The Best CC Creams That’ll Finally Convince You To Go Foundation Free
It’s the age-old question: What’s the difference between CC cream and BB cream anyway? BB (blemish balm) cream is a light-coverage alternative to foundation and concealer. It has skin care benefits, but with imperfection-blurring pigments for times when you’re looking for a quick and natural look. CC (color correction) cream offers more substantial coverage, but still plays in the same skin care-makeup-hybrid category as BB cream. It targets dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and similar concerns with pigmented formulas that work double-time to cover imperfections while also imparting skin care-like benefits. Look for options with SPF, moisturizing ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants. Over time, you should see more refined pores, diminished fine lines evened skin tone, and improved skin texture.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
Buy: $45; goop.com
If you’re looking for a dewy finish with subtle coverage, this is your gal. It comes in five shades that are packed with good-for-you benefits like brightening vitamin C and skin-firming sodium hyaluronate. It’s also armed with SPF 20.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Buy: $33; ulta.com
Take a look through some of the CC cream offerings and you might be hard-pressed to find a shade range that seems anything but limited. That’s partly due to the fact that CC creams are more sheer and blendable than true foundation, which means a broader range of skin tones can find a match within one shade. That being said, more options are always better in our eyes—and this tinted moisturizer has a whopping 20.
Honest Beauty CC Clear Corrective with Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer
Buy: $21.99; target.com
Honest Beauty calls this a 6-in-1 multitasker claiming it will brighten, lock in moisture, prime, perfect, blur and protect with each application. If major screen time is a daily occurrence, this blue-light battling formula is the ticket. It’s offered in four shades: Light, Fair, Medium, and Deep.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 23
Buy: $48; neimanmarcus.com
This CC cream is offered in 12 shades—a wider range than most. Antioxidants, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid will nourish, hydrate, and work to protect skin from future damage.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Buy: $39.50; sephora.com
SL Editors have a favorite in this full-coverage formula that includes collagen (to promote skin elasticity), hyaluronic acid (to keep moisture locked in), and peptides (to firm, smooth, and hydrate). It comes in 12 shades ranging from fair to deep, all of which are bolstered with SPF 50+.