What Are BB and CC Creams Exactly?

What Are BB and CC Creams Exactly?

Our beauty writer demystifies the secret behind the ever so popular creams

May 14, 2013


A lot of buzz has been going around about these two all-in-one sister products, but what are they exactly? Many mistake them for hyped-up tinted moisturizers. But “BB” actually stands for Beauty Balm, or Blemish Balm, and “CC,” Color Correcting.

The difference between the two: BB creams can act as primers, moisturizers and foundations, while CC creams act to help color correct dark spots and create an even complexion. Got it? Now, on to our favorite picks for Black women!

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream ($6.44, target.com)

This multi-purpose cream blurs imperfections, brightens and evens skin tone, smooths, hydrates, enhances, protects and has 0% oils. Is this a scam? Nope. Maybelline has blessed us with an 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfecter. This product is really a keeper when looking to simply even out your skin tone. This can be applied with or without moisturizer. But let’s be honest, I think we would rather skip the extra step.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream ($42, bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

This great product draws moisture to your skin’s surface and brightens dull skin instantly. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cover imperfections with Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream to get natural-looking coverage. 

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting ($42, smashbox.com)

This CC cream not only primes, perfects, protects, moisturizes and controls oil, but also helps fade imperfections over time. Prevent future discoloration with this CC cream, which lessens the appearance of dark spots, sunspots and post-acne marks, both instantly and over time. Magic in a tube, I’d say.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35, Clinique.com)

Looking for the perfect CC cream to match your shade? Well, consider trying Clinique’s new CC cream that offers specific shades appropriate for a range of skin tones and undertones. This lightweight formula is great during the warmer months and reveals glowing skin. This natural finish cream will offer supreme hydration and have you wondering why you haven’t picked it up sooner.


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