Every girl’s nightmare is choosing the right skin-perfecting makeup, and it’s not helping that there are thousands upon thousands of choices available in stores right now.
An innocent trip to Sephora can be a dreaded task, as we’reÂ bombarded by a bewildering array of flesh coloured fluids. The alphabet formulations–like BB cream, CC cream, and soon DD creams–have joined tinted moisturizers and standard foundation on the shelves as potential skin-perfecting options.
But what do they all (supposedly) do? What’s the difference between them? And most importantly: Which should you use? Here’s a breakdown to make your life easier:
The name is pretty self explanatory: The product gives you a bit of color with a moisturizing benefit–the color is usually pretty sheer. My sense is that they may be headed for extinction, or at least hibernation. While tinted moisturizers are still on the market and probably still have many fans, no new launch has been done for quite a while–alphabet creams are all the rage now
BB creams are an Asian import that have become super popular in the last two years here in the US. BB creams provide coverage with added skin care benefits like SPF and anti-oxidants–the list goes on depending on what brand you choose. They’re lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers. While the additives in BB creams can have the same efficacy as they would in stand-alone serums, be careful about counting on BB creams for adequate sun protection. Since BB cream is generally tinted, women use less on their face. Meaning you won’t slather it on the way you do–or should–with a more traditional sunscreen, resulting in inadequate protection.
The difference between BB and CC creams is subtle–CC generally stands for â€œcolour correctingâ€ and the products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light-diffusing particles), whereas BB creams are like lighter foundation with a few skin care benefits thrown in. CC cream is a colour corrector and will be lighter on the skin than a BB cream. They have more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish–kind of the new and improved BB.
According to fashionista.com, Julep is releasing what it’s calling a ‘Dynamic Do-All’ cream this summer, and it kinda sounds like a BB/CC hybrid. Weirdly, the cosmetics industry was predicting something completely different for DD creams. Back in November of 2012, a cosmetics industry analyst told Cosmetic Design (a trade website) that a number of DD creams, called ‘Daily Defense’ creams were poised to launch, but they aren’t for your face–rather they are “heavy duty body and foot creams.” So it will be interesting to see if Julep single-handedly just changed that category with its forthcoming launch.-MYNEWSHUB.CC