Drugstore BB creams are the comfy jeans of our makeup bags. Reliable, convenient and requiring zero effort, they won’t let you down, will gloss over lumps and bumps, and will make you look that little bit better (even if you feel like you’ve done five rounds with Mike Tyson the night before). Oh yes, they’re the go-to we all require after a big night out when—despite suffering from bloating and fluid retention—your skin is undeniably dehydrated. What an oxymoron.
They’re also a good shout if you’re spending your days mooching around the house, heading to yoga and generally filling your time with tasks that mean you might encounter another human (i.e., you want your skin to look presentable but without having to pile on the foundation). Don’t forget all the other skin benefits they come with too—blurring silicones to hide wrinkles and pores, antioxidants to brighten and boost, SPF protection to stop sun damage and colour-correcting pigments to even and perfect. With barely any need to apply anything else, don’t just save them for Sunday mornings, we say.
Read on to find out which drugstore BB creams we wouldn’t be without.
The first BB cream to launch in Europe (the craze started in Korea), this is still going strong. Thicker than a tinted moisturiser, the mineral pigments spread well and blur beautifully to create a flawless look. You’re at no risk of shiny face, either.
This works as hard on the concealing front as it does on the smoothing side of things, so you don’t have to concern yourself with any redness revealing itself after a few hours. The ideal choice if you’re looking for a post-workout face fix.
This tricks onlookers into thinking you’re makeup-free and having a good skin day when in actual fact it’s cloaked your complexion in a thin veil of colour. A good primer if you do want to go back in with foundation—you won’t have to worry about looking cakey.
This is oil-free but does have a dewy finish, so if shine tends to get the better of you, you might want to try a thicker consistency. That said, it makes skin look fresh and healthy and has a sturdy SPF 30. Ideal for holidays and summer.
The lilac “smart pigment capsules” in this white cream burst on contact with your skin to create a flattering skin-coloured coating. Lightweight, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and a little goes a long way, which means this slimline tube will last you ages.
In the same way you would choose which moisturiser or serum best suits your skin type, No7 has a trio of BB creams designed for dry, normal and oily complexions. However, all of them come with spot-fighting ingredients as standard.
BB creams are a hybrid of skincare and makeup, and this doesn’t beat around the bush. It has a richer coverage that’s more akin to a foundation than a tinted moisturiser and also contains a hefty vitamin complex to fight ageing antagonisers like pollution and free radicals. One for city dwellers.
Looking for a more traditional foundation? You can pick up one of those at the drugstore too.