Happy Friday! I’m starting a new series here at FutureDerm! It’s the War of the BB and CC Creams (and we’ll include some tinted moisturizers, too).
First, let me give you a little background on traditional BB Creams, which were first created in Germany. BB Creams should (in general) act as a moisturizer, have high SPF, work as foundation, work as concealer, have anti-aging properties, have brightening properties, have nourishing properties, and some claim to also prime the skin. Most American BB Creams are often just a tinted moisturizer with SPF, but not high SPF. I’m sometimes ok with a BB cream if the BB Cream is not full coverage (meaning it doesn’t act as foundation or concealer) if it blurs imperfections in the skin. Additionally, traditional BB Creams were only available in 1 or 2 shades. They are now available in a wider range of shades from some brands, such as Missha.
CC Creams are the next big thing. I’m new to CC Creams, but here’s what I know about them. CC Creams are known as either color correcting creams or color control creams. They’re the latest generation of BB creams and were developed in Korea. CC creams are supposed to keep all the same skincare benefits of a BB cream, have additional nourishing ingredients, provide more effective skin coverage that looks natural, rather than like a full face foundation. CC Creams are supposed to have high SPF, better coverage, alleviate uneven skintones, and have a lighter and better texture. They’re usually oil-free, which is great for combination skin.
Last but not least, I’m sure you’re all familiar with tinted moisturizers. Tinted moisturizers usually have SPF, a tint to even out your skintone, moisturize the skin, and some have anti-aging benefits. A few recently have been released that mattify the skin. They’re usually light coverage.
I have three products for this first round. First is Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF 20, which Sephora considers a BB or CC Cream, though it is labeled as neither. I chose the shade Translucent as I thought that Light would be too dark for me. Next is the Supergoop SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream, in Light to Medium shade. Finally, I have the Prestige Flawless & Ready BB Cream in shade Light.
Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 – $48 for 1.7 fl. oz
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octyisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 2%, Zinc Oxide .85% Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymore, Dimethiconal, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Cyclomethicone, Eco-Physalis Angula Extract, Passion Fruit, Saw Palmetto Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Coenzyme Q 10, Retinol Palmitate, Vitamin K, Vitamin D3, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol Polyoxyethylene 20 Sorbitanmonooleate (E 433), Polyoxyethylene 20 Sorbitanmonooleate (E 432), Fatt-Acid Esters/Triglycerides, Octyldodecanol, Potassium Sorbate, Aqua, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin.
*May Contain Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides
A breakthrough 5-in-1 tinted skin enhancer designed to Hydrate, Prime, Enhance, Mattify & Protect your skin in one simple step. This multi-tasking complexion enhancer instantly provides your skin with an antioxidant-rich hydrating base, primed smooth finish, weightless coverage, and SPF20.
- Reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation
- Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimize the appearance of pore size and uneven skin texture
- Hydrate to provide long lasting nourishment and anti-aging benefits
- Help protect against future sun damage with SPF 20.
- EcoPhysalis – a natural plant extract that helps protect your skin from free radicals and even out the appearance of skintone. From the Brazilian rainforest.
- M3 Complex – a combination of anti-oxidants and vitamins including Saw Palmetto, Passion Fruit, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and CoEnzymeQ10.
- Free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, wax, mineral oils, and talc.
- Cruelty-free policy – We work hard to preserve the integrity of our product line, and as a result, we have a longstanding policy to not test on animals. Also, there are no animal by-products in any ingredient of our Miracle Skin Transformer products. We do not sell in China.
Translucent (what I purchased)
Supergoop SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream -$32 for 1.6 fl. oz.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 2%, Zinc Oxide 20%; Other ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Mica, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Chondrus Crispus Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract Methylisothiazolinone, Tin Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate.
