Let’s try and clear the confusion here. With so many BB & CC creams in the market with varied properties, lot of us have been in the dark with what would work on us the best & which one should to invest in. After a lot of reading, research & trials, this is what I have found.
First, what started it all – Tinted Moisturizers
As the name suggests, these products give a bit of colour (usually sheer) along with moisturizing benefits. In my opinion, this would be ideal for people who do not wish to wear makeup everyday & are not comfortable using foundations. Apply this as you would apply a moisturizer & you’re good to go.
Now, BB creams
What they stand for: Beauty Benefit, Beauty Balm, Blemish Balms, etc
Texture: Creamy & Moisturizing
What it does: Provides added skin care benefits like SPF, extra hydration & anti-oxidants along with a touch more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but lighter than foundations. These also contain ingredients that help even out skin tone and reflect light to give you that dewy look.
Usage: Do not douse your face with this product like you would a sunscreen. Less is more so squeeze in a tiny amount & apply a light layer on your face. It may also be used as a foundation base. Although they have high SPF, it is not a replacement for sunscreens.
Ideal for: Young skin that doesn’t need too much coverage. Do not use BB creams if you have lots of acne.
Key Difference: BB creams are your all-in-one product because they’re a combination of SPF, primer, and anti-aging ingredients—plus, they offer light to medium coverage, whereas a tinted moisturizer’s biggest job is to provide hydration, minimal coverage, and sometimes sun protection.
What is stand for: Colour Correction, Complexion Care, Colour Control, etc.
Texture: Lightweight & Fast Absorbing
What it does: They provide a clean, even complexion and cover up dull spots, redness, acne scars, etc. These give more coverage (instant & protective) and are closer to foundation than the BB Cream. They typically have light-diffusing particles, which visually even skin tone.
Ideal for: If your skin is acne prone, have constant redness, dull looking or dark spots then the CC cream is the right product for you.
Usage: The cream is so lightly textured that you can apply a few layers without your face looking like you are making a birthday cake. Applying foundation on CC cream is not recommended.
Key Difference: Unlike the BB cream the CC cream contains ingredients that target troubled areas (packed with Vitamin C and E) rather than maintenance and prevention.
Which product & brand you should buy really depends on your preference & how much coverage you are looking for. Always try the product & see how it feels on your skin before investing. Do you own any alphabet cream that you love or hate or need a review for? Let me know in the comments below.