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Most popular BB creams at Sephora

If you have oily skin, look for an oil-free or “mattifying” BB cream. Those with dry skin should look for BB creams that advertise a “radiant” or “dewy” finish, since these tend to be more hydrating.
If you have oily skin, look for an oil-free or “mattifying” BB cream. Those with dry skin should look for BB creams that advertise a “radiant” or “dewy” finish, since these tend to be more hydrating. (BestReviews)

The top five BB creams Sephora shoppers swear by

With their nourishing skincare ingredients and sheer, corrective coverage, BB creams have become a beauty-bag staple. Invented in Germany in the 1960s, then perfected and popularized by Korean brands, BB creams can address any skin concern and simplify your makeup routine. Here’s how to shop Sephora for the best BB cream for your skin type, budget and makeup goals.

BB creams vs. CC creams

At first glance, BB creams and CC creams can seem like interchangeable products. In some ways, they are. They’re both multitaskers that can act as foundation while offering skincare benefits. However, there are some key differences. “BB” stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm” and these creams tend to offer light, sheer coverage that color-corrects and conceals blemishes. They provide more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but not as much as a CC cream, and much less than foundation. They also tend to include beneficial ingredients like moisturizers, antioxidants and sunscreen. BB creams can also be formulated to address specific skin concerns like breakouts.

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There’s one caveat to keep in mind when shopping for both BB and CC creams: There’s still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to shade inclusivity. Even with the sheer coverage BB creams provide, it’s important to find a good skin-tone match, and some brands offer better options than others.

How to use BB cream

BB creams are easy to apply with just your fingers — no brush required. Since they often include hydrating ingredients and SPF, they can also be used to replace a step or two in your skincare routine. Dab a small amount of your BB cream onto your face and blend out with your fingers. Your body heat should be enough to make the beauty balm workable, but feel free to use a foundation brush or a dampened beauty sponge for easier blending.

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Wear BB cream alone for light coverage or apply a light layer of foundation on top to get fuller coverage. If your skin tends to be oily or if your T-zone gets shiny by the end of the day, dust on a setting powder to help your look last longer.

Best brushes for BB cream

Anastasia Beverly Hills A30 Domed Kabuki Brush: available at Sephora

The rounded dome and densely packed synthetic bristles of this brush make it easy to blend out creamy products like beauty balm.

BeautyBlender Original Makeup Sponge: available at Sephora

Lightly bouncing a beauty sponge like this one over your BB cream will give it a soft, seamless finish.

Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush #56: available at Sephora

If you're already used to applying foundation with a brush, using the densely packed bristles of this brush to apply BB cream will be easy.

The best Sephora BB creams

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment: available at Sephora

Our take: Available in nine shades – an impressive number for a beauty balm – this 5-in-1 beauty multitasker hydrates, minimizes pores and fine lines, provides SPF 30 and acts as a primer.

What we like: Worn on its own, it provides medium coverage with a matte finish. It's formulated without mineral oil, gluten, parabens and phthalates. It conceals redness and provides soothing coverage for rosacea.

What we dislike: Even with a comparatively large number of shades, many users find themselves between shades. Some colors can appear too orange once they're applied.

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40: available at Sephora

Our take: One of the first Korean beauty balm brands to reach the U.S., this Dr. Jart+ BB cream provides SPF 40 while acting as a primer and moisturizer.

What we like: It blends out nicely and won't irritate sensitive skin. It gives skin a healthy, natural-looking radiance that makes it look like you're not wearing makeup at all.

What we dislike: Like many BB creams, its shade range is somewhat limited, with only three shades available. The packaging makes it hard to get every drop of product from the tube.

BareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Moisturizer: available at Sephora

Our take: If you struggle with dry skin, this BB cream keeps skin moisturized while giving it a radiant finish.

What we like: It's made with a mineral-based sunscreen for SPF 30 protection and contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates or mineral oil. It's formulated with olive-derived squalane and hyaluronic acid for lasting hydration

What we dislike: It comes in 20 shades, but it can still be tricky to find a good match. The dewy finish may not appeal to everyone.

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer: available at Sephora

Our take: This product applies like a rich tinted moisturizer, but it contains additional beneficial ingredients like chamomile, hyaluronic acid and vitamins to reduce redness, brighten and provide sun protection.

What we like: Since it's non-comedogenic and includes oil-absorbing Amazonian clay, it's a good pick if you have oily skin. Coverage is lightweight and buildable.

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What we dislike: It's available in six shades. Some users experienced issues with the cream transferring easily.

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Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 30: available at Sephora

Our take: If you have sensitive skin, consider the gentler ingredients of the Black Label formulation of Dr. Jart+'s BB cream, which covers redness well and gives skin a more natural finish.

What we like: Along with its lighter, more soothing formula, this BB cream is less likely to leave a white cast than the premium formula due to its smaller concentration of zinc oxide. It's easy to blend out and gives skin a mattified finish.

What we dislike: This CC cream offers less sun protection than the Premium formula. It's only available in one shade, which can be too cool-toned or grayish for some users.

Laura Duerr is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. BestReviews and its newspaper partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.

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