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I have a love-hate relationship with BB creams. I have dry skin but hate the dewy look. While BB creams work wonders for my dry skin, my face always gets that sweaty look when I prefer a glowing look. Still, I like being open-minded about BB creams because some products work well and keep my skin hydrated all day. Plus, I love wearing BB cream under foundation as a primer.
That’s why I was interested in the NYX BB cream. I’m so-so about NYX products; for example, I love their eyeliners and chubby eye pencils, but I am so-so about their Butter Glosses. It’s also hard to find a drugstore foundation that doesn’t break out my skin, and I’ve heard their BB cream works wonders for problematic skin like mine.
When I went to order the NYX BB cream, I was shocked — this product has been discontinued! So, what’s the deal with NYX BB cream? And are there other alternatives out there?
Bottom Line Up Front
The NYX BB Cream has been discontinued, but I recommend Missha’s BB Cream as an alternative. It has skincare ingredients and is lightweight. I wish there were more shade options, specifically darker shades. But the impressive coverage makes up for these downfalls.
About the NYX BB Cream
NYX released their BB cream to create the trending “no makeup” makeup look. This BB cream was infused with minerals and hydrating ingredients.
The coverage was only a little tint as opposed to an actual foundation, but the coverage was just enough to make your complexion appear smoother. NYX also recommended wearing this under foundation as a primer, which is how I wear my BB creams.
Did It Work Well?
The BB cream has been discontinued, but the web page is still up on NYX’s website. When the product was active, it received a 4.4-star rating. Customers loved it as an alternative to foundation and especially loved the lightweight texture. This product wasn’t perfect, as I will discuss more in the next sections.
What attracted me to this product is how it hydrated your skin without making your skin feel oily or sweaty. I would have used this under my foundation as a primer since users raved about the lightweight texture.
This BB cream was loaded with skin-loving ingredients. You can read the full ingredients list here, but there are some key ingredients to know:
- Glycerin: moisturizes the skin
- Panax ginseng root extract: antioxidant
- Aesculus hippocastanum seed extract and tilia cordata wood extract: soothes the skin
I’m just confused about the sunscreen portion. The NYX website doesn’t mention anything about the BB cream containing sunscreen, yet Inci Decoder said sunscreen is included in the ingredients. I would have worn extra sunscreen anyway, just to be on the safe side.
The biggest complaint I have with most BB creams, including this NYX one, is the lack of shades. The NYX BB cream was only available in three shades:
Nude (light-to-medium skin with neutral/beige undertones), Natural (light-to-medium skin with golden/peach undertones), and Golden (medium skin with golden undertones). Do you notice a problem with these shades? They’re not inclusive at all. Users with dark skin colors can’t find a shade in the NYX BB cream, which generated the most complaints from other customers (including myself).
Even those with light skin tones are limited. I’m pale with neutral undertones, so Nude would work for me. But I also have friends with cool undertones, and these colors are too peachy and golden for them.
The NYX BB cream has light coverage. If you have problematic skin, such as acne, this BB cream won’t cover those concerns. But if you have simple concerns, such as redness, this BB cream will improve your skin tone.
This is why I prefer wearing BB cream as a foundation primer. I no longer struggle with acne and don’t have pigmentation issues, but I do have acne scarring. I need a full coverage foundation or a foundation that offers medium and buildable coverage. Because of this, a BB cream won’t be enough coverage for what I need.
Why Was It Discontinued?
I honestly have no idea, and others users don’t seem to know, either.
Those of us in the beauty world know that discontinued products are not a new thing, though it is heartbreaking to see our favorite products go. But why do beauty brands discontinue products? There are a few common reasons why:
- Companies sell what’s trending, and they will discontinue products that don’t fit a trend
- The product received too many customer complaints
- The product was limited edition
- Products may only be discontinued in certain regions because they only don’t sell well there
- They may discontinue a shade or color (i.e., eyeshadow and lipsticks) that don’t sell
- Legal changes
- The brand is reviving the product
- The product was of low-quality
As a beauty writer and former consultant, I notice that brands often remove a product from the shelves when making changes. This can be something as simple as a re-branding or a full formula change.
Is that the case with the NYX BB cream? The product was only discontinued about one year ago, so it’s hard to tell. From NYX’s statements, they have only recommended alternative products (none of which are other BB creams). My guess is they won’t be bringing this product back.
So, what do you do in the meantime? There are those who either use every drop of the product or find the product on another source (I don’t recommend this because the product could be more expensive or isn’t the original product at all).
However, I’m more adventurous with beauty, and I find alternatives. But I’ve also been using beauty products since I was a kid and know the things to look for in a product. And with my past beauty experience, I can give you some tips and insight about finding an excellent alternative BB cream.
Tips When Selecting a BB Cream
I’ve used many BB creams over the years. These are the factors I consider when choosing a BB cream.
As I said, I don’t like how NYX and other brands offer limited shades, and the shade selections aren’t inclusive. But there are brands that offer many shade selections and offer a product for all skin colors and undertones. For my product recommendations, I considered the shade ranges and prioritized more inclusive brands.
