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6 beauty balms to try

BB stands for beauty balm. These creams are like tinted moisturizers or light-coverage foundations’but not quite the same thing. If you believe the skincare companies, they’re the ultimate multi-tasker

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drjart

Dr. Jart+ BB Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Base SPF 35

Dr. Jart+ is an Asian beauty balm. BB creams there, including Dr. Jart+, often aim to reduce acne and lighten skin tone, which drives a big part of the skincare industry in Asia.

($33, 50 mL)

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missa

Missha M Signature Real Complete B.B. Cream SPF 25

Missha is also a brand from Asia. It’s oil-free and has a high SPF. It has grey undertone and provides heavier coverage than the newer North American versions.

($29, 45 g)

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Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream

Garnier’s BB cream is oriented to hydration, skin tone even­ing and skin brightening. It focuses more on beige undertones to correct redness and dullness.

($20, 75 mL)

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estee lauder

Estée Lauder Day Wear B.B Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35

BB creams claim to be the ultimate multi-taskers. Some are a little pearlescent; some have anti-aging collagen-boosting ingredients; some have UV protection.

This one
claims to be moisturizing, protective and provide flawless perfection.

($51, 30 mL)

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Vichy BB Cream NeoVadiol Lumiere Densifying Complexion Enhancing Care

Vichy BB Cream NeoVadiol Lumiere Densifying Complexion Enhancing Care

A BB cream that’s available at the drugstore, Vichy claims this is the first anti-aging beauty balm for mature skin.

($44, 40 mL)

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Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

In Asia (where BB stands for blemish balm), “BB creams have a huge following,” says Sarah Haynes Heath, a spokesperson for Boscia, a brand that originated in Japan and whose BB cream is available at Sephora.

($38, 50 mL). 

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