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The BB to DD of Creams Explained

The BB to DD of Creams Explained

A few years ago BB Creams were everywhere and the majority of us where both enamoured and dare I say it slightly baffled? Then along came CC and DD creams to further add to the puzzlement are they simply glorified tinted moisturisers, which is best for me and really what do the letters stand for? Let me answer a few questions regarding the alphabet soup of face bases.

BB Creams - BB Creams originated in Asia and originally were dubbed blemish balms before the western market got hold of the concept, changing the name to beauty balm. To this day I do maintain the Asian versions are the best and of you can find a shade to suit your tone brands such as Skin Food is the way to go. Typically BB Creams are a little thicker, creamier and offer a higher level of coverage compared to a tinted moisturiser. They sit somewhere in-between a foundation and tinted moisturiser but tend to offer more skin care benefits such as a high level of SPF (if they don't contain SPF skip), added skin nutrients all the while offering hydration and in some cases anti-ageing technology. I see BB Creams as a suit all concept as at most they even out the skin tone and protect, the main problem is that most brands only cater to lighter complexions. At a push I would say that the overall thick texture of a BB Cream is better suited to drier skins, if you have oily skin don't let this put you off.

The BB to DD of Creams Explained

CC Creams - More often than not the CC in CC Creams stands for Colour Correct which is somewhat self explanatory, they even out redness, sallowness and brighten all the while somewhat adding a tint of colour to the skin. In terms of coverage and texture they do tend to be a little lighter than the aforementioned BB Cream, yet still offers more cover than your typical tinted moisturiser. On my oily skin I do find that CC Creams are somewhat better suited, I also tend to rely on them in the warmer weather when I want a lighter than normal base product. Think of these as tinted skin care that offers natural coverage and skin protection. Again if the CC Cream doesn't contain a good dose of broad UV coverage skip and look elsewhere.

DD Creams - When DD Creams (typically stands for Daily Defence or Double Duty) launched it did seem like the whole concept got a little out of hand. I mean what next EE? What would that stand for? Extra Energising? Maybe I shouldn't give companies ideas. Anyway DD Creams or Daily Defence Creams are the newest addition the beauty market and seem to be combining the best of both worlds. Newly launched is Nuxe DD Cream which not only offers a decent level of coverage, a light creamy formulation, SPF 30 and protection against environmental damage such as pollution, all the while brightening the skin. I have been told that DD Creams where originally intended for mature complexions which results in great coverage without a heavy, settle into the pores/lines texture that is highly hydrating yet lighter than air.I am tempted to say find a great DD Cream (in my experience colour match tends to be the main dilemma) and ditch the other double barrelled creams. Why settle for less?

The BB to DD of Creams Explained

In a nutshell?
BB Creams - a step up from a tinted moisturiser but typically with a higher SPF.
CC Creams - typically lighter than a BB Cream, aims to colour correct and protect.
DD Creams - a do it all: great coverage, light texture and with more skin protecting qualities.



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34 comments:

  1. This was such a helpful little post as I never know whats what! I totally agree though, how long until we have EE creams? :)

    Blushhx

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  2. Thanks For Sharing! I've never tried any of these wonder products but I think I may give the DD cream a go x

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  3. This is a really helpful post, I always get confused about them all! I've tried BB creams but never any of the others.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  4. This is so helpful, I never knew what each were before. I kept on getting them confused :D
    xoxo

    www.randomindistilling.blogspot.com

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  5. I've wanted to try a BB cream out for a while, but I never understand what the difference are between them all x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  6. I was not surprised to see DD creams coming out - I am sure someone will make EE!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

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  7. Thanks will u be able to advice which brands do the best of the above ??

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    1. Yes :) that will be a follow up post.

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  8. Estée Lauder already have an EE cream. They have done for a while.

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    1. I have no idea how I missed that! Thank you for the heads up - I will investigate!

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    2. The Pixiwoo sisters did a mini review of it a few months back when they discussed the range of Estee Lauder foundations. They love it.

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    3. The Pixiwoo sisters did a mini review of it a few months back when they discussed the range of Estee Lauder foundations. They love it.

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    4. Thank you :) the race is now on for the FF Cream ha!

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  9. what a great post, I always have problems with these! xx

    Rose
    http://www.lepetitrianon.co.uk/

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  10. I know finally learned what all these creams mean because I was always very confused while walking down the drugstore aisles!

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  11. You are amazing! I love the way you've so effortlessly explained each and then given us your personal opinion with what works for you and why. Absolutely brilliant and very useful for us that really had not clue what was what!

    www.lioninthewild.com

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  12. I just tried the Nuxe DD cream and I'm not convinced by it at all, it is not made for oily skins as it made my shine a bit quite quickly. Luckily it is just a sample, and I won't be purchasing the full size product!
    Thanks for explaining the differences between the three categories, it is easy to mix them up. I still stick to BB creams, they are great - love the Clinique one if you're looking for a good product! ;)

    Julia x
    Check my last beauty post here: http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/review-w7-absolute-lashes-chunky-eyes.html

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  13. I recently hopped on the BB Cream band wagon as I am a sucker for any makeup that doubles up with skincare. I'm currently using the Seventeen BB Magic Blemish Balm and it definitely has kept blemishes away.

    As you said, the lack of variety in shades is a little disappointing.

    http://baresome.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I recently hopped on the BB Cream band wagon as I am a sucker for any makeup that doubles up with skincare. I'm currently using the Seventeen BB Magic Blemish Balm and it definitely has kept blemishes away.

    As you said, the lack of variety in shades is a little disappointing.

    http://baresome.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I recently hopped on the BB Cream band wagon as I am a sucker for any makeup that doubles up with skincare. I'm currently using the Seventeen BB Magic Blemish Balm and it definitely has kept blemishes away.

    As you said, the lack of variety in shades is a little disappointing.

    http://baresome.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I've never tried a DD cream before, I'll have to check them out, they sound interesting!

    shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I really want to try a good CC cream for my redness, I need that something under foundation and after moisturising to even out my skin tone!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Thank you for doing this post, it's so nice to read a simple but informative explanation. I really want to try a DD cream after reading this!

    Emily//Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  19. A great, helpful post :)

    Alisha x
    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. DD creams sound amazing!

    Running a giveaway now @ www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  21. Thanks for solving that question for me! Love the sound of the DD creams!

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  22. It's funny after BB cream now there's CC and DD cream. I'm sure a lot of people have been confused with the names but thanks for explaining all of them in this post, super helpful!

    Bonnie || bonniebeautyxo.com

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  23. I was so late to the BB train - I only bought my first one a month ago because I couldn't understand the fuss! But as someone who doesn't like wearing heavy foundation every day but still wants some coverage, I totally get it now. x
    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  24. That was really helpful!! I was always confused about the difference haha

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  25. Bookmarking this post! Really helpful as I can get quite confused with all the CC, DD, and BBs haha! Thank you :-)

    xx
    www.curlsandmints.com

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  26. I was obsessed with BB creams last summer - long lasting, light, matched my skin - it was the only thing I would wear (eventually switched to a 3 in 1 so I wouldn't have to spend separately on primer). But after reading this, I may skip the CC and go straight to DD.

    Thanks :)

    Aisling
    thefashionsideoflife.wordpress.com

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  27. This was actually really helpful as these things puzzle the life out of me!

    franleanne.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  28. This article is helpful.May I know which of this creams suitable oily skin?

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  29. Oh thank you so much, I've always found myself a bit puzzled in the store but never remembered to read about it when I got home.

    DiagonSally

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