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BB Cream for Dark Skin

Updated on January 12, 2013

If you have dark skin, you probably are unable to use popular bb cream products from companies such as Skin79 or Etude House. Instead, you'll need to opt in to alternative products produced for a western market. While these bb creams generally aren't as well-perceived as their South Korean counterparts, they come in a variety of shades and are suitable for dark skinned individuals.

Smashbox bb cream - dark color.
Smashbox bb cream - dark color.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

If you have money to spend and really want a bb cream, I would recommend the high-end Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. It comes in five shades, including medium and dark. The formula for the product helps to control oil and gives skin a matte finish. While the list price of $39 might seem steep, reviews for this product are better than they are for most other western bb creams.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

If you are looking for a Drugstore brand of cream, consider the Dream Fresh BB. This cream is only about $9.99 and is available at most drugstores, such as CVS, Walgreens and It comes in several tints, one of which is "dark sheer." If you have dark skin and want light coverage, at a cheap price, this might be the product for you.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 CC Cream

While not exactly bb cream, this cc cream, short for "color correct," works the same as a bb cream as it evens out your skin tone. The upside to this product is that you can purchase it at drugstores. The downside is that it costs in the range of $25, so it is an expensive option for a drugstore brand.

Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream

If you have dark skin and want an authentic bb cream, this may be the product for you. Dr. Brandt is a brand sold in South Korea. The difference between this particular product and the ones sold in South Korea is that this one is a "flexitone" product. It claims it will match your skin tone, no matter what that may be. If you feel adventurous, and don't mind shelling out $39, this bb cream may be an option. Before buying, though, I recommend visiting Sephora and asking for a sample.


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