From BB to CC to the emerging category of DD creams, beauty is soaring through the alphabet faster than the tears are flowing on “The Bachelorette.” To help you determine which option is best for you (and, exactly what each cream does) we put together a guide to the world of BB and CC creams. Here’s the breakdown:

BB Cream

Focusing on skincare benefits, BB cream (short for beauty balm) is an all-in-one serum, moisturizer, primer, SPF and foundation that first gained popularity in Asia. You’ve probably seen the shelves stocked with this trendy item for a while now, and here at MDC we’re definitely on board with BB cream thanks to its convenience, natural-looking coverage and skin-boosting benefits.

CC Cream

You know what they say: when the market gets saturated with options, create the next generation of product. This is exactly what happened with the introduction of CC cream. Short for color correction, CC creams contain all of the BB benefits, plus color correcting ingredients like Vitamin C, to brighten dark spots and improve overall skin tone. Some even have different colored undertones to help counteract redness in skin. These creams tend to offer more coverage, and they’re especially great for people who have dark spots, acne, or unevenness. 

the difference between bb cream and cc cream

MDC BB Cream Picks: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB; Kiehl’s BB Cream; Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm; Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB-cream SPF 20 

MDC CC Cream Picks: Lorac CC Color Correcting Cream; Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream; Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream; L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift CC Cream (coming out this July—Team MDC got a sneak peek and we are fans!)

How to Choose

When it comes time to pick your product, keep in mind that every BB and CC cream has unique benefits, but in general, reach for a CC Cream over a BB Cream if you want fuller, foundation-like coverage. Either option is a great multi-tasking product that will make room in your makeup bag (for all those bright summer lip stains you’re just itching to try).

Love BB or CC (or waiting for the next iteration)? Let us know your thoughts below.

Photos: Thinkstock; Maybelline; Kiehl’s; Urban Decay; Lumene; Lorac; Peter Thomas Roth; Juice Beauty; L’Oréal Paris