Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30 VS Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35

Hi everyone,

When most of the girls I know hear about the word BB Cream (and now, CC Cream), there is a collective exasperated groan across the room. BB Creams, which stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Base or Blemish Base,  are advertised to be a multi-skincare/makeup product – make up base, primer, foundation, tinted moisturizer and sun-block. Depending on the type of BB Cream, skincare benefits include UV properties for sun protection, whitening and blemish-correcting elements. It seems every single brand has their own version of this cream these days!

Recently, I was browsing through MakeUpAlley and discovered that there is a new type of cream in the market – CC Cream which stands for Colour Correct or Colour Care. One of the first few pioneers in the market were Rachel K and Chanel – which is primarily available only on the Chanel website and Chanel Asia stores (Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, to name a few). Recently, Clinique has joined their ranks by launching a CC cream of their own under their Moisture Surge line.


Instead of only reviewing the newly released Clinique CC Cream, I thought of comparing it with my existing Bobbi Brown BB Cream for a more informative review.  Let’s start off with their respective promises, shall we?

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA +++

  • Covers imperfections and evens skin tone.
  • Draws moisture to skin and help control oil.
  • Brightens dull skin – instantly and over time.
  • Helps reduce the look of wrinkles.
  • Shields skin against UVA/UBV rays.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 PA +++

  • Sheer, light-scattering optics help neutralize imperfections by reflecting light away from flaws – creating the look of more even-toned skin.
  • Diminish redness.
  • Brightens dulness.
  • Yellowness becomes a natural glow.


I had the Bobbi Brown BB Cream for about a year now  but the tub is still more than half-full. During my first few uses, I used it just by itself since I’m more of a bare-faced girl. It has a warm undertone (swatches in a minute!) with a super creamy texture. Although it is quite blendable, I find that it takes more time and attention to make sure that you don’t have awkward streaks on your face. I realized that this product tends to oxidize after a few hours – leaving a slightly white-pale overcast on the face if no touch up is done.



Bobbi Brown BB Cream – light (left) vs Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream – natural (right)


Bobbi Brown BB Cream (left) vs Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (right)

As you can tell from the above picture, the Bobbi Brown BB cream has a warmer, more radiant, undertone compared to Clinique CC Cream which has a pink-brown undertone. Although the colors of the swatches are clearly distinguishable, once blended, you can hardly tell the difference – it matches my skin tone perfectly. The consistency of both creams are similar but I personally prefer Clinique’s consistency as the texture is easier to blend (think: moisturizer).


Both creams matches my skin tone perfectly. By the way, if you can’t tell the difference between each side, I had trouble too! I partially blame it on my poor lighting and photography skills. I’m saving up for a good camera – I swear!

So, what’s the verdict?


 Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 Clinique  CC Cream SPF 30
Color 5 shades : Extra Light, Light, Fair, Medium, Medium to Dark 3 skin tone shades: Natural Fair, Natural, Natural Beige2 illuminating shades: Fresh Pink, Fresh Peach
Coverage Moderate Sheer to Moderate. I like how it give you that “no-makeup” makeup look.
Application Spreadable but need slightly more time to ensure an even application. Very spreadable. Done in less than a minute.
Staying Power Tends to oxidize especially in hot & humid countries. Leaves a rather unflattering white overcast. Does not keep oil at bay. I had to blot once in the afternoon to avoid any greasy shine.
Finish Matte finish. Dewy finish.
Price RM150/40ml RM120/40 ml
My thoughts This BB cream is a staple make-up base. I like how it gives moderate coverage and once foundation and powder have been applied, it looks very good. It has a very distinct sun-block scent.I will be wary about using it just by itself due to the oxidization issue. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in drier and colder climates, this BB cream will be pretty much flawless. I use this as part of my everyday skincare regime after my moisturizer before I head off to work.Very natural look – I love how people hardly know that I’m wearing this but in reality, the CC cream gently corrects my redness. More suitable for people who prefer less make-up.


What are your thoughts on BB creams and the new CC creams in the market? Are they worth the hype?  Do leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

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One thought on “Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30 VS Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35

  1. Must Have Boxes says:

    I love the entire moisture surge line! I use the moisturizer daily.

    – KW

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