Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BB vs. CC | Alphabet Creams

Once upon a time, letters seized to be exclusively associated with bra sizes (I went there....), but, alas, were assigned to makeup. Yes, alphabet creams have taken over the beauty industry as souped-up tinted moisturizers that pack a bigger punch for your skin. BB, CC, DD; before we know it, 'EE' will be hitting counters. But, I've got the most popular creams (BB and CC) up for comparison, as we compare the acronyms of the beauty world.

In the grand scheme, marketing of both potions differ.
The 'BB's', standing for 'beauty balm' or 'blemish balm', tend to be marketed as a moderate to full coverage offering with a creamy texture and more matte or satin finish.
On the contrary, the 'CC's', standing for 'color-correcting cream', boast a more, as the name suggests, color-corrected complexion, a sheer to moderate coverage, a lightweight formula, and a dewy finish.
Sounds promising, non? Well, this is where things get interesting--let's compare two opportunities: the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream and the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

Proceeding in alphabetical order, let's begin with the BB. The Dr. Jart offering sure wins in the skincare category--containing 'water bead technology' to hydrate and maintain moisture for a dewy aesthetic, and, for the long term, aloe leaf extract and hyaluronic acid. Then, the addition of SPF 25/PA++ means that you'll be able to skip your regular sun protection dosage.
Concurrently, the Clinique offering also contains SPF, a factor of 30, but sans the PA++'s that the Dr. Jart formula jives. Similarly, the CC's lack a bit in the skincare department, but succeed to promise a complexion perfecting formula that corrects redness, dullness, and sallowness.

In my experience, I find both formulas to be equally correcting, but I can't help but admit that I find the Dr. Jart potion to be ever more redness correcting--most likely down to that aloe--but the Clinique does offer more in the other altering departments. In fact, I find the BB to have less coverage than the CC, but the former does have a more buildable quality. Similarly, the BB also has more of a versatile finish: matte when really blended into the skin and more dewy when it's more patted on.
Albeit, the CC has a more 'radiant in all the right places, but more matte in the others' finish and a thicker formula, but both never fail to feel ridiculously lightweight on the skin.

Personally, I prefer the Dr. Jart tube; it's just so darn good. But, I can't help but admit that the Clinique contribution does have it's benefits. And this is the point when you decide which one is for you. I know; it's a difficult accord. Perhaps this will make it easier--the shade range. Unfortunately, the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB only comes in a *gulp* one shade range. On the contrary, the Clinqiue offering puffs a nine shade range. Whoa.
So, there you have it--the comparison of BB and CC. If you're indecisive like me, just get both.


  1. I luuurve the Clinique CC Cream! Only downside is how thick it is; I have to spend 10 minutes buffing it in [slathering it on] to make sure things look al naturale and not streak-city, but the coverage and finish is totally worth it.

  2. Ah, tough decision - I think I'd have to go with Clinique! Did you know there'll be a DD cream on the market soon too?! x

  3. The Dr Jart one was good sunday base for me, sadly my skin didn't like it all that much ah! x

  4. The Dr Jart is on my wish list for christmas, fingers crossed I get it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  5. Hmm. I would probably go for Clinique's if I had to choose one, just because I find the DJ BB cream to look a bit muddy on my skin.. damn paleness! xxx

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  6. I would definitely like to try the Clinique CC cream! I used to use the Dr. Jart BB cream but sadly my skin didn't like it too much overtime. I do love the brightening effect of vitamin C :)

  7. It's über über thick, but normally I just throw it on and rub it in with my fingers and hope everything looks fine. I'll have to try your way next time ;)

  8. I think so. I know DERMAdoctor makes one currently. xo

  9. Really?!? Ah; that's a shame, but at least you get to wear it on sundays. xo

  10. I also find it can look slightly muddy sometimes, but very rarely. Definitely check out Clinique's, then; their shade range is 'da bomb. xo

  11. That's such a shame; then, definitely check out the Clinique CC. By the way, I loved your "Everyday Makeup Bag" post. xo

  12. Great post. I want to try the Clinique CC Cream!
    I'm not sure if they'd have my color..but I hope so!

  13. I think they may; I think you'll really like it. xo


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