No other beauty product has made waves this year like BB creams did. That is, until about a week or so ago when word of CC creams started to spread. I guess we have something to look forward to in the new year, but back to where all the hype started.
BB creams (short for "beauty balm" or "blemish balm") have been popular among Korean and Japanese women since the '80s for their multi-purpose benefits. And with so many people's interest in Asian skincare, it's no surprise that brands like Garnier, Smashbox and Maybelline debuted their own BB creams to correct uneven skin tone, minimize oiliness, reduce wrinkles and offer extra sun protection.
Click through the slideshow below for the seven best BB creams of 2012, including our take on what makes these "miracle" products so darn great!
The "Best Beauty Products Of 2012" covers the top cosmetics, skin care and hair products out of the hundreds that have crossed our editors' desks this year. Winners are chosen through expert analysis based on quality, value and efficacy. Want to nominate your favorite product? Share it in our comments or contact our beauty team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybelline New York Dream Fresh Beauty Balm Cream
This was the product that convinced me that African-American women like myself aren't excluded from smoothing on BB creams. I love the lightweight feel and the fact that it doubles as a primer. Plus, it contains SPF 30 to help protect skin from harmful UV rays. $8, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Maybelline-Dream-Fresh-BB-Cream-Sheer-Tint-8-In-1-Skin-Perfector-Light-Medium/20658859">walmart.com</a>
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm
Already huge fans of their cruelty-free cosmetics, this hypoallergenic formula goes on super smooth and leaves behind a subtle glow -- perfect for lazy girls. $32, <a href="https://www.toofaced.com/p-1118-tinted-beauty-balm-multi-benefit-skin-care-makeup.aspx?">toofaced.com</a>
Estee Lauder Daywear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme
Mature beauties will appreciate this anti-aging BB cream which works to treat age spots, minimize pores and conceal discoloration to keep you looking younger than your years. $38, <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/estee-lauder-daywear-anti-oxidant-beauty-benefit-creme-broad-spectrum-spf-35?ID=638010">macys.com</a>
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
Skipping foundation became a whole lot easier thanks to this amazing blemish balm by Smashbox. Thanks to its natural coverage and matte finish, we're ready for our close-up, Mr. Spielberg. $39, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/camera-ready-bb-cream-spf-35-P300339">sephora.com</a>
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
Women with dry skin will certainly appreciate this highly moisturizing formula from Garnier. Plus, you get a lot of product in a small tube at a great price point. #Winning $10, <a href="http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Garnier-Skin-Renew-Miracle-Skin-Perfector-BB-Cream-LightMedium?skuId=871655">cvs.com</a>
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
If you're suffering from redness or rosacea, this blemish balm cream may work wonders for your skin. Free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates (irritating chemicals often found in beauty products), Clinique's version reduces the appearance of imperfections. But be warned: It's heavy, so a little goes a long way. $37, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/age-defense-bb-cream-spf-30-P293010">sephora.com</a>
Iman Cosmetics Skin Tone Evener BB Creme
The legendary supermodel may have introduced her version late in the game, however, it couldn't have arrived at a better time. This beauty balm cream offers women of color (and of various skin tones) another impressive option when putting their best face forward thanks to the rich, yet natural pigment, hydrating ingredients like sweet almond oil and aloe and brightening licorice root extract. $20, <a href="http://www.imancosmetics.com/bbcreme">imancosmetics.com </a>
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