BB, CC, or DD: Deciding What’s Best For You and Product Suggestions

BB, CC, or DD: Deciding What’s Best For You and Product Suggestions

Everyone’s different: this is a widespread idea that, in the modern day world, is becoming more popular and even exciting as our society progresses towards a more  accepting one day-by-day. And because each of us is different, everybody needs different skin products. Genetically, our skin will react differently to different ingredients within products when contact occurs. For example, most foundations make my skin either very clogged and acne-prone, or dry and flakey. Ultimately, it was time for me to quit wasting my time and money on a product that clearly wasn’t working, but as an insecure teenage girl, I still felt the need to be using some sort of face product that covered the faults in my face without causing anymore.


That’s when I came across some awfully interesting alphabetically-named creams. Among these are BB, CC, and DD creams; and for the record, they all serve very, very different purposes. I know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, yeah, Raintoast, let’s just get on with the compare and contrast, okay?” And you’re right. So, here it goes:

You may be best off using BB (Beauty Balm) cream if:

  • You’re looking to moisturize your skin.
  • You’re wanting light-coverage.
  • You want to minimize your pores.
  • You’re looking to brighten your skin.
  • You need a generally oil-free product.
  • You want your minor faults to fade over time.
  • You want SPF coverage.

You may be best off using CC (Color Correcting) cream if:

  • You struggle with splotches or discoloration.
  • You’re slightly oil-prone.
  • You’re looking to lightly moisturize.
  • You want a medium coverage.
  • You’re wanting a smoother complexion.
  • Reducing redness is important to you.
  • You’re absolutely dying for some radiant skin.
  • You’re wanting to cover and eventually diminish acne scars and blemishes.
  • You want SPF coverage.

You may be best off using DD (Daily Defense) cream if:

  • You need an anti-aging product.
  • You’re wanting to moisturize.
  • You want sheer coverage.
  • Having a buildable coverage is important to you.
  • You want a matte finish.
  • You need a product that acts as a protectant against harmful things such as too much sun and skin-clogging oil/bacteria while still maintaining a moist feeling.

Of course, these are general descriptions of each type of cream, but if you see yourself drawn more to a specific one then believe me, it is worth a shot on giving up the foundation and investing in a generally more efficient product. If you’ve decided on a cream, but can’t decide on a brand or specific product, here’s a few suggestions:

For BB creams, give the following a try:

  • Physician’s Formula: $15
  • Clinique Acne Solution BB Cream: $36
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur: $30
  • L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier: $8
  • Maybelline BB Cream: $6
  • Estee Lauder BB Cream: $42

For CC creams, give these a try:

  • Erborian CC Crème: $44
  • Physicians Formula: $15
  • Bobbi Brown CC Cream: $46
  • Mary Kay CC Cream: $20
  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: $37
  • L’Oréal Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream: $14.50

For DD cream use, these may be worth a go:

  • Julep DD Cream: $36
  • Le Maquillage DD Brightening Cream: $16.79
  • DERMAdoctor DD Cream: $38
  • Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse DD Cream Spf 30 Cream: $22

As you can see, the farther down the alphabet we go, the pricier the product gets. In my opinion, both CC and DD cream products will end up at the same price as BB creams are as demand increases and new companies begin exploring our lovely alphabetical makeup products. Until then, go out to wherever you buy your makeup from, pick up a tube of whichever product would be best for you personally, and start your journey into a fresh-looking face that doesn’t ruin the fresh-feeling you so badly desire.

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