Why everybody should have one (or many)
I bought my first CC cream right after I had my son, 5 years ago. It was right after BB creams got hugely popular and the market started opening up to new versions. I was on maternity leave and didn’t put on makeup every day. Just seemed pointless since I wasn’t going to work. But I still didn’t want to go up and about completely bare-faced, I wanted to feel at least a bit done. The natural me but improved.
So I bought Clinique’s CC cream and hit the jackpot. It was pretty much all I needed and after a year or wearing either this or nothing I got so used to this amount of coverage that I never looked back. So when I returned to work the following year I kept my CC cream and completely stopped using foundation.
Nowadays there are so many options, from really sheer to full coverage, that I really see no reason for using foundation on a daily basis. CC creams do the same job and more in just one step and they are usually cheaper than foundations.
Over the years I tried many of them but I still keep coming back to the Clinique one. I guess I was just lucky and found one that really really worked for me on the first try.
In this post, I review the Clinique CC cream as well as two others that are real contenders to the throne. Keep reading if you want to find out which ones are they.
BB vs CC
BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm while CC stands for color correction. They are supposed to be different products aimed for different use but if you ask me they are are not.
Both are basically tinted moisturizers with SPF and additional active ingredients with anti-aging, hydrating or brightening properties. Some say there’s a difference in coverage between BB and CC creams but honestly, I think that depends more on the brand as you will see in the reviews below.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at three of them.
Clinique Superdefense CC cream
I used to be a true Clinique fan. Don’t get me wrong, I still think their products are great but I’m more of a K-beauty girl these days. So when the time came to buy a BB/CC cream, I naturally turned to them and opted for the CC one.
It was my first CC cream and I immediately hit the jackpot.
It’s quite sheer so this is not for everybody and it comes in four shades: light, light medium, medium, and medium deep. My shade of choice is light medium but in the summer I could rock the medium shade as well. It blends so perfectly and is so sheer that the four shades available will definitely cater to all skin tones (apart from really really dark ones).
Clinique’s CC cream is light but still so creamy that it feels like applying a regular day cream. The finish is dewy which combined with the low coverage makes the final effect extremely natural but glowing. Don’t be surprised if people start asking you if you’re expecting.
I have to warn you though, this version is not available everywhere. In the US, for example, Clinique sells a totally different CC cream. It comes in a peachy package, it’s from the Moisture surge family and it also has a different ingredient list. But I’ve never tried it so I cannot comment on the actual formula.
Skin type: all types
Formulation: very creamy
Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. cream
As I said…K-beauty girl over here. Missha’s most popular BB cream is a best seller and also one of the early ones to hit the market.
People love it for its pretty affordable price, creaminess and full coverage finish. And it really is amazingly good.
It’s very dense but then unexpectedly easy to apply. A little bit also goes a long way and provides really good coverage for a BB cream. See, this is why I say there is really no difference between BB and CC creams. CC creams are supposed to have higher coverage than BB creams but it one attests to the opposite.
Anyways, the finish is kind of dewy but not much. It’s a very natural in between glow. Not matte, not dewy, very you.
It is pretty much perfect. The only issue I have with it is the shades. I have #23 which is natural beige and it is too ashy for my skin tone. It’s perfect in terms of darkness/lightness but the tone is off and I feel spent when wearing it. Since it is full coverage you have to pick the shade very carefully, your natural color will not shine through. That being said, I recently saw there is a new warm beige variant #25. I will have to give this one a try. And if you can find yourself in one of the 7 shades now available, I highly recommend this BB cream.
Let’s just say it’s famous for a reason.
Skin type: all types
Formulation: dense but creamy
IT cosmetics Your skin but better CC+ illumination
This is the latest version of the already iconic CC cream by it cosmetics. There is also a neutral (the original) version and a matte version but I am a fan of glowing finishes so this is my latest try.
And I am excited about it! The feeling of this one is almost like that of a foundation when you apply it. But then when it sets it feels very light like you’re almost not wearing anything at all.
It is pretty high coverage but not as much as Missha’s. You can, however, build it up to be full coverage if you need to. Also, I need to add that this picture does not do it justice at all. The finish is just fantastic.
The finish is less dewy than the Clinique one but still enough to call it illumination. It comes in 12 shades, same as its sisters, so you will definitely be able to find one for you. Even with very fair and very deep skin tones.
Skin type: all skin types
Formulation: foundation like
Coverage: medium but buildable to full
Unless one of Missha’s new shades works for me I will not be coming back to the M Perfect cover. If you, however, find yourself in one of their shades I highly recommend it. I think this is hands down the best price-performance BB/CC cream you will find.
For me personally, it’s a tie between Clinique and IT cosmetics. They both have the perfect dewy finish and the perfect shade for me. I also like them both in terms of application and overall feeling on the skin. They’re also pretty close price-wise with Clinique being just a tiny bit cheaper. But I’m currently using the IT cosmetics Your skin but better CC+ illumination and I’m planning on trying it’s older sister, the original version, as well. There is also a matte version meant for oily skin types but I don’t think that would work for me.
The Clinique Superfefense CC cream is slightly sheerer than the IT CC cream so if coverage is what you’re looking for that would be the determining factor between the two of them.
I hope this helps you choose your next daily best friend. Let me know if you have any questions or what is your experience if you’ve ever used any of these. All suggestions on what else to try are welcome as well, of course!