Any beauty fiend has no doubt heard the term “BB cream” at least 800 times over the last year. But do you know why it’s so popular? We’ll admit… even though we had our beauty bag stocked, we still weren’t 100% sure. So, we were more than happy to play detective and get to the bottom of BB! Of course, we had to be a few steps ahead… we went ahead and tackled the topic of CC creams too!

BB (which stands for beauty or blemish balm) cream is disguised as a tinted moisturizer, but contains so much more. Benefits of BB cream are, in a word, amazing. BBs moisturize, prep your skin for makeup (like a primer), reduce shine, cover minor imperfections, and many contain even more benefits. Sunscreen and anti-aging anyone?! If you’re looking to reduce the room in your beauty bag, BB creams may be the answer.

But wait… what about this CC cream on the horizon? CC (color or complexion correcting) creams contain all of the benefits of a traditional BB. However, CC takes it to the next level. CCs often offer much more coverage, so if you need something that will mimic a foundation this is your best bet. Also, they do just what they say: correct your complexion. If you suffer from dark spots, acne, or generally dull skin, a CC cream will help to even out your skin tone and brighten it along the way. A few of these have just popped onto the market, like Juice Beauty’s innovative CC cream which offers 12 (yes, TWELVE!!) benefits in the cream.

The verdict: If you have fairly normal skin, BB cream is for you. If you are looking to correct your complexion and get a little extra coverage, you’ll love CC creams! Shop Rue’s picks here:

1. Bobbi Brown BB Cream // 2. Chanel CC Cream // 3. Juice Beauty CC Cream // 4. Maybelline BB Cream  // 5. Olay CC Cream // 6. Stila BB Cream // 7. L’Oreal BB Cream // 8. Dior BB Cream 

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