on the dry side. If you’re drier like me this could get patchy quickly if you don’t add moisturizer first. The coverage is very buildable, and I would say is medium. I don’t need a setting powder with this formula. This would be a great no makeup makeup.
7. Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder’s Day Wear BB Cream smells like fresh cucumbers (just like the Day Wear Cream) and provides medium, buildable coverage. It comes in light and medium, and I wear the light. There’s SPF 35 and antioxidants, so I like the good for you ingredients. This is a bit thicker in my opinion, so I need more of it than I would expect to be able to spread it. This is the BB Cream I wore all last summer, and I still have some left.
Estée Lauder is a pretty standout brand for me, with high quality products. I like the texture of this on my dry skin, and find that when I apply a lot of it, I can get the moisture I need and the coverage I need.
Looking for a natural BB cream? Try Boscia, tarte, or The Body Shop
Have oily skin and need a great mattifying option? Try dr. Brandt
Need a lot of moisture? Go for Atopalm or Estée Lauder
Want buildable coverage? If you want a fuller coverage, try regular foundation. Or try Amarte or Boscia BB creams, which I found to have the most buildable formulas.
Just want a makeup primer with the benefits of a BB cream? Try tarte.
When do I wear BB cream? BB cream is mostly for those wanting sheer to light coverage, so works well for the summer months when most people opt for less makeup.
Want lighter coverage but don’t want to buy a new makeup product? Try mixing your regular moisturizer with your favorite foundation.