The Difference Between BB Creams, CC Creams and Tinted Moisturisers

by Madeleine Borgersen

We see them lining the shelves everywhere from the local supermarket, pharmacy and cosmetics counters but what really is the difference between BB Creams, CC Creams and Tinted Moisturisers and which is best for you?

The Difference Between BB Creams, CC Creams and Tinted Moisturisers

Wondering what the difference is between BB Creams, CC Creams and Tinted Moisturisers? We’ve found out. Image via @bryant.

When it comes to determining the difference between these face balms the difference is in what they offer, some hydration and other Skincare benefits, others coverage and some everything in between.

BB Creams

BB Creams, or Beauty Balms, are a light to medium coverage base with added SPF and antioxidant protection. They were the first “makeup with skincare benefits” product to hit the shelves moisturising and protecting the skin whilst providing your daily coverage.

Our Picks

Napoleon Perdis BBB Cream ($55)

CC Creams

CC creams build on top of this by adding in colour correcting technology providing all the benefits of a BB cream alongside the ability to camouflage uneven skin tone.

CC Creams are currently the most bang for your buck when it comes to the light-weight, all in one complexion product game.

Our Picks

Olay Total Effects CC Cream ($39.99), It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination ($58)

Tinted Moisturiser

The first in the lightweight skincare come makeup base genre, tinted moisturisers do just what they say, hydrate the skin whilst providing some pigment to lightly cover the skin.

Some products can offer more skincare benefits such as anti-aging properties or protective antioxidants, blurring th more with the BB Cream category however so don’t discount them on your next trip to the cosmetics aisle!

Our picks

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser ($65), Dermalogica Sheer Tint ($67)

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