I love wearing foundation, I really do. But sometimes my skin needs more hydration and lighter textures and it feels like it can’t breathe under another layer of a foundation anymore. At the same time I still want to have some coverage to even out my skin tone. This is the time when bb/cc creams and tinted moisturizers come to help.
Korean makeup brands started this craziness around BB creams that brought to life a huge amount of other double letter creams – like CC/DD/EE creams that are being launched by the european brands every other season. I haven’t personally got an EE cream yet but I already own a DD one (KIKO Milano Sunshine DD Cream, that is pretty good, to be honest). If BB creams do have a serious philosophy behind the name, I do not think there is much idea hidden behind the CC/DD/EE names.
From my experience, there isn’t much difference between BB creams and CC/DD/EE ones – all these creams offer coverage together with hydration and tend to colour adapt pretty well. Tinted moisturizers do on the contrary differ from all these creams as they tend to be more hydrating and have lesser coverage – this makes them less obvious on the face.
I’m lucky enough to have a favourite in each category with a good diversity of brands. For a BB cream I would go with a Korean brand (because Korean BB creams are hands down the best) – Holika Holika Petit BB Cream in Shimmering is my favourite BB cream because it have a very descent coverage, very light texture and a slightly highlighting effect. It works perfectly well with other makeup products layered over it and lasts for at least 8 hours on my skin. The only CC cream I really like is the Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream – it has a very good coverage that easily conceals redness, minor imperfections and dark spots but stays light-weight and remains hydrating throughout the wear time.
No matter how much I like BB and CC creams mentioned above – I still prefer a tinted moisturizer for a few good reasons. My favourite one is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It gives me enough coverage to even out the skin tone, it provides enough hydration to keep my skin moisturised for the whole day and it is absolutely undetectable on the skin. The formula is exceptionally lightweight and creamy that makes it a perfect everyday face product. With this tinted moisturizer my skin looks even, healthy and natural.
Do you like to use BB/CC creams? Or maybe you prefer DD/EE/ creams? Do you feel like there is a significant difference between them? What do you think of the tinted moisturizers? Are there any favourites of yours in this category? Feel free to share your favourites, thoughts and ideas in the comments down below! Let’s discuss!
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