Date: May 7, 2013
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BB, CC, DD? Feeling confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ve saved you some time and done the research to get us both up to speed with the latest craze in beauty and skin-care: CC cream (just in time for my upcoming review of Etude House’s Correct & Care CC cream) …
What is CC Cream?
Good question! BB & CC cream formulas vary dramatically between Asia and the West. Today, I’m going to be talking about Korean products.
CC cream is BB (Blemish balm or beauty balm) cream’s trendy younger sister, express from Asia. The ‘CC’ in CC cream generally stands for colour correction or colour control. A major appeal of both BB and CC cream is the ability to address a number of beauty concerns in one quick application and product. CC cream is a multi-purpose primer that corrects and conceals discolouration, such as redness and uneven skin tone, while offering reasonable SPF, oil control and brightening properties. Some CC creams even claim to treat issues such as aging and discolouration over time.
What’s the difference between BB Cream & CC Cream?
BB cream is, just briefly, the mother of all skin-care time-savers. Moisturiser, foundation, concealer, sun-screen? You name it, BB Cream has it in the form of a single product you can slather on before you race out the door. Not only does BB cream act as foundation or tinted moisturiser, it also contains anti-aging and acne-treating properties. If you want to learn more about BB cream, check out Cake-Pie.com’s excellent “What the heck is a BB cream and why should I care” post.
So, what’s the difference?
Alexis Wolfer, editor of TheBeautyBean.com [via abcnews], suggests that BB creams are often more preventative, with a focus on preventing aging and treating breakouts. Conversely, CC creams address existing issues, such as redness. CC creams also tend to have a lighter formula with better oil control and higher SPF, making them a good light-weight choice for summer.
Several sources I’ve read suggest that CC cream provides greater coverage than BB cream. In my experience, this is generally not true in the Asian market. My Etude House Correct & Care cream doesn’t provide anywhere near as much coverage as even the sheerest of my BB creams.
Renowned Korean cosmetics brand Etude House supports this view:
(Image is copyright Etude House, with English translation I copied verbatim from PR materials)
How do I use CC Cream?
When you’ve completed any pre-make-up skin care, apply a small amount of CC cream to areas you wish to colour correct using your finger (or a make-up brush or sponge, if you must). Cheeks, forehead, nose and chin are generally the most appropriate areas. If you’re happy with a natural look or the coverage of your CC cream, you can go ahead and apply powder. If not, you may consider using your CC cream as a primer and decide to layer your favourite BB cream over the top. Personally, I use it as a correcting primer.
Which brands should I look for?
It’s difficult to recommend a single brand, however several popular brands that have already released CC creams are:
- Etude House (Correct & Care Skin Polishing CC Cream)
- Tony Moly (Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream)
- ElishaCoy (Always Nuddy CC Cream)
- Mizon (Correct Combo Cream)
If you’re in Asia, you can purchase these in store (you lucky thing!). If not, English Gmarket is an option. If you’re desperate, you can find them on eBay, but beware of fakes.
Why didn’t you talk about American BB & CC Creams?
Honestly, I don’t feel qualified. Western BB creams differ dramatically from their Asian counterparts. To me, they are often more like tinted moisturisers than complete skin-care solutions and I’m not a big fan. I’ve never tried the Western take on CC cream, but from my research, they appear to have more coverage in their formulas than Western BB creams, which is not the case in Korea. Apples and oranges, my friends.
I hope you find this post informative and not too long-winded. I’m sorry I couldn’t offer you more of a perspective on the Western market, but I know there are a lot of great sites out there that can. Stay tuned for my review on Etude House’s Correct & Care CC Cream.
Beauty Junkie Asks: Have you ever tried a CC cream? What’s your take on the difference between Western & Asian BB/CC creams?