Beauty Insider - BB vs CC: Smoothing skincare confusion
Confused? You're not alone. The recent surge in hybrid skincare slash make-up products would leave even the pros bemused
Not sure if you're buying a moisturiser/primer/foundation/sunscreen/concealer, combo of some, or maybe all of the above?
We've done the research for you, let's start with the difference between the two:
BB creams or beauty/blemish balms are basically a souped-up, slightly thicker tinted moisturiser, for someone that wants to even out their skin a bit and wears little make-up, they usually have added SPF. Not for the flawless finish aficionados, but a great quick all-in-one for those with fairly good skin and not much spare time.
CC stands for colour corrector. Most products come in different shades to neutralise skin discolouration, (a more modern approach on the thick green creams of yesteryear that were used to diminsh redness in the skin). These usually have more coverage.
In a nutshell, both BB and CC are multifunctional products allowing you to roll a few steps from your routine into one, saving on time and shelf space.
But can one single product really do a good job tackling so many issues?
We tested the most popular on the market to find out. PS - these aren't just for the girls!
Philosophy Be Your Best BB Cream, €28.60
All day hydration, with a lightweight feel. Can be used as a primer under foundation for dry skin. SPF 30
Benefit, Big Easy, €37
Touted as being 'bigger than BB'. The only one we tried that set to a velvety powder finish, which is great for controlling shine. SPF 35
Maybelline Dream Pure, €10.75
Formulated for oily skin, tackles blemishes. SPF15
L'Oreal Paris, Nude Magique CC Cream, €14.99
Anti-Dullness, neutralises a sallow skin tone
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact Hydrating Colour Corrector, €36
The colour correcting optics correct complexion concerns. This one quenches thirsty skin and is the nearest thing to the coverage of foundation. SPF25
MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct, €27
Great for retexturising and blurring imperfections. SPF30
For skin care benefits and for those with dry skin, go for a BB cream for extra hydration. The newest formulations adapt to your skin on impact, meaning that a general shade can suit most. INSIDER fave – Benefit Big Easy
If a lighter texture, more coverage and to address issues like redness is what you're after, then a CC cream will be the one for you. INSIDER fave – Clinique Moisture Surge CC Compact
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent