BB Creams vs CC Creams : Whats the Difference …

by mehak on July 18, 2013

in Face Products, Reviews, Skincare



If i weren’t a beauty blogger, I would think that creams are starting to resemble bra sizes !!! BB, CC and whats next now DD for the rather well endowed girls ??? Heh! While im not a huge fan of most of these multi tasking products i thought it would be a good idea to put my economic research skills to good use and give you guys the lowdown on what the hell these double alphabets mean…

BB Creams are Beauty Balm Creams- these provide an instant layer of sheer coverage and are more used as tinted moisturizers

CC Creams are color correcting Creams- these are meant to cover up red areas, disguise uneven-nes of skintone , and dark spots.

Difference between BB Creams and CC Creams

  • Texture: CC Creams have a lighter texture than BB Creams, so a lot of users say these blend better and more effortless than the thicker BB Cream variant. They are said to have a lighter, fluffier texture that makes for a more natural – soft matte look on your face !
  • Finish : CC Creams are said to impart a  semi matte finish – BB Creams are between matte and dewy.
  • Pigmentation: CC Creams are specifically targeted toward color correction and hiding dark spots, so they are supposed to have slightly better pigmentation than BB Creams but honestly the term CC and BB is misused in the market, so you wont find this with all CC Creams.
  • Target Audience: BB Creams are targeted to a younger audience who need quick solution to even out skin tone, hydrate and step out the door. CC Creams are meant for an older audience who may have  redness of skin or a sallow complexion and need an added boost of color correction as well as anti ageing benefit in their creams
  • Hydration & Oil Control: CC Creams are meant to be more hydrating than BB Creams , while BB Creams are meant to have more oil controlling properties by acting like a primer.

As you can probably tell, both the creams do pretty much the same thing- prime, protect, even out the skin tone with a few minor differences between the two. One additional point to make is that the BB and CC Creams we get in India such as the Lakme CC Cream are not really authentic CC Creams – pretty much anything that looks, smells or snorts like a tinted moisturizer these days is labelled with a double alphabet!

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamanna July 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks! Was confused…these creams were beginning to remind me of the Alphabet song, and that too in doubless- BB, CC… To me though they still feel like” jack of all trades and master of none”


Lancy July 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

Great post Mehak! I have never liked BB creams.. They made my skin dull and oily. Now, its turn for CC creams. I am planning to try the Lakme one soon!


anshita July 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

sigh. I agree. And the Korean ones are too light for us.


Shreyashi July 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hey thanks Mehak!!! So funny :D

BTW, I didn’t understand how the BB creams have oil-controlling properties but are still shiny in finish and CC creams are more hydrating but give matte finish. Can you please explain?


mehak July 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

if yv used maybelline yll notice tht even though its not hydrating at all- it gets shiny and dewy…whereas some other creams which are more moisturizing have a final matte effect. So you definitely can have products that are matte but moisturizing- just like some matte lipsticks are more moisturizing than creamy ones…so thats not counter intuitive….

Regarding oil control and shiney- thats because bb creams in india dont do their job of being oil controlling. The korean ones are oil controlling- and they dont get shiney they just get dewy


Shreyashi July 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Thank you so much Mehak! That was really helpful!


happygoluckygal July 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Very well written..:)


Preeti Kaur July 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

informative post Mehak :)


Clothes and Creativity July 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This is an informative post Mehak!

However, my experience with the Maybelline BB Cream has been quite poor. I have combination skin type and the thick BB cream refuses to blend. Furthermore, it makes my skin oily and patchy.

Any suggestions for a good BB cream for sensitive, combination skin-type?


mehak July 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I would definitely recommend garnier over maybelline..and if ou want good coverage and pcmletely matte look (no shine) then deborah.


Clothes and Creativity July 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I have heard Garinier is better. And I read some good reviews for Bodyshop.

One question, does a BB cream solve the purpose of a foundation? As I said, Maybelline was a complete let-down. I am currently using the Loreal True Match Foundation which is excellent. Can a BB cream replace a foundation in one’s make-up routine?


mehak July 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Hi C&C – nope it cant. If yr using loreal true match then chances are you are enjoying the heavier coverage- bb and cc creams will never be as good in coverage as foundations


Anya July 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for the info! Guess I’ll stick to my Loreal foundation.


