The Rise Of The CC Cream: Which To Try, Where To Buy & Everything In Between

Say hello to the newest beauty trend, CC cream. CC cream, also known as Color Control cream, is similar to BB cream and was developed in Korea. BB cream was the hottest trend last year and the launch of CC cream has everyone a little confused. What's the difference? Do I need it? How does it compare to BB cream? How do I find the right one for me? Here's everything you need to know about CC cream.

BB cream VS. CC cream:

BB cream stands for "beauty balm" or "blemish balm." BB creams are multi-functioning creams that offer skincare benefits and provide natural coverage. Each BB cream is a moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, brighter and can offer anti-aging properties. BB creams work best for someone who wants light coverage. CC cream stands for" color control" or "color/complexion corrector." CC creams offer skincare benefits, while aiming to improving skin's texture, removing any spots and evening out skin tone. CC creams also tend to have a lighter texture and coverage.

Which do I need - BB cream or CC cream?

BB creams are great for someone who needs less coverage. If you have a good skin or just want to add a light coverage foundation, BB cream is for you. CC creams are best if you need more coverage and suffer from skin imperfections like acne, dark spots or other problems. BB creams are more preventative, where CC creams are more of a treatment. Both BB creams and CC creams tend to have SPF.

Which To Try & Where To Buy: 

CC creams are very easy to find in stores and online. Stores like Sephora, Nordstrom, Target, Bergdorf Goodman, ULTA Beauty, Macys & more carry them. Check with your local counters or department stores to find your perfect match. See below my top picks:

1. Clinique CC cream ($35) 
3. Nip + Fab CC cream ($14.99)
6. Chanel CC cream ($82)
8. LORAC CC cream ($28)
10. Olay CC cream ($21.99)

Have you ever tried a CC cream?


  1. No! I've tried the smashbox BB and I love it, so now im curious how the CC will differ :O Had no idea these even existed until this blog post!


  2. Great post! I'm already in love with BB cream so I'll have to try this out now. I noticed the Clinique one in Sephora last week.

  3. not yet but i really want to, thanks for clearing up the difference!

  4. Thanks! The Clinique one is amazing, but a little on the thicker side.