For me, BB cream is just greasy ashy version of cream foundation with very limited color range and very little sun protection.
It is just difficult for me to believe that one single product can take care of all our skin and cosmetic concerns.
(Let me rephrase. I don't believe it. )
Despite of my cynical view for BB cream in general, I have been curious to try CC cream, the next generation.
I still have very little faith that CC cream would actually improve my skin condition, but I expected it to provide better color match since it is supposedly very smart(!) and adjusts to our skin tones.
So I was happy to receive a generous sample of Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream from this deal from Sephora.
The tube is slightly pearly just like the full size tube and feels very sturdy not to mention it contains plenty of product.
People, this is how you are supposed to put samples together.
It actually enables the consumers to use the product and learn about it.
From Sephora site,
What it is:
A CC cream that fades imperfection, evens complexion, and prevents future discoloration.
What it does:
...This color-correctin cream is a game-changer with its proven ability to visibly lessen the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks instantly and over time. The advanced lightweight formula neutralizes and brightens skin for a more even complexion, while it primes, perfects, protects with SPF 30, moisturizes, and controls oil....
It sounds fantastic, I take a look at the rather long ingredient list.
I spot a couple of things supposedly effective for brightening as well as the solid sunscreen agents.
However, I still feel skeptical. Why?
Because I know how patient you have to be to see some results from any brightening skincare regimen and how much sunscreen you have to slather on your face every morning (and reapply) to get the promised protection.
So I focus on it's color-adjusting ability especially since it is subtitled with "Camera Ready".
The sample I received is Light, the second lightest shade out of the 5 colors available.
As you see, the Light shade is clearly darker than my skin with some peachy undertone.
If goes on light yet a little bit waxy blending in nicely.
I expected to see a huge color mismatch but actually, it wasn't so bad.
It does not look ashy in the least bit although my face looks maybe a little bronzed and uninspired.
What is interesting is that my face looks a little darker than my neck with this CC cream but it does not really look that way in the photographs.
Does this mean it actually lives up to its name..??! (*gasp*)
I did not think this was one of the more photogenic base products, but was pleased with its finish so I have used it a couple more times.
It lasts pretty well on its own not necessarily requiring powder setting.
My nose would get a little shiny after 3 hours or so, which is not bad at all.
Core makeup items used for this look
jane blushing cheeks Blushing Orchid Shimmer
L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow Black Star
smashbox camera ready cc cream Light
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Cotton Candy
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Pink Pursuit (old)
NEO Queen Grey contacts (not in the pic)
Weather foundation or CC cream (or DD cream, whatever), this is a very good base makeup providing nice coverage and great finish.
If you love multi-tasking products and have been using BB cream for some time, you might want to check this out.
I would love to see how the lightest shade Fair works on me, but since this is already pricey ($42 for 1 oz tube), I would probably want to spend a little more to get a foundation that gives perfect finish and wear (if such thing ever exists. if only...).