No longer the beauty counter newbie, BB cream has proved it’s a serious contender in the base coverage category. The all-in-one makeup, skincare cream and SPF claims to have all your skin's needs covered, but is it really good enough to trump foundation?
If it’s coverage you want, you may want to opt for foundation. Most BB creams have enough tint to even out redness, but if you want something that's going to last all day, foundation is the way to go, says Flor. Lancôme Teint Idole Stick Foundation will stay put for 24 hours (if need be).
For Sun Protection
While many foundations do contain SPF, the level is often too low to count as your daily protection (broad spectrum SPF 30 is ideal). Kiehl’s BB Cream Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream contains a whopping SPF 50.
Moisturizing foundations exist (like Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation), but this round also goes to the BB cream, which is really a tinted moisturizer with a few extra skincare bells and whistles.
Most BBs come in light, medium and dark. If you have a tough-to-match skin tone, you’re going to need a few more (okay, a lot more) options. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, for example, comes in 18 shades.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin
Foundation will cover zits, but a BB (also called blemish balm) can also help treat them. "If you're acne-prone, using a BB cream that’s oil-free is a good way to go,” says Flor. Try Garnier Normal to Dry BB Cream Oil-Free.
“Anything that combines sunscreen, skincare ingredients, antioxidants and light coverage is ideal for the busy woman who doesn't have time for a more in-depth regimen,” says Peredo. A major multitasker: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
The Final Score
It’s a super-close match, but in terms of overall skin health and multitasking, the BB cream comes out on top. But if you want more coverage, a wider shade range or you don’t mind a multi-step routine in the morning, don’t trade in your favorite foundation any time soon.
Do you prefer BB cream or foundation? Tell us why in the comments!