It feels like every beauty brand under the sun launched a BB Cream in 2012, erupting in both consumer frenzy and an ever-growing range of options for us beauty buffs to choose from. But now, it looks like BB Creams may have to take a backseat. There’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s (predictably) CC Cream.
In case you still aren’t familiar with BB Creams (short for beauty balm or blemish balm), here’s the quick 101: BB Creams got their start in Korea. They’re just multi-tasking products, usually somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and concealer on the coverage spectrum, and most contain anti-aging ingredients, sunscreen, shine-control, and/or blemish fighters. They’re meant to be a one-stop shop for all your skincare needs.
Editor’s Note: My personal favorite BB Cream is made by Clinique. It contains an SPF 30 to keep me protected and has a light sheer coverage perfect for daywear. I’ve been using this for months with no complaints. Another favorite that also offers great coverage is Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm. BB Cream is perfect for wear under makeup, too.
So what’s CC Cream? It’s short for Color Correcting Cream, and it’s a next generation BB. Think more color/tint to the coverage to correct redness, even out blotchiness, or add a bronze-y glow. Many formulas have been tweaked since the BB days for an even lighter, airier feel, and even more in-depth anti-aging ingredients have been added.
So far, we’ve tested this one: Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream. This product was more mousse-like in texture than BB Cream, and was totally weightless. The level of coverage was similar, but the CC cream was easier to apply. However, it’s what you can’t see that’s the most important in this case: The anti-aging and skin repairing properties in this cream seem to trump its BB predecessors.
So, what kind of girl are you — BB or CC? And is DD cream next? Only time will tell.