Anyone else wondering what the heck the difference is between a BB cream and a CC cream and a Tinted Moisturizer?
15-benefits-in-1! Boosts skin glow! Protects against environmental damage! AGH. The madness. So. Many. Buzz. Words.
I wanted to do a comparison as I’ve noticed, on my own skin.
Update | this post has been updated as of 3/2019 to include new products I love.
Differences Between Each Product
A tinted moisturizer is just like what it sounds like. A moisturizer with a hint of color. Hydrates skin, some provide SPF. Gives your skin a glow, evens skin tone.
BB cream stands for “Blemish Balm” and also hydrates with a tint of color. BB creams also have optical diffusers, which is basically a real life filter for your skin. They blur imperfections such as acne and redness (don’t ask me how) and give your skin a youthful glow, with shimmer. They have more skin care ingredients than a basic moisturizer, so overtime they help improve the look of your skin. Most also have SPF.
CC Cream stands for “Color Correction.” They hydrate and also blur imperfections. CC creams have all the same benefits as a BB cream, but the biggest difference is the color correction. CC creams have more pigment. I would say they are the perfect in between of a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. The coverage is slightly more sheer than a foundation and (for me) doesn’t last as long as a long-wearing foundation. But they are a softer, more glowing look than a foundation, with skin care benefits. They are better for skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
HOW I USE THEM |
I like a good ‘ol tinted moisturizer every once in awhile. They give your skin color a more even appearance and is easy breezy. I gave my mom a tinted moisturizer by Boots no7 this year. She is a gorgeous wash-and-go, no fuss lady with amazing skin.
She puts on her tinted moisturizer and it evens out redness and light sun spots and she is good to go. Because the coverage is really natural, she doesn’t have to wear any other makeup. Easy, breezy!
I use BB cream under my foundation. I use it as I would a primer. It gives me the full coverage I want, when paired with a foundation, without the look of two layers of foundation. Full post on this technique HERE.
On days when I want to go a bit lighter with my makeup, but still have even looking skin, I use my CC cream. Great for days when I am just running around and want a little skin coverage and SPF. It’s especially great if you’ve had a late night and need to brighten up your skin.
I always use CC cream instead of foundation when I wake up wishing I had gotten five more hours of sleep.
My favorites in each category…
Tinted Moisturizer |
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, $32 for 1.18 oz
BB Cream |
CC Cream |
It Cosmetics with SPF 50, $38 for 1.08 oz.
And here is a side by side comparison. Sorry the lighting is a bit different between the two, but I think it’s still a good example of the difference in coverage.
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