We began with the BB cream craze, which held out for a long, long time. Now that this “beauty secret” has become mainstream, we started talking about CC cream. And before we’ve caught on the CC trend, here we are, talking about the DD cream. This, by the way, has nothing to do with lingerie.
The first DD cream we’ve heard about is the Julep’s Dynamic Do It All cream. What it sounds like is essentially like what we’ve heard from the BB brands, but more emphasis on their anti-ageing properties. We’re sure you’ve never been so confused about the alphabets after you graduated from kindergarten, so let us break it down for you:
BB Cream: BB here stands for Blemish Balm, and it was originally formulated by German doctors on laser therapy patients. It is a multi-purpose moisturizer that is tinted, has multiple skincare benefits and sun protection properties.
CC Cream: Its full name is “Colour Correcting Cream” and as its name suggests, is designed to correct and even out skin tone. What’s added in the formula is colour-adapting pigments so it can help to neutralize colour-related skin problems like redness, sallow complexion and pigmentation.
DD cream: This stands for Daily Defense cream and is an overachiever trying to do what the BB and CC are doing, and top it off with a strong anti-ageing credential.
Because we haven’t tried the DD cream and are also a little tired of the fad (erm, Extraordinary Elixir and Friggin’ Flawless next?), we can’t pass any objective comments on it. However, we’ve tried tons of BB creams and a couple CC creams and these are the few that we love, regardless of their names:
Etude House Magic BB Cream
This has a light, watery texture and a pleasant scent. We’ve always had a penchant for Korean BB cream (this is where the fad took off anyway) and the Etude House one was especially easy to use. The smooth application coupled slight pink undertone makes skin looks healthier.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening BB Cream
We pit this against three other BB creams that were also relatively new in the market and this emerged champion. The hydrating and flawless finish makes it a winner.
Chanel Les Beiges Glow Cream
The texture and finish is similar to its foundation, which we also love, with the added ability to adapt to your skin tone. It has a texture that allows the formula to glide smoothly onto the skin and gives a semi-matte finish that you agree looks absolutely natural and flawless.
Biotherm White D-tox CC Cream
Available in five colours, the range pretty much covered all the colour-correcting needs that anyone could have. Purple for uneven skin tone, blue for sallow complexion, green to eliminate redness, coral to put the look of healthy glow back to skin and white to brighten skin and eliminate dullness. The lightweight texture makes it possible for layering of products – this means you can use two different C cream to target at different colour-correcting needs, and then complete your base makeup with a thin layer of foundation.
Anyway, at the end of the day, whether is it a BB or a DD, it doesn’t matter what the name is. Try for yourself (or if you prefer that someone else does it and proves it before you buy it, then read Daily Vanity!) before you decide if the product is good for you and complements your regime. While the names may can be dismissed as a marketing gimmick, what you see works on your face cannot be brushed off as subjective, and this is something that you have the ability to judge and decide.