Swati July 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Nice post! Can’t wait to try the lakme one.. although true, it will be a tinted moisturiser most probably.


Shireen July 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Too much marketing jargon out there! The Garnier BB cream started breaking me out after about 2 months f usage and now I am scared to even try the CC creams!


Supria July 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Well written Mehak, as always :)

I have been eyeing the Dior BB cream… I love Lisa Elridge and she uses it in her videos, so it ought to be good!


Chandni Singh July 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

That is a fantastic and a very informative post Mehak. I recently had the pleasure of trying out the Stilla CC Cream and it was brilliant. It has 20 spf and comes in 5 shades which is incredible. This will be available at Sephora soon and it will be a perfect product for someone who is looking for a little more coverage than a BB CREAM. The other brand i would recommend for CC Cream is Peter Thomas Roth. Available in 3 shades and has 30 SFP. It also has a super dose of Vitamin C which helps improve collagen creating the appearance of firmer, brighter and younger skin. This too will be available at Sephora soon


mehak July 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Nice to see your here Chandni. Big fan of your work !


Meghana Acharya July 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for this informative post :)


uma July 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

great article….but let me be frank..these are more marketing gimmicks than anything… and I have worked for these companies… think about it… you will see. No offense to anyone but this is true most of the time.


Niesha July 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for the post Mehak! I like using BB creams as I dont want much coverage and they are good in that. I ma really looking forward to try lakme CC cream though!


deepti July 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Woww. Thanx for sharing this info.. Just loved the last line of this post “pretty much anything that looks, smells or snorts like a tinted moisturizer these days is labelled with a double alphabet!” That is so true :)


Arshi July 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

nice and informative post mehek :)


sneha July 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

very informative post..thanks mehak :)


Shreya July 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Great post Mehak…. This information is really helpful … I got Clinique CC cream last week, I layer it with foundation to get more coverage…


Ayantika July 19, 2013 at 12:21 am

very informative post. thanks for sharing. I have not used CC creme till now. I am using Rimmel BB!


Krithi July 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

Im a big fan of BB creams bcos they lift your face up and face looks fresh but im kind of irritated with so many BB creams now ..
good informative post Mahek


Monisha August 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

Lakme CC cream is very nice and not at all oily.
In BB Cream you can go for Pond’s BB cream.
Maybelline, Body shop, Garnier all BB creams are oily and useless.


Bhavna February 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Mehak,what ‘s the best available CC cream for oily skin ? I have been using Mac’s BB cream and i truly adore it but its abt to get over and want to try a new product. My only concern dt d cream should be able to sustain the matte finish of my face for as long as possible. Plz suggest.


Ashwitha April 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Hi Mehak,

Now a days I am becoming dark.I stay in Bangalore. By using BB cream or CC Cream will I get fair. My face is bit oily skin. Can you please tell the difference between BB cream and CC Cream and the best BB or CC cream to use for my skin?


aarohi April 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Hi all, I too stay in bangalore. I hav been using Lakme cc cream for 4-5 months n I’m quiet satisfied with it…..I hav combination,acne prone skin but it doesnt break me out…it covers light pimple marks very well so coverage is good if u hav minor flaws.Regarding moisturisation, its fine for oily skinned beauties but dry skinned girls may need extra moisturisation with it…it does brighten ur complexion….I hav fair complexion so beige variant suits me very well…earlier I used Lakme perfect radiance foundation occasionally but after finding this cream I dont use foundation anymore…its good for everyday use…!!


pratibha July 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

hey… Am 19 n my skin is sensitive whenever i use makeup or any cream i get acne on my face plz suggest me which cream is gud fuh me bb cream or cc cream? bcz Am a college going student so i want my skin to look clean ,flawless n shiny everyday…plz anybody suggest me


Charu May 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm

I hv oily skin nd pimple marks too….so which cream is better foe my skin……cc and bb……


roshan June 25, 2016 at 5:41 am

My question is ! Can i use both bb and cc cream


Dharashi December 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Cc and bb cream what is the difference


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