Me, I think they are only jumped-up tinted moisturisers. Sure, they've got anti-ageing properties, but are they really preferable to a good foundation?
ORIGINS A Perfect World SPF 15 Age-Defense Tinted Moisturiser BB with White Tea, €35 HIIII So ... is this a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream? Doesn't seem like it can be both. Whichever one it actually is, it's not so nice: this is extremely tacky, like, the stickiest make-up I've ever donned. I never felt like it settled. Thanks, but no thanks.
GARNIER BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector, €15.24 HHHHI I liked this quite a bit. It felt sticky, but nowhere near as sticky as the Origins; It felt like it gave good coverage, almost as good as the Clinique, below. It smells lovely too, a hint of rose, but not in an old-fashioned way. It didn't have the staying power I prefer, however.
L'OREAL PARIS Nude Magique BB Cream, €14 HHHHH This is probably the one that is most like what I expected a BB cream to be. It is chock-full of these weird little granules; once they make contact with your skin, they adapt immediately to your skin colour. Coverage was amazing. The colour match was flawless. The texture was light, the feeling of moisturisation was perfect.
LA ROCHE POSAY Hydreane BB Creme for Sensitive Skin, €18 HHIII This didn't even feel like there was enough tint in this to elevate it from the moisturiser category. The brand is known for its care of sensitive skin, but wowee, there is almost nothing to this. Got no joy out of this at all.
CLINIQUE Age Defense BB SPF 30, €32 HHHHH Another super fantastic winner. It goes on somewhat heftier than the L'Oreal, and as a result feels like it imparts that bit more moisturising goodness. The colour stays true, has excellent staying power and in general feels more like a light foundation than a tinted moisturiser. This may defeat the purpose, but I don't care.