The ABC’s of BB & CC Creams

Did you hear that splash? That was the sound made when BB and CC creams hit U.S. markets in 2012, followed immediately by an overwhelming flood of formulations so vast, it probably has your head spinning. Originally developed in Germany in the 1960’s, the skin perfecting properties of these darlings of the cosmetics industry have been enjoyed by European and Asian women for years, and now we can readily enjoy them too.  If you have not yet taken one of these babies out for a test drive, let us break it down for you 2Orchids style.  We’re going to explain the difference between BB’s and CC’s, why we love them, and what which products we are currently using.

A BB cream, or Beauty Balm, is formulated to moisturize, prime, and give coverage similar to that of a light foundation. BB’s will sometimes offer a sunscreen property as well.  A CC Cream – better known as a Color Correcting Cream, is formulated to tackle redness, blemishes, imperfections and even out overall skin tone,  all while providing instant and sometimes protective coverage.  Both products will help shave time off your daily makeup routine, and offer multiple makeup benefits all from one tube!

Tip:  You will notice that the amount of coverage will vary between brands.  

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Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Color Options:  Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan

 A must have for those mornings we need get out the door quickly, but also works great as a primer under our foundation and concealer. This 12 hour long-wear tinted primer offers light-to-medium buildable coverage.   Seriously, this stuff is silky smooth and we love the coverage it provides!   Also works great to camouflage acne breakouts. 

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

Color Options:  Light, Medium, Dark

This shining star offers anti-aging benefits and diffuses light with high tech pigments to keep your complexion looking even more radiant.   Naked Skin dries down to a demi-matte finish.   We absolutely love this under our foundation, no other anti-aging creams or potions needed!

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Smashbox  Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting 

Color Options:  Fair, Fair-Light, Light, Light-Neutral, Light- Medium, Medium, Medium-Dark, Dark

Not afraid to wear this one alone! It’s proven to fade out those dark spots and acne spots over time.  It’s called Camera Ready for a reason.  With so many color options, how can you go wrong? 

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Rachel K Mineral Color Control  Original CC Cream Blemish Balm 

Original shade is for fair skin tone with pinkish undertones.

A 10 in 1 CC Cream!  What???  Let’s add that this whitening, brightening cream has a SPF of 35 and is water-proof and smudge-proof.   A real skin brightener, wear it alone or under foundation, also a favorite among youtubers! 

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