Difference between BB, CC & DD Cream

Difference between BB, CC & DD Cream

If you are still confused with the alphabetical order of these cream, then let me break the ice over this post. Having a mediocre knowledge about beauty and cosmetics, down the line I came to know about these creams a decade ago. I was much aware of BB cream when I was in school. Though all three of them seemed quite similar to me, now I am quite confident about to discuss the difference between BB, CC & DD cream. If any of you are still trying on their hands-on BB, CC and DD cream ten do a bit of research and head towards the store to get one fo you. All these creams are an excellent way of taking care of skin yet giving good coverage to your skin.

Today in this blog I am going to lay down my best take on BB, CC & DD cream to date. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

BB Cream

BB Cream

BB stands for “beauty benefits” or “beauty balm” cream. It first became famous among  Korean girls then slowly it took the market all over the world.

Benefits of BB Cream

BB cream has the goodness of skincare and beauty makeup in the same tube. If you are dealing with a skin problem and you need to attend a party in your office using a BB cream can be best for you. It is very light in texture and hence can also be called as a tinted moisturizer. BB cream keeps your skin hydrated, contains SPF, and also controls shine from the face. This, nevertheless, depends on the brand and the formula one is using. It provides sheer to medium coverage. As I have mentioned above BB cream has been my goto cream. Therefore, they are mostly suitable for younger-looking skin.

How to use it?

Take a pea-sized amount of BB cream on your beauty sponge or makeup brush and mingle it properly on your skin. For better application, you can use your fingers too, the heat produced by your fingers will help the BB cream blend easily. Make sure you blend it seamlessly or else you will end up getting harsh lines. You can leave it just like that or you can use a bit of translucent powder over it. After applying BB cream,  you might feel that skin has been oxidized, for more coverage use high coverage concealer for better results.

My take on BB cream

I loved BB cream so far, I am personally obsessed with Ponds White Beauty BB+ cream. I don’t even know how many tubes I have finished so far. If any day I feel like not putting tons of foundation on my face that day I prefer using BB cream.

I have a few lists on the best drugstore and high-end BB cream which you guys can give it a try for sure.

  1. Ponds White Beauty BB+ Cream
  2. Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream
  3. Sugar Cosmetics Goddess Of Flawless SPF 30+ BB Cream
  4. Colorbar Perfect Match Beauty Balm
  5. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
  6. Kiko Milano Daily Protection BB Cream

CC Cream

CC Cream

CC stands for “color corrector” or “complexion corrector” cream. It came after BB cream, this cream is mainly specialized for Asian skin girls. Because being an Indian girl I know I have got a lot of pigmentation on my face. And for that, I always needed a color corrector underneath my foundation cream.

Benefits Of CC Cream

A CC cream gives more coverage than a BB cream and partially locks all your facial blemishes, such as redness and dark patches. This cream is specially formulated for adult and aging skin that needs more coverage to even out their face. So, rather using a separate color corrector every time with your foundation, you can switch using a CC cream for both color correcting and coverage. Some of the CC Creams do offer sun shields and also lightens and brightens your skin complexion.

CC cream is light in texture. It quickly gets absorbed in the skin. All skin type girls from oily to combination skin, everyone can use it.

How to use it?

Firstly, whether you use a BB cream or a CC cream, cleanse your face properly with the preferred facewash. Then apply the CC cream in a dotted manner all over your face and use a beauty blender to blend it. CC cream is fluffier and thicker than a BB cream. So it gives a little more coverage than a BB cream.

My take on CC Cream

I still remember the day when I first saw t advertisement for CC cream on television. It was Lakme CC cream, me and my sister was so excited to buy that stuff. Earlier Lakme had only a few shades in their range but now Lakme has many options for their CC cream as well. Then many Indian companies came up with the CC cream idea. High-end brands did come up with their formula and nicest ingredients of CC cream. I felt that CC cream still has to come up with little more improvising nature. More shades have to be launched soon for Indian skin girls because these creams are so high in demand.

I have also a few lists on the best drugstore and high-end CC cream which you guys can give it a try for sure.

  1. Lakme 9 to 5 Complexion Care CC cream
  2. Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale CC cream
  3. Avon Color Skin Goodness City Block CC cream
  4. Oriflame Giordani Gold CC cream
  5. Miss Claire Prestige CC cream whitening anti-wrinkle SPF 30++
  6. Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream

DD Cream

DD Cream

DD stands for “daily defense” cream. This cream is lightest among all three. It gives the least coverage and its good for mature skin.

Benefits of DD Cream

DD cream is meant for priming and protecting your skin – all at once. It affords the protecting qualities of a BB cream and the color-correcting part of a CC cream. It has SPF, and it stops moisture loss and evens out skin tone as well. DD cream has anti-aging properties and it concentrates on growing the protection of your skin. The texture of a DD cream is creamy and moisturizing, very similar to that of a BB cream. As DD cream has anti-aging properties, it helps in combating fine lines and marks of aging, which are most fit for those who have very adult skin and wants an anti-aging remedy.

How to use it?

A DD cream is more like a tinted moisturizer. You can use it as your daily moisturizer without hesitating. It won’t give you great coverage, as it gives a good shield on your skin.

My take on DD cream

Honestly speaking I am not that familiar to DD creams, because I prefer my daily moisturizer over DD cream for sure. As Indian cosmetics brands don’t have that much of DD creams, so putting a take on such a thing which I have not used that much won’t do justice to this particular section. I have used only one DD cream that is Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Matte All In One DD cream which was okay for me. It has a few good properties of anti-aging because I need it now.

I have the last list on the best drugstore and high-end DD cream which you guys can give it a try for sure.

  1. Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Matte All In One DD cream
  2. NutriGlow DD creme

I hope this detailed article helped in clearing your clutter among all three. Before you pick any of these creams, ask your dermatologist that what your skin needs. A lot of brands now are offering customization of ingredients according to the suitable skin type in these creams to support a deep range of skin concerns. Find your best shade and try to use it on a go, instead of changing these types of creams.  If you ask me personally which suits my skin then I would highly recommend BBcream. t also has a reason behind it, in India, we don’t have ample of options for these creams. The high nd creams cost so much that, college going girls won’t be able to afford that much to use all of these creams. BB creams are available everywhere, one can easily afford and buy it.

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Disclaimer – I have personally used all three of these creams and stated a minor difference between all three. Though three of them comes with different approach and textures, so complaining about a single cream won’t do justice to any of these. Rather I would suggest you guys head to a store a do a patch test on your skin before using it. Because you know your skin better than anyone else. Many of them use these creams as per their personal preference, some use underneath their foundation, some use it has a face primer,  some use it directly on their face with sunscreen. So it depends on how much coverage you want and what your skin demands.  I hope I have helped in clearing the whole concept of BB, CC, and DD cream.  Please do raise any question or query in the comment section below.


  1. It was very helpful for new learners like me. Loved it,❣️ application and differences everything is explained tip to toe in very simple way.

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