Its a new trend that has spread across the four corners of the world and within too....a trend of BB creams and slowly seeping in CC creams...
Its raining BB Creams in India on all the cosmetic counters these days? Right from pharmacy brands like Ponds, Garnier etc to high street brands like Maybelline, Revlon etc to department store brands like Dior, Guerlain, Clinique, Estee Lauder etc to professional makeup brands like Bobbi Brown and MAC.....all have BB creams. Now a days even hair products have started calling their products as BB and CC.....
What is this rage all about?
BB Creams - Blemish Balm of the East that became the Beauty Balm of the west has it all. An anti ageing ingredient, a sun protection, a primer, a foundation (for good coverage) and a treatment from blemishes (acne, pigmentation etc.) made a BB cream a rage of 2012s. Every brand now owns a BB cream and they cater to the different demands of people all across the world. BB creams now a days come in different colors for different skin coloring and also are custom fitted for different skin types. Some come with more coverage while others are light weight and do a great magic in getting the skin sorted out without piles of makeup. Although BB cream has a history that begins from Germany in the 60s and 70s, its the Korean and Asian market that got a hold of these products with the intention to get a flawless skin. (Go to China or Korea and you shall see what 'flawless' skin stands for.). This awareness was brought to Middle East, Europe and ultimately America who have started manufacturing these small genies in the tube on a commercial level and for a widespread skin concerns. A BB cream was developed for patients who could not use foundations and makeup after a skin treatment or laser. These products were made to soothe the skin inflammation while giving a good coverage to hide problems the skin faced.
CC Cream is a newer concept that happens to get momentum in 2013. CC or Color Control Cream is a refined form of BB cream. While BB cream was manufactured primarily as a skincare product, CC cream was developed to retain all the skincare benefits of BB cream with added nourishing ingredients and the additional aim to provide more effective skin coverage. CC cream is light weight formulation has has benefits of a BB cream including presence of Vit. C, Hyaluronic Acid, Plant extracts along with color correcting properties. CC creams are oil free and do not go as heavy as a BB cream albeit the formula seeming thicker in comparison. CC creams help in covering redness and sallowness making the skin appear bright just as the way it helps brightening of skin tone.
Some amazing BB Creams and CC creams found in India and some I am trying out..........
- Kiehl's BB cream - Actively correcting and Beautifying BB cream
This is a fantastica lightweight and brightening BB cream that covers most of the complexions except the ones of the darker side. This does look like a CC cream as it has a soft beige-yellow tone to create a seamless looking complexion. With powerful Vit C to create a bright complexion, the higher sun protection factor does wonders to the skin and I am soon going to take this one.
- Garnier BB cream
An answer to the consumer who is conscious about their pocket, this BB cream does come in 2 flattering shades that promise a lot of things. Albeit the claims made, this is very light weight and glides easily on skin.
- Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
I have used this BB cream and its oil free and lovely. Just that it does have a heavy coverage (which goes white on me even with the MEDIUM shade) and you need a moisturizer underneath for whichever skin type you are. It works very well as a skin primer under the foundation and a loose powder in a darker color can help tone down the color.
- Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream - hydrating color corrector SPF 30
This looks like an answer to the cons of a traditional BB cream of Clinique's. It is supposed to be lighter in weight and texture and comes in a lot many colors. Extended from their famous Moisture Surge range, this CC cream is an oil free with hyaluronic acid for hydrating. I am going to buy it as soon as it arrives in their stores and I have a premonition of getting one of the best products in the market.
These are my current favorites and one more included is the Maybelline BB cream stick which I shall be using for photoshoots and bridals. I also have seen a lot of lovely BB creams from brands like Missha, Lieole, Skin79, Dr.Jart+ as the oriental brands and of course European and American brands like Estee Lauder, Clarins etc. The another BB cream that is not launched yet and excites me is the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB cream (which is actually more of a CC cream).
Now comes the question....BB Cream or CC cream?
For me, the winner is CC cream. It has all the benefits of the BB cream and yet helps control color. But does this mean that BB cream has a fading future? Cannot say that as BB creams have been a part of the beauty industry for a while and I am sure there are people who would be getting more benefits in comparison to the CC creams.
Hope you liked this small article. Do let me know in comments which is your favorite? A BB cream or a CC cream.....
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