The difference between Foundation and BB Cream

By | Tuesday, June 25, 2013 17 comments

Garnier BB Cream in Light and Clarins Everlasting Foundation
Ahlain Beautifuls :)

One of the questions that I always get asked by friends, family and even some of my readers is: what is the difference between Foundation and BB cream? .. 
The BB cream has been becoming increasingly popular since last year, and many other products started appearing like CC cream, and now there is a DD cream available!! (which I will blog about if I ever decide to try them - but for now please check out my fellow beauty blogger Hannah Bella's blog 'Bella Girls Beauty' as she is planning to post a review on the DD cream). But for now, I am personally only familiar with the BB Cream. 
Back to the main point of this blog post: THE DIFFERENCES!!

  • Coverage & How to use

When I was first introduced to the BB cream, I noticed that the amount of coverage the BB cream gives is much lighter than the thick coverage the foundation usually gives, which makes the BB cream great for daily use and times where you want to have a relatively good skin, but still go light with your makeup. I tend to use BB creams when I have some work to do, when I'm at school or when it's a hot summer day and foundation would be heavy for my skin. In addition to the light coverage of the BB cream - making it perfect for daily use - it is also designed to be applied directly by fingers, so no need for any fancy equipment! which is not always the case for foundation.

 One key point that also distinguishes the foundation and BB cream is the fact that a BB cream can be worn alone and would look perfectly fine for all day, while a foundation may look a little 'lonely' and weird if worn alone without, for instance, a primer before applying the foundation or powder afterwards. A BB cream has what i'd like to call a 'built-in primer', so there is no need to wear anything with the BB cream. You may need to use some concealer to cover certain areas since the BB cream doesn't cover them up very well.


  • What's in it?
The BB cream is originally made for medical purposes to benefit those facing problems with scars caused by plastic surgery and other health reasons, because it is thought that it has the ability to lightly cover and heal the scarring. After a while, the BB cream started to make it big in the cosmetic world and beauty industry. 

The fact that the BB cream is meant to be medical, it is built to also take care of your skin and not only cover up some flaws lightly. A BB cream is moisturizing and is designed to help your skin become better in the long run, while foundation has one main purpose: cover up flaws! 

The BB cream would also normally contain higher SPF value, so it does a good job protecting your skin from the sun. This is why I would recommend you start using a BB cream for hot summer days :D

Some foundations may have some skin care abilities, but the BB cream is designed for this purpose, which makes it somehow outweigh the foundation, but you should remember that the BB cream provides only light coverage! while the foundation is pretty good at covering flaws. 

  • Where to find them? and What is available?
Foundations are all over the place!!! Almost every cosmetics brand makes foundations, so it is very easy to find the perfect foundation to match your skin tone. On the other hand, the BB cream is relatively new in this industry so not everybody makes a BB cream, which makes it available only with certain shades. 

I personally would recommend the new Clarins BB cream because I have tried it before and it blends very well on the skin, but it has a high SPF so it was more of a sun protection product than a BB cream to me. Many also recommended I go for the Dior BB cream, which is also relatively new! but I currently have a very affordable Garnier BB cream which is also great, but not very good for oily skin. 







In the end, just try to go with whatever makes you feel comfortable! I personally have both on my makeup collection, because I use a BB cream (Garnier which is very affordable, but I have tried a more expensive one by Clarins which is also great) for day to day makeup and a foundation (Clarins Everlasting Foundation) for more special occasions or when I feel 'spotty' XD .. so you should experiment with both to see which one you like to use more.

If you are interested in purchasing the Clarins Everlasting foundation, click here! It is currently my favorite. Also, if you would like to try the Garnier bb cream, you can find it here! I would recommend it for those with normal - dry skin.






lots of love,

17 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Wow, this is an amazing post you have there! I totally forgot to do the comparison of BB cream and foundation!

    The DD cream post is up! COme check it out hihi. I think I should do a review & comparison between BB cream, CC cream, DD cream and tinted moisturizer LoL.

    Anyway, I tagged you on my Beauty Bloggers Tag post, so come and check it out ;)

    http://bellagirlsbeauty.blogspot.ca/2013/06/beauty-bloggers-tags.html

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    1. Great!! I will read your blog post about the BB, CC and DD creams as soon as possible, and direct my viewers to it :) thanks you very much

      Thanks for tagging! I shall get to writing that soon :)

      lots of love,

      Balsam

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  2. perfect post I was searching for such info about BB cream,ThnQ :)

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    1. Hey! I'm glad you found this useful.

      Lots of love,
      Balsam

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  3. Very useful post. Well composed. Keep more of these coming :)

    Love your blog and following you now. Would love to see you follow mine :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I'll try my best :)

      I will take a look at your blog ASAP.

      lots of love,
      Balsam

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  4. Very useful post!

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  5. Got GARNIER BB CREAM a long time ago. I don't know what to say about it.
    It is good/bad at the same time. Now I'm trying other brands like The Body Shop. So I guess I prefer BB creams. They are FTW :)

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    1. hey! Thanks for your comment.

      I wrote a review on the Garnier BB cream a while ago, here's the link if you'd like to read that:
      http://www.albalsamlife.com/2013/03/balsam-beauty-pick-garnier-bb-cream.html

      but basically I think the Garnier BB cream is certainly not the best bb cream out there, but it'a good for the price. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with oily skin.

      I personally prefer BB creams too, especially for daily use, but I also cannot live without my foundation.

      I would recommend you try Clarins BB cream, or the one from Dior. I tried the Clarins BB cream and it is very good! but a little pricy. as for the Dior one I have heard so many good comments about it and seen few friends wearing it and it looked great.


      lots of love,
      Balsam

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  6. I just wanted to say thanks, I've never understood why there was a BB or CC cream...next question, would you still use your moisturizer underneath?

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    1. I'm glad that I could help :)

      Speaking from my own personal preference, I personally always use moisturizer underneath before starting my makeup routine - regardless if i'm using bb cream or foundation - because my skin is dry.

      If your skin is oily or tends to get oily after applying makeup, you can skip the moisturizer since your bb cream already has a moisturizing factor in it.

      I hope that helped :)


      with love,
      Balsam

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  8. Great breakdown you got there.. Now I totally understand the difference between them.. haha.. thanks for this.. What other bb creams would you recommend? I'm currently using etude house bb cream, I really love the coverage it gives because it looks natural but still covers my minor blemishes. Got it over at www.mybeautycity.com

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, I'm glad you like this post :)

      I would also recommend the Dior BB cream or the one by Clarins, they're good but a little pricier for sure ..

      with love,
      Balsam Xo

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  9. Im torn between buying liquid foundation or bb cream.. i am really using a liquid foundation but i need to put a moisturizer and a primer... but its too much. i want to try the bb cream but what it says in the previous comments it has really light coverage,, i want something to cover my blemishes and everything.. what to do? ::( ad i think bb cream has a built in primer and.... a moisturizer with spf already right? and im acidic :(

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  10. Im torn between buying a bb cream or will just stay with my liquid foundation loreal true match.
    But i dont want to put a lot of creams on my face, moisturizer, primer... i heard that the bb cream has a built in primer already.. i wanted to have a flawless skin but... i think bb cream has light coverage.. what to do? i need your help. And also, im acidic. :(

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