These CC Creams Are Worth Every Penny, According To Rave Reviewers

Meet the ultimate time-saving swap for foundation.

by Melissa Epifano, Brittany Leitner and Meguire Hennes
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The best CC creams on the market, according to reviews

CC cream is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to beauty products, but its name tends to be a bit misleading. While CC typically stands for color-correcting, these formulas go a lot further than evening out your skin tone. But, like any makeup, there's an overwhelming number of options, and a little research is required to find a selection of the best CC creams that'll treat your skin like gold.

If you're the kind of person who prefers sleeping an extra 10 minutes to getting 10 extra minutes of time for makeup, CC cream is your perfect match. It's well-known for being a multitasker and taking skin care a step further than its BB cream and tinted moisturizer cousins. While it gives similar coverage to the latter products, many CC creams feature ingredients you would normally find in your skin care routine, like hyaluronic acid, collagen, antioxidants, and niacinamide.

While color correcting is its foundational purpose, many CC creams have a much more extensive resume that includes things like blurring imperfections, hydrating skin, reducing fine lines, and improving elasticity. Because of this, you can find CC creams that actually improve your skin over a period of time rather than just serving as temporary coverage.

What To Look For In A Good CC Cream

Struggling to find a good CC cream and not sure what to look for? Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King says a good CC cream is a product with both healing and protective properties. “CC cream stands for color correction cream. A CC cream functions as both a foundation and a moisturizer. It may also contain additional ingredients that help address discolorations or other signs of aging in the skin,” Dr. King tells NYLON.

When looking for a CC cream that works for your skin, Dr. King says to look for specific ingredients that encourage a moisturized finish. “I suggest looking for a formulation that contains humectants, emollients and occlusives so that it offers effective moisturizing properties,” Dr. King says. “Also, if you won't be using a separate sunscreen, I recommend looking for a formulation that offers SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum protection.”

Dr. King also encourages adapting your CC cream to fit your current skin concerns. “If you have other skin issues you'd like to address, then look for other active ingredients-- for example, anti-aging peptides or niacinamide for tone and texture.” If you’re looking for a light-weight, dewy finish foundation that adapts to your skin’s needs and issues, CC cream is definitely the way to go.

Ahead, 16 of the best CC creams that reviewers can't stop raving about.

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1. IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

2. AMOREPACIFIC Color Control Cushion Compact

3. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

4. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

5. Supergoop! CC Screen

6. Erborian CC Cream Radiance Color Corrector

7. Chanel CC Cream Super Active Correction Complete Sunscreen

8. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

9. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

10. Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur CC Cream

11. Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation

12. Perbelle Cosmetics Skin Tone Adjusting CC Cream

13. Dermablend Continuous Correction Tone-Evening CC Cream

14. Glo Skin Beauty C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint SPF 30

15. Honest Beauty CCC Clean Corrective With Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

16. e.l.f. Camo CC Cream

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