BB Cream vs. CC Cream: Here’s the Difference

December 16, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal

If you’re not a fan of heavy or thick foundation, or simply prefer a low-key makeup routine, BB and CC creams are for you. The lightweight complexion products are great for getting a your-skin-but-better look and are super easy to apply. When choosing between them, there are some key differences you should know. 

BB creams (known as beauty balms) are typically lightweight, contain good-for-your-skin ingredients and offer sheer coverage. CC creams help color correct the complexion and tend to provide more coverage than BB creams. Ahead, we’re breaking down how to decide if a BB cream or CC cream is right for you.

maybelline bb cream

Should I Use BB Cream or CC Cream? 

With a focus on skincare benefits, BB creams typically contain SPF and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. While they definitely provide more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, don’t expect your BB cream to compete with a full-coverage foundation. The focus is more on addressing your skincare concerns and giving you a no-makeup makeup look. 

One formula that we love is the Maybelline New York Makeup Dream Fresh BB Cream. It’s super creamy and seamlessly glides onto your skin, hydrating and blurring imperfections in its wake. It features SPF 30 broad-spectrum coverage and gives skin a dewy finish.

Dermablend CC cream

CC creams should be your go-to if you want to even out redness or uneven skin tone. They can help cover dark spots and mask acne and often have added skincare benefits like SPF, too. One our favorites is the Dermablend Continuous Correction CC Cream SPF 50+. It helps visibly minimize the appearance of redness, discoloration and dark spots, offers SPF 50 sun protection and helps improve skin radiance over time. The formula is breathable and non-comedogenic, yet offers a long-wearing, full-coverage finish. 

Can You Use a BB Cream and CC Cream Together? 

While it’s not necessary to have both in your arsenal, BB and CC creams have slightly different purposes, so mixing them together can help you perfect your complexion. Both products can be applied with your hands, a damp beauty sponge or a brush. Start with your BB cream to give your face a lit-from-within glow. In areas where you’re looking to cover spots or even out redness, add your CC cream on top.


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