The 17 Best BB Creams for Oily Skin
Looking for an alternative to foundation that’s fit for oily skin? BB creams are our top recommendation. But don’t be fooled, not all formulas are the same. We’re sharing 17 of the best BB creams that are formulated for oily skin types, ahead.
When you have oily skin, chances are much of your skin care-related efforts are spent keeping excess oil in check. Many cleansers, masks, and moisturizers are formulated to help control excess shine, but many times, finding makeup that lasts all day can be difficult. Luckily, living with (and managing) your oily skin doesn’t mean you have to forgo makeup altogether in order to avoid that dreaded T-Zone slick by noon. It also doesn’t mean that powder foundations are your only option. To achieve fresh-faced perfection—while still donning your favorite makeup looks—reach for a BB cream. These creamy, hard-working products can help enhance the skin, and many formulas offer shine-control for your oily-looking complexion.
As a refresher, BB cream is the ultimate multi-tasking product that combines elements of our favorite skin care products in a unique tinted formula. BB creams can offer the benefits of a moisturizer, anti-aging cream, sunscreen, primer, and foundation all in one. Oily skin types are great candidates for this multi-purpose power player since the consistency of BB cream is often lighter than foundation.
Be warned though, not all BB creams are created equal. Some formulas leave our skin feeling greasy by noon, or simply don’t offer enough coverage. Curious as to which are the best BB creams are for oily skin? From lightweight formulas to mattifying finishes, we share the top 17 bb creams for oily skin types, below.
GARNIER 5-IN-1 SKIN PERFECTOR BB CREAM OIL-FREE
This oil-free BB cream boasts mineral perlite, antioxidant wild berry, and tinted mineral pigments and can deliver five skin-perfecting benefits. Among them? Controlling shine, evening skin's tone, and protecting against UV rays thanks to the inclusion of SPF 15.
Garnier 5-in-1 Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free, $12.99 MSRP
MAYBELLINE DREAM PURE BB
The brand’s first blemish-fighting BB cream formulated with salicylic acid is a huge hit, and it’s easy to figure out why. The formula helps to minimize the look of pores and conceal imperfections while hydrating and smoothing the appearance of skin. Dream Pure BB is also non-comedogenic and boasts a lightweight feel, deeming it an ideal choice for oily, combination, and/or blemish-prone skin.
Maybelline Dream Pure BB, $8.99 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS MAGIC BB ANTI-REDNESS
Looking for a color correcting BB cream that can help neutralize the look of visible redness? Look no further than this feather-light green cream emulsion by L’Oreal Paris! This standout product combines all the benefits of a typical BB cream with color-correction. The green-tinted formula helps cancel out visible redness on the skin (like blemishes or rosiness), to improve the appearance of the complexion. Plus, the perfecting cream provides flawless coverage, perfectly even skin texture, long lasting hydration, and a bare-skin finish.
L’Oreal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness, $10.99 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS STUDIO SECRETS MAGIC SKIN BEAUTIFIER B.B. CREAM
Searching high and low for that perfect BB cream to hydrate, correct, even and perfect your skin? You’ll be pleased to know that this drugstore steal does just that! Enhanced with beautifying beads, antioxidants vitamins C and E, this lotion instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless, bare skin finish.
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR BB BLUR
Formulated with oily skin in mind, this oil-free, non-comedogenic BB cream helps minimize the appearance of large pores, visibly cover imperfections, and absorb oil for all-day matte, even skin. It even boasts Broad Spectrum SPF 20 for daily UV protection! What’s not to love? Use La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur daily to help conceal imperfections. The brand recommends layering this BB cream over Effaclar Duo.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, $29.99 MSRP
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP BB CREAM
Brighten, prime, and moisturize your skin with this mineral-enriched BB cream formula. The luxe formula can help cover blemishes in a pinch for skin that appears smooth, even, and radiant. Choose from three shades: nude, natural, and golden.
