High-End BB Cream Reviews

One of my most popular posts ever was on Drugstore BB Cream Reviews. And I would always get asked to review high-end ones, so I hope you enjoy, and maybe find a new favorite or two.

Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm
  • A five-in-one beauty balm that minimizes the appearance of pores, lines, wrinkles, and redness instantly for skin that looks firmer in eight weeks. 
  • Features SPF 20 sun protection 
  • Comes in one universal shade
  • Best for oily skin, but I really liked it. I didn't notice anything especially minimized, but I would repurchase 
  • $34 for 1.8 oz

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 Illuminating BB Balm
  • SPF 30
  • Multipurpose beauty balm to produce a youthful-looking, radiant complexion 
  • Comes in one universal shade (also comes in bronzing and original formulas)
  • Gives skin a lit-from-within glow
  • Paraben-free
  • Really love this (as well as the original formula), as it gives a glow without being glittery. I can see this working on all skin types, as long as you want a glow effect. Would repurchase
  • $38 1.3 oz

Boscia BB Cream Broad Spectrum
  • Oil-free botanical formula to promote skin elasticity and reduce the look of fine lines
  • SPF 27
  • Comes in one universal lustrous shade (and bronze)
  • Paraben-free
  • Mine was glittery and it was very obvious, as it was pointed out to me all day (even by strangers). I didn't like this at all.
  • $18 .75 oz

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
  • A five-in-one formula for achieving flawless skin on camera and beyond. 
  • Oil-controlling formulation with emollients and optical pearl pigments to provide hydration and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles after only four weeks 
  • SPF 35
  • Comes in 8 shades
  • I really loved this in the summer (when my skin isn't as dry) and would repurchase it, but oily skin will like this best. I love how it comes in more than 1 shade!
  • $39 1 oz  

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm
  • A multi-benefit BB cream that tints, primes, nourishes, prevents, and protects skin in one easy step. 
  • SPF 20 
  • Comes in five shades 
  • Oil-free hydration that primes the skin
  • This has a slight illumination factor to it, and is very lightweight. I feel like it's not worth the price, and so that's why I wouldn't repurchase. It does feel like nothing is on the skin.
  • $34 1.5 oz

Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream
  • This Korean BB cream features ingredients such as lictorice root and jojoba oils to keep skin moist and smooth.
  • Comes in one shade (great for pale/fair skin)
  • 30 spf
  • Lioele carries a variety of BB creams
  • Very thick but blends in easily. However, this product is best for very pale/light skin tones. I wouldn't repurchase it since it is so light, but would highly recommend it. Plus, how cute is the packaging?
  • $39 50ml (I've seen it for under $20)

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm
  • A one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors. 
  • Bio-Peptide Complex infused with white gold to provide antiaging properties and support natural collagen 
  • SPF 45 
  • Comes in one universal shade 
  • Sulfates-free
  • Dr. Jart has several other BB creams, and most of these I like. Be warned that I've tried some that turned grey on me.
  • I really liked this and would repurchase. All skin types would like this.
  • $39 1.5 oz
  • Minus the Lioele, all BB creams featured here were purchased at Sephora.
  • BB creams are great options for those that want to have fewer products and light coverage. BB creams can also be used as a primer (like the UD Naked one, for example) although I usually wear them as is.
  • I've found that high-end BB creams are better for those with oily skin, as most drugstore versions more closely resemble tinted moisturizers that work better for dry skin.
  • I've noticed that most high-end BB creams come in one shade, and that shade is for light-medium (I would definitely say more light to fair), so I strongly suggest trying samples before you purchase (or keep the receipt).
What's your favorite BB Cream?


  1. I am very interested to check out Stila and Smashbox BB cream, seems like something that I will like very much! Thanks for another great review, Elle!

  2. i haven't used a BB cream...yet. mainly because i like more coverage for my spots and freckles. the smashbox one sounds like one with better coverage!

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  3. I am very curious about Stila, so will need to have a look at that one. Smashbox sounds amazing, but since you haven't mentioned it, I get a feeling there are parabens in its formula (would be such a shame!) Thank you for a great review, Elle! x

  4. I don't use a BB cream, but I think I should start!

  5. I've tried the Naked BB Cream and wasn't the biggest fan. It was definitely a nice BB Cream but I really wanted it to do more. I really want to try the Dr Jart one now! I think as soon as mine is gone I'm going to have to try that one! :)

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  6. Fabulous review, I'm so curious about the Naked BB cream *-*
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  7. I have used very few high end BB's. I'm just not a big fan of them. I feel like they makes tons of claims and don't really deliver. However, I do love the CC+ from IT Cosmetics. Have you tried that one?

  8. maybe it's because i have only tried drug store brands, but i really don't love bb creams. i'm sure i'm wearing them wrong, or something on my end!

  9. I haven't tried any of these...in terms of the higher end BB creams I've only ever tried the ones I get samples of at Sephora (yeah, I'm cheap!). Personally none of them have really compared to Garnier's BB cream - I love that stuff!

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  10. Great post! I love the Dr. Jart Black Label Detox bb cream. I used it up so fast and was sad when it finished. When you have as many products as I do, you know that's saying something! I find that I really like mixing my bb creams with full coverage foundations. It seems to improve the color and consistency for me.

  11. I have dry skin, so I will stick with my Garnier BB cream that you recommended. :) It's great for the handful of days I actually wear make-up!

  12. Thanks for the review! I love that they all have SPF. I have tried a drug store one, but it was too light of coverage for me. I like medium. Ill have to try one of these out.

