CC Creams vs. BB Creams – what’s the difference between the two

They are said to be the new and improved version of BB Creams, complete with a lighter texture and more coverage, but before you know exactly what’s the difference between the two, who’s to say CC Creams aren’t just, as some might say, the passing trend their predecessor turned out to be.

Over the past year, BB Creams or Blemish Balms, as they are also known, set out to be the solution to all your beauty problems and the perfect multi-purpose product for all you ladies looking for a quick beauty routine. Infused with anti inflammatory properties and soothing ingredients, BBs promised to be a product that you could use on its own – as a moisturizer/foundation/SPF cream – or as a makeup base or a primer.

However, these products failed to provide the coverage most women look for and despite what some brands claimed, the color does not adapt to every skin tone. Also, BB Creams proved to be more appropriate for women with dry skin, who need the extra moisture provided by this product, yet the product doesn’t blend easily with your fingers and is best applied with a brush. Find out which are the best BB Cream or CC Cream for your skin type and use the new and improved CC Powders (color-correcting powders) to set your makeup in place.


Differences in coverage

While many users have complained that BB doesn’t work for all skin tones and and leaves an oily finish, CC Creams aim to pick up where its predecessor left off. Its mousse-like texture blends easily, evens out the texture and the color of the skin and provides a dewy glow.

While most Blemish Balms fall midway between tinted moisturizers and foundations on the coverage spectrum, CC Creams can actually correct and even out skin tones. Some offer a light to medium coverage, like Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer or Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Color Corrector, while others, like Chanel CC Cream Color Correction Complete or Rachel K Mineral Color Control will come pretty close to a foundation.


Color options vs. The “Universal” Shade

Color Correction Creams will also be available in more color options, a concern that affected many extremely fair or dark skin women who have used BB Creams. Even though some brands will still launch products in one “universal” shade, the fact that they blend more easily will be a huge advantage in their favor. Moreover, it is supposed to last longer after application and cause less breakouts, a common side effect when using BB cream.

BB Cream or CC Cream?

BB Cream or CC Cream?

Difference of ingredients: Anti-aging product vs. Moisturizer

The BB Cream seems to be the perfect match for anyone with problem free skin while a CC Cream should be the go to product for women who look for products that target hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, blotchiness, and claims long-term spot-diminishing benefits.

CC Creams are more nourishing for the skin due to ingredients like white and green tea extracts and macadamia nut oil and are also known for having more age defying qualities as well.

The Rachel K Mineral Color Control is packed with antioxidants and an epidermal growth factor which stimulates cell renewal, while Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector contains hyaluronic acid and aims to hydrate, protect and perfect the skin.

The one BB Cream that actually has an active anti-aging ingredient is Rodial BB Venom Skin Tint SPF 15 Beauty Balm, a product infused with Syn-ake, a compound made with synthetic snake venom.

BB vs CC Creams

BB vs CC Creams

Best BB & CC Creams

There you have it! Now that you have a clear perspective on the difference between BB Creams and CC Creams, you ought to know which one is more suitable for your skin type.

In my opinion, there are plenty of great Blemish Balms out there, which are perfectly suitable for young women with close to perfect skin, who only need semi-sheer coverage – Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm or MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35, just to name a few.

However, if you need something that has extensive skincare properties, SPF protection and the added benefit of color-correcting technology to improve uneven skin tones without a heavy or oily texture, than you should try out the two already launched CC Creams, Wei East Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin and Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer.

Best CC Creams

Best CC Creams

With options like Smashbox, Chanel and L’Oréal coming soon, I think it’s safe to say CC Creams will be even more successful among consumers in their 30s and 40s, who are turning away from makeup and looking more towards products with long-term benefits.

Ultimately, we will all embrace the launch of BB & CC Creams, as part of a growing trend that merges skin care and makeup.


As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

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1 Response

  1. Julie says:

    Hey Liza,
    any CC creams geared more towards oily/combo/older skin (i’m 43) that have NO spf. SPF in my foundation or in a cream applied every day just makes me sweat and feel unfomfortable like my pores can’t breathe. So far the only one I can seem to find while researching online is STILA 10-in-1 .

    Can you recommend any other CC creams for me? Thanks so much, I love your blog!

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