NYX Professional Makeup BB Cream, $13 MSRP
KIEHL’S BB CREAM – ACTIVELY CORRECTING AND BEAUTIFYING WITH SPF 50 PA+++
Meet: a dual-action, skin care-inspired BB cream that can enhance the appearance of your complexion and temporarily mask imperfections. Formulated with antioxidant-rich vitamin C and UV filters, it can help reduce the appearance of large pores for a virtually flawless-looking complexion. Plus, its formula is free of parabens, fragrances, mineral oil, and silicone, and is non-comedogenic, meaning you can rest-assured that the formula won’t clog your pores.
LANCÔME BIENFAIT TEINTÉ BB CREAM
This lightweight BB cream—with Broad Spectrum SPF 30—provides skin with natural-looking and even coverage, as well as long-lasting hydration without an uncomfortable greasy feel. Available in seven shades, the formula offers skin a healthy hint of color to cover imperfections, as well as enviable glow.
Lancôme Bienfait Teinté BB Cream, $49 MSRP
GARNIER BB CREAM MIRACLE SKIN PERFECTOR FOR COMBINATION TO OILY SKIN
Interested in a BB cream that has the ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hydrate your skin all day? We recommend turning to Garnier’s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector. Formulated with Pro-Xylane, mineral Pigments and broad-spectrum SPF 15, this anti-aging formula can also help keep excess shine at bay and minimize the appearance of pores.
LANCÔME IMANANCE TINTED DAY CRÈME SPF 15
To add a touch of luxury to your arsenal, try this ultra-light, tinted crème from Lancôme that’ll add a hint of sheer, luminous color to your complexion. Formulated with SPF 15 and antioxidants, this BB cream also offers environmental protection.
Lancôme Imanance Tinted Day Crème SPF 15, $56 MSRP
YVES SAINT LAURENT TOP SECRETS ALL-IN-ONE BB CREAM
Don’t let facial imperfections leave you feeling defeated, you can conceal those problem areas with Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream! This intensely hydrating formula—with SPF 20 and vitamin C—deeply moisturizes the skin and helps corrects the appearance of uneven skin and imperfections.
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream
With this glow-perfecting BB cream, the no makeup-makeup look is truly obtainable. Achieve a sun-kissed look with this 8-in-1 beauty balm, which delivers a perfectly bronzed finish, while also protecting your skin with SPF 25.
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream, $8.99 MSRP
L’Oreal Paris Studios Anti-Fatigue Magic BB Cream
The difference between this BB cream and its sister product for combination skin is its anti-aging properties. It’s formulated with beautifying bead that help counteract signs of fatigue. Use this ultra-light lotion to revive tired skin, even tone, and hydrate for a flawless-looking finish.
L’Oreal Paris Studios Anti-Fatigue Magic BB Cream, $10.99 MSRP
We love a good K-Beauty product, and this is a coveted one. If you’re looking for a gorgeously radiant finish, then you’ll adore this BB cream with SPF 42.
Fans of Burt’s Bees, rejoice. This balancing BB cream acts as both hydrating lotion and lightweight BB cream. With SPF 15, this BB cream helps protect against sunburn, while also providing a boost of antioxidants.
This BB cream can help with evening out the look of skin and offering sun and antioxidant protection. Place it over top of minimal skin imperfections to help disguise their appearance.
This BB cream is ideal for those with sensitive skin. It provides intense hydration as its formulated with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a prickly pear moisturizer. If you’re in a rush, take note that this cream is a 3-in-1 formula; a primer, a foundation, and a moisturizer.
Editor’s note: BB cream can offer the benefits of multiple products—think: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, etc.—at once. As far as sunscreen is concerned, BB cream should not be viewed as a replacement to your traditional Broad Spectrum SPF. Most BB creams are not formulated with enough Broad Spectrum sunscreen to provide adequate sun protection. So, while it’s a great perk if your BB cream does offer SPF benefits, don’t view it as a green light to toss your Broad Spectrum sunscreen use to the wayside and take other sun protection measures. In addition to wearing Broad Spectrum SPF (and reapplying at least every two hours), seek shade, avoid peak sun hours, and wear protective clothing for the best line of defense against harmful UV rays.