Friday, May 31, 2013

New CC Creams For Summer!

I've been trying out a few "CC Creams" that were launched for summer and some of them are just a step above the BB Creams and offer the same, if not better sun protection, benefits and ease of use - great for summer! So far, the ones I've tried have pretty nice coverage - I would compare the coverage level to that of the Korean BB Creams. Too bad a lot of US BB creams were disappointing in terms of coverage, but the CC Creams seem like a better choice in terms of evening out skintone and providing a little extra coverage with the same amount of sun protection.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting ($42, Press Sample) - It comes in five shades - I tried out light, which was a pretty good match for me a month or so back - just a tad light, but it blended well. Now, its a little too light since I have tanned considerably since summer. Coverage wise, this one feels light, but has sheer to medium, buildable coverage, good enough to blur out small imperfections and uneven pigmentation. It has a very matte finish though, so it would be a better fit for oily skin. It keeps skin looking matte and doesn't get greasy or oxidise as the day goes by. Be sure to moisturize well if you have dry skin. The color sheers out quite a bit, but there is enough coverage to take care of redness & minor imperfections. Available at Ulta, Sephora and

Ingredients : Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 4.00%, Oxybenzone 2.50%, Titanium Dioxide 1.10%. Inactive: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Sucrose, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Linoleic Acid, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Urea, Bisabolol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Glycerin, Oryzanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ergothioneine, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alumina, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Zinc Oxide (CI 77497), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)]

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF35($32, Press Sample) - This is a fairly thick CC cream and feels a little more concentrated and very much thicker than a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. It comes in two shades - Light/Medium and Medium/Dark and is supposed to self adjust.The shades seem to run a little dark and I'm not sure if Light/Medium would be a good match for fair/light skin tones. It is self adjusting to an extent, but needs to be blended in really well. For a thick CC cream, it does feel light, once blended in. My only qualm with this CC Cream is the whitish cast it leaves. It takes a good 5-10 minutes to sink in and the cast goes off once it does, but initially it is quite obvious. It is also paraben and fragrance-free but I can detect a faint scent which isn't bothersome at all. Available at Nordstrom, Sephora.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + ($38, Press Sample) - This is a medium-full coverage CC Cream with quite a bit of skin benefits and great sun protection. The color Tan is a tad dark for me right now, but by the end of summer, I'm going to be a a lot more tan, so this would just so perfect then. This CC Cream contains "snail secretion" as one of the top ingredients, which is something to keep in mind if that is something you're trying to avoid. It also has a strong scent, not too overpowering, but it does take a while to dissipate. I love the amount of coverage and the super creamy, smooth application. The packaging is awesome, there's no wastage and if I set it with a good powder, there's no greasiness even after a few hours. It also claims to have anti aging benefits with a serum infused formula, so it doubles as a skincare/makeup in one. Overall, a really nice CC cream, lovely formula and pretty good shade range (5 shades). Absolutely love this CC Cream!  Available at QVC and

Have you tried any of these CC Creams?

Disclosure: The products in this article were provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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