BATD ON Mar 28, 2014 AT 5:22 pm

by Annie Vischer

Beauty Big 5: The CC Cream Confidential.

Beauty Top 5: The CC Cream Confidential.

We know the timeline. The first BB creams caused a storm, and all of a sudden it was about the double capitals. This season sees us in the midst of the CC cream era. Colour correction formulas are at an all time high, so we can be forgiven by being a tad over faced by the variety.

Essentially we’re a fan. Even if the subsequent DD and EE creams seem a little OTT. Ok, we’ll stop with the capital letters. But as far as we’re concerned, CC creams have a lot going for them. They’re light, hydrating, and let skin breathe. CC creams are for the mornings in spring and summer when your vitamin D happy skin is looking a little more glowing than usual, and should be shown off rather than hidden away. The days when all you really need is a little more evenness of colour and tone.

Rather wonderfully those days are starting to feel a little closer to hand, so as you jot ‘CC Cream’ down on your shopping list, we thought we’d take you through a few of our favourites.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 (£28.00).

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 (£28.00).

I have been using the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 (£28.00) for a couple of weeks now, and am definitely a fan. And no, that’s not just because of the pearlised pink packaging. Even if it does look very pretty on my dressing table. As CC creams go, the coverage is quite high, more like a tinted moisturiser. The consistency is mousse like, making it a dream to apply, and a little goes a long way.

B. Confident CC Cream SPF 45.

B. Confident CC Cream SPF 45 (£11.99).

The B. collection at Superdrug is proving itself at every turn, and the B. Confident CC Cream SPF 45 (£11.99) is no exception. The coverage is light, which is a feat considering the high sun protection factor. With an SPF 45, this CC cream knocks any others out of the park when it comes to propping up a secure barrier against UV rays. This is a good little one to invest in if you’re travelling, or due to enjoy a holiday in sun-filled climbs, you lucky thing.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99).

If dewiness is what you are craving, then the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream (£9.99) is the one for you. It contains three colour correcting variants that tackle any skin colour or pigmentation problem you can imagine. It is lightweight and milk-like in consistency. It also provides 24 hour hydration, to soothe and nourish the skin. Read more about the Bourjois 123 Perfect range here.

YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme SPF 35 (£30.00).

YSL Forever Light Creator Apricot CC Creme SPF 35 (£30.00).

YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme SPF 3o (£30.00) includes three colour tones in its CC cream range to tackle different skin tone needs – rose, lavender and apricot. The one I favour is Apricot. Its warming tones give my skin a subtle glow rather than blanketing it in colour, and brightens it as much as a morning on a sunny beach might do. Its coverage is light, but just enough to rectify any unevenness. Remember, covering absolutely every little colour differentiation in your skin will make it look canvas-like and unnatural. This cream works together with a natural skin tone to give a polished, fresh look.

Nivea Q10plus Anti Wrinkle CC Cream (£7.33)

Nivea Q10plus Anti Wrinkle CC Cream (£7.33)

When your editor says she has a favourite CC cream, you know it’s got to be good. And Nivea Q10plus Anti Wrinkle CC Cream SPF 15 (£7.33) is our lowest priced CC cream too! Add in the fact that it’s also anti-aging and has an SPF 15, and it’s basically ticking all the boxes. This one’s far from a one trick pony.

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