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Difference between tinted moisturizer, BB cream, CC cream, and DD cream

Oh dear. Did you know that there would be a DD Cream coming out next month? It's from this nail polish brand called Julep. "DD" is supposed to stand for "Dynamic Do-All" since it has the skincare properties of BB cream with the color correction of CC cream. All I can say is - whatever.

When BB creams came out, people were truly astonished. There wasn't anything quite like it. Tinted moisturizers were the predecessors, but about seven years ago they came in very limited shades and textures. BB creams offered so much more - skincare actives that promise whitening, anti-aging, brightening, and a whole host of other desirable effects.

Tinted moisturizers gave us little more than a bit of coverage and moisture. BB creams promised to be preventive, and beneficial over time while providing much-needed coverage in an instant.

And then CC creams came to town. Basically, they are just a specific type of BB creams or the next generation of BB creams if you may. Extremely lightweight, sheer, and color correcting, CC creams do what some BB creams already do. Except now they're no longer just labeled "illuminating" or "glowy skin" BB's - they are called by a whole different name.

I also have the impression that CC Creams are more focused on skincare as opposed to the latest host of BB creams. Many BB creams are technically foundation. In other words, there's very little skincare involved, with emphasis on coverage and skin perfecting features! 

Okay that sounds so confusing already. The truth is that at the end of the day, these new labels are just a new way to market the wheel, i.e. foundation. It's already there, but there's no reason you can't improve it then call it by a new name. Like, Wheels 2.0. Mega Awesome Wheels. Wheels That Can Take You To A Worm Hole. Wheels That Can Take You To A Worm Hole And Back, Yay.

But! That doesn't mean that the whole thing is a scam. I think DD Creams are taking the double-alphabet obsession a little too far, but BB and CC Creams are legit. It's just a matter of finding what you need for your skin - is it coverage, brightening, skincare? It's up to you! Don't buy because it's new, buy it because it's something you will actually use. Research online and swatch at the store before purchasing. :)

Weigh in! How do you feel about these newfangled face bases?

Reader Comments (27)

Hmm.. I think it's all a bit confusing. Although it will always be a struggle to find that perfect shade and formula for your skin, whether it's a BB cream or a CC cream or even a DD cream. But I'm pretty excited, I want to try them all out for myself, haha!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterluie

what the ..? dd creams - it makes me giggle and think of its relation to how we measure our underwear size. :D

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCee Elac

This is crazy! Not all people are familiar with the CC cream yet and now we have DD creams na naman,. I just hope that this DD cream is true to its claim.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Right DD cream sounded weird. The name is.not suitable for the product..i wont be surprise if someday there would be EE and FF creams.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjhenky

DD Creams??? seriously? but I'll stick with bb cream for now and would just add a little moisturizer to my bb cream to have the effect of a CC Cream. susunod na ang EE (etchos etc.) Cream

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArya

Things like these are what makes it hard to take the cosmetics world serious, sometimes. I very much hope it doesn't work it's way through Z!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertandy

Sounds like they're just riding on the bandwagon.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I used to always make fun of CC creams, saying "what's next? DD cream?" and then there it is .___. It seems like there's no difference between DD and CC.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

This is the first time I've heard about DD creams. I've been using BB creams and I'd like to try Clinique's CC cream next or any CC cream for that matter, just to compare it with BB cream. If I read or see reviews that swear by DD creams, I'll probably give it some serious thought. Right now, they're not my priority though.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

EE creams - EVERYTHING EVERYTHING cream - can't wait for this one! LOL

I never jumped on the BB cream nor CC cream wagon. It's either Ill use foundation or tinted moisturizer - depending on the situation and need. I've never LOVED any BBs I've tried. I've liked a few but found most (even Korean ones) too heavy or too ashy.

DD cream, CC cream, BB cream - just money-making ventures of skin care companies IMO.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShari M.

