After the success of BB creams, it is now the turn of CC creams to become THE beauty trend. It is a product that evens out the complexion in a natural way while hydrating the skin.
An excellent compromise for sensitive and reactive skin, for which the choice of a foundation is sometimes complicated. Our opinion and advice on the 5 best CC creams on the market:
The 6 best CC creams according to beauty experts
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (35 ml)
In addition to its light, natural and luminous finish which discreetly corrects redness and spots, it seduces with its effective sun protection and stands out in our selection by its wide choice of shades.
Although it is not sold as a CC cream, strictly speaking, this tinted cream embeds its main characteristics: light and discreet, it provides a natural look and illuminates the complexion while reducing redness and pigmentation spots. It has an advantageous SPF 30 and is available in no less than 20 shades – which is surprising in the industry! Its cruelty-free, vegan makeup is decent, but still has phenoxyethanol – a currently controversial preservative – at the bottom of the list.
So’bio étic CC Cream (30 ml)
This cream has decent coverage for CC, camouflaging redness while ensuring a flattering healthy glow. Its affordable price and impeccable, organic composition make it an option of choice.
If it seduces above all by its affordable price and its impeccable composition, its effectiveness is not to be outdone: it correctly unifies the complexion while fighting against small redness, by moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin. Its texture, admittedly thick, is easy to work with, and only a small amount of material is needed for each use. It includes SPF 10 sun protection (the smallest of our selection) and is only available in two shades (rather yellowish) – which earned it second place in our comparison. In addition, this is the only – once is not customary – French brand to have slipped into our selection.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + Cream (32 ml)
This treatment is distinguished by a coverage worthy of a foundation – for a result that remains light and natural. It comes in several finishes and features the highest sun protection in our comparison
She has been a real staple for several years in the beauty world, notably acclaimed by a slew of influencers. And for good reason: it has light to medium coverage, is equipped with an SPF 50 and is very practical to use in its pump bottle. It is available in 3 finishes (natural – which we present to you here, mat or luminous) and 12 shades. On the other hand, user feedback is sometimes a little mixed as to its outfit, and its composition, unfortunately, leaves much to be desired.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream (50 ml)
An alternative for sensitive skin. This cream is equipped with an interesting sun protection SPF 30 and is effective in reducing redness, even masking some slight imperfections despite a very light coverage. The brand offers only one shade supposed to adapt to light to medium skin tones, which is however a little insufficient in practice. We also express a reservation as to its composition, which contains among other things several suspected endocrine disruptors.
Mádara CITY CC (40 ml)
Ideal for urban skin. A little less known by us, this CC cream seems to have it all. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-pollution active ingredients while providing itself with an SPF 15. Its composition, in addition to being impeccable, is certified organic, and its texture, as well as its light fragrance, are pleasant. It effectively unifies the complexion for a “glowy” effect and a healthy glow with a really light and natural finish. Once again, however, the variation of shades deserves to be more inclusive.
Erborian CC Cream with Centella Asiatica (45ml)
For a healthy glow. It is without a doubt one of the most popular treatments in the field. Made in Korea, it promises to brighten and hydrate the face. It is available in two shades (which tend to tend towards orange undertones) and comes with a decent SPF of 25. Once again, it is mainly in terms of composition that the shoe pinches: endocrine disruptors, PEG, silicones and phenoxyethanol come in our opinion taint the benefits of the cream.
How to choose your CC cream?
In recent years, tinted creams have clearly been on the rise and are increasingly appreciated for their naturalness and their attractive compromise between skincare and make-up. Among these, CC creams stand out for their ability to correct redness while unifying the complexion with light coverage. But between the promises of the brands, the number of products offered on the market and the sometimes surprising price differences, it is often very difficult to make a choice.
To help you see it a little more clearly, here are some key things to consider when looking for the ideal cream:
- The advantages of CC cream: the “Color Corrector Cream” aims to reduce redness and pigment spots in order to ensure an even complexion while providing the benefits of real care (hydration, nutrition, anti-aging properties. …). In general, its coverage is very light – for an even more natural look than that touted by BB creams – and for this reason, particularly appeals to slightly damaged or blemish-prone skin as well as more mature faces. It is ideally equipped with sun protection worthy of the name (around SPF 30).
- Shades: given that it has little coverage, CC cream can afford to offer a smaller range of shades: the demarcations will be less visible than with a foundation, and some formulas are designed to adapt to a range of skin tones. But in reality, things are not always that simple: the ideal is to opt for a color as close as possible to your skin to ensure a natural and discreet finish. Brands tend to gradually offer more choice, but there is still a long way to go.
- The Composition: Nowadays, it is increasingly difficult to ignore the many controversies surrounding the potentially harmful ingredients used in cosmetics — especially conventional ones. If you are sensitive to this debate, the ideal is to go for natural alternatives, or even organic. Note that most tinting creams contain titanium dioxide, which is currently the subject of controversy. However, it is above all its use in the form of nanoparticles in spray products or to ingest that raises questions.
BB cream or CC cream?
BB cream or “blemish balm” (BB cream in English) is more covering than CC cream (CC cream) and is more like make-up than skincare, even if the difference is subtle.
For normal skin and daily makeup, BB cream may be suitable. It is an easy-to-apply cream, which allows you to hide imperfections (spots, pimples, dark circles under the eyes, redness). A versatile cream, which above all camouflages the irregularities of the skin: the pigments adapt to the color of the skin for perfect coverage.
On the side of the CC cream, we find more the characteristics of a targeted and multifunctional treatment. This is the superior “level” of BB cream, with the role of gently nourishing and unifying the complexion. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and light, CC cream has a fluid and delicate texture that does not suffocate the skin!
The BB and CC creams can be used alternately depending on the season and the skin’s needs.
For discreet dark circles and a tired complexion: the BB cream will complement your usual care.
In case of dry and irritated skin, or on the contrary of combination to oily skin: the CC cream will be ideal. It acts on the regulation of sebum production, repairs the epidermis and protects against external aggressions (especially UV rays)