  13. I love this Elle and all the reviews because I've never really used BB Creams but I'd like to start this summer. I always feel like I need more coverage so I shy away from these but I think the Smashbox one would be great to try especially because it has multiple shades.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. I really like Smash Box's tinted moisturizer maybe they make a BB cream that is not oil control for people that are do not have dry skin. I will have to check in out next time I am in Sephora.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  15. I love how so many more products are including SPF. I'm so paranoid about making sure I wear sun protection on my face. I've tried the Dr. Jarts and liked it, but since I have dry skin, I like the Ponds or Garnier BB creams better. :)

  16. Thanks for the round up! I use the Garnier BB Cream. I think it's much better now that they make the oil-free version.

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  17. I didn't realize so many BB creams have SPF! I usually buy drugstore makeup, but I love Stila... I am planning a birthday trip to Sephora so I might have to try a few of these out!

  18. Thanks for the review! You covered so many! I think I'll give Stila a try :)

  19. This is a very helpful for post for someone like me who has never tried a BB Cream before.

  20. Great to know! I have oily skin, so I would probably need a higher-end BB cream. For now, I'm happy with what I currently use : )

  21. I haven't tried any high-end brands but I'm dying to try Naked!

  22. Such an informative post!! Great job. I am bookmarking this page for future refrence!! :)


  23. great reviews! i have smashbox bb cream but i only use it when i have a blemish or something i need to cover up (i rarely use face makeup beyond eye stuff). xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  24. I've been curious about the Dr. Jart range of BB creams. Thanks for this roundup!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  25. I'd love to try the Stila cream, since I love that brand!

  26. The was a super helpful post, thanks! I have yet to try a BB cream, but I think you may have convinced me :)

  27. I always wanted to try the Dr.Jart one and now I will totally give it a go. Such great post. Thanks:) xo

  28. I don't use BB cream. I do have the boscia one but haven't used it. Going to have to try it out and see what it does on me.

  29. I never liked BB creams, but probably because I was never willing to buy a good/high-end one. I LOVE and am so thankful for your awesome and detailed reviews! :)

  30. I didn't like the Boscia BB Cream at all either! And I feel the same way about the Smashbox one - I absolutely love it, but I can really only wear it in the summer, it's just too drying for my skin in the colder months! Great lineup and I want to check out the UD Naked and the Stila BB Creams now!

  31. Ohhh thank you so much for this! I have always been wondering about BB Creams the only one I used once was from my Birchbox and it broke my skin out like crazy. So it's good to read through all these other options :-)

  32. I like the idea of a little bit of a glow from the Stila one! That sounds nice.

  33. I haven't tried any bb creams from high end brands but I've tried a lot of drugstore ones! Great reviews this post was helpful!

  34. Wow! You've tried a lot of BB Creams! It sounds like the cheaper ones would probably work just as well for me. Right now I'm using a BB Cream from Marcelle. It's alright, but I'm ready to try something new!

  35. i love anything from smashbox but i have never seen this product. i'll have to look it up and give it a try!
    oh, and it's always nice to find other atl bloggers!
    following you on bloglovin now :)

  36. Thanks for trying all these stuff and letting us know the results, Elle:) I have dry skin, so although I'll probably stick to the drugstore brand, good to know that there are some good ones out there from Sephora. Would love to get my hands on that Stila one.

  37. Thanks for taking the time to try out and review all of these, some of them sound very worthy, its just about finding whats right for your skin tone and type. Your thoughts mean very much to me, thanks for stopping by.

  38. Great roundup! I haven't tried any of these. I'm a sucker for drugstore BB creams.

  39. I have the Stila BB cream and really like it. Except (and this is a little silly) but it's actually not quite pale enough for me. I am really, really light.

  40. I love Smashbox & Lioele BB Creams! Have you tried Missha? Their bb cream is my favorite! :)

  41. Thanks for the great reviews, Elle! I'm still looking for the right BB cream for me and I definitely need one for dry skin... guess I'll be sticking to Maybelline Dream Fresh for now!

  42. I liked the Dr. Jart BB cream too and really liked it. The Dior BB cream is amazing as well.


  43. Urban Decay Naked is the best :)! I love it.

  44. These are all good. I haven't had much luck with BB Creams because I need more coverage. These are great for those who don't need that much coverage.

    HaHa Elle! Thanks for the comment. I'm in New Orleans. I order Skin Food Tea Tree Cleanser from S. Korea (overseas).

  45. Oh I haven't had good luck with the few drug store bb creams that I have tried. I've been wanting to try the higher end brands but they all come in light colors so I'm not sure. I hope they come out with darker color bb creams.


  46. Loved this Elle. I really like the Boscia...funny. It works great on my skin. My very favourite though? Comes from Korea...the missha perfect cover. Well priced and just AMAZING.

  47. I'm kind of hooked on the Maybelline BB cream, it's a good balance of not being too heavy but still giving good coverage.

  48. Thanks for sharing! I've also found that high end bb creams only have one shade which is odd. I love Stila and Smashbox. I've heard good things about UD so that's not on my list

  49. Great review! I do have a question for you: What is the best product for getting rid of/hiding red spots? I have red spots all over my cheeks from old pimples that won't seem to go away, and I don't want to have to wear foundation, especially since I really just want to even out the area around my cheeks. Any advice you have is appreciated! :)

  50. Really very informative and detailed review. Thanks for sharing it :)


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