I actually didn't know there was a difference, or that there was such a thing as DD cream. Honestly, I thought CC creams were just a more maarte version of BB creams. Seemed like a "put it in a different bottle to make it look new but it's exactly the same thing" kind of product. Since BB cream works pretty okay for me, I might skip trying out the rest of the alphabet. :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

DD Cream? Seriously, enough is enough. Haven't they got any originality to think of a more creative name? What's next, EE cream? Then ZZ cream?

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

I didn't even know what bb creams were till last year, all i know is liquid foundation. But I don't need any of those cos I have perfect skin.. he he jk. Considering that foundation (and also bb cream) just melts off in the heat, I stick to face powder which will at least absorb whatever sweat and create a paste like foundation substitute. However, I'm curious about CC cream because it's supposedly lighter and has sunscreen.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Dee

The naming system is too much. It feels pinilit even the CC cream. I'm still using a BB cream when I don't want my liquid foundation or sometimes I mix my foundation with a bit of BB cream. I also like mixing my moisturizer or sunblock with a bit of foundation. The effect is really nice. I'm intrigued if this CC and DD creams will deliver the same effect/result. I'm not rushing out the door to buy one but I'm curious to try and compare all of them.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Youre right about buying the one that your skin really needs. I purchased a CC cream from skin shop and I found the color a little off. The lady at watsons told me that CC cream is more for "acidic" people. I did not listen just bec I wanted to try it but it ended as a waste. :)

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraryanee

Wouldn't be surprised if these makeup brands come up with the entire alphabet of creams. Seriously, DD Creams? You're right with the BB & CC Creams, they're legit, but DD? Ugh.. --.--

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYette

Just when I thought DD cream would actually exist but expected it as a joke. And I was thinking what would DD stand for. The "Dynamic Do-all" wasn't worth the wait. LOLS. Sounds like a corny tag line. So patulan na natin to For my contribution on the EE cream.... how about "Entirely Effective" Cream? (Is there an entirely effective cream? yes there is! Introducing EE CREAM! lols... hay... *awkward* )

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRanne

I think we'll see the end of those double letters by the time they finish using all the letter in the alphabets! Then, come the three letters. Lol. Products come one after another, like gadgets! I agree that it all depends what the skin needs. Still, I'm looking forward to using CC creams.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Hahaha DD cream sounds so weird! It's definitely just a marketing gig. I think the alphabet succession shouldn't dictate how you choose your preferred product. Prioritize your skin's need and condition plus read the labels and ingredients. :) Wonder if it will ever reach ZZ hehe :)

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

How about EE creams? Echoserang Echos cream? Chos!

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Beauty Junkee

Thats why i love your blog liz, youre a critical consumer.i know companies give you stuff and its good that you let us know your thoughts about them. Ive been quite discerning of the marketing ploys of companies when i started reading

Anyway i wont buy into the hype. Cc cream tanggap ko pa pero i think dd cream is already pushing it. Im happy to know that snoe was the first company i knew who came up with cc creams ( if im not mistaken)

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

this would be a little bit confusing, inmy own ipinion, CC, BB and the new DD were all making momey for skin care.:)parang phone lang.:)LOL

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Hahahaha! I knew everyone would sarcastically react on this, but hey, it's true. It's as if just because BB creams became all the rage in the past few years doesn't mean people will dig CC creams and now DD creams hahahahah! But.... actually, I prefer using Korean BB creams over liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers because they let my skin breathe and I do not look too made up. SOmetimes, kc, parang i feel it's OA to look to made up when I'm just going to the supermarket or the office. anyway, prepare for the launch of EE creams soon!!! hahahah! I wonder what EE would stand for.... next thing we know, it's ZZ creams. ZZzzzzz... Imma sleep na! Hahaha

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane Salazar

Wow! DD creams, eh? I haven't even tried BB creams! I'm such a loser...or just probably happy with my moisturizer and foundation makeup routine. Oh marketing strategies. I just do hope they stick to their promise.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

wow. DD creams might be the next best thing LOL but it's already too much! i still can't let go of my lovely BB creams~ they're heaven sent!

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

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