Beauty News: CC Creams

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Last year we were introduced to the world of BB creams. Hugely popular in Asia, when these ‘miracle’ creams hit our shores we wondered how they had been kept a secret for so long. Promising to even out skintone, banish blemishes and moisurise without the need for a foundation, it seemed too good to be true.

I hotfooted it down to Superdrug and picked up the Garnier Miracle Skin Protector BB cream and was pleasantly surprised. It was heavier than a tinted moisturiser but gave good coverage and didn’t feel too much on my skin. I was a BB convert.

This year, however, it’s all about the CC cream. I know, I know, what’s with all these alphabet creams? Well, CC stands for complexion correctors and generally speaking, they’re pretty similar to BB cream.

While BB creams offer a variety of skincare benefits such as SPF and anti-oxidants (it varies from brand to brand), CC creams offer much the same but focus mainly on improving redness and uneven skin tone.

BB creams were certainly lighter than foundation but they could still have a thickness that those who aren’t fans of foundation might find off putting. CC creams however, are generally lighter on the skin and according to celebrity makeup artist Nico Guilis, ‘They have more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish–kind of the new and improved BB.’

Personally, I really liked the Garnier BB Cream and found it perfect for summer, however it could feel a little sticky on very hot days so I’m looking forward to trying the, lighter, fresher CC Creams.

There are three that have caught my eye and are being spoken very highly of; L’Oreal Paris Nude Magnique CC Cream, Olay Regenerist CC Cream and Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.

The L’Oreal CC Cream comes in three different shades which is definitely a plus and is only £9.99 which is a great price. The Olay Regenerist CC Cream is £24.99 but offers SPF 15 and has really great reviews. Then there is the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream whose name caught my eye first. I have dry patchy skin so the added moisture is a real bonus and it comes with a high 30 SPF. It is a higher end price at £28 but it’s Clinique, so I would expect quality and it comes in nine shades, which is handy!


Hannah Reynolds

Guest Blogger for Cheltenham Fashion Week and all time fashion fan. Find her personal style blog at Eve Wanted a Wardrobe.