As longtime 613Style readers know, I tried BB cream a while ago and was…not impressed. I broke out like crazy and generally felt terrible about the state of my skin. I decided that the promises of BB creams (covers imperfections, protects from sun damage, moisturizes) were too good to be true. I swore off this alphabetical dream creams as nothing more than a marketing ploy. Well, guess what? There are more creams. CC creams. DD creams (seriously – DD creams). Are EE creams next?
CC creams promise to up the ante of BB creams by adding a “colour corrector” (hence the CC). This is to address issues like sallow skin and uneven tone. As I have entered my 30s, I have found that my skin tone is, well, kind of crappy. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think I look like a character from The Simpsons (which I would enjoy normally, but not when it means my skin has a strange, slightly yellowish hue). I decided to take the plunge and try one of these CC creams to hopefully rectify my skin issues.
I trust Clinique, so I went with their Moisture Surge CC Cream. It is definitely lighter in texture than BB Cream – it went on smoother, too. Don’t expect to get full coverage like you would with a foundation, however – this stuff will basically make your actual skin shine through, just in a brighter and more even way. And so far, no breakouts! Time will tell on this crucial point.
Right now, my personal preference lies with CC cream. I feel that it addresses my skin issues better than BB cream and feels much lighter on my skin so I can use it everyday. If you have minimal skin issues, save for a few breakouts here and there, you can probably go with just a regular ‘ol BB cream. The sheer number of BB creams means you have a lot to choose from that will fit into your budget. I haven’t found too many CC creams on the market yet, so the amount you spend on these will be a little higher.
Here’s a good breakdown of the different BB and CC creams available at Sephora.