12 top new CC creams and what they actually do!

First there was AA (anti-ageing) then BB (blemish balm) made some noise, and shortly after CC (colour correcting) came along. Alphabet game aside, here, we break down the key differences between BB and CC creams.

BB, which is short for blemish balm or beauty balm, first originated in Korea. A hybrid of makeup and skincare, at its bare bones a BB Cream is not too dissimilar to a tinted moisturiser but the difference is it’s packed with tonnes of skin benefits and SPF. BB creams can even out skin tone, smooth and hydrate the skin, protect against sun damage and even have a light-reflecting component that makes skin look luminous and dewy.

CC creams on the other hand are similar to a BB cream  – they often contain anti-oxidants and vitamins C and E too – but CC’s focus more on colour correcting redness, pigmentation and sallowness. Some CC creams even focus on mattifying oily skin. Lighter in consistency, a CC cream also features sun protection. If you have dull lacklustre skin, are prone to redness or have hyper pigmentation, a CC cream is for you.

12 CC Creams that we love


Almay Smart Shade CC Cream, $19.95


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30, $45

Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream, $68

Dr Brandt

Dr Brandt CC Mat, $50


L’Oreal Paris Anti-Fatigue CC Cream, $26.95

Max factor

Max Factor CC Cream, $19.95

Models Prefer

Models Prefer CC Unbelieve Colour Correcting Cream, $16.99


Olay Regenerist CC Cream, $49.99

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream, $52.95


Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, $54.95


Stila CC Cream, $64


Ultraceuticals CC Cream, $59

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Eleanor Pendleton
Eleanor Pendleton is an award-winning leading beauty and health journalist. Eleanor has held Beauty Editor positions at magazines including InStyle and FAMOUS. Eleanor has also written for publications including Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Harper's BAZAAR China and Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty. When Eleanor isn't editing her own beauty website, grittypretty.com, she is a Beauty Ambassador for SHOP Til You Drop magazine. In April 2013, Eleanor was awarded the highest achievement in fragrance journalism, The 2013 Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence, which is an internationally-recognised beauty industry award.