Today we are talking something I rarely EVER talk about on here: Make-Up! It’s weird that I don’t write more about it because I am true, certified, make-up JUNKIE! I loooove everything about making myself pretty via a pretty pink blush and soft nude lipstick ;-).
So I guess at this point you are probably wondering, “What’s with these BB, CC…or even ZZ creams, anyway”, right? Well…long story short, some people (myself included) swear by these creams and use them to tame down those dark spots and eye circles before applying make up.
I’ve been using BB cream since around February and was very pleased with what they did for my skin and the overall look of it once I applied my “full face” of make-up. Then…I heard about CC Cream! Now…I’m in love ALL over again.
Today, I’ll be giving you all a comparison and review of both BB and CC creams and give you some suggestions on how to select which one is right for you.
BB Stands for “beauty balm”. Retailers began originally selling and marketing BB creams in the eastern countries (think China and Japan), but have recently began marketing them more here in the states. It serves as an all in one facial treatment to include: moisturizer, foundation, and sunblock (at least, that’s what Wikipedia says). You can purchase BB creams from anywhere that makeup is sold and the prices range from your average drug store cost of $8 to $40 from your high-end make up retailer. They all come in different shades to match your particular complexion.
- Product: For today’s post purposes, I’m demonstrating Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Skin protector in the 140 Deep shade. I purchased it so long ago, so I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but it currently retails for $8.99. I’ve been using this brand since I first started using BB creams back in February (I think).
- Consistency: The consistency of this particular brand of BB Cream is quite watery. It’s not creamy and will run off your hand if you don’t use it quick enough.
- Color: The color of this BB cream is a bit lighter than my complexion so it’s not a perfect match. It is pretty close, however. Since this was the only one close to my complexion, I went with it.
Oh…and before I go any further, here is a reference picture of what I look like WITHOUT any products on my face…at all *gasps*
Here is what I look like after applying the Maybelline’s BB Cream.
Now I know what you may be thinking…not much of a difference, right? It’s not. It does, give me some coverage. The different lighting may also contribute to that as well (my bad). What you can’t see, however, is how it makes my skin feel. Every time I use this BB cream, my face is moisturized and feels hydrated. I have combo skin which is usually an oily mess by the end of the day, and I’ve found that this BB does a great job of controlling oil and stopping that grease monkey look.
Now…on to the CC Cream!
CC Creams are also known as “color corrector” or “color control” creams and are a more refined version of BB creams. Just like BB creams they are great for sun protection and moisturizing with an added benefit of better coverage and blending for uneven skin tones (again…that’s from Wikipedia). CC Creams can also be found at your drug stores and high-end makeup retailers. Because of the added benefit of extra coverage, they usually cost a little more than BB Creams ranging from $10-$40 dollars depending on where you go. Like BB Creams, they come in all different shades to match your particular complexion.
- Product: Today, I am reviewing the Smashbox Camera Ready Broad Spectrum SPF30 Dark Spot Protecting CC Cream in shade Dark. It was purchased at Sephora for $42 (yes…$42 WHOLE dollars). I actually stumbled on this CC cream when I went in Sephora to get some samples on a different BB cream to try (crazy right)! There was a Smashbox rep that day doing demos so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.
- Consistency: The consistency of the CC Cream is a lot thicker than the BB cream. It has a more creamy texture as opposed to the watery texture of the BB cream.
- Color Match: When blended into my skin the CC cream is a near perfect match (even though it doesn’t quite look like that from the picture).
Here’s what I look like after applying the CC cream!
Now I’m SURE you notice a difference here, right?!? This CC Cream DEFINITELY provides a LOT more coverage, just as it is intended to do. I like this CC Cream as well for the moisutrizing aspect also. Just like the BB Cream, this CC Cream does a great job of controlling the oil pretty much all day.
Depending on your particular skin situation (ie. amount of blemishes and/or trouble areas), BB and/or CC Creams can be used for a base before you apply the rest of your make up OR as a stand alone product. I use both interchangeably, because while I do LOVE my CC Cream, I DON’T love the price and I have to use it sparingly! Every day use is NOT an option! The BB Cream is a LOT more cost-effective and suitable for every day use.
HOW IT ALL STACKS UP
Obviously, I LOVE the CC Cream more because it has more coverage for me. More coverage at the base of my make up application, means LESS application as a whole. I also LOVE the way the it controls my oil throughout the day. The added benefit of SPF is also another plus. I DON’T LOVE the price! At $42 per tube that is VERY steep for my budget! I also DON’T LOVE that it is fairly messy. I find myself washing my hands a LOT throughout the application of make-up which adds a little bit (not a lot) of time to my morning routine. Would I recommend it? Yes. Especially if you all that have a lot of blemishes on your skin (like me) and need heavy coverage. If you don’t try this brand of CC cream, definitely try SOME type of CC Cream. Oh…and just a little tip, Sephora does offer free samples of products you want to try…
I LOVE the BB Cream because first and foremost…THE PRICE! Because there isn’t as much pigment in the BB Cream it is also less messy. Like the CC Cream I LOVE that it has the added protection of SPF and it does a great job of controlling moisture. What I do I NOT LOVE about it? I feel that it does what it’s supposed to do, I just wish it added a bit more coverage. Would I recommend it? Yes. Especially if you already have great skin and don’t need much coverage.
So how did I do for my first make up review? Did you learn a little something? I hope so!
Do you currently use BB or CC Creams? Which do you like better? Do you have any other make up tips you like share? Let’s discuss!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Disclaimer: I have not been endorsed for any of the products mentioned in this post, or this review. All items were purchased with my own money and reviewed for my own purposes.