I thought it would be fun/informative to compare some BB creams so you guys could get a better idea of what differences to look for and what BB cream would suit your needs best. I have chosen to use mostly asian BB creams as I feel they are superior to the American/European versions (the few I have tried). I feel like American and European BB's are more like tinted moisturizers and less about coverage and sun protection. (Don't worry about the sample sizes in the picture I have tested all these BB's every day for at least 1-2 weeks each to do the reviews you will find in the links below)
I will be comparing them in the following categories: Shade, SPF, coverage, finish, staying power, oil control and misc (misc is where I will put the speciffic BB's special qualities)
I will be rating the coverage with a number from 1-10 1 being the sheerest.
Click on the name of the BB cream to read a full review of the product. The BB's are listed with the same numbers as the above photo for easier reference.
1. Skinfood peach sake pore BB:
- Shade: a bit on the peachy side but still an ok match.
- SPF: SPF 20
- Coverage: 6/Medium, can be built up. could be better at covering redness.
- Finish: matte to velvet.
- Staying power: quite good
- Oil control: good.
- Best suited for normal to oily skin. Skin that needs oil control, has a lovely scent, can cling to dry skin. Light weight. Contains sake wich is said to have skin benefits.
- Shade: Too dark for my NC15, yet not in an orange way.
- SPF: SPF 15
- Coverage: 1-2 very very sheer, not really buildable, evens out a bit.
- Finish: Greasy! sheer.
- Staying power: Not great at all.
- Oil control: None what so ever.
- Best suited for dry mature skin that is not too pale, more like a tinted moisturizer than a BB cream.
- Shade: Pinkish grey that blends to suit my nc15 skin.
- SPF: SPF 25
- Coverage: 7-8 good coverage, evens everything out, still looks natural.
- Finish: velvet to dewey depending on your skin type.
- Staying power: quite good.
- Oil control: not meant to control oil, meant to add moisture.
- Best suited for normal to dry fair skin, not as hydrating as it claimsbut not drying either.
- Shade: bit too warm for my pale skin.
- SPF: SPF 35
- Coverage: 7 evens skintone out and covers freckles somewhat.
- Finish: Dewey
- Staying power: Quite good/black label is a bit better.
- Oil control: Not that great, could be better.
- Best suited fornormal/dry skin nc20/nw20
5. Skin79 Super+ Orange BB cream:
- Shade: Matches my NC15 perfectly.
- SPF: SPF 50 UVA/UVB
- Coverage: 5/Medium, can be built up. Covers redness very well.
- Finish: Very dewey, looks beautiful and natural.
- Staying power: Average
- Oil control: Not that great, makes pores look bigger.
- Best suited for dry skin, I get oily within hours. Be careful not to overapply or it can look cakey. Contains vitamins A C E and F. A little one the liquid side of BB's
- Shade: Good match for my NC15
- SPF: SPF 25 UVA/UVB
- Coverage: 4/buildable covers redness well
- Finish: Natural dewey without looking oily, not cakey at all
- Staying power: Good
- Oil control:Great, only slightly oily around nose by the end of the day. Great for pores.
- Best suited for normal to oily skin. Brightens up the complexion and under eye area. I did not need concealer under the eyes with this. Claims to have anti ageging ingredients and whitening effects over time. A little on the thicker side of BB's
I have more BB cream reviews to come as I am always trying different BB's