During the sweaty summer months, the last thing you want is a weighed down face full of makeup. Last summer, BB Creams were all the rage for those who wanted light coverage makeup with an illuminating finish. Now, the light feel and glowing power of a beauty balm is being combined with the anti-aging properties of an anti-aging cream to form what is being called a CC cream. AA (anti-aging) plus BB (beauty balm) equals CC (color correcting). Get it?

So, what’s the real difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? Well, a CC cream provides all the benefits that a BB cream does (conceals, hydrates, evens skin tone and protects with SPF) with one added bonus. CC creams visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, sun spots and acne scarring. It’s basically a BB cream, but with a little extra pizzazz.

Here are a few CC creams that are making waves this summer:


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: I bought this CC cream a few weeks ago and I’m really liking it so far. It provides light to medium coverage with lots of illuminating power. I like it because it’s very light and not “cakey.” I do have a problem with acne scaring, but I don’t know if this CC cream is helping any. Then again, I haven’t been using it long enough to see significant changes in my skin. I would say, that when I do wear this product it does a pretty good job of covering up the redness on my face. If you have oily skin, like I do, you will have to set this make-up with a powder. I feel like this product would work much better on people with normal to dry skin, because it has a very luminescent.

(9 shades, SPF 30, $35.00)

Olay CC Cream – Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer: This is the only drugstore CC cream that I’ve seen on the market so far, which is interesting because brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal really jumped on the BB cream bandwagon. This CC cream is marketed as fighting 7 signs of aging. It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots, dryness, with the added benefits of luminosity, slight exfoliation and moisture.

(3 shades, SPF 15, Around $20.00)

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream: This is the priciest CC cream out of the three, but if you struggle with oily skin this might be the best option because of this product’s semi-matte finish. The Smashbox CC cream is said to provide all the benefits a BB cream would, “primes, perfects, protects, hydrates and controls oil,” with the added bonus of reducing the appearance of dark spots, sun spots and acne scarring.

(5 shades, SPF 30, $42.00)

If you try one of these CC creams, let me know what you think!

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