Most BB creams give me a dewy look, but not all of them do. I prefer BB creams that give me a natural finish, even a radiant one as opposed to dewy. Believe it or not, there are also BB creams that are matte enough for oily/combination skin types! To get the best results, look at the ingredients and ensure they correlate with your intended finish.
Most BB creams offer light coverage. At best, they offer medium coverage with a natural finish. It may not perfectly cover your flaws, but you’ll have that desired no-makeup look.
I haven’t seen many full-coverage BB creams, but they do exist. If you want to use a BB cream but want something with fuller coverage, use a BB cream as a primer.
You can find BB creams at all price points — from less-than-$10 drugstore products all the way to high-tiered products.
Keep your budget in mind when finding a BB cream. And don’t forget, expensive products don’t always work better than cheaper products. There are actually a few drugstore BB creams I love, as I will discuss later.
How I Chose These BB Creams
I used the previous tips when choosing these NYX BB cream alternatives. I also considered some other points.
I prefer BB creams that are lightweight. The heavier a BB cream is, the greasier it will feel on your skin. Thicker BB creams are also the ones that make my skin look sweaty. The goal of a BB cream is to blend into the skin for a natural effect, not to sit on top of the skin like a foundation.
All-in-one products have been one of the biggest beauty trends of the past few years. Fewer people (including myself) wore makeup during the pandemic. Even though life is back to normal, we’re still stuck in our pandemic beauty routines. And let’s not forget the high cost of living — you can save money and time by getting an all-in-one product.
That’s the best aspect of BB creams! They offer coverage, skincare benefits, and more in one product. Most BB creams offer these benefits:
- Hydration and other skincare benefits
- Sun protection
- Priming abilities
- Lightweight consistency
- Long wear time
Keep in mind that not all BB creams offer these benefits. I prioritized all-in-one BB creams.
BB creams are ideal for dry skin since they have moisturizing benefits. But technically, anyone can use a BB cream. You’ll just have to find the right product for your skin type. For example, those with oily/combination skin should look for oil-free formulas with mattifying benefits. If you have acne-prone skin, look for an oil-free formula that offers more coverage.
Alternative BB Creams to Consider
It’s a shame that NYX’s BB cream was discontinued. Here are a few alternative BB creams that I recommend trying.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
It should be no surprise that I’m recommending a K beauty brand. South Korea is one of the biggest beauty destinations in the world, and Missha is one of the brands you should look at for quality. In case you didn’t know, Missha is a 20-year-old brand and is the current leader in South Korea’s beauty market. All of their products are infused with skincare, so you’ll always use products that are good for your skin.
If you’re looking for a BB cream with great coverage, this is the product to try. The Perfect Cover BB Cream has medium-to-full buildable coverage. One layer offers moderate coverage, but you can build this product to full coverage.
I also love how the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream is perfect for all skin types and offers a natural finish. The product is formulated with skin-loving ingredients, such as jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides. It also has SPF 42.
As with many BB creams, I’m not fond of the limited shade selection. This BB cream only has seven shade options, and they’re all light or medium.
- Good BB cream for all skin types
- Medium-to-full buildable coverage
- Natural finish
- Made with skin-loving ingredients
- Contains sunscreen
- Thick formula
- Limited shade selection
- No shades for dark skin colors
- Contains fragrance
Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer
This is one of the best BB creams I’ve ever used. I honestly debated about recommending this one over the Missha BB cream, but I chose the Missha one because of the coverage.
The Bareminerals Tinted Moisturizer doesn’t offer as good coverage, but it enhances your natural skin instead of covering your imperfections. And do you see all of the shade options? Bareminerals has always been an inclusive brand, so I always recommended this company.
If you would rather wear this tinted moisturizer alone, the coverage is buildable. I always wore it under foundation. This tinted moisturizer doesn’t look shiny; it has a natural finish and makes your skin look healthy.
Speaking of healthy, this tinted moisturizer is loaded with skin-loving ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is the main one, which boosts hydration. The tinted moisturizer also contains mineral-based broad-spectrum SPF 30. The formula is also vegan, and Bareminerals is a cruelty-free brand.
- Natural finish
- It feels weightless on the skin
- Doesn’t make your face shiny
- Easy to apply
- Several shade options
- Great for all skin types
- Buildable coverage
- It contains hyaluronic acid and other skin-loving ingredients
- Light coverage
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
If you want a BB cream that’s easier to find, I suggest the Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline. I don’t like drugstore foundation since these products break out my skin, but this is one of the few face products that don’t irritate my sensitive skin. I also like how this product has a lightweight texture.
The Dream Fresh BB Cream is water-based, so it feels comfortable and hydrating on the skin. I also like how this doesn’t give me a sweaty look; rather, it offers a radiant finish. And you really can’t beat the price ($8).
This BB cream has sheer coverage, so this is the better option if you want something light or want to wear it under foundation. There are also only five shades, which is pretty depressing.
