Now we’ve finally got our heads around the hype that is BB cream, along comes CC cream to change things.
BB (Blemish or Beauty Balm) cream – which started in Asia – is well known for its multi-tasking abilities, with some brands containing tinted moisturiser, sun cream, foundation and primer, but has been criticised for not being suitable for a variety of skin tones (something Iman hopes to change) and for sometimes leaving an oily finish on the face.
CC (Colour or Complexion Correction or Control) cream claims to bridge the gap between cosmetics and skin care even more effectively than BB cream. Like BB cream, Asia is leading the technology in CC cream which is formulated to excel where BB fails, with more effective skin-care ingredients and a lighter, mousse-like texture to give better blending and a matte finish.
Rachel Kum, founder of Rachel K, which released its mineral CC cream in 2011, says “the major difference is actually the different results, so CC cream makes your skin look more radiant and blends in very naturally and gives a nice, radiant finish. It doesn’t look ghostly white.”
Super brand Chanel have jumped on this fast growing trend with a launch of a luxe CC cream exclusively in China although it is thought they will soon expand to other countries. Olay have already launched a CC cream in the US and say: “Olay discovered that while women in the U.S. love BB Creams for their ability to provide a quick, flawless finish, many women, especially as they become more skin-care involved in their late 20s, 30s and beyond, are seeking skin-care solutions that provide an instant coverage fix as well as longer-term benefits over time.”
No word on when a CC cream will be available in the UK but if want to try one and you ‘re in the US (or don’t mind shipping costs) you can buy Wei East Cosmetics’ Wei to Go First Impressions Kit, with Ideal Skin — Perfect Finish cream (featuring CC cream formulation), through online retailers beauty.com and birchbox.com.
How do you find BB cream? Will you be abandoning it for CC cream when it’s available?