BB Creams VS CC Creams

BB Creams VS CC Creams

I have to admit, I’m a BB and CC Cream junkie. But probably not for the reasons you would think one would love them.

What are BB and CC Creams?

Depending on where you are in the world, BB stands for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm” and CC is “Color Correction” or “Color Control”. 


Korean brand Liolele BB Cream

BB’s were created by a dermatologist in Germany in the 60’s for patients who had undergone laser procedures. In the mid 80’s they became wildly popular in Japan and Korea. They’re typically mineral and Vitamin C rich products that not only cover, but treat skin blemishes such as sun spots, age spots, and even acne. Many contain hyaluronic acid  and claim to have anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the skin.


Korean BB Cream by Skinfood

In the Asian markets, the colors were very limited and often too grey for Westerners. Now, nearly every well known cosmetic company in the world has gotten on the band-wagon and come out with their version of the BB Cream. Many of them offer better color choices (though still limited in range) for those of us with fairer complexions. 

BB Creams vs CC Creams 

BB creams are basically a primer, foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging cream all in one convenient little tube. They give a dewy finish and are best suited for normal and dry skin.

CC creams are very similar to BB’s, in that they are also a primer, foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging cream all in one, but CC’s have a brightening primer and are oil free and give a little more coverage with a matte finish. CC’s are better suited for those who tend to have oily or acne prone skin.   


Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Having said all that, I have not, and would not, trade my moisturizer and serums for either. And here’s why; many, if not most, have silicone in them and, because of that, they lay on top of the skin rather than absorb into it

While you may get some benefit, you won’t get anything near what you would by using a good serum and moisturizer. 

Benefits of Using BB and CC Creams

So why do I like them? Because they reduce the steps in my makeup routine and they offer a light/sheer coverage that I can’t always find in foundations. 


Smashbox CC Cream

Foundations, even those that are supposed to be a light coverage, are much heavier on my skin than BB’s and CC’s. I’ve never been a fan of the way foundations feel on my skin (or look, for that matter) and haven’t worn them very often since my early 20’s. When I did wear them, I would often sheer them out with my moisturizer to give them a lighter coverage.

And I believe that has helped my skin age as well as it has because, even at 43, I still don’t need the heavy coverage of a traditional foundation. Aside from a little redness on my cheeks (that I actually like because it’s looks like a natural blush) I just need something that evens out skin tone, not covers it.


Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream

BB creams, and now CC’s, do that beautifully and I don’t have the added steps of putting on an SPF or primer. And, even though they aren’t going to absorb into my skin like my serums, I’ll still get the full benefit of the SPF and some additional benefits from all the other great skin care products they have in them. 

Have you tried BB or CC Creams? What do you think of them and which brand is your favorite? 


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6 Responses to “BB Creams VS CC Creams”

  1. Angela
    May 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I can never seem to find cc that suits me. Thank for sharing.
    Found you on Monday mingle. Newest follower. You can find me decorating, baking and painting on HickoryTrail

    • Melissa
      May 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Have you tried Smashbox? I really like their CC Cream and it works surprisingly well with my ultra dry skin.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.

  2. Sarah
    May 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I had no idea what any of this meant until today! I have super oil skin and freak out about wearing makeup. I used to wear it when I was 15-18yo and not much since. All I own in lip gloss. Sometime I want a little coverage though. Maybe I should look a cc cream.?

    • Melissa
      May 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      You should, Sarah. I HATE foundation, too. They are way too heavy for my face, and I hate the “mask” look they give, now matter how well you match them to your complexion. BB and CC’s just give a very light sheer coverage that makes my skin look even and natural. If you do try one, you’ll have to tell me what you think of it.

  3. May 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am happy to read your prospective on these products, I too like the others didnt know what they were. Now I will have to give them a try, I too dont like the feel of regular makeups and do the same as you by thinning them out. Also I wanted to thank you forr stopping by Collective Sunday today I appreciate your time!! Wishing you a great day! Karren

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