4.08.2013

Gouldylox Guide to BB Creams: Drugstore Edition (+ Giveaway!)

Purchased By Me Sent For Review

If there is one topic people stop to ask me (or write in about) it's BB Creams. At least twice a day, I'll get asked, "so what is the deal with these BB Creams?" The follow up question I get most often is, "Is there one that doesn't cost a fortune that you like?".


Of course there are! At your local CVS/Pharmacy (my favorite because of the Beauty Club rewards!) there are practically a dozen to chose from. But which one to select? I'm going to try to break them down for you so you can pick the right one. I'm going to say right now that I'm only talking about the ones that I have specific experience with. And because of that, I can only comment on the actual color of the lightest tone available. There are some holes in my coverage because they were not available on the shelves for me to purchase.

But first, let's discuss the basics. A BB Cream, which means Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, is supposed to combine skin care with a pigmented foundation-like cream that gives you medium or more coverage. Oddly, most BBs aren't really the best choice for oilier skin. I have to assume that the blemish those brands are talking about are more likely to be sun-related spots, and not the American use, which usually means "zit".  It should also contain real skin care and usually an SPF. Many of the popular Asian brands give the skin a different look, almost like it's hyper-fresh or plastic-ish. The thought of a plastic face is only not palatable until you've tried it. Then you'll change your tune.

Hardcore BB Creams fans will tell you over and over that there aren't many that compare to the overseas greats. In some cases they are correct. But if you haven't tried those, are looking for something more than a tinted moisturizer and not as much as a foundation, then a BB Cream is what you want. How much with these cost you in a drugstore? At CVS/Pharmacy, you can expect to pay between $6.99 and $22.99. That's WAY less than most department store brands!

 Let's start by looking at the colors available in the Light to Medium tone. Many range from truly fair to slightly orange, so depending on your skin tone, one (or more) are sure to match. Notice, the ones that make a perfect circle of cream are the thinnest or most sheer of the bunch. The ones that keep their shape out of the tube are the thickest and offer the most coverage. The ones with a little shape and a little circle fall in the middle.

drugstore BB Creams


Next, let's look at the different qualities of each BB Cream to find the one that is right for you. Does it contain SPF? Does it contain any skincare? Is it available in your shade (or in a shade family that will work for you?) Will it give you a youthful, dewy finish? What kind of coverage does it have? Check out all of the answers below!

Pin either one of these charts for easy help when you are in the drugstore shopping or download them (by right clicking) and save them to your tablet, phone or computer for a handy shopping guide.


Drugstore BB Cream

If you have oily skin, Garnier just released a BB Cream specifically for you! There really is a BB cream just for you -- you just have to find the right one.

Need some spring shopping money? CVS has a $50 gift card that might just have your name on it! Just tell me what your favorite BB Cream is in the comments. Get extra entries from the Rafflecopter below! Must be 18 to enter. No PO Boxes. US only. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Must know what's always in the banana stand.




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33 comments:

  1. Bananas are always in the banana stand!

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  2. Oh, also, I don't have a favorite BB cream. I've only tried Maybelline and I am not impressed!

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  3. I haven't tried a bb cream YET, but it's on my list of things to try this summer since I've moved to a lovely humid place where foundation is just going to be too heavy. The chart helps tons!

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  4. I like the Garnier for texture and coverage, but its too pink for me. Based on your list, I'm going to try the Revlon in Light. Looks much more like my coloring. Thanks!

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  5. Olay fresh effects

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  6. Drugstore is Aveeno. The color is right and it's not fragranced. High end I love 3Lab but also Skin79

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  7. There is a brand of BB Cream I bought from HK which I find really good. Forget the brand though. :(

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  8. I like the Garnier Oil-Free BB Cream in Light/Medium so Far because of the coverage and shine control.

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  9. I Tried the Revlon BB Cream and it's Pretty Good for days that I don't feel like wearing a full face of Makeup, but My Favorite of the Moment is the Flower Beauty BB Cream, very good coverage and mattifying as well.

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  10. I love the Lumene BB cream! It's hands down my favorite so far. It's just a smidge too dark for me, which is my only complaint - if they added a fair and a deep shade to expand the range, I think it'd be pretty much perfect.

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  11. The first BB cream I tried was an Asian one, before they began showing up from US brands, so pretty much all of the American BBs disappoint me. I'll stick to Missha and Skin79. I don't even need to use concealer with Skin79's orange (bottle, not the color of the product, haha) BB cream, which is a true miracle for my skin, plus it's got SPF 50 and is only $15ish on Amazon. Unfortunately most of the Asian ones don't offer shades for women of color, but as I'm about two shades shy of translucent, they work well for me.

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  12. I'm using Aveeno because it looks and feels good on the skin plus it is very affordable. I have used Garnier as well but I decided to stick with Aveeno.

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  13. I haven't tried BB cream, but I really want to.. I have heard a lot of good comments on Maybelline's, but I haven't gotten the money to go get some.

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  14. I have tried several BB Creams. I found that Rimmel has great coverage with out looking heavy and reduces my pores. And.....it makes my skin feel super soft. Love it!
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  15. I have not tried one yet, so I do not know.

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  16. The first and only one I've tried so far is l'Oreal BB ('magic skin beautifier'). It says it's their first one. Color 'fair' which on me translated to downright yet appealingly pallid. Knocked my anklets off. I love it. It hudrates and perfects. My 50 year old sun-battered face looked 10 years younger and looked and felt like a (really pale) flower petal. Whee! It's got no SPF though, and because of that and the extreme lightness I put my SPF Bare Minerals powder on top for color and protection. Thank you for these pointers - will try another tomorrow!

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    1. Hey Zabigdog- Please wear a sunscreen under your BB Cream. The BE on top isn't adding enough protection. Please?

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    2. Ooooh!! I had no idea. Thanks, Gouldyguru! (Wait - if I get a BB *with* sunscreen, is that enough?)

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    3. I know that your job keeps you very active and in hot weather, that means perspiration. I would rather see you with a waterproof sunscreen under your makeup. And then if your BB Cream has a sunscreen, it's a bonus. Also, you'll need to reapply every few hours if you are outside. You have to protect that punim!

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  17. There is always MONEY in the banana stand~ =)

    Also, the only BB cream i've tried is the new Garnier for oily skin. It works ok has light coverage with more of a matte finish and matches my skin good, but it reeks of alcohol for a bit while applying it, but then goes away.

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  18. Oh my gosh! I am so out of it! I have not heard of a BB cream! Where have I been? Oh I have to go and try it! So, I cannot even tell you a favorite...but I will be reading what everyone else says!

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  19. I tried the smashbox and liked it but have tried no others!

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  20. I've only tried Maybelline but want to try others! Also, I know that's an Arrested Development quote but can't remember the answer. :)

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  21. I really want to try out the Lumene and PF BB creams. Thank you SO much for this comprehensive, well-organized review!! This will be so helpful! :)

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  22. I have never tried one, although I would love something light with sheer coverage

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  23. i havent honetly tried any of them.
    ove only tried hydraxatone bb cream

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  24. Thanks for the chart! I wish drugstores had testers, but your chart helps tons.

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  25. I've tried Gariner and L'Oreal BB Creams. I think I like Garnier the best.

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  26. I just purchased the L'oreal BB Magic Skin Beautifier. So far I like it, and I can see myself wearing it throughout the summer months.

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  27. Wow! That's a great post! I didn't know CVS had one! Hmm, time to visit mh local CVS. Thanks!

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