A silky formula that covers imperfections in an easy one-step product blended with light-diffusing mica which instantly softens the look of lines, wrinkles and pores – leaving behind a fresh and flawless face. Supergoop! CC Cream combines the functionality of a primer/foundation with the anti-aging benefits of skin serums to protect, correct and smooth uneven skin. Available in self-adjusting shades. The Supergoop! skincare product line delivers three distinct benefits to the skin: superior broad-spectrum sun protection, amazing anti-aging benefits and super antioxidants to help fight free-radical, wrinkle-forming damage. Supergoop! takes seriously its commitment to formulating with healthy ingredients and natural preservative systems: no parabens, fragrances, petrochemicals or oxybenzone to provide an environment- and skin-compatible choice for UV protection.
- Neutralizes discolorations and blotchiness, restoring vibrancy and glow
- Promotes youthful skin with anti-aging benefits
- Protects from UVA, UVB, and IRA (infrared rays) – highest PA+++ rating for highest UVA protection
- Softens the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores
- Reduces skin inflammation
- Leaves behind a fresh and flawless face
- Free of oxybenzone*, parabens, and fragrances
- 100% mineral active ingredients and antioxidants
- Mica minerals bind together to create a strong, sheer cream, reflecting light away from creases that seem to instantly disappear
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential fatty acids that improve skin moisture and overall skin health while reducing inflammation
Prestige Flawless & Ready BB Cream – $11.50 for 1 oz.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS Octinoxate 7.5% ……… Sunscreen Oxybenzone 2.0 % …. Sunscreen Water/Aqua, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Boron Nitride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Disodium EDTA,Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate. MAY CONTAIN [+/-]: Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499.
Flawless & Ready Beauty Balm with SPF-15 and Broad Spectrum Protection against UVA & UVB rays.
- Talc & Paraben Free
You can tell that Miracle Skin Transformer is very much translucent and works with my skintone. Supergoop CC Cream is dark on me, like a tan. Prestige BB Cream is peachy tan on me.
As you can probably tell from these photos, the Supergoop is way too dark for me. The Prestige is lighter, but still too dark.
The Prestige BB Cream is really more of a tinted moisturizer in my book. I always find it disappointing when a product is named a BB cream and it turns out to be more of a sheer tinted moisturizer. Additionally, shade Light is too dark and peach for my complexion. The SPF is really too low for it to be a proper BB Cream, at 15. I dislike that it contains Oxybenzone. It feels good on my skin but it it’s too sheer to blur any imperfections that I have from my rosacea. I think if you need very light coverage or are not a rosacea sufferer, you will like this product if one of the two shades that available are a match for you.
The Supergoop CC Cream definitely offers more coverage. It feels great on the skin as well. You’re still supposed to use this product with one of the other SPF products in the Supergoop line, though this offers the highest PA+++ rating for UVA protection, much like a Korean BB or CC Cream. After wearing it all day (though I did not submit it to more than 25 minutes in the Florida heat and humidity today because it was so hot), my skin feels very good. It only needed slight blotting on my t-zone. Since I have an oily t-zone, I often expect that I’ll blot at least once a day or be shiny. However, the shade Light to Medium is darker than I ever am, so it doesn’t really work for me. I do think this lives up to its CC Cream name. If either of the shades available in this product match you, I would recommend checking it out.
The Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 in Translucent says it’s a complexion enhancer, and I would agree to that. It’s something I would put on under foundation, though I wore it out on its own one day too. It does blur skin imperfections. It’s hydrating without making your skin oily. Because of all the dimethicone and silicones in it, it feels like a primer and I really think that’s why it’s able to blur imperfections. I wish that the SPF was higher, like 30 or above. One of the things that I don’t like about this product is that it has Oxybenzone. I love that this is available in 7 shades, so there is a good chance that one of the shades will fit you. I didn’t get oily at all with this product, not even on my t-zone. I also sort of feel like it brightened my face a bit when worn by itself. When I wore it out to have lunch with my friend she asked me if I had on a luminizer, and I said no, just one translucent product. She said it gave me a glow in a good way.
For me, Round 1 goes to the Miracle Skin Transformer. While it’s not perfect because it has oxybenzone in it and its SPF is lower than I prefer, I like how it looks and feels on my face. It works well under other foundation products.
Which BB or CC Cream won this War for you?