What is the difference between Tinted Moisturizers, BB Creams and Foundations?

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2013 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎09-13-2013 10:35 AM by Editor in Chief




BB Creams are flooding our skincare and makeup market right now.  There’s not a single cosmetic company that isn’t producing a BB Cream.  I keep getting asked simple questions like, “What is the difference between a foundation and a BB Cream?" or "Isn’t BB Cream the same as a tinted moisturizer but just a bit thicker?”  Here I am going to compare the three different products, tinted moisturizers, BB Creams, and foundations.  Each type of product has it's own strengths.


At the end of the day, your choice will really depend on what works for your skin.


1. Tinted Moisterizers: 


Tinted Moisturizers have a very light and thick consistency. Depending on the brand, they can come in 5-10 different shades.  They provide minimal coverage, act more as a light moisturizer and will help with evening your skin tone and maybe adding a bit of youthfulness in your face.  Tinted moisturizers always have a low spf as well. 


They are best suited for those with minimal blemishes.  People with normal-to-oily skin can wear these products alone, just as they would for a regular moisturizer. Those with dryer-to-dehydrated skin, may want to use a regular moisturizer under the tinted moisturizer. 




2. BB Creams: 


BB Creams are short for Blemish Balm Cream or some may refer to it as Beauty Balm Cream.  BB Creams were created for people who have had laser surgery, as it provides soothing and healing benefits for the skin.  It usually only comes in 1-2 shades, although now some brands are creating more colours to suit a wider range of skin tones.  BB Creams are also anti-aging , have high spf usually between 25-50 and your skin actually improves as you continue to use it.


I have personally tried a few Korean Brand BB Creams and have actually noticed my skin did look smoother and better overall.  Depending on the brand of BB Cream, some offer skin whitening benefits.  BB Creams have a much thicker consistency, it can actually be your moisturizer, concealer and foundation all in one but the trick is to find the right one that is suited for your skin and needs.  Although BB Creams can act as a concealer and foundation, how you use it will depend on whether you need a lot of coverage or not.  I would recommend using BB Cream if you want a natural coverage.  One downside to BB Creams is that it can create a white overcast on your face when photographed so if you plan on being photographed that day, you may want to use a foundation instead.  CoverGirl Smoothers BB Cream is available online here.  




3. Foundations


Foundations are still the most popular choice for most as they come in many different shades and have many different formulas for different skin types.  Foundations were created to cover and conceal blemishes.  There are many different types of foundations. Some provide heavy matte coverage while others offer a light dewy look.  Most foundations have low spf between 10-20 and do not offer any anti-aging benefits for your skin. 


I personally prefer using foundation rather than Tinted Moisturizers or BB Creams as I find it gives my face the best look. Have you tried all three of these on your face? Which one do you prefer? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.


(Shown above are the Vasanti Oil Free Liquid Foundation and the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation, both are available now.)