BB CC DD Creams. When will it end?

Do you ever feel like this guy when you are trying to shop for beauty products? 

You aren’t alone if you do. What does it all mean?

Sometimes I think beauty companies conspire against us to make as many products as they can that are almost the exact same but different enough to confuse us about which one is the best.

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock (which might be where this guy lives), you’ve probably heard of BB Cream. Originally started in Asia, it took the US by storm a few years ago as a pumped-up tinted moisturizer. 

And now we have CC and DD creams on the market as well. DD cream is the newest, and I’m going to venture to guess that it may not catch on like people may think.

So here is a very basic breakdown of each product, and what they do. Brand-specific descriptions will be able to give you the specifics for each cream, so if you want more info I’d recommend comparing them on


  1. says

    I hadn’t even heard of DD cream yet, but I do love BB cream and have been wanting to try CC cream. My only problem is I have acne, so I need full-coverage foundation. Once I have my acne under control thought I might go out and buy all three, hahahaha.

  2. says

    I actually went and checked out your “guy living under a rock” link… HAHAHAHA!!! Too funny! 😀
    And thanks for deciphering the creams!!

  3. says

    Thank you for this post! Truthfully, I hadn’t bothered to do much research on this, so I’m glad to have this handy explanation. I bought a Maybelline BB cream to try out (wanted to go inexpensive first before committing) and so far, so good. I received Julep’s new DD creme in my most recent box and was not at impressed at ALL. I received the “Light” shade, applied just the lightest amount and it still made my face look like an Oompa Loompa. Scary, I promise.

  4. says

    I use my BB cream everyday. I love that it just feels like a moisturizer and not a full foundation. I do plan on trying the CC cream next. I just wish they all had more SPF in them. Thanks for the information!

  5. says

    This is so helpful! Thank you. I was JUST talking about how I have no idea what the difference between all of them were! They never explain it in commercials so this is great!

  6. says

    Thanks for clearing this up! I was never sure which one to buy, this is super helpful. Right now I’m using a BB cream from L’Oreal. I’ve never tried a CC cream though.

  7. says

    The Rainbow guy made my day! LOL Thanks for the breakdown because I do look at hubby after I have seen the commercial and joke and say that I can’t wait for the ZZ cream. Ha! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  8. says

    Thanks for laying this all out and making it truly easy to understand. I just purchased my first tube of CC Cream after using BB for a while. I loved the BB but alway felt like lotion aspect of it was too much. I just purchased Almay’s CC and I really like it, a little goes a long way and I feel like I get less of it rubbing off on my clothing here and there. (Never workout w/ BB or CC cream on your face and NOT expect it to sweat on your white tshirt you’ve had since high school that you love, because IT WILL HAPPEN and you WILL CRY. 😉

  9. says

    DD cream… that is a new one!
    I have tried all sorts of BB creams (and even a CC cream) and the best one that I found was when I got a sample with my Ulta order for L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream. Inexpensive and works better than some of the ones that are really expensive. Love it! :)

  10. says

    I love BB creams! I got the Smashbox BB last fall, and it took me about 8 months to use it up! I wear my MAC stick foundation over top of it, but since the BB is tinted, I only use the foundation where I need it most (cheeks to cover rocacea, chin, forehead), so my face feels a lot more “free” than before I bought the BB. I *just* got Sephora’s CC to replace it, though, and I’m still up in the air about it. I also got Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish powder foundation to replace my MAC foundation for summer, which is really nice. :)

  11. says

    Thank you for this!! I was walking through Sephora wondering what all of these were! I just started using BB cream and I like it. Maybe I’ll try the other ones too and see what I like the best!

  12. says

    I just started using CC cream about a month ago and I am SO happy with my switch! I’ve been using the Clinique Moisture Surge foundation for two years, and I’ve found that although both are sheer and great for a day-to-day look, I like the coverage of the CC cream much better! I’ve been able to stop using my weird “green” primer to get rid of my redness, and can solely count on the CC cream.

    • says

      Do it! I’ve used a BB for around 8 months now, and always use powder over it–sometimes I even use foundation then powder, for times when I want more coverage. As far as I understand, BB creams are meant to be more of a base than a stand-alone product. :)

  13. says

    So funny!!! Actually, we saw that rainbow! Yeah, what an experience. Maybe not as audible as that guy in the video, but it was amazing to see. We do not live far from Yosemite. Thanks for clarifying the array of creams available these days. Had no idea what they were for!!

  14. says

    So funny!!! Actually, we saw that rainbow! Yeah, what an experience. Maybe not as audible as that guy in the video, but it was amazing to see. We do not live far from Yosemite. Thanks for clarifying the array of creams available these days. Had no idea what they were for!!

  15. says

    I actually used a BB cream on my sister-in-law for her wedding makeup over the weekend and loved it! She has great skin and didn’t need much coverage and the BB cream left a very natural finish. I’m thinking of trying a BB cream for myself over the summer, lighten up my look a bit.

  16. says

    Oh dear, didn’t even know we are on DD’s already! I still can’t make up my mind… I’ve used some that are completely awful and some decent ones. I still think that the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is the best one I’ve used :)

  17. says

    Thanks so much for this simple explanation! I’ve actually not used BB cream but I love CC cream! I don’t where a lot of makeup most days and have to use light moisturizer with my combination skin. it’s just enough for everyday where for this stay at home mom that like a little make up :)

  18. says

    I have been using the Garnier BB cream every once in awhile as a base for my make-up. I did get a sample of the Smashbox BB cream, and loved that! However, I have been reading that the Smashbox CC Cream is better to use – so I have been debating back and forth on which one to purchase (for the price). This post definitely helped in answering some questions that I had and the differences in them all. I could probably start using the DD cream, as an anti-aging product in some of my beauty products is a must in my life now. Again, thanks for the post! :)

  19. says

    I actually thought this may have been a joke at first! DD cream? Are you kidding me? I’m with you – I’ll be shocked if they catch on like the BB creams did.

  20. says

    I have been a long time reader of your blog and just wanted to say thank you for writing! If I need a break from studying or the latest hair style or just something refreshing to read, I always come here. It constantly makes my day. The news of your pregnancy makes me so, so happy for you! I’ve been hoping it’d happen ever since you made the post. Thank you for blogging!

  21. says

    Thank so much for this! I have been wondering but I’m always nervous or embarrassed to ask because I feel like I’m going to look like an idiot because I don’t know about the newest products. I’ve had some…interesting experiences.

  22. says

    Thank you for this post! I actually *didn’t* know what BB cream was, let alone any of the others. I’d only first heard of BB cream about a month ago, but had no idea what the heck it was. I guess I live under a rock, lol. Honestly, though, all I ever use is eye makeup, so I never even glance at anything else in the store. Thanks for clearing up the mystery!

  23. says

    I did not even notice they have BB, CC, and DD creams! Wow! I’ve used BB and find them alright, but I prefer a good stick foundation. From your chart, BB sounds best for me :)

  24. says

    BB,CC,DD. . . pure foolishness! I make my own skin care products – to keep things natural, simple, real and effective NOT to sell a new gimmick based on fancy marketing.

  25. says

    I haven’t had much luck with these type creams, excpet the Dr. Jart BB cream. I received a sample from Birchbox and at first I wasn’t impressed, but now that it is so hot here in Phoenix, and I am unwlling to wear my normal foundation stick (Pixi), I gave it another shot. And wow, I love it.

  26. says

    I have the Boscia BB cream and it’s okay. I realized it photographs weird. Sooo… I rarely wear it. But I love the coverage.

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