This week in Hit List — we explore the strange world of the sun-blocking, pore refining, multipurpose BB cream. Just don’t get us started on those CC’s…

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Diorskin Nude BB Cream

We could all use a little more sophistication in our daily beauty routine. The luxe Diorskin BB Cream delivers, combining ingredients to smooth, hydrate and brighten skin for a product that smells of rosy Dior luxury, but without the fuss.

Available for £30 from Dior.com

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

“Where have you been all my life” is a frequent phrase used when describing Smashbox’s rather infamous BB Cream. It primes the skin, moisturisers, clears blemishes and perhaps most importantly, controls oil so you look radiant rather than french fry greasy.

Available for £27 from Smashbox.co.uk

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Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream

We just can’t get enough of the lightly perfumed BB Cream from Givenchy. It may sound strange to describe a BB as “romantic,” but the decadent formula goes on well without masking your face — the perfect complexion lover.

Available for £28.50 from Houseoffraser.co.uk

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Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream

Combining blemish-fighting skincare, makeup and rich moisture, Revlon sets the beauty standard high with this light and lovely BB Cream — without a big price tag to match.

Available for £9.99 from Boots.com


NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

Technically, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser isn’t a BB Cream. But before you clutch your lipstick in horror, this wonder product is on the list because it’s ultra-light formula protects and hydrates the skin, just like its BB cousins.

Available for £27 from Selfridges.co.uk


Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream

Shiseido was one of the first brands to introduce the formidable BB, and how grateful we are to the Asian brand. The packaging is ultra-modern, and the formula potent. Need we say more?

Available for £28 from Houseoffraser.co.uk


Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

Bobbi Brown is already known for its fantastic range of colours and textures, but it’s skincare lines are just as worthy of obsessive behaviour. The BB cream has a higher SPF count for complete coverage, is light and perfectly perfume-free.

Available for £29 from Bobbibrown.co.uk


YSL Top Secrets BB Cream SPF20

This is one secret we’re shouting from the rooftops. YSL’s Top Secrets BB Cream is top of the line. It feels effortlessly light, and hides every dark circle, blemish, and general skin ailment with ease.

Available for £38 from Yslbeauty.co.uk

Words: Elise Marraro (follow Elise on Twitter @PardonMe_Lissie)