Beauty Makeup

Beauty Battle: BB Cream vs. Tinted Moisturizer

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen an increasingly popular makeup product grow. The BB Cream is now just as readily available in stores as products like Tinted moisturizers are. So naturally the question that arises is, what really is the difference? And of course, which one is better for me?

The answer is going to vary, but I’ll try my best to help you find the best product for you!

BB Cream stands for blemish balm cream. Which means the product is exactly like what it sounds like. Its a product meant to soothe, rejuvenate skin and smooth blemishes. With that being said, BB cream is generally more lightweight and “healthier”* for your skin.

*Take note, this may not be the case for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, always make sure you test it prior to use or ask a dermatologists about a product before you purchase.


  • Soothes and rejuvenates skin
  • Contain Anti-Aging, and/or whitening Ingredients
  • Acts as a “all-in-one” moisturizer (SPF, Moisturizer, Foundation/Concealer)
  • More coverage and generally longer wear than Tinted Moisturizer
  • Heavier Formula
  • Small colour ranges (Usually available in general shades i.e. light, medium, dark)
Now, Tinted Moisturizer is literally a moisturizer that contains colour to help re-balance skin tones. Even though I did mention that BB Cream was the “healthier” alternative, it has not been proven that Tinted Moisturizer is “bad” for your skin.

  • Light weight formula
  • A lot more shades to choose from
  • More brands and products to experiment with
  • Expensive (Tinted moisturizer can range from $20 – $50+)
  • No whitening, or anti-aging ingredients
Of course, my list of positive and negatives are very general. I am sure that some BB Creams would probably fade off before your Laurier Mercier Tinted Moisturizer does, but I am also sure that some tinted moisturizer contain just as heavy of a formula than most BB Creams.
Between BB Cream and Tinted Moisturizer, the decision is all yours. Whatever works for your skin type, tone or wallet, is up to you to play around with.
Good luck!

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