So if BB and CC creams provide some decent coverage and even skin care benefits, is this the end of traditional foundation as we know it? Probably not.
Guilis prefers traditional foundations, because she can custom mix them. And this highlights probably the most important difference between all these products: BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers usually come in only a few shades, while foundations can come in dozens, ensuring a more exact skin match. “To me personally [BB and CC creams] are kind of like a shampoo and conditioner all-in-one–it doesn’t give the [exact] finish you want,” Guilis said. I’ve even heard several makeup artists say they like to use BB cream as a primer–and then put foundation on top.
While there are a lot of options out there for skin coverage, I’m inclined to consider it a good thing. The more choices, the better right? Just don’t fall for the marketing, and try them out (or read a lot of reviews–Makeup Alley rarely steers me wrong) before you buy them.