I like to wear something less heavy on a day to day basis and I have been using Too Faced's BB. It's very light and feels good on my face but I was looking or something with a bit more coverage. Smashbox's Camera Ready CC Cream was suggested to me as being the most full coverage of all of the BB/CC creams out there. I was given a sample at Sephora and fell in love.
Not only is the coverage amazing, after using this for a week I can already see a difference in the tone of my skin, and it doesn't make me feel like I'm wearing a face full of foundation. I am sensitive to breaking out and this hasn't caused anything.
The SPF 30 is a fantastic bonus of this CC cream as well. At $50 Canadian it's quite pricy but very much worth it. I would definitely purchase this again, until something even more fantastic comes along of course.
Very light coverage, I have a lot of post acne hyperpigmentation and this doesn't cover it at all so I use amazing cosmetics amazing concealer to cover up those marks and then mac sheer finish tinted powder on top. This CC cream claims to lighten post acne marks which I haven't seen any difference but it provides a nice overall light coverage and a small blob is all you need for the full face. I think it's better to use CC cream if you need coverage all day rather than a heavy foundation but you def need to use concealer and powder with it to cover up blemishes or marks. The price is way too high but it is a smashbox product with good quality
I've been using Smashbox's CC cream for a couple days now. Now, I know its only been a couple days but this product is amazing! Alone, it is only light to medium coverage & is a bit too light in color for my skin tone, in my opinion, but with a little bronzer from Bare Minerals it evens out my skin so nicely! I have been battling adult mild/moderate acne for a couple years now & it has left me with some hyperpigmenation and redness. This CC cream makes it so easy to cover that all up without being super cakey or heavy. The added sun protection is also great because I am on a retinoid to clear up the hyperpigmentaion. A big plus is that I haven't broken out since using it! You don't even know the amount of cheap foundations and concealers I've been through that broke me out. The only thing I don't like about this product is the price, but I guess now a days you have to pay a little extra for a great product.
I got this as a sample from Sephora. I am in love. I haven't worn foundation in days because this makes my skin look so nice. My 55 year old mother wanted to try it and she's obsessed too. Will definitely buy the full size (and one for her for Christmas).
Not a fan of this "cc" cream for several reasons. Summary of my skin/issues etc: i'm half Asian so i have some slight olive-yellowish undertones, i'm older so i also have hyperpigmentation and some rather large age spots on my upper cheeks, combination skin that leans towards dry, also some fine lines mainly around eyes and mouth, redness around the nose, and just general unevenness all over my face.
The first issue i had with this cc cream is the color match. I was actually color matched at Sephora with their "color IQ" system, so this was one of the foundations that supposedly came closest to my skin tone. And actually in the store it looked pretty close (under their artificial lighting of course), in the "light" color (there are only 5 color choices total, with light being the second to lightest color). For good measure, they also tested the lightest color on me ("fair") and it was too light. But once at home, it's a little too dark and yellow (in both my artificial lighting and outdoors in natural lighting, which i tested).
The second issue is really my own fault (well, mine or the Sephora SA's fault for suggesting this cc cream when i told her that i generally have dry skin). This definitely emphasized the fine lines around my mouth, as well as some of my larger pores, and as well it seemed to cling the dry patches around my upper cheeks. It does claim to "control oil", so this might be a good cc cream for someone with oily or combination-oily skin though.
I guess the last issue is the price: it's 45 bucks for basically a tinted moisturizer (and not even a good one in my opinion).
Pros: It's goes on very smoothly and is blendable, has a natural look to it (leaning slightly more matte, but i guess that's where the "oil control" claim comes from), and seems to have pretty good staying power (although that's not one of the products claims). It also has a broad spectrum spf30 in it, so that's good. I've heard other people say it has a strong sunscreen smell to it, but it didn't seem to bother me really.
I would like to start this review off by mentioning that I am by no means a makeup expert, especially in terms of foundations, creams, etc... I've struggled with determining and suiting my skin type and have gone through several brands. This product, however, I have found to be tremendously helpful.
During the summer, I started my search for a BB cream; After reading up and speaking to a lady at Sephora, we decided a CC cream would be best. I was packed up and sent with a sample of the Smashbox CC cream in light. To my surprise, the little bitty sample lasted several weeks.
