The Difference Between Tinted Moisturisers, CC & BB Creams:
They all sound kinda similar, right? So what makes tinted SPF/moisturisers, BB and CC creams all that different? Well, let’s break them down.
BB cream stands for ‘beauty balm’ (or sometimes blemish balm). It originated in Asia and was really one of the first products that cemented Asian beauty into the Western beauty world. The coverage of a BB cream is a sheer, medium hybrid between a moisturiser and a foundation and is designed to even out skin tone and correct blemishes, (hence the name). Many BB creams will also often come with added skincare benefits, such as SPF, hydration, and perhaps a little antioxidant action.
Perfect for: light, minimal makeup looks that provide more coverage than a tinted SPF.
CC creams are like BB creams super-luxe cousin. They’re designed to ‘colour correct’ and the products can even out redness, blotchiness and even hyperpigmentation. They also offer similar skincare benefits to BB creams, but might additionally include some to calm redness in the skin. Anyway, due to their colour correcting properties if you have issues with your skin (like skin discolouration) I’d opt for a CC over a BB cream. They’re both quite similar in coverage, however the textures between brands is likely to differ – so never be afraid to ask for samples!
Perfect for: days you want to conceal redness/discolouration in the skin but still want a lightweight finish.
Tinted SPF/moisturisers are made for good skin days. They will leave you looking and feeling your most natural self although they do provide the most minimal coverage because they’re essentially just moisturisers – with a slight tint and nothing more. However I do like to use a moisturiser under my tinted moisturiser or tinted SPF, on the days I opt to use one as a base, as I never feel like they provide adequate hydration.
Perfect for: off days when you just need a hint of colour/coverage and want to let your skin breathe.