BB Cream Vs. CC Cream: What’s the Difference?

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bb collageDear Diary,

For a while now, I feel like I have been hearing the words “BB Cream” quite frequently in terms of beauty products. I kinda ignored it for a while, and but then the word “CC Cream” was introduced to me, before I even wrapped my head around the BB! Too much beauty terminology for a Mama to handle! I finally cracked and decided it was time for investigate and figure out what each one was and how it can benefit my beauty regimen.

What is “BB Cream?”

The term “BB cream” can stand for many different things, but the most common is blemish balm or beauty balm. It was only just recently introduced to Western markets, but has been widely used in the past in the East and South-East Asia. They combine together anti-aging products, sunscreen, and smoothers for  the skin to act like a primer. Lastly, BB cream and tinted moisturizer can pretty much be used interchangeably.

Why I love them: Overall, it is a time saver. BB cream combines products together and allows me to get ready much faster in the morning while still looking like I spent a great deal of time putting on make-up. In most cases, once I apply my BB cream, I don’t even need to put on foundation. In all honesty, since using BB cream, my beauty regimen has literally been cut in half!

My favorites: My top three favorite BB creams are Dr. Brandt Matte BB Cream, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, and Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

What is “CC Cream?”

CC cream is also recognized under the names color control or color correcting cream. It does everything that a BB cream does, plus takes it all one step further to provide a color correction to your skin.

Why I love them: I use a CC cream on a day that I know I’m going to be photographed and need to totally cover any acne scars. They are so great for that!

My favorites: My top three favorite CC creams are POP beauty CC Cream,  Hydroxatone Anti-Acne CC Cream,and Olay CC Cream.

So, lovely Mamas, do you have a favorite BB  or CC cream, and why?

Fashionably Yours,


**Project Motherhood was not compensated for this post, but sent samples of both BB and CC creams to try. All opinions are 100% my own.**


  1. This is a great summary of what both creams do! Thanks! Thanks for linking up for Look What I Got. We’re taking a holiday tomorrow, but hope to see you back next week! Favorite Fashion Friday will be up though!
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