BB Cream, CC Cream or Foundation?

There's so much going on lately in makeup with BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers and foundation. How can we be expected to know what we should be using for our skin when there are way too many options? Well, I'm going to explain how I've navigated this as an adult that struggles with hormonal acne and sensitive skin.

Personally, I stick with Dr. Jart's BB cream and Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. These products don't upset my skin, are lightweight and look natural. All of these are really important to me.  I tend to use the BB cream more during the week than the foundation and reserve the use of the foundation for weekends or when I'm going out. The BB cream doesn't offer much coverage but does enough to hide my issues while the foundation completely hides them. It should be noted that I use a green color corrector and/or a concealer under both the BB cream and foundation.

From what I've seen, those that don't like the feeling of "stuff on their face" should stick with BB and CC creams as they are usually lighter than foundations but provide some coverage. Having said that, IT's CC cream is quite heavy but does well to hide issues so there is that. If you want a more full makeup, cover everything look then it is best if you go with a foundation. I'm partial to the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation by Tarte because it is lightweight and covers everything well. It's a win, win.

I used a tinted moisturizer all last summer and do think it helps with giving a more even skin look but doesn't really provide much coverage outside of that. I liked it because it didn't sweat off as easily as foundation seemed to and made my face look fresh. Will I use it again this summer? Probably not only because I met my go-to BB cream and it is amazing. Having said that, if you want very minimal coverage, a tinted moisturizer might be really good for you to try.



  1. I'm huge on coverage so foundation is usually the best for me. I've tried BB Creams before but they never seem to stay on very long throughout the day on my skin which is a shame! Great post x

    |White Shirt Chic|

  2. I loved the MAC Lightful C Tinted cream and I'm using my Garnier BB Cream right now... I can't really tell the difference to be honest. They are both just like tinted moisturisers if yoo ask me but I love their lighter coverage and dewy finish.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  3. I usually use foundation as I like the coverage it provides but during Summer I often reach for BB or CC creams as they contain high SPF and don't feel heavy on the skin during warm weather. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  4. I don't really wear makeup day to day, so I just stick to foundation but I've always wanted to try bb cream!

  5. I love the MISSHA BB Cream, it comes in a red tube and it has SPF 42 but wow did give me the coverage I so desired! I have been using the Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer but it is very sheer and shows up shiny on me in photos. I have always wanted to try the IT Cosmetics CC cream! My favorite foundation with SPF is the L'oreal True Match Lumi, it makes me look flawless and dewy and has an SPF of 20.


  6. I just got the It Cosmetics one and it is full coverage on me. I like it a lot! I'm hearing a lot of lovely things about the Tarte one :) xxx

    Sal UmmBaby Beauty

  7. I've heard the ITs CC cream is really nice. Definitely in the market for some new face shit.So this post came along just in time. xx