April 9th, 2013

Is the CC the new BB?

I am very late to the party re. BB and CC creams.  Beauty Balm and Color Corrector creams contain moisturizer, color, primer, SPF and a number of other ingredients. I want to try the Clinique CC cream as it has redness-reducers, but that’s all I really know.

Please weigh in on what they are, which ones work, and why we need them.


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  • I use the Clinque BB creme. I read a number of months ago that it was the top seller. Not having used one before, I thought that was the one to try. Haven’t been disappointed, gives a nice finish w/o a “made up” look. Regarding redness, if you have rosecea, I highly recommend Metrogel. It is a prescription clear gel you wear at night (and in the day if you wish). It worked great for me, took the redness out and I don’t have to use it everyday. You owe it to yourself to see a dermo regarding redness/blotchiness rather than just cover it up. Don’t suffer in silence, permanent relief may be readily available. I see so many early middle age women affected by it (like I was) and I am a crusader on the subject.

    AprilApril 9th, 2013  12:26 PM

  • It actually does improve skin and instead of slapping on 6 layers of sunscreen etc you just put the one layer plus it is idiot proof whereas with foundation it is sooo easy to make mistakes. It really is a must. Like most products, preference is personal.

    Coulda shoulda wouldaApril 9th, 2013  2:09 PM

  • I’ve tried a few BBs and CCs. This is my favorite: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20. However, I still love Glo Minerals Pressed Base for the most beautiful, natural coverage and ease of application.

    AlissaApril 9th, 2013  3:50 PM

  • BB Creams and CC creams are double-duty beauty, makeup that contains anti-aging properties that help repair the skin, a CC Cream battles hyperpigmentation scars and a BB cream helps those of us battening adult acne, those are their primary functions besides giving us a natural looking coverage and a huge dose of vitamins and minerals etc…
    I recommend having at least 6 to rotate, including a primer, a moisture tint – Sunday Riley and Kimiko Beauty make some amazing ones that are just flawless.

    AnitaApril 9th, 2013  5:49 PM

  • I’ve been using Bobbi Brown’s BB cream. I’ve tried Embryolisse’s BB cream but my skin was a bit dehydrated and it felt a little too heavy. Have you look at Into the Gloss to see what they recommend?

    DawnApril 9th, 2013  5:51 PM

  • Just got Shiseido perfect hydrating beauty cream and love it! Takes the hassle out of applying so many layers of product on every morning. It goes on like a tinted moisturizer except smoother since there is primer in there and added bonus of knowing you have SPF as well. I use that and a light powder to take away some shine and voila! Highly recommend.

    JennyApril 9th, 2013  8:49 PM

  • I agree. The red face and blotchy is often rosacea. News to me! Metrogel , a good dermatologist, and Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 for rosacea. (commonly mistaken for red blotchy skin) And the avocado eye cream……TDF.
    All for sensitive blotchy red skin. Wish I had discovered it a decade ago…..

    JOApril 9th, 2013  8:52 PM

  • Oh, and as for the adult acne, it is stage two of rosacea. Attend to it early!

    JOApril 9th, 2013  8:55 PM

  • I am so glad you wrote a post on this! I am not usually one for drugstore brands (been seeing the derm regularly since my teens), but Oil of Olay has an AMAZING CC cream that has done wonders for my skin. I swear that I “glow” since I’ve been using it. It is also oil-free and has withstood the Arkansas humidity without clogging my pores. It also looks more natural than any of the (more expensive) tinted moisturizers and BB creams that I have tried.

    SamApril 10th, 2013  7:56 AM

  • I love BB creams! I still wear my moisturizer under but the two I have tried so far that I love: 1. Smashbox and 2. Garnier.

    The Garnier one is much cheaper and a serious steal! Works like a miracle, evens out my skin tone, keeps oil under control and a little goes a long way.

    RachelApril 15th, 2013  9:52 PM

  • I love the Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream! Covers well and lasts all day.
    I tried the Clinique and thought it had a bit of a pinkish tone to it…not great with my underlying redness. I also thought the Clinique left me skin a bit too “dewey”. Still one more on my wish list to try is the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream.

    JessicaMay 13th, 2013  10:15 PM


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