BB Cream Vs CC Cream


With a plethora of skincare options that are available today, shopping for k-beauty products has become an overwhelming experience. From foundations to sunscreens, and now BB creams to CC creams and tinted moisturizers, consumers are spoilt for choices. Yet it makes it all the while more difficult for them to choose the right products, according to their skin needs.

For those who are overwhelmed with the beauty products, we are here to make a quick distinction between a BB cream and CC cream, a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. Take a look.


BB cream or what we call the blemish balm or the beauty balm first originated in Asia, which later became a huge trend and put Asian beauty scene on the global map. It works as the perfect medium between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. BB cream comes in a creamy formula that contains sun protection, hydration, serum ingredients, pigments, antioxidants, and vitamins, all rolled into one. It is a multi-step skincare routine that comes packed into a tube or a compact form that also provides different shades of coverage.

BB cream gives a lighter finish compared to a foundation. Though it doesn’t provide full coverage like a foundation, it does give you a lasting dewy coverage. It is great for those who like a ‘no-makeup makeup look’ but still look radiant with a natural finish.

On the other hand, CC cream is an enhanced version of BB cream. It has lighter tones and is designed to give you more coverage. CC cream comes with additional skin benefits like Color Correction, hence the name. If you are looking for coverage with a natural finish, this is it. CC cream works to cover all your skin flaws; they make your pores, fine lines and wrinkles almost unnoticeable. For this reason, it makes a great buy for those who are looking to blur those acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and uneven skin tones. CC cream can tackle so many skin flaws in a one-step skincare routine. To top it all, you can also use it as a primer underneath your foundation.

Both BB cream and CC cream play their role in masking targeted skin imperfections, so you can choose them according to your skin needs.


While foundation is meant for total skin coverage, it can also provide you with sheer coverage depending on your make-up needs. And we know that foundation forms the base of your make-up. It can be water, oil or silicone base and they come in varied forms like cream, liquid, loose powder, compact etc. No matter what form it comes, foundation works to give you a dewy or matte finish in your natural skin tone.

Foundation offers multiple shades of skin tone; this is where it scores way above the BB or CC creams. It works great for those who opt for long hours of make-up like models or actors on photo shoots, bridal make-up and so on. Dry skin types can go for liquid or cream-based formulas while the matte base works out well for oily skin types.
A tinted moisturizer is what comes between a plain moisturizer and a heavy coverage foundation. Tinted moisturizer is a light moisturizer that comes with pigments to even skin tones, hydrates the skin while providing light to sheer coverage.
It is meant for those who do not like the heavy coverage that foundation brings, but who likes an effortless and hydrating look that a moisturizer provides but with added coverage.
Be it BB cream or CC cream, the foundation or a tinted moisturizer, each has a different role to play in your skincare or make up routine. As we have sorted out the differences, you can pick them according to your skin needs.

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