Anyone else wondering what the difference is between a BB cream, 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.
D I F F E R E N C E S
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. They are perfect for people without a lot of surface redness or discolorations.
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 and give your skin a youthful glow, with shimmer. Most have more skin care ingredients than a basic moisturizer, so over time, 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, but with skin care benefits. They are great for skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
F A V O R I T E P R O D U C T S
Tinted Moisturizer |
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, $32 for 1.18 oz
Laura Mercier Oil Free (has more pigment than the regular version), $46 for 1.7oz.
BB Cream |
Garnier Oil-Free version, $12.99 for 2 oz.
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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If I am trying to go for a make-up free look, do you think BB or CC does a better job? I still would prefer to have the blurring effects and the sun protection. It sounds like a tinted moisturizer wont. work for this.
Do you have a recommendation for a cheaper CC?
So far, It Cosmetics is my favorite CC cream, but it is pricey. I like the Physician’s Formula Organic Wear CC cream. It doesn’t have as much pigment, but is pretty good stuff! It costs about $15, but you can always find drugstore sales. I think I got mine during a 40% off sale at CVS. I hope this helps!
Yes, thank you! #tenyearslater
Haha! Better late than never 🙂