BB Cream vs. CC Cream: Which is Better?

BB vs. CC Cream Hey Everyone!

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.


Maybelline BB Cream

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.

Maybelline BB Cream

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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*

No Make Up

Whoooo! A mess, indeed!

Here is what I look like after applying the Maybelline’s BB Cream.

Face 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!

Smashbox 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.

Smashbox CC Cream

  1. 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. ;-)
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Face with 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.


BB and CC Cream Comparison

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. 


  • Rx Fitness Lady

    Very thorough but I’m a makeup novice. I’ve been using concealer for the past 3 years and that is like rocket science to me. Is this basically the same thing? Would you recommend this over concealer?

    • Britton

      No, not over concealer. The cream would be use to cover up any blemishes you have so that you don’t have to use as much concealer. It also serves as a moisturizer and you moisturize before putting on any product.

  • Ebony Reddock

    that was helpful. i’ve been hearing about bb creams but wasn’t sure what they were for since i don’t usually wear makeup. but i’ve got that oily forehead thing going on…think i’ll give them a try!

    • Britton

      If you do, be sure to let me know how you like it!

  • Allie Burdick

    I have never used any creams. I’m clueless when it comes to make-up and rarely wear more then mascara and eyeliner. This was really helpful though…and kudos to you for posting those pictures. You are truly beautiful!

    • Britton

      Awww…thanks Allie!

  • Cassandra Schmigotzki

    Being raised by my dad I wasn’t ever properly taught proper makeup protocol (for lack of a better word). When my stepmother came into the picture she taught me a little bit but I never really got into makeup.
    I had been wondering what the BB and CC creams were and with your explanation and pictures I can now see what they are. Thanks!

    • Britton

      I’m glad I was able to help you out a little bit! :-)

  • Bernetta Style

    I like how you compared the two but based on the pictures and description, I vote for the CC cream for sure BUT like you, that PRICE IS NOT HOT!! LOL!! I haven’t used either because I didn’t know what they do. But based on your post I want to try that CC!!! I will let you know if I do. I don’t wear alot of make-up so this could be great for me.

    • Britton

      Tell me about it! $42?!? I probably only use it once or twice a week because this stuff has got to last me!

  • Courtney Akinosho

    Hey Britton! Thanks for sharing this review. I’ve always wanted to experiment with makeup but I can’t even fill in my eyebrows so the creams and colors are a bit intimidating. You’ve made this step much easier to try. Thanks!

    • Britton

      Yaaay! I’m glad I could help! Now, I’m a novice when it comes to filling in the eyebrows too!

  • Valla

    Thank you for the this review. I have the same Maybelline BB cream but after looking at the smash box cc cream. you more better coverage than the BB cream and I’m sure it’s a lot lighter than using foundation all the time.
    Definitely an item to get for the fall/winter shopping list.

    • Britton

      It is a LOT lighter than foundation all the time! Sometimes I just use the CC Cream, set it with some powder, do some blush and I’m out the door. Saves so much time!

  • Nellie

    Thanks for the awesome and detailed review. I own the BB cream you mentioned here, but it looks like I might have to give the CC cream a try!!

    • Britton

      Yes, definitely give it a try.

  • The Dose of Reality

    That CC cream is AMAZING. It makes your skin look so flawless. It’s totally worth the $42!! My coloring is blotchy so I bet the CC would work best for me. I wonder if I could get a sample before shelling out the entire $42? I always wear a moisturizing sunscreen and sometimes wear some mineral foundation over that. I bet I’d love these creams!! –Lisa

    • Britton

      Yes, definitely go to a Sephora and ask for a Sample! My store is very generous with them!

  • Tamara Bowman

    Whoa, the CC cream looks better than the BB, for sure! Thanks for the comparison. I’ve never heard of or used either, but I am so out of the loop. I like the idea of CC cream for photography. It would save me Photoshop skin smoothing work!

    • Britton

      I agree! I’m sure it would save you some time!

  • Andrea

    I definitely like the CC cream best. I’m stick to my tried and true Makeup Forever concealer and Mac mineralizer and don’t venture too far from that. Do a review on some blushes. I’d definitely be up for that!

    • Britton

      I will soon! I have a couple of blushes that I use regularly and don’t venture from those! My favorites are “MAC’s Raizin” and “Ambering Rose”. Another one that I love (on other people) that I haven’t tried myself is NARS “Taj Mahal”.

  • Catherine Gacad

    wow, this was such a great overview! please do more posts like this. they are so informative.

    • Britton

      I will try! I’m glad you liked it!

  • Carla

    I use BB cream but I don’t really notice that it does anything different for my skin. After you described the CC cream I think that’s what I need to move onto. It sounds exactly like what I’m looking for. Thanks!

    • Britton

      Yes, it definitely makes a difference! Give it a try!

