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Why We Can't Stop Talking About BB Creams
Short for blemish or beauty balm cream, it's the sister of a tinted moisturizer (practically a twin sister, in fact). We tried 11 of the newest. Here's what our testers had to say about the ones we liked best.
Garnier BB Cream
All BB creams include moisturizing ingredients, a complexion-perfecting tint (several come in only one, "universal" shade; others offer a little more variety), and an SPF of at least 15. They've been popular in Asia for years, and now more than a dozen formulas are available in the United States. Caveat emptor: None of the BB creams we sampled comes in a shade deep enough for complexions darker than olive.

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Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector
($13; drugstores)

"A pea-sized dab goes a long way and gives great coverage without lines or streaks. While it doesn't completely conceal a blemish, it tones down redness and dark circles, so I don't need to use as much concealer." —Amber Kallor, fashion and beauty editor for oprah.com