Get to know your BB and CC creams! 11



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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

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:

  • 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!

Siobhan Beirne

Siobhan Beirne is a creative soul with extensive experience in both the fashion & beauty industries. With a keen passion for helping women to look and feel their best, Siobhan cannot wait to share her tips with you all.

  1. I use BB Cream as my foundation & then apply some mineral powder over the top and I’m done in under 5 mins

  2. I use the Garnier BB as my foundation…I think it is quite enough. Then again…perhaps I am fooling myself!

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    • thanks for that, I don’t wear a lot of makeup but if its light I will try it..nice to hear from someone who uses it

    • I use as foundation as well. I’m in my sixties & I use the garnier which is very affordable. Loving it.

    • thanks for the info, it is always nice to hear from someone with personal experience before you buy

  3. thank you I was curious about these creams I have seen them advertised on the TV, but I did not want to waste money buying them if them were not going to be any better than normal foundation, I might give one a try now

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    I use Garnier oil free BB cream instead of foundation, I feel it gives me a better coverage than the regular one.
    I use a light dusting of translucent powder on top.
    Am forever getting compliments !

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