Battle of the Alphabet: BB Cream vs. CC Cream

In one corner we have BB cream, in the other CC cream, both sweeping cosmetic counters across the country. Are they gimmicks? Fads? Worth the money? Better yet, what are they?! No worries, the Totsy team is here to solve the mystery behind these two creams!

Blemish Balms, Beauty Balms, or just BB cream for short, are a type of tinted skin treatment that became a phenomenon in Korea and quickly spread across Asia and made its way into the U.S. BB creams are similar to tinted moisturizers— if your tinted moisturizer had taken a bunch of performance-enhancing drugs, became super rich, and was living the life of a celebrity…yeah it’s pumped up. Sena Kang, general manager of North America for Dr. Jart+. says “BB creams are the next generation of product because they contain high-performance treatments like anti-agers, antioxidants, brighteners, and botanical actives combined with high-level sunscreen, coverage, and moisture.”

Soon after BB creams infiltrated the market, next up in the alphabet, CC creams began to make their appearance. Color correcting, or CC creams are tinted, antioxidant-packed skin-care/makeup hybrids that originated in Asia (Singapore-based Rachel K’s white tea and deep-sea-water CC Cream has been prized by Hong Kong’s top makeup artists since it debuted last year.) Last month, Olay was the first in the U.S. to launch their CC cream, with other cosmetic companies such as Chanel (who already launched their CC cream in Asia) and Clinique following suit. Though very similar to BB creams, there are some differences. Unlike their predecessor, CC creams are hailed lighter-weight, with higher broad-spectrum SPFs (up to SPF 35 PA++), working to brighten complexions and diminish pigment issues, too.

Being that CC creams are relatively new, but seem to be better than BB creams with the extra bells and whistles, the ultimate test is trying out ones that best fit your skin and needs.

Here are a few recommendations:

BB Creams
For Oily Skin: Estée Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35 $38
For Dry Skin: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15 $12.99
For Sensitive Skin: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm with SPF 25 $42

CC Creams
The Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer  $22
WEI To Go First Impression kit $30
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream $39

Tell us, have you tried either the BB or the CC cream?  Which do you prefer and why?  Leave your comments below!

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One thought on “Battle of the Alphabet: BB Cream vs. CC Cream

  1. I’ ve tried the cc cream light to fair for olay, it sits very well on skin and it is light. it blends right with skin but not automatically but throughtout the day. i dont feel the spf that much like other make ups. So it is a good make up but until i compared it to a bb cream n another cc cream ill truly know. I trust olay products like the moisterizer, because ive used olay since 9 yrs old and now 24 yrs old so i know it must be good for skin because the line of olay is at its best.

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