Get to Know the Difference Between BB, CC, DD Creams

BB, CC, and DD creams are all the rage in the beauty world, but do you understand the difference between these high-tech creams that can replace foundation?

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This Alphabet Soup of products can get confusing.  Really, how can you tell what product will be better for your needs?  Or, should you bother trying one at all? So, to help you decide if one of these creams are for you, here is a handy comparison.

BB means Beauty Balm and became popular in Asia.  Since their migration, BB Creams have gained popularity for providing coverage as a primer while moisturizing and providing SPF foundation.  BB Creams are also heaver than tinted foundation but lighter than foundation.

CC Creams are improved BB Creams that  address issues like redness or complexion unevenness with light-diffusing particles. Buildable color allows you to find just the right shade with a whipped and fluffy texture that sets lightly on the skin.

DD Creams are still new to the market and are intended to protect skin balance skintone and provide anti-aging properties with the benefits of BB and CC Creams.

Now that we have the definitions straight, here is a cheat sheet to help you find your skin in the list below and match it to the perfect BB, CC or DD Cream.

Dry Skin 

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Julep DD Creams

Uneven Skin 

Chanel CC Complete Correction Cream SPF 30

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen

DERMAdoctor DD Cream

Fine Lines 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Correction Concealer

Dark Spots 

Olay’s Total Effects 7 in One CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer with sunscreen

Vichy ProEVEN mineral BB Cream

Prevent Breakouts

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

Good “BeautyIdea”: A good rule of thumb is BB is for protection while CC is for repairing current issues such as fine lines.

And if you are looking for a skincare line for that special millennial in your life, check out Shiseido’s latest skincare line for Millennial’s.


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