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My top five BB creams

I've said it before and I'll say it again: BB creams have come a long way. No longer are they thick and unwieldy, they're now more comfortable in humid weather, with a more perfecting finish. Well, the shade selection is still limited but if you fall in the fair to medium range then you shouldn't have any trouble.

Now three of the BB creams featured here are too light on me, but that's because I didn't get the chance to choose the right shade. That notwithstanding the formula of these BB creams are amazing! Here's why I highly recommend them. :)

The Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream is hands down my favorite BB cream ever. It stays put, matches my skin perfectly (luckily), and has such a flawless, photogenic finish. It's definitely something I would buy when I run out!

A lot of people don't like that this doesn't have SPF - it's unheard of for a BB cream to have no SPF! - but for me that feature is a boon. At least this product can be worn pretty much any time during the 24-hour day. It's not a big hassle for me to just use my preferred SPF moisturizer/base if I am going out in daylight.

Best for: girls with oily skin, who need a photo-ready face base. Light to medium range only (two shades).

Almost invisible yet quite illuminating, the VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible SPF30 enhances the skin with just the slightest hint of tint. It's perfect for the "no makeup makeup" look - I've demonstrated this product to that effect! The sheerness and neutral color of Skintangible makes it friendly to darker skintones. So, if you've lost hope on BB creams for your morena skin, you have to check this one out.

Best for: morenas, dry to combination skin, super natural skin finish. One shade only, best for medium to medium dark tones.

I love the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF50 mostly for the convenience it offers. It comes in a compact with a sponge that actually applies the product well. It's sheer like Skintangible but Snow BB has a buildable coverage (which the latter doesn't). The SPF50 also doesn't hurt if you're lazy. As for the texture, it's ultra light, almost watery. Very ideal in our weather although you would need a separate moisturizer if you're dry.

Best for: travel junkies, busy bees who don't have time for brushes and too much blending, combination skin. Three light to medium shades available.

The Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream is sweat and oil resistant, has SPF50, and medium/heavy, matte coverage. It's what I consider to be a heavy-duty face base. Really useful if you're super oily and always out in the sun! It's perfect with the Precious Mineral Sun BB Pact (also with SPF) come retouching time.

Best for: physically active people who need coverage, oily skin. Three light to medium shades available.

Etude House Precious Mineral BBdation SPF40 is similar to my favorite liquid foundation, the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow. It gives this poreless, polished finish - more on the satin end compared to Fairydrops demi-matte. And this has SPF if you're looking for something specifically to be worn during the day.

Best for: pore issues, brightening, dry to combination skin. Three light to medium shades available.

Etude House Sun BB Cream, Etude House BBdation, Skintangible, Fairydrops, Laneige Snow BB Cream

And that's it. You must share your favorite BB creams as well! What are you loving lately and why?

Reader Comments (34)

Now this is what I'm talking about! I'm sure a lot of girls are going to go crazy with this! Yiy! A BB Cream bible! With swatches and recommendations and all that! Great job, Liz! This will be very VERY much appreciated!:-) Good afternoon!:-)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

I'm going to get me that Fairy Drops! Swear!:-)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

I've tried a few BB creams, including the VMV Skintangible. While I like that one, my favorite is still the Kate BB Gel Cream. While "Gel Cream" may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, it has a great consistency that makes it easy to spread. The finish is also great, it makes my skin look fresh and smooth, but still natural. It's available in 3-4 shades so I was able to find a good match. The small tube is a bit deceiving. I've had mine for about 4 months, and even with almost daily use, it still hasn't run out. It's perfect for travel, and I can bring it around in my bag for days when I rush out of the house with no makeup. I first got wind of Kate cosmetics on your blog, so I guess I have you to thank for discovering this gem. :-)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Wow! This post made me wanna buy the Fairydrops 100%. It's actually what I'm looking for, very versatile. If I want to use it at night you can use it alone, no white cast caused by SPF. Then at daytime, I can just apply sunscreen prior to it. What I'm loving right now is Encara BB Cream. It works so well like foundation. I need not put any concealer anymore. Perfect if I'm on a rush. Next is the Lovely me:ex BB Cream by The Face Shop which is my everyday bb cream since I stay inside the office for the whole day. Thanks for this very helpful post! :) I'm such a 100% BB Cream fan ^_^

