What’s The Difference Between BB Creams, CC Creams And Tinted Moisturisers?

BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturisers—we’ve all stumbled across a myriad of these concoctions during our travels throughout the cosmetics aisles. Have you ever wondered how these creams differ? We’ve done the research…

BB Cream

Let’s start with the trusty BB cream—otherwise known as beauty balms. While there isn’t an official criteria as such, BB creams provide some sort of coverage, ranging from sheer to medium. On top of this, they usually contain SPF protection, moisturise the skin and skin-improving antioxidants.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF 30, $55.00.

Dr. Jart Dis A Pore Beauty Balm SPF 30, $60.


CC creams differ from their BB counterparts just a tad. These multitasking colour correcting creams contain all of the above, along with the capacity to treat uneven skin tone. In short: they’re worth their weight in gold.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50, $58.

Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF 30, $62.

Tinted Moisturiser

We’ve been well acquainted with tinted moisturisers for quite some time now. Usually, these creams focus on two things: hydrating and providing light coverage. However, some tinted moisturisers also have added benefits such as antioxidants so it’s best to read the label to see what you’re getting.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $65.

Estelle & Thild Biohydrate All In One Tinted Moisturiser, $63.