- Natural and radiant finish
- It doesn’t break out sensitive skin
- Lightweight texture
- Contains SPF
- It only offers sheer coverage
- Only good for dry skin types
- Limited shade range
Dr. Jart Premium BB Beauty Balm
This was a popular product among us Sephora consultants when I worked there. This is a great daily foundation since it feels lightweight. The Premium Beauty Balm does have great coverage, so this is the perfect product if you want a BB cream that covers imperfections. It’s long-lasting and applies easily.
As someone with dry skin, I loved the hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and niacinamide. Plus, the extra SPF always helps. Even though this BB cream is lightweight, it may still be too heavy for those with oily skin.
Again, I wish this product had more shade options. There are only four, which is so depressing. Dr. Jart has also changed their formula since I used this product. I can’t say if the new formula is better or worse, but the Beauty Balm no longer has the raving reviews that the original formula did.
- Easy to apply
- Hydrating ingredients
- Great packaging
- Contains SPF
- Great coverage
- Limited shade range
- Not a good option for oily skin types
Garnier 5-in-1 Miracle Perfector BB Cream
I’m actually using this BB cream now. This one definitely has its pros and cons.
For pros, I’m definitely impressed with the coverage. It has medium coverage and looks very natural. The BB cream is formulated with antioxidants and has SPF, though the Canadian version doesn’t have SPF. This is also one of the only drugstore foundations that doesn’t irritate my skin or break me out.
For cons, I only see this one in the light/medium shade (though there was a darker option at one time, it’s been discontinued). The light/medium is the one I have, and it’s surprisingly the perfect shade. But I’m pale with neutral undertones, and I know not everyone has the same skin tone as me.
This BB cream has a very dewy finish, so I don’t recommend this product to those with oily skin. However, this is my go-to product when I visit my brother in Texas — my skin can’t handle dry weather climates. It also doesn’t last too long; my problem is the formula gets streaky, and I always have to reapply it. I would keep this as something to wear for work or while running errands.
- It doesn’t break out my skin
- Easy to apply and blend
- Decent coverage
- Looks natural
- Made with skin-protecting antioxidants
- The American version has SPF
- Only one shade in light/medium
- Medium/deep has been discontinued
- It makes my face feel greasy
- It doesn’t last long
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil
I’ve been using a couple of Laura Mercier products, and I really like her brand. For her face makeup, I recommend her line if you want the no-makeup look, and this Tinted Moisturizer Oil is the best in her line. It has sheer coverage with a natural finish but is enough if you only need a tint on your skin while at work or running errands.
What makes this product stand out is the shade range — it’s available in 20 shades! This product oxidizes, so I suggest buying this in a lighter color. Don’t let the title fool you — it says moisturizer oil, but it’s actually oil-free. The product is lightweight and ideal for all skin types. However, this is definitely not a matte product, and it will make your face look shiny.
There are skin-loving ingredients here, such as licorice root extract and vitamin E, to soothe and protect the skin. There’s also SPF 20, which is a plus for me. However, this product also contains parabens, which can irritate the skin, disrupt hormones, and even increase cancer risk.
- Skin-loving ingredients
- Natural look
- 20 shades
- Only has sheer coverage
- Contains parabens
- It makes your skin look shiny
Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer
This product is last on my list because of that $80 price tag. I’m someone who has no problem splurging on a high-quality face product. But $80 for one tinted moisturizer? I even think that’s insane. But if you really want a radiant finish that still looks natural, I suggest using this product. The coverage here is very sheer, so use this product if you’re looking for a product with simple coverage.
This tinted moisturizer is also stacked with skincare benefits, such as butterfly bush extract and thyme for an antioxidant boost. Sodium hyaluronate also keeps skin hydrated all day. There are still some problems with this product, other than the $80 price tag. The Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer lacks shades, specifically dark shades.
- Natural finish
- Skincare benefits
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Lacks dark shades
- Sheer coverage
Question: Should I use BB cream?
Answer: I recommend using a BB cream if you want extra skincare benefits and an SPF in your foundation. If you can’t find a BB cream that offers enough coverage, you can wear it under foundation.
Question: Should I Apply BB cream with a Brush, Sponge, or Fingertips?
Answer: I always use a brush when I apply foundation and BB cream. Foundation brushes give me the most coverage and have the most natural finish. If you want a radiant finish, use a damp sponge such as a Beauty Blender. I also think sponges are better for blending than brushes.
Question: I just Discovered Something Called a CC cream. What is That?
Answer: “CC” stands for color correcting. CC creams correct uneven skin tone and are formulated with ingredients that further protect your skin from hyperpigmentation. Like BB creams, CC creams also offer coverage.
Best NYX BB Creams: Bottom Line
It’s a shame that NYX discontinued their BB cream, but I recommend the Missha BB Cream as an alternative. This product offers more coverage, so it acts as a foundation. Missha is one of South Korea’s most iconic beauty brands, so they’re a name you can trust.