Sorry that it has taken so long to do it, but I have finally put together a round-up to finish off the Drugstore BB Cream Series I did last month. My mum and I tested out the nine readily-available drugstore BB creams, in order to show how they worked on younger and more mature skin.
Both of us have dry skin - my mum's more than mine - and I suffer rosacea around my nose and cheeks, whilst she has incredibly sensitive skin. We both have dark under eye circles too.
So, bear in mind that this isn't a definitive 'best and worst' post. I've made it clear that this applies to us and we have dry skin, so some of these may be suited to those of you with oilier or normal/combination skin, and those of you who prefer a different finish.
I will also say that none of these brands did brilliantly in terms of shade range. Darker skinned women will have a tough time finding a UK drugstore BB cream to match them. This was a disappointment across the board.
Best Overall and Value For Money: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (£7.99)
This was my favourite of those I tried in terms of skincare properties (a high SPF of 30), price point and application. See my review here. It is not full coverage, but it adds a nice healthy glow and lasts around 5 hours. It is not greasy either, and has a wider shade range than some others, especially in the US.
Best for Fuller Coverage: No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Dry/Very Dry Skin (£12.95)
I like that despite the poor shade range, No7 has thought to come up with different BB cream formulas for different skin types. This, to me, was the BB cream that provided the fullest coverage with the best quality. It is a little more expensive, but I found it quite hydrating. See my review here.
Worst Overall: Vivo Beauty Balm (£5)
Sorry, Vivo, but this just didn't work for me. On me, it was ashy, thick and snagged on my dry patches. I didn't like it for my dry, sensitive skin. See my original review here.
Good for Oily Skin/Matte Lovers: Une Intuitive Touch BB Cream (£14.99)
It's no secret that me and this BB cream did not get on. A cream-to-powder finish, it has no SPF properties, is expensive and on my dry skin, tough to apply. It finishes matte, which I'm not a fan of either. However, on oilier skin I can see how a matte/powder finish could be a plus and make this more long-lasting. See my review here.
I also liked the Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream (for holidays!) and my mum liked the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, but I couldn't put everything into best and worst terms,
I hope this has been helpful! Click through my series to see if there is BB cream for you here.