  • Stacey

    So glad you posted this! I have been hearing BB this and CC that and I had NO clue what either one was. I’ve got a very uneven skin tone mixed with dark circles under my eyes and a bunch of freckles…I think I might just try some CC cream. (maybe not that particular brand…$42 is quite steep!)

    • Britton

      It is VERY steep! As you can see from the picture, the CC does work WONDERS for dark circles!

  • Leslie

    I’ve never even heard of BB or CC Creams…but then again, makeup almost entirely went out the window for me four years ago after my first little one was born. $40+ is definitely WAY out of my budget, but I definitely break out after waxing and during hormonal times…so some easy, quick coverage would be great. Thanks for all the info!

    • Britton

      Oh no! CC Cream is definitely best for coverage, and a little goes a LONG way. I’m hoping my tube lasts a while!

  • JDaniel4′s Mom

    I really didn’t know much about this before reading your post. I think I would go for the less expensive one, but the coverage with the CC cream sounds great.

    • Britton

      I’m glad that it was helpful! The CC Cream is VERY great with the coverage, but I can admit that price is hefty! I am going to try a less expensive brand next time to see if I get the same results.

  • K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    The CC cream definitely looks like it provides better coverage. I’ve been thinking about throwing in the towel and shelling out the big bucks to get some that is custom matched to my skin tone because trying to it match it on my own has been a hit and miss adventure.

    • Britton

      Oh yes, that would be an investment for sure! I can say that I have been VERY lucky to find a shade that works for me, but it did take some time and a few misses!

  • Chef Demetra Overton

    I’ve been looking for a bb cream for my daughter, she’s only 13 so I don’t want to start full out make up yet, but she has a few acne spots to cover and fade. The CC cream looks great but I’m not ready to break of $42…I don’t spend that much on MY makeup (shame on me)

    • Britton

      Yes, if you want to try the CC Creams, I would definitely recommend going with a drug store brand first. I can understand not being ready to shell out $42 on makeup for her! I barely want to do it for myself! I’m hoping this one lasts me at least 3 months!

      • Chef Demetra Overton

        Yes, i will be sticking to the drug store, LOL! She’s tried Garnier BB cream but the color is a bit too light, even in medium/deep. I was going to let her finish the tube, but I think I’ll look for a replacement this weekend

  • Dionne Dean

    Thanks for clearing up the confusion. No one could explain it to me! LOL

    • Britton

      I’m late responding to this, but I’m glad I could help!

  • KalleyC @BloggingWhileNursing

    i was reading about BB creams and this past weekend, I finally bit the bullet and got one from Mac in deep dark–perfect shade for me. I used to use the foundation, but I like this so much more with the mineralized skin finish natural. I don’t like having a lot of product on my face, and this just does the trick! Thank you for the review of the difference of BB and CC creams.

    • Britton

      I’m so late responding to this, but I’m glad I could help! I’m glad that you were able to find a product that works for you! I tried the MAC BB creams the other day in the store, but I couldn’t find one that was a perfect match, or at least a better match than the Smashbox.

  • Febes

    I was thinking of purchasing the YSL’s Top Secrets skin primer because of how they say it leaves you looking “wide eyed and bushy tailed” :). Is that something that can go under either the BB cream or CC cream or are they basically the same type of product?

    • Britton

      It seems based on the description, they wouldn’t be the same. I am interested in this product now though…I’m always up for something that would make me appear 10 years younger! Thanks for stopping by!

  • natissa

    Thank you for this post! I needed a product to correct my spots and make my skin look flawless. Well, I checked out the Smashbox CC cream and loved it! My skin looked so smooth, but the sad thing was the price of the product (still steep with a small discount). I was told it would last a long time so I bit the bullet and got it.

    • Britton

      Yes, that price is NO joke! I use mine VERY sparingly! LOL! I’m glad you were able to find something that works for you. The Smashbox is everything! :-)

  • Dee Dee

    I thought I saw an ad on TV for a product that had BB and CC in one? Now I cannot remember what it was????

  • Elle

    Hey! Just wanted to let you know that Smashbox has a BB Cream too and it’s a bit cheaper. Also I’ve been using it every day for over a year now and they seriously last a LONG time. Like at least 6+ months on each bottle (you have to get it down to technique with the “pea size” amount on the back of the hand and do areas at a time BUT it totally does last months! And I get so many more compliments when I have only the BB or CC and no other foundation or powder on top…. It looks like the same would be for you too, you looks so pretty with just the CC… But I also am bias for that looking like you’re “naturally glowingly perfect” ;-) They have a Smashbox BB Eyes too that I use for dark circles :-D

    • Britton

      Thank you for your comment! I am definitely going to look into those…especially the Smashbox BB eyes! The Smashbox BB cream didn’t really give me the coverage that I would have wanted compared to the CC cream, but I am willing to give it a try again. Thanks for stopping by! :-)