Beauty Balms, or BB creams, are one of the newer products on the beauty circuit, offering both makeup and skincare benefits. The hybrid products originated in Germany, made their way to Asia, and are now everywhere from Europe to Australia to here in the U.S. Their claim to fame is the combination of multiple benefits they can provide: they hydrate, act as a primer, provide sun protection, cover imperfections, provide light coverage, brighten and even out skin tone, and smooth skin.
Finding the right one isn’t hard; there are lots of formulas with different benefits:
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 has a hypo-allergenic and soothing formula. It moisturizes with oil-free hydration, has a chemical-free SPF 20, and an anti-aging complex that can be used to provide light coverage or as a primer. Its four tones come in Vanilla Glow, Cream Glow, Nude Glow, and Beach Glow. (Sephora, toofaced.com)
Garnier Skincare’s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector is one of the best-selling beauty balms. It continues to grow in popularity as a result of its all-encompassing formulation: SPF 15, intense hydration, sheer coverage, and its ability to even tone. Tinted mineral pigments give a delicate finish. Shades include Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. (CVS, garnierusa.com)
MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is so popular that it’s currently sold out! This BB features a creamy consistency to retexturize skin. It can be used as a primer or used alone; its light tint suits most complexions and has a nice sheen. Its long-lasting formula also features a high SPF 35. (maccosmetics.com)
Stila’s new Stay All Day 10-In-1 HD Beauty Balm is excellent for oily skin. Its long-wearing formula helps reduce redness and skin irritation, helps reduce pore size, and provides oil and blemish control. In addition, it also helps hide skin imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles. (Ulta, stilacosmetics.com)
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 gives skin a healthy glow with its ultra-smoothing finish. Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, it gives skin a hydrating veil to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. It works well alone or as a primer. It comes in five colors: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium and Dark. (Sephora, smashbox.com)
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is Clarins’ most popular radiance booster. This pick-me-up for tired skin features olive extract to moisturize and brighten. Its non-oily, fast- absorbing formula makes for a great primer. It doubles as a 10-minute “energy” mask. (Sephora, clarins.com)