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGenzel

Thanks for this! I've tried Tony Moly's Cutie Beauty bb cream, Snoe Beauty BB Cream, and the Maybelline BB Cream. Sadly, these three don't work for me. The TM one has a whitish cast that I don't like, the Snoe Beauty breaks me out (boohoo, but the color of the bb cream matches my skin), and I got the Maybelline one in the wrong color. This post made me want to try the Etude House bb creams, looks very promising!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGett Baladad

I'm rocking the EH Precious Mineral Bright Fit right now. I love the ease of application, especially since I don't really have that much time in the morning to dedicate to my face. However, this post is making me want to try out the Laneige Snow BB.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

ok naman ang snoe bb cream, mura pa, im going to get that etude house sun bb cream, naentice ako sa medium to heavy coverage, ako nga yon, cover my fez pls hahaha! no seriously i need something that will cover my acne marks

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Out of your roster BB creams, my chosen champion is the VMV skintangible. It has a whopping 16% sunscreen actives of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to ensure gentle broad spectrum protection! But what I truly love is that the tint offsets the perennial issue of whitecast (although not in flash). It is sheer enough to work with my vampiric complexion. It just tans me up quite a bit which is not really a price to pay for what it provides:)) Love this purchase which I got from your review of it<3 Thank you, bow:D

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

I've seriously been thinking about venturing into the world of BB creams so thanks for this! Really want to try Fairydrops now. I was also wondering about the lack of SPF, but you're right--at least it can be worn day and night. :)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

I absolutely am in love with VMV Skitangible! Gives me a glowy, blooming look! Thanks to your review! However, I think I overreacted when I bought three bottles. Haha. Since they changed the packaging to a smaller, handy one, I thought the product would run out easily but it has been a month and I haven't even finished one third of the bottle yet, even though I use it everyday! Great list! I've only had the chance to try the etude house sun bb cream and VMV's and they are great, like you said! Will check out the rest when I run out!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

I don't even know which one to buy first--and I have backups of bb cream and foundies to go thru pa. </3 oh Liz, you're reviews are insanely bad for the purse. Hehe. If Liz likes it, might as well buy it! Looks like a lot of readers swear on vmv skintangible!

@Gino, may I know what shade you are? You said the skintangible tans you slightly eh :) i'm curious how fair you are.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Mari

Darn! Skintangible is sooo part of my list now. All these great reviews leaves me wanting to buy all the stuffs that you review! Joy Mari's right, nakakasakit na sa bulsa. haha :))

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Yey! A "Favorite BB creams" post! it's very helpful that you gave recommendations for each. I have two out of the five mentioned (EH Sun BB and Laneige Snow BB). I actually find the EH Sun BB to be a bit grayish so I have to use it sparingly (and thinly over my face). This defeats the purpose though, since I need a waterproof base with heavy coverage everyday. Good thing, I found the Laneige Snow BB. It has better shade match than the EH Sun BB. But I think I waste more product because of the sponge. =( I think I will purchase the EH BBdation and the Fairydrops. They have characteristics that I know I will love.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

@Joy Mari Hi! Well I guess you could just type my name on facebook and my paleness will show-up:) But just to give you an idea, I never tan (only red) and I'm prone to freckling which from what I've been told is skin type 1. I kinda look ghostly under the sun:D

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

I tried the Dr. Oil and precious minerals BB cream from etude and I loved it, I was able to finish the Dr.Oil but when I went back to etude they said it was out of stock, so I tried the latter and I was able to finish it in 6 months. Kinda worth the price that I paid because the product delivers and worked just fine.
I'm currently using the Skin 79, hot pink BB cream for a change and I like it, It's kinda thicker/creamier and its coverage is awesome.
I must say I'm loving korean products more and more since they really know how to make the perfect beauty product that is suitable for Asian skin.
it's also a big plus that I did not break out from all the three products, considering that I have sensitive skin.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

I'm using the BB cream by Maybelline and so far I can't find fault with its delivery. I like the slightly-dewy effect without looking greasy and it gives me just that. This is my first BB cream and when it runs out I'm planning to purchase Fairydrops or Laneige because the swatches look compatible with my skin tone.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

I swear by Étude House's Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream! Works wonders for me :)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLysha

I also use Kate BB Gel Cream, like @Chrissy! I've tried several Korean BB creams but this one's my favorite. I haven't used Fairydrops but I can say the same things about the Kate one, but with the added SPF30! I had mine for 6 months and I think my tube can last for a month more. You should try it, Ms. Liz!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterB.

