Remember when BB creams were obscure? When you had to wait four weeks for pre-ordered batch to arrive here? Those were savage days in beauty history. Lol. Now BB creams are everywhere, and so cheap you can get one for like P169 in a local drugstore. Most women have probably tried these multi-taskers - for who doesn't want the promise of sun protection, anti-aging, anti-blemish, whitening, and coverage in one nifty bottle?
But BB creams are old news. The next generation of complexion enhancers are here, and they are called CC Creams or Color Correction/ control creams. CC creams are supposed to primarily brighten skin and have more concentrated skincare benefits. They are to be more lightweight and oil-free, with heavier coverage than the average BB cream. The sun protection, anti-aging, and whitening features are still there, but expect lots of new fancy ingredients in the formula.
But wait a minute...BB creams are already doing exactly what CC creams promise to do! There are so many different formulas available in the BB cream world, each catering to different skin issues and requirements.
That's not to say they're no good, of course. Perhaps a better way to put is that CC creams represent a skincare-tinted moisturizer hybrid with a way lighter texture than your average BB cream. I suppose there's always room for a product like that! Labels are useful if we must go into the specifics of things.
I have tried a CC cream, as it happens. Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream just arrived on our shores and I was lucky enough to get a sample. :D This is very lightly tinted - it barely has any coverage. It feels like nothing at all on skin due to the lightweight texture. I feel that it's closer to a moisturizer than anything! It has a sharp smell, quite floral and not at all unpleasant.
It's uncannily similar to the Jane Iredale Dream Tint Moisture Tint. They're both mineral-based and made from safe, natural ingredients. Texture is also almost identical to each other.
Swatch of Warm Glow, one of two shades. It's for medium to dark skin.
I haven't tested the CC cream long enough to see any benefits (it promises 12, mainly perfect skin and the repair of DNA damage whatever that means), but so far I haven't gotten any pimples so that's a good start. You can check the Juice Beauty CC cream at Beauty Bar if you're intrigued.
What do you think of CC creams? Hot or empty hype?
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