Trend: CC Cream
Move over BB Cream, CC Cream is here — and it’s creating quite the stir in the beauty world. CC stands for color control or complete correction and, like its predecessor, it’s a multipurpose “balm” that covers, hydrates and protects (as a recap, BB is the acronym for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, depending on who you ask).
What makes CC different than BB creams? Well, for one thing the consistency lends to a dewier finish as opposed to the BB’s that provide matte coverage. While both hail from Asia, BB creams were developed as skin products and CC creams trump BB with their added makeup coverage and nourishing properties. Most CC Creams that I’ve tested also have a higher SPF, therefore providing better protection. While CC Creams are similar to BB Creams in their ability to even out uneven skin tones, CC creams appear lighter on the skin and blend easier (great if you want to add foundation into the CC) while somehow offering more coverage. Basically, CC is BB on steroids. Makeup artists are obsessed with CC Creams and now, so am I…
Here are 3 CC Creams that I reviewed:
Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60) – This CC Cream comes in a compact and is applied with a patented non-absorbing puff applicator, ideal for the woman-on-the-go who likes to carry a compact in her purse. While this application process is a bit more timely than using your fingers, it does give a more airbrushed effect to the skin. The formula is pretty spectacular: green tea brightens while Hyaluronic Acid fills in fine lines for even, dewy coverage. You can layer to build your coverage from a sheer light to a medium. SPF 50 protects against sun damage. Martha Stewart swears by this product.
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35) – This is probably my personal favorite CC Cream thus far because it covers like a foundation but looks like a tinted moisturizer. It’s also extremely hydrating without being greasy. The oil-free formula leaves skin brighter, lighter and dewier. It comes in 6 shades from very light to deep and offers SPF 30 protection.
Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($38) – Much more fluid and light than the Clinique CC Cream, this silicone-free, mineral formula contains Clariskin II to brighten, Dermapur HP to control oil and Ceretin Complex to create a smooth, firm finish. I love the lightweight look and feel, but wanted a bit more coverage – however, I highly recommend this particular CC Cream for those complexions that need less evening out and more hydration. SPF 40 protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Many other brands are jumping on the CC bandwagon – from Chanel to L’Oreal – so we’ll keep reviewing and sharing our favorites!
Are you using a CC Cream? If so, which one?