Light BB Creams: Swatched

Photo of tubes of BB Creams

Photo of four samples of BB cream showing different consistencies

Photo of four BB cream swatches blended against skin

Here is my current collection of BB Creams – all in the lightest shades I can find on the High Street. I have very pale skin, and as you can see in the photos above, the difference between what is considered a “light” shade is significant.

The consistency of the BB Creams also varies greatly, along with their coverage and beneficial effects.

Ever since I first saw Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector last summer, I have been excited by the promises made by BB Creams compared to foundation or tinted moisturiser. This post is going to look at the Garnier BB Cream, as well as L’Oreal’s Nude Magique BB Cream, Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream, and MUA’s BB All in One Beauty Balm.

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream

“Mimics the texture & glow of perfect bare skin”
Price: £9.99 at Boots
Size: 30ml

  • 24 hour hydration
  • SPF 12

This BB Cream has “smart pigment capsules” that change the balm from being a white – grey colour into skin tone colour as you apply it. I’ve found that it dries quickly and creates a very thin, almost film-like layer of coverage that does help to even out skin tone. I’m tempted to say it acts like a stain, but it doesn’t quite describe how it sits on the skin. The downside is that the colour oxidises, and if you apply this quickly, and don’t blend it fully, you can end up with a stripy effect where any un-blended areas are left. This is exacerbated by the oxidation which brings with it an orange cast to the colour.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

“Instant fresh-faced glow without looking all made up”
Price: £7.99 at Boots
Size: 30ml

  • SPF 30 UV Protection
  • Oil Free

This is a gel-based BB Cream that has the benefit of SPF 30. It doesn’t give amazing coverage, but it does feel light on the skin. It does have a slight orange tone when applied, which is disappointing. I really like this BB Cream because it feels really nice and I love that it has such a high SPF. I think most of its claims are very woolly and couldn’t be proven, like “creates a natural glow” or “looks visibly smooth”.

Garnier Miracle Skin Protector

“Daily all-in-one BB Cream”
Price: £9.99 at Boots
Size: 50ml

  • SPF 15
  • 24 hour hydration

This BB Cream from Garnier was the first one I’d ever heard of, and I have to say I find it very “meh”. It has quite a light coverage, much more in keeping with a tinted moisturiser. It’s a bit dark and it has a very particular scent that is quite strong. It’s not a nasty smell, but it does linger and I’d rather not wear something so scented on my face.

MUA All in One Beauty Balm

“A multi-function formula that works wonders to prime and protect whilst conceals to even out skin tone for a brighter, smoother complexion”
Price: £4 from MUA or Superdrug
Size: 30ml

  • Primes, smooths and conceals

This BB Cream does not seem to have the benefits other BB Creams have, and its especially disappointing that it doesn’t have any SPF. It’s a trade off though as its the cheapest, and it also has the best coverage and the palest finish. Compared to the other BB Creams, this one by MUA is much thicker, and has greater cover. It takes some time to dry though, remaining damp for much longer than the other creams.

It has a yellow undertone to the colour which for me is a bit too strong.

I’m yet to find the perfect BB Cream, and it seems unlikely to be something I’ll find soon as all the companies on the High Street are making products that are too dark for my pale skin. Out of the BB Creams I have, the Maybelline is my favourite, mainly due to it’s texture and SPF. It would be even better if it was just a little bit less orange.

Have you tried these BB Creams? Which do you think is the best?

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