What is CC Cream?

3 Mar

CC creamThe biggest beauty product trend is BB creams. Just about every beauty company in the world spent the last 12 months formulating and then launching one of these tinted multi-taskers otherwise known as “beauty balms.” 

Then, a few months ago, we started hearing whispers among big players in the beauty biz about another hot skin care trend coming out of Asia — a cream that would do the BB one better. The obvious name for such a product? The CC cream.  

When BB creams are known as Blemish Balms, CC creams are Colour Control/Colour Correction creams. They are meant to go one step above BB creams. On top of the skincare properties in the make up, CC creams are also meant to provide a more effective skin coverage .

While BB cream leans more toward skincare rather than color, CC cream strikes a balance between the two. This latest “miracle product” treats uneven skin tone and boasts a light texture, smooth application, more coverage and nourishing ingredients to top it off. Instead of the proactive anti-aging approach, this product is designed to be reactive and treat existing signs of aging.

So, let’s find out the most noticeable differences between BB creams and CC cream. Here’s what you need to know to be a step ahead of the CC cream trend.

COVERAGE

While most BB creams fall midway between tinted moisturizers and foundations on the coverage spectrum, CC creams vary dramatically.  Some CC creams are more like souped-up tinted primers to wear under your usual foundation. However, some of the CCs in Asia will give you more coverage than a BB cream.

TEXTURE

CC creams have a softer, almost mousse-like consistency. Unlike BB creams, CC creams have a lighter texture. This results in a formula that’s extremely easy to blend.

COLOR OPTIONS

Many people with extremely fair or dark skin complain that BB cream colors just don’t work for them — especially if that particular BB is only available in one “universal” shade. While CC creams have more color options, they do blend more easily, which means the shades that are available can work for more people.

SKIN CARE BENEFITS

The only thing better than make up with skin care benefits is makeup with even more skin care benefits than anything else on the market, and that’s exactly what CC creams are trying to accomplish. Many of the CC creams from Asia are packed with antioxidants like white tea and green tea.

THE CC CREAMS YOU CAN TRY NOW

Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer – has enough color to brighten up your skin without covering freckles, and you will feel moisturized all day. It comes in three colors, and because the coverage is so minimal, it should work for every skin tone.

Wei East Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin,  which also comes in three shades. It provides more coverage than your average BB cream, and this one comes in super-convenient re-sealable travel packets.

Even Chanel, who never did go into the whole BB cream thing (unlike Dior), went a step further and launched a Chanel Complexion Complete CC Cream in Asia.

3 Responses to “What is CC Cream?”

  1. Rosa <3 March 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    This sounds super cool 😀 Can’t wait to try one!

  2. aliolive March 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I am obsessed with Korean bb cream so can’t wait to try these!! I heard loreal have bought out some cc creams, a green one for reddish skin, purple one for yellow skin ect… Very exciting!!

    • learres1985 March 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Yes, Loreal have CC Cream that comes in three shades purple (to counteract dullness), green (to counteract redness) and peach (to couneract fatigue).

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