Laneige is so surprising I've no idea that BB Cream can be in a compact powder form pala, am i right? I've read other beauty bloggers raves on Fairy Drops so i guess it's really that good but it doesnt have spf :(

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryan

I've tried using bb creams from Etude house and they're really good. However, they tend to make my face looks darker at the end of the day. Better cguro ang effect kung hndi pawisan ang peg! :-))

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmhy

Where can we get the Fairy Drops products?

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzinfandel

@zinfandel Fairy Drops can be found in Beauty Bar :)
I have the EH Sun BB Cream and it's one of the best I've tried so far. I tend to have oily skin but this doesn't make my face greasy at all! And the high SPF + being waterproof is a big plus for me as I do a lot of field work.
My other go-to BB Cream is from the Face Shop's Lovely ME:EX line. It has SPF 20 so it doesn't leave as much of a white cast compared to the EH one. I use this when I know I'll be spending more time indoors.
Another BB cream I've tried is the one from Elianto way back when they still had branches here. It's similar to the Face Shop one but less viscous. The packaging wasn't very good (it came in a tube but since the product was more liquid, it kept spilling out) but I genuinely liked Elianto's BB cream because they had darker, warmer toned shades available. Even though I have light-medium skin, I still find it difficult to find BB creams that match my skin tone. Most I find are still way too light!
The Laneige one looks very handy and definitely should try out Fairydrops! It would be great to use in events where lots of pictures are taken.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

I'm such a fan of BB creams. I used it almost everyday since I discovered it with Missha M Perfect cover BB cream a while back and i have never been without one ever since. I have gone through a lot of BB creams as well because i find testing new ones exciting. As for the benefit, my skin had really gotten better with use of BB creams over time and the dry flaky patches in my combination skin had disappeared over time. And I swear the appearance of new wrinkles had stopped and the old ones seems less prominent.
My favorite are 1. Laneige Snow Soothing BB cream . I love that it comes in a handy compact and it does a decent job with oil control in my face. I love that it has high spf as well.
2. Etude House precious Mineral Sun BB cream. i love that it has high spf of 50, good oil control and waterproof. Perfect when you want to stay out in the sun.
3. The face Shop power perfection BB cream spf 37 . I like that it gives a natural finish on natural lighting although quite reflective on photography.
4. tony moly expert triple BB cream spf 45. It has good oil control and high spf.
5. Missha M Signature Real Complete BB cream spf 25. This is what i am currently using mostly at night , alternating with the Laneige Cushion BB. I love that it is liquid buts settles with a powdery feel finish. Oil control is not that good though just like any Missha BB cream.

I am really lemming for the Kate gel BB cream. But I'm sad someone said its phaseout na here sa Philippines. I shouldn't have postponed getting this. Anyone know any seller of Kate products? If not I will settle for the fairydrops, kaya lang no spf. As you can see from my choices i prefer high spf.

Ms. Liz, may I ask again what shade you use for your NC35 skin with the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen wow since you mentioned it here again?

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

I would really want to give BB creams a go when my scars have faded out. They give the skin this nice glow without hiding it. Have you tried BB creams from Misha? I heard they're really good. Also, this one line they have with the red tube has a bigger shade range.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I am not yet using a bb cream because i am still on the hunt for one that will suit my needs.And also,i think it is helpful to know that not all girls may actually need bb creams because one must not hide her real face...The bb cream must be used to enhance the beauty,to hide imperfections but not to mask the face.Haha!Well the Bb cream nowadays are not the same as the original ones because they lean more to being makeup products and not only for regeneration and healing of the skin.bUT the sun protection is really what we need,So i hope i can find a good bb cream soon,,

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpbhie

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