Madison Vanderberg
April 21, 2016 12:02 pm

The drugstore BB cream that is better than most foundations?! That is a BOLD statement. Hear me out.

I have very uneven skin. I have acne scars, freckles and sun damage, which is usually a foundation nightmare. When I try to get color matched at Sephora they always give me the most highly pigmented cream foundations that they then layer with concealer and a pressed powder and contour and blush and it STILL never quite looks like my skin color. I usually leave all makeovers looking like this.


And then I discovered NYX’s BB cream.

YES, NYX! The beloved brand of #makeupobsessed teens the world over! The company famous for making cheaper versions of cosmetic department products. The brand that is shockingly amazing despite its low price-point.

When I bought this $13 tube of BB cream from Target I was expecting to use this exclusively for running errands and other occasions where I don’t have to look THAT good. I was expecting typical BB Cream bullshit, namely, a very subtle tint that ONLY looks good on people with already flawless skin tone.


This BB cream has become my new go-to foundation. Day, night, whatever. The coverage is unexpectedly great. It has a dewy finish that you can mattify with powder, or leave as is for full J.Lo glow. It doesn’t contain SPF or any of the other benefits of most BB creams but that’s okay because I wear moisturizer and SPF under it anyways. The downside is that it ONLY comes in three colors, but it does do that typical BB cream thing where the color subtly adjusts once it touches your skin. For reference, I’ve used other pricier BB and CC creams before, like this one by Smashbox which is $42 and I swear all it did was make my skin a little bit orange.

PRO TIP: You must apply it LIKE a foundation, meaning, with a beauty blender or a brush. If you try to apply it with your hands like you would a lotion or a typical BB cream, it will just spread all over your face and give you NO COVERAGE. I squirt about two dollops onto my hand and apply it with a beauty blender.

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Here I am without makeup on, with the BB cream only (I’m wearing color “nude”), and then after adding the rest of my makeup application (concealer, translucent powder, contour powder, blush, mascara, gloss, brows).

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It gives a subtle but pigmented coverage, that I think is perfect for everyday wear. I’m wearing a FULL FACE in the final image and I don’t think I look THAT caked on, right? My mom once said that I looked “lit from within.” I swear to god she said that.

I literally buy this BB cream in bulk and have been using it for over a year. Try it out and let us know what you think!