When it comes to beauty goals, the quest for a smooth and flawless, yet still natural-looking, complexion will never cease—but thankfully for all of us, full-coverage foundations aren’t the only option for faking it when your skin won’t behave. Color correction (aka CC) cream is a skincare-makeup hybrid that provides coverage while simultaneously tackling certain skincare issues.
In comparison to their little sister product, BB cream (which stands for beauty balm), CC creams offer more coverage and oftentimes also boast skin care benefits, such as smoothing out fine lines or wrinkles and fading discoloration.
“Traditional foundation is going to offer more a full coverage, whereas BB and CC creams tend to be sheer in their coverage,” explains celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern.
“CC creams tend to have a little more coverage than BB creams, and also some added nutrients, like anti-aging properties.”
In addition to offering beneficial ingredients and a sheer, natural-looking tint, many CC creams are also formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, which can essentially help you eliminate another step in your routine. Basically, CC creams combine a bunch of skin-boosting goodness into one lightweight and easy-to-use formula, which is what makes them “great for anyone who is looking for more out of their coverage,” Stern says.
To assist in your CC journey, we rounded up 16 editor-approved favorites you’ll surely fall in love with.
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UV Expert Mineral CC Cream SPF 50
Get you a CC cream that can offer both sun protection and intense hydration. In addition to all-day-long hydration, this formula contains SPF 50 and antioxidants to help shield skin from damaging free radicals, UVA/UVB rays and pollution.
Matifying Tinted Moisturizer
It may be called a tinted moisturizer, but with color corrective properties, this one also falls into the CC cream category. Created especially for darker skin tones, this formula balances out dark spots and other hyperpigmentation while also keeping excess oil at bay.
CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
This beloved CC cream offers full-coverage foundation and is infused with collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid—all of which help make for hydrated, healthy, and plumped-up skin.
Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream with Sunscreen SPF 15
This hard-working CC cream looks like a foundation but goes on like your favorite lightweight moisturizer. The formula visibly smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles in just one application.
Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur
Think of this velvety cream as an optical illusion, but for your face. Special ingredients help reflect light particles so you’re left looking super radiant not shiny.
Osmosis Beauty CC Cream Color Correcting Foundation
Those looking for a lighter option will love this sheer coverage formula infused with beeswax (to help moisturize and minimize irritation.) Plus, “True Tone” technology will keep people guessing if you’re wearing makeup or not. P.S. Your secret is safe with us.
Gorgeous Cosmetics CC Cream
Dullness, sallowness, uneven skin tone, and redness will no longer be part of your beauty vocab. This lightweight cream feels super natural yet provides adequate coverage. Just don’t forget to apply SPF, since it’s not included in the formula.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream
CC cream formula includes ingredients that help minimize fine lines, smooth out skin texture, and provide antioxidant and reef-safe SPF protection. Equally important is what you won’t find: Artificial colors and dyes, fragrance, and parabens.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue
This CC staple gives sheer to medium coverage and uses mineral electrolytes to keep dry skin hydrated.
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Glowing, even-toned skin is just a swipe away, thanks to this medium-coverage CC cream formula that’s best suited for normal and dry skin types. This aptly-named and cult-favorite CC cream hydrates like no other, while simultaneously correcting redness, dullness and sallow skin.
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+
Infused with essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, this dermatologist favorite will neutralize discolorations and blotchiness.
Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation
This foundation doesn’t feel like your typical foundation—which is why we’re roping it into the CC cream category. It’s customizable, color-correcting formula allows you to build up to your desired level of coverage, from sheer up to medium.
Amore Pacific ‘Color Control’ Cushion Compact,
Amore Pacific is one of the beauty brands that helped put cushion compacts on the map, and the Korean brand really delivers with this color corrector. It offers buildable coverage in five shades and also includes SPF 50+ to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
Prima Color Control Glow Moisturizer
As Stern explains, this luxe CC cream formula “feels super luxurious and has amazing ingredients,” including vitamin E to moisturize and SPF 35 for UVA/UVB protection.
Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector
Sephora couldn’t keep this product on the shelves last year, and it’s clear why: The color correcting cream is basically Photoshop in a tube. The color-matching pigments even out complexion while its mineral-based titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula offers protection from the sun.
Iman Correct & Cover Clay Medium CC Cream
The international supermodel’s beauty brand delivers. The Iman CC Cream is perfect for evening out skin tone and providing coverage of irritating breakouts. Perfect for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation.
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