If you’re confused about BB creams vs. CC creams, so was I.  I decided to do some research and see what the differences are between these products.  The differences are subtle but here is what I found out.

BB CREAMS – these provide coverage with added skin care benefits like SPF and anti-oxidants.  They’re lighter than foundations and heavier than tinted moisturizers.

CC CREAMS – these generally stand for color correcting.  The products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light diffusing particles).

The best BB and CC creams based on your facial concerns are:

DrynessEstee Lauder DayWear BB ($42)

Estee Lauder daywear BB cream, BB cream vs. CC cream


Blotchiness / Uneven ToneMaybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9)

Maybelline dream fresh BB

Fine LinesBobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($46)

Bobbi Brown BB cream


BreakoutsDr. Jart BB ($36)

Dr. Jart BB


Dark SpotsOlay Tone Correcting CC Cream with Sunscreen ($22)

Olay's total effects

I hope this settles the debate of BB creams vs. CC creams.  There are some great products out there in both camps.  The key is to find the one that is made for your skin type.

Also, don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts this Thursday, July 13 (if you have a Nordstrom credit or debit card) or July 21 (if you don’t have a store card).  I’ll be posting my best picks from the sale early Thursday morning.  XOXO Michelle


I've been obsessed with fashion and beauty since I was a little girl. I have always loved to help my friends shop and to give them beauty tips. I am so excited to have this platform to share my love for fashion and beauty with more people. I hope you enjoy this and get some great information at the same time. XOXO Michelle


  1. Ok, as a mama that is always on the run and just grabbing drugstore makeup, this is a GREAT post!! Now I can find what I specificially want in a BB or CC Cream because I had NO IDEA! 🙂

  2. Love this post and I learned about some new products to try. My favorite cream is Complexion Rescue by bareMinerals which happens to be a BB/CC & Tinted Moisturizer all in one!

  3. My only experience with BB creams was one from Rimmel which I found to be heavier than my foundation, so I might need to try CC cream!

  4. I use a BB cream as foundation when I bother to wear it. I didn’t know the difference until now. Good piece, and great list of products to try.

  5. foodtinerary Reply

    Great post! My favorite CC cream was from Kate Sommerville and unfortunately it was discontinued about a year ago 🙁

  6. Thank you! Now I know that I preferred CC creams! I have a lot of redness on my face and I like to be covered.

  7. I never realized the difference between bb & cc creams, but now it makes so much more sense! This post was super helpful!

    – Danielle | dragongirlblog.com

  8. As someone who has slight rosacea I love a good CC cream! My absolute favorite is the Illuminating CC+ Cream by IT Cosmetics…and I’ve actually seen a huge improvement in my skin from using their products as well!

  9. Thank you for the mini makeup lesson! I never quite new the difference between bb and cc cream!!! Thanks for posting!!!

  10. I never knew the difference and now that I do I need to purchase a BB cream, not a cc cream thank you!!

  11. Thank you for writing this! I can never remember the difference when I go to the cosmetics store, and then I sit there reading the labels for 15 minutes trying to figure it out. This is a nice, simple explanation.

  12. Ah thank you! I’ve always wondered about that. I use BB creams and thought I don’t really need CC creams but I guess I do!

  13. I have the ‘Dream Fresh’ BB cream and it is the BEST! It works so well for my skin. I get so many compliments and they are shocked to find out I’m not even wearing ‘real make-up’. Ha! The best. I’ve never thought to look up the difference between CC and BB before though. Makes sense! Now I know what to look for when stocking up again 🙂

  14. My daily foundation is a CC cream by Mary Kay and I love it. I used to go for heavier foundations but I like this way better!

  15. Thank you for clarifying the difference between BB cream and CC creams! I always wanted to know but I guess I never looked it up and I was certainly too embarrassed to ask anybody! Everyone else acted like it was just totally common knowledge so I just hunkered in the dark.

  16. Good post. I’ve never come across CC cream. Its a good thing because I don’t think I would need it

  17. I love love love my BB cream but went to the store to realize it’s not made anymore! This article came just in time. Excited to try out some of these products that aren’t super heavy for summer.

  18. I have always believed that there is no difference between this items not until now. But as a man who doesn’t do makeup, will always appreciate it wonderful effects on my lady. Thanks for sharing

  19. style vicksen Reply

    Thanks for sharing because I never knew what the difference was!

  20. I always wondered what the difference between BB and CC creams were. Thanks so much for putting this post together!

  21. Thanks for explaining the difference between a BB and CC cream. Most people don’t know the difference I know I didn’t.

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