Even more surprising and groundbreaking, was that it didn't make me break out one bit! This is very rare occurrence so I did not take it lightly. Still, at $42 dollars a tube I was kinda freaked out. I got another sample of Lancome makeup and it made me break out terribly! I went back to and picked up a tube of Smashbox CC and have been using it ever since.
It is effective in covering up dark spots and uneven texture, and has the added bonus of sunscreen - which I would otherwise forget to apply.
I've been using smashbox bb cream in fair for awhile and even with oily, sensitive and acne prone skin I love it. Decided to try the cc cream bc of the reviews and to see if it cleared up any of my acne scars. I got the light which is still a little too dark. It's seems almost orange on me which is a bummer bc the bb cream in fair is a perfect match. No results yet ill prob repost later if I see any. I got the sample btw in both bb and cc cream even thought they cost $19.50 I still have plenty. It is pricey but for something for once to not break me out and make my skin look like an oil slick I'm ok with it.
I've been wanting to jump on the bb/cc bandwagon for a while now but wanted to put some care into what I chose. I did a fair amount of sussing and from what I could tell, a lot of bbs and ccs never seemed to have particularly high ratings by many people - regardless of the brand. Nevertheless, I thought I'd take the plunge and make a choice.
For those of you who are doing their own sussing before buying:
- BB creams are 'beauty balm' creams and are (usually) better for normal/oily skin.
- CC creams, or 'colour correcting' creams are often thicker and serve better for dry skin or skin with redness/dark marks.
Since the latter describes my skin type to a tee, I went for the CC.
I chose Smashbox in particular because, after trialing every brand available in MeccaCosmetica (I was there for over an hour! the staff probably thought I was bonkers...), I found that it was the 'thickest' and had the most coverage.
Overall, I really liked it. It didn't dry out my skin over the course of the day - as many foundations tend to do - yet it was nicely matte (I had expected to have to powder over it so I was quite surprised).
It has pretty good coverage - especially for a cream. It covered as much as all of my foundations do so I only really needed to conceal my very dark marks.
Lastly, it has SPF30 (yay - no premature aging!), hydrates, reduces dark spots and doesn't irritate my extremely sensitive skin.
I would definitely recommend it to people with dry/sensitive skin or to those who want good coverage without using foundation.
Note: because it is thick, you don't need to use too much. It's texture and thickness means it probably does have the potential to go cakey if you go over the top.
Also note: I found that no brushes were needed with this product. I just put it straight on and blended with my fingertips.
CC cream stands for color correction and this products does what it claims. It corrects the discoloration of my skin such as redness around the nose, chin area, and the grey cast under my eyes. I like the fact that this contains SPF of 30 which is great for daily use.
Application- I use my fingers to blend and this product is very creamy and it blends right in with my clean and clear moisturizer. I add powder to my nose and forehead.
Through out the day my skin does not get oily when I have this on and this has not broke out my skin
Reference- I have this in light which is a perfect match for my NC 25 skin color. I have oily-combo skin and I am acne prone.
A few months ago, a sales associate at Sephora practically forced me to take a sample of this product. I'd never heard of a CC cream before but after trying this (in the shade "Light"), I fell in love. I especially like the fact that this is an all-in-one product that is multi-purpose if you want but that can actually replace foundation AND contains a high level of SPF. I'm surprised this product has such a low "buy again" rating, to be honest. The rating would have put me off even trying this, had I not been given a sample.
The finish is very matte and for me, that is fine for the hot, humid summers where I live but come the cooler weather, I know I'll need a moisturizer under this and that is fine too since I can use some of the good ones I have that don't contain SPF - it's a good way to use them up.
This product really does colour correct (unlike the lame CC cream I tried from Annabelle Cosmetics). In fact, this is really all the coverage I need for most situations and if I want a bit more, topping it off with something like MAC MSF or IT Cosmetics powder foundation will do the trick (again, a chance to use products without SPF in them).
Because I had other BB creams to use up before the expiry of the SPF in them, I put off buying this but I finally finished one of the BB creams and so went to purchase the full size of this CC cream. The packaging is a tube but I have no problem cutting off the "crimp" to get out every last bit of product (I just use a paper clamp to keep it shut). The expiry on this isn't 'til 2016, which is great. It may seem a bit pricey but all in all, this is just such an excellent product that I don't mind paying this much for something so great.