BB CC DD EE Creams – What Do They All Do?
What Are The Best Ones?
I want to help shed some light on the differences between BB, CC, DD and EE creams. The first step to be aware of is that in many cases, surprisingly is that a lot of the time, there are not really any differences!
- BB Stands For – Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm (more like a foundation or tinted moisturiser)
- CC Stands For – Colour Correction (Evens skintone)
- DD Stands For – Daily Defence or Dynamic Do It All Balm (Skincare based primer)
- EE Stands For – Enlightening Effect (Brightening effect primer or tinted moisturiser)
Which One Should I Buy?
When BB creams first hit the UK market after being a hit in Asia, they were a revolution. Now there are all sorts of alphabet creams! The lines get very blurry in between each type of product and vary from brand to brand. The good news is that they are generally all great products and better for your skin than a regular foundation, some having skincare benefits, some being useful as a primer and SPF in one and some giving your skin a glow.
What Is The Point Of Them?
The point of all of these creams is to cut down the amount of steps taken when getting made up, and the layering of too many products on your face. It’s a lot easier to use 1 cream as a moisturiser, brightener, SPF and primer before your foundation than using all of the products separately. Or using one as a bronzer, SPF and tinted moisturiser. I’ll split my favourites out into what they are good for and why I like them.
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB £6.99 Link Here
Illuminating with a light foundation feel. Dewy and moisturising so great for dry, dehydrated or mature skin. SPF 25. Works amazingly for olive toned skin or when you have a real or fake tan. Covers imperfections and evens skin tone. I use this a lot.
Dr Jart Platinum BB Cream £22.00 Link Here
This is what you need if you’re getting concerned with ageing and/or have dry skin. Especially if it’s winter. If you are going skiing this would be epic. Thick and moisturising with SPF40 and a lot of pigment, you don’t need any other products. This is moisturiser, SPF, serum, primer and foundation in one. I wear this every day in winter when I have no fake tan on so I don’t go all crispy and dry in the cold weather.
Dr Jart Premium BB Cream £24.00 Link Here
My favourite BB cream for holidays in the sun. This one-step balm perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors. Contains peptides for anti ageing features SPF 45. This is a moisturiser, sunscreen, and treatment serum all-in-one product with advanced brightening properties. I would wear this on the beach or for no makeup days. You can use it as a primer under makeup as well its natural coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone.
Clinique Age Defence BB Cream £28.00 Link Here
I used to use Clinique City Block all the time in the days before BB creams, this is like that but with extra. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 is a medium buildable coverage cream that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps conceal imperfections and enhances skin’s complexion. The formula calms skin and helps protect against UV and environmental damage while providing oil and shine control to extend the life of your foundation all day. This is a bit expensive so you might want to try one of the Dr Jart creams first for better value.
CC DD/EE Creams
Korres Wild Rose CC Cream £26.00 Link Here
This is a brightening moisturising cream that evens out skin tone, covers imperfections and offers sunscreen protection.