BB creams, are they the real deal or a marketing ploy? Not a new debate, but one that still raises its head amongst industry and consumers alike.
Appearing on the market in 2011, BB creams were originally created by dermatologists to hide minor skin defects and became really popular in Korea. Nowadays, BB creams, aka beauty or blemish balms, offer the promise of a more streamlined beauty regime. They claim to do the job of a moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, skin treatment, concealer and lightweight foundation all in one.
Ok so I don’t know about all of that, and I certainly can’t see myself using a BB without moisturiser underneath. That being said, most have SPF nowadays and would make a great base or primer underneath foundation if you’re looking for a boost in coverage.
As someone who owns an insane amount of makeup but actually likes a natural finish, I’m a big beauty balm fan. Plus I’m militant about using SPF so on days when I don’t want to wear much, I know I can slap a BB cream on my face and not have to worry about using multiple products to achieve the same goal.
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What’s the difference between tinted moisturisers, BB Creams and CC creams?
People ask me this all the time and it’s a pretty warranted question. Think of it as an evolution in both coverage and skincare elements.
A tinted moisturiser is just that, a moisturiser with a touch of colour. Whilst the coverage is usually quite low, most should still have an SPF factor. Even when I really am having a no makeup day, if I have to leave the house for any reason I will use the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 for sun protection and just a touch of colour. For a bit more coverage (but less SPF protection), I also love the LB Cream from The Base. I use the shade caramel.
A BB cream is the next step in the evolution. It will have a bit more coverage plus provide some extra skincare benefits. My ultimate favourite is the Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm with SPF 45. It gives a low to medium coverage with a super dewy finish. And even though it’s so hydrating and feels so dewy on the skin, I find it lasts throughout the day. Plus, it also acts as a treatment serum, helping to brighten the skin and restore skin elasticity.
A CC cream will provide the most coverage out of the three. The Cs stand for Colour Correcting. Many CC creams can give as much or even more coverage than a traditional foundation. So if you’re looking for something lightweight, don’t be fooled. I use the it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC cream which has medium to full coverage, whilst still feeling lightweight on the skin. This cream is highly pigmented and contains hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and natural botanicals to help improve the skin’s texture. I usually reach for this when I need the coverage, aka am having a bad skin day, but don’t want to smother my face in something heavy.
I hope this post has helped clear up the BB/CC confusion and provide you with the information to choose the right product for you.
Do you buy the BB buzz? Which one is your favourite?