CC Creams: What They Are And What They Can Do For You

What Are CC Creams?

It doesn’t seem like ages ago when Australia came up with BB creams. We were already very late to the party; the Asians have been rocking BB creams for about 10 years before it became popular in the West. Now that we’re getting used to the idea of BB creams, here comes CC creams.

CC creams? What’s next? DD creams? ZZ creams? 😛

When BB creams are known as Blemish Balms, CC creams are Colour Control/Colour Correction creams. They are meant to go one step above BB creams. On top of the skincare properties in the makeup, CC creams are also meant to provide a more effective skin coverage (e.g. better coverage on redness). As the words would have it, they’re meant to provide better colour control for your skin, creating a more even skin tone and better coverage. The formula is slightly improved and more refined than that of BB creams.

In other words, just think of CC creams as BB creams 2.0.

Chanel and Rachel K CC creams

More and more CC creams are launching in the cosmetics market. I’m currently using Rachel K and Chanel’s CC creams. Yep, you heard that right. Even Chanel, who never did go into the whole BB cream thing (unlike Dior), went a step further and launched a CC cream in Asia. I’ll do a more in-depth review of the Rachel K and Chanel CC creams very soon, but on the whole, they’re not as thick as most Asian BB creams I’m used to. They also give a more dewy finish on the skin.

If you just got on the BB cream bandwagon and want to try out every BB cream there are in the market, you might want to hold your horses and try out a CC cream instead. More brands are coming up with their version of CC creams so it’s not a fad I foresee will die off anytime soon. A version 2.0 that can do more than what BB creams already do? Why not? 😛

I can’t wait till they come up with a ZZ cream. Zit Zappers cream. You heard it here first. Trademark! 😀

Have you tried any CC creams before? What did you think about them? Do you find them better than BB creams or was there no difference for you?

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32 comments… add one
  1. LeGeeque

    Olay has it?! When will we get it here? 😀
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    1. Tine

      Hmm, let’s see, US just got it, so maybe a year later? 😛 😛 😛

  2. olec parcon ocsio

    wow! i would love to try it!

    1. Tine

      Hahaha you should give it a go. Wonder if the hype will catch on.

  3. Rebecca

    Oh my. I would love to try that Chanel CC cream. I love the dewy skin finish and light coverage so I think CC creams are for me.

    A cheeky plug for my Australian beauty box giveaway.

    1. Tine

      Yeah it’s definitely lighter than BB creams, or at least, most of the BB creams I’m used to. I’m just waiting for Australia to catch on the hype 😉

  4. ponikuta

    Trademarking my line!!!! bb 2.0!!!!
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    1. Tine

      HAHAHAHAHAHA okay okay it’s YOUR line. People, it’s Ponikuta’s line, the BB 2.0! 😀

  5. Nikki

    Ahh I’ve been testing out so much BB creams I don’t know if I could start all over again with CC creams just when I found the best BB creams for my skin! lol I heard about CC creams early this year and I can’t believe so many brands has already made one! 😀
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    1. Tine

      Way too many creams messing with my brain, Nikki! But I’ll take the ZZ cream if they do come up with one 😛

  6. Beauty Box

    OMG…where did you get the Chanel CC Cream? Japan? I would love to try that!
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha I got it with the help of a friend from Taiwan. At the moment, I think this is only available in Taiwan and China (don’t know if it’s available in Japan yet). Hope they’ll start launching it in other Asian countries soon.

  7. gio

    I’ve tried a BB Cream from Sleek Makeup and while it worked well, I still prefer to use separate foundation and skincare products. As tempting as a product that promises to do it all sounds, I feel like they always fall short on something. Like, they may moisturize well, but not provide enough sun protection for instance. And these CC Creams sound like an enhanced gimmicky version of it.

    And DD Creams do exist already! I was reading about them the other day on the Cosmetic Design website. They are very concentrated hand and foot creams for cracked, dry skin that are being marketed as daily defence products. I don’t dare think what we’ll see next. It’s crazy!
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    1. Tine

      DD creams really do exist? HAHAHAHAHA!! Oh it’s for the hands and feet. I was discussing with a friend some time ago that when they do come up with DD creams, it will be for the bust. Hello DD! HAHAHAHAHA!!

      We are so juvenile 😛

  8. Paris B

    CC creams sound suspiciously like a light textured liquid foundation to me. I never got into the hype of the BB Creams. I don’t forsee myself falling for CC Creams either. BTW I think I know why Chanel did a CC and not BB cream. Its their logo you see – interlocking C LOL!
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    1. Tine

      It is a light textured liquid foundie. It’s still a cream though, not liquid. But OMG how did I not think of that?? That Chanel launched it because of the interlocking Cs? DUH! *facepalm* 😀

  9. Michelle Beh

    That’s new discovery for me. This was my first time hearing CC cream. Probably I should check it out. Thanks for the info Tine! Waiting for your review soon!

    1. Tine

      I’ll be doing a review of the Chanel and Rachel K CC creams soon so keep a lookout for them 🙂

  10. Swati

    haha…ZZ cream was good 😀 heard about CC creams for the first time!! India is even more late tan Australia to the addition of BB creams so lets see how long it takes for CC to enter the market 🙂

    1. Tine

      Hahaha best is just to shop online I think. It took ages for BB creams to arrive in Australia. By then I already purchased and used goodness knows how many BB creams online 😛

  11. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    So far we’ve seen bb cream and cc cream. May be someone will come up with dd cream soon LOL
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    1. Tine

      Someone did!! Daily Defence or something, for the body and feet. No kidding! 😀

  12. Tricia

    I highly recommend the Rachel K CC Cream. It makes wonders seriously it’s amazing.

    1. Tine

      I’m currently using the Rachel K CC cream and it really is not bad at all 🙂

  13. Megan

    I’m only just working out what my favourite BB creams are and now CC creams are coming along! I can’t keep up with it all 🙂
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha I know, right? Too many new beauty products coming out to keep up with 😛

  14. im6234

    I’m pretty sure the germans are responsible for bb creams……

    1. Tine

      Yes, it was a German dermatologist who came up with the concept of BB creams to protect her patients’ skin post-surgery. Years later, it was made popular by the Koreans.

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