I’ve heard of BB Cream, but what on earth is CC Cream?
CC Cream (Colour Correcting Cream) is supposed to be the next generation of BB Cream (Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm). Where BB Cream is generally marketed as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock, a CC Cream should by definition, offer all these benefits, as well as the added benefit of colour correcting your skin.
What does this mean? Some brands have created products with a green tint, meant to immediately reduce the appearance of redness, while other brands have added additional skincare ingredients meant to permanently reduce hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration.
Smashbox claims that their CC Cream is the ultimate color-correcting cream, proven to fade dark spots.
Smashbox’s Camera Ready CC Cream is packaged simply, in a lightweight, easy-squeeze tube.
The product itself is a relatively thick formula that is more of a cream than a lotion in texture. It’s quite robust and not at all runny.
This CC Cream is quite workable when first applied to my skin, and allows me plenty of time to blend it out thoroughly. When blended, I find this product gives a light to medium level of coverage, with an extremely natural satin finish. It does initially appear to be quite a dewy finish, but in no time at all, it dries down to mimic almost perfectly the texture of my skin.
In the below images I have applied Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream to the right side of my face (the left side of the image).
You can see here that my freckles are still visible, although not prominent, and most of the redness in my skin has been neutralised.
In the image above, you can see that this CC Cream does a very good job of disguising my pores. It’s also worth noting that I waxed my eyebrows 10 minutes before taking these pictures. There is noticeable redness on the side that I have not applied the CC Cream, and this redness has been completely neutralised where I have applied the product. (How scary do I look here! I’m all like ‘I’m watching you..”)
This last image was taken in harsh,unforgiving sunlight. I don’t appear to be wearing anything at all, however one side of my face looks noticeably more perfect than the other side.
Ease of Application:
I’ve had quite a significant length of time to trial this CC Cream, and I have experimented with a number of application methods. I have found the most effective method of application to be the good old fingers. I like to take a small amount of product on the tips of my fingers, and dot it onto any problem areas on my skin. From here, I work it into my skin quite thoroughly, almost massaging it in. I then come back and pat a small additional amount of product over any visible redness, darkness or blemishes. 9 times out of 10, I don’t need to apply concealer. This particular means of application uses less product, and blends more seamlessly that any brush or sponge I have tried.
On it’s own, I find the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream to last around 5 hours before it starts to break down. I can increase this by adding a primer underneath, and a powder on top. I have been using the Smashbox Hydrating Primer under it, and setting it with Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder. This combination easily sees me through a full workday, from 7:30 am to 6pm.
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream does have a noticeable but innocuous “sunscreen” smell, but it fades quickly once applied.
Anything else worth mentioning?
To date, I haven’t really been sold on the BB craze. Every BB Cream I have tried has felt like a tinted moisturiser. This is a little different. It’s definitely not a tinted moisturiser, it’s more of a light to medium coverage foundation.