Get to know your BB and CC creams!

What on earth are BB and CC creams I hear you ask? They certainly didn’t exist when I worked in cosmetics! These multi-tasking creams are part of a new generation of creams known as alphabet creams. Starts at 60 Style breaks down the key differences between these smart creams and shares some of our favourites!

What is a BB cream?

These creams were originally created to use after a cosmetic surgery procedure. The BB originally stood for blemish balm but is now better known as a beauty balm. BB creams are a bit like an upgraded version of a tinted moisturiser providing sheer coverage but with added skincare benefits.

Depending on the brand benefits can include:

  • SPF protection
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Smoothes the skin
  • Covers imperfections
  • Anti-ageing
  • Boosts hydration
  • Brightening
  • Skin lightening
  • Moisturising
  • Light reflecting
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Best for

Ladies who want to keep things simple – this cream is like your perfect day cream with all of the benefits of skincare and beauty rolled into one easy step.

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Revlon photo ready BB cream

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Estee Lauder double wear all-day glow BB

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Garnier miracle skin perfector

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La Mav organic BB creme

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What is a CC cream?

This was developed as a variation of the BB cream and is actually a colour correcting cream. A CC cream is designed to disguise any redness, blotchiness and sallowness with light diffusing particles. It is actually lighter than a BB cream and is best worn under your foundation.

Depending on the brand benefits can include:

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  • SPF protection
  • Colour correcting
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Blurs imperfections
  • anti-ageing
  • Moisturising
  • Brightening
  • Packed with vitamin C & E

Best for

Ladies who want to correct skin colour and achieve a more even-toned, healthy glowing skin.

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Bobbi Brown CC cream

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Olay regenerist CC complexion corrector

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Clinique moisture surge CC cream

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Almay smart shade CC cream

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Our verdict

Ladies – these creams are not going to replace your foundation! I would recommend to wear these under your foundation to look your best! Any cream that makes you look your best gets the thumbs up from us!