We barely had the chance to discover the ABCs of BB Creams, when a new multitasking formula rolled over the counters, promoting itself as the new and improved product on the market that merges skin care and makeup: the CC Cream. After last year’s it items, the Blemish Balms, proved cc cream matte color control be products that catered to women with dry skin, acting as a makeup base or a primer, beauty brands were soon expected to come up with a product that served the needs of more than just those with perfect skin and the need for extra moisture and SPF.
Thus CC Creams were created, in an effort to provide a suitable product for both oily skin and acne prone skin, as for dry skin. Moreover, the new creams of the year have a lighter texture, that blends more easily, can actually correct and even out skin tones and offer a wider array of shades that suit both women with pale skin, as well as those with medium or dark skin tone. CC picks up where its predecessor left off, setting out to be the solution to all your beauty problems and the perfect multi-purpose product for those of you looking for cosmetics that cover up blemishes and even skin tone, while treating the skin with long-term benefits. The more you read about the CC Creams vs BB Creams and the difference between the two, the easier it will be to understand which product is right for your skin type. However, I think it’s safe to say Color Correcting Creams will be more successful among consumers with combination or oily skin in their 30s and 40s, who are turning away from makeup and looking more towards products with long-term benefits, whilst Blemish Balms will be preferred by young women with dry skin with close to perfect complexions, who only need semi-sheer coverage. Regardless, I’ve prepared a guide for you with top picks from the brands that launched BBs and CCs or have announced such products for 2013.
CC Cream based on texture The texture of most BB Creams lack the smoothness you would normally need for an easy application, an even stronger issue since the product addresses to dry skin and should have a certain texture to glide evenly and not leave blotchy spots. Finding the perfect product among such an array of Beauty Balms can be tricky, so I recommend using one that has enough coverage to replace your foundation for everyday use and help illuminate your skin, due to its slightly peachy undertone. Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector SPF 15 also has the big advantage of blending flawlessly and hiding enlarged pores. However, if you’re not keen on using the Garnier BB version, perhaps due to the fact that the product is more suitable for dry skin and might not help those with oily skin, I suggest to look at the first CC Cream launched by a western brand, Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer SPF 15.
The dual-phase, swirled formula is ultra-light, so it probably won’t replace your foundation, yet the texture glides on evenly, giving the skin a subtle glow. It is also a product of choice for fair-to-light women and it holds a special place in the best cc creams for pale skin. Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation is also an option that is valued for its texture and for its affordable price. Its formula minimizes the look of wrinkles, hidrates and offers sheer-to-medium coverage, with a semi-matte finish. Embryolisse BB Cream Complexion Illuminating Veil brightens the face and provides a radiant sheen to your complexion. Its formula contains hyaluronic acid, which makes it ultra light and glides on easily and evenly.
This BB Cream is great for pale skin and will give you a subtle, yet noticeable glow. CC Creams for pale skin Although most Beauty Balms have been criticized due to the fact that few of them catered to pale skin, there are some that managed to make a difference in the array of products launched. Being part of the fair skin community, I have personally tried a bunch of products before deciding on a winner. From what I could find, Dr.
Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 is one of the most compatible tone to pale skin, probably because of the fact that it comes from Korea, where fair skin is not uncommon. Its corrective tone counteracts blemishes and redness, making it ideal for fair complexions with pink undertones. It leaves a dewy finish and soothes the skin thanks to its water-based formula. Get your BB or CC Cream for fair skin from here. UVB sunscreen and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30, a sheer formula with a smooth texture that blends easily. Maybelline’s BB for dark skin is a warm, caramel tint, that helps counteract gray or sallow tones common for darker complexions.
Also targeted to medium and dark skin is the new Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer, that prides itself on covering fine lines, wrinkles and age spots and evening out the skin tone. This product is recommended to those of you that target dark spots, as it contains N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide—a combination shown to reduce discoloration in as few as six weeks. However, I wouldn’t recommend the product to someone who’s skin is other than very dry. Caudalie Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturizer instantly moisturizes, evens ad illuminates the complexion. It’s available in only two shades, that are self-adjustable for a natural finish but in my opinion better suited for medium or dark skin tone, with yellow undertone. This anti-oxidant and hyaluronic acid packed BB Cream evens out the skin tone and provides a healthy glow, thanks to its peachy undertone and finely milled gold particles.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme and 3Lab Perfect BB can also block pigment-producing enzymes in the skin with patented lighteners. Another top choice for those of you with medium or dark skin is Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector, a product that caters to those with tan or yellow undertone and has great coverage. This product evens out skin tone and supports collagen, minimizing the appearance of imperfections. I advice against buying it if you’re pale or have cool toned skin, as it might look to orange. More details about the top BB Cream and CC Creams here. Frankly, in my opinion, there is no Blemish Balm or Color Correcting cream that can do this task better than a proper foundation, and as a make-up artist, I wouldn’t try it to save my life.
However, there are some products in the categories mentioned above that perform better than others. Stila Stay All Day 10-in1 HD Beauty Balm is one of those products, as it contains ingredients that diffuse light and camouflage wrinkles and pores. While most BB creams leave a dewy finish, this light reflecting cream is more matte and therefore more suitable for camera time. It’s one of the most pigmented of any I’ve sampled, but sadly, not the most suitable for pale skin, as it has an orange undertone. However, medium skin tones seeking to add warmth to their complexions will be most pleased with this product.
Among the best Blemish Balms ever is also the Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35, that comes in a variety of shades suited for fair, medium and dark skin. It provides a matte finish, and the texture is just right. As for the perfect CC Cream for photos, I would have to go with Wei East Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin, as it covers brown spots, smooths out wrinkles and evens out skin tone. The best part is that you get a customizable coverage and there’s nothing you want more for a photo shoot than this. Find out more about the top products in terms of coverage. Best BB Cream and CC Cream for oily skin The perfect BB cream for oily skin must provide excellent coverage, last all day and control shine. You therefore have to look for oil-free products, that also moisturizes and evens the complexion.
One of the most apreciated Blemish Balm in that cathegory is L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B. Cream, a product that contains capsules that release pigment once you blend it into the skin. What’s interesting about this product, besides the fact that it gives a smooth, matte finish, is that it tells you how much blending is necessary to gain a complete coverage. It absorbs and retains moisture, provides excellent coverage and uses AHA and BHA to exfoliate dead skin cells. If you’re looking for a BB that is good for oily skin, but also suited for sensitive skin, Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection is the answer to all your questions, as it provides a medium coverage, evens the complexion and brightens the skin by reducing the appearance of dark spots. Another helpful suggestion for those of you with oily skin is looking towards the new and improved formula of CC Creams, that differ from BBs primarily because they provide a matte finish, a must for all those dealing with oily skin.