BB vs. CC vs. DD Creams

cc-cream-260x250Foreign products have recently invaded the American beauty industry, populating the shelves of Sephora, Bloomingdales and other major beauty industry sellers. Amongst these products is something called a CC Cream. Many of you may have heard of its predecessor, the BB cream, or beauty balm, which is usually a moisturizer, tint and SPF all rolled into one. BB Creams are usually lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers. The latest development in this all-inclusive cream category is the Color Correcting Cream.  These creams usually offer all of the benefits of a BB cream, but with the added benefit of age-spot, redness or spotty complexion remedying ingredients. Some users find it to have a better coverage and a lighter texture than BB Creams, which allows for smoother application with a less oily finish.

“CC cream is a color corrector and will be lighter on the skin [than a BB cream],” celeb makeup artist Nico Guilis said. “They have more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish–kind of the new and improved BB.”-

These alphabetic “cure-all” creams originated in Asian markets in the ’60s and have only recently been modified and introduced into the American market. Rachel K, a Singapore-based brand, was the first brand to pioneer CC cream and introduce it into the market before other major beauty companies.  In the fall of 2012, Olay released a CC Cream line in the United States. Some of the most popular brands are Aveeno, which I have recently tried and loved, Clinique (which I’ve heard is more opaque than most BB creams), L’Oreal and Chanel.

cc-cream-400x300According to the American Society of Dermatologists, you should wear at least an SPF 30 on a daily basis, which most of these contain, but be sure to check before you buy! BB and CC cream benefits and coverage vary greatly among different brands. You have to be diligent in reading ingredients and most importantly, trying them out to figure out what you want and need. Don’t buy before you try! Many companies, like Sephora, are more than happy to send you home with a sample and offer many testers throughout the store. This is why I like buying from them instead of drugstores where you never know what you may come home with due to their lack of testers. (Allure has a great list here detailing which BB/CC brands are best for which type of skin issues).

JulepAnd lastly, keep a lookout for the latest development in this category, the DD Créme, yep they’re just going to keep going down the alphabet it seems! Seattle-based beauty company, Julep, just released what it’s calling a “Dynamic Do-All” cream in June, which seems like a BB/CC hybrid.

Julep describes the DD Créme as a dynamic do-all makeup that goes beyond BB crème to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect—both instantly and over time.

Its Features & Benefits include:

  • SPF 25 provides daily defense from the sun
  • Two patented anti-aging ingredients decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines
  • Hibiscus and olive extracts keep skin hydrated
  • Lightweight, buildable coverage with an ultra-smoothing finish
  • Comes in four shades—light, medium, medium-dark, and dark

Now, if you’ll please excuse me, it seems I have a new, letter “D” product to try!


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