When we are asked for foundation recommendations, we tend to ask – how much coverage do you want, and how much time do you want to spend on your makeup? Many of us are leading busy lives now. Trying to be a successful career woman, mother, housekeeper, life coach, accountant, team member, best friend and caring child. With all of this going on, we want our morning routine to be quick and easy. Protecting against sun damage is priority no. 1 – having a healthy natural appearance is a close second… this is where the magical BB and CC Creams come in.
Both of these are lighter than a full coverage foundation, so you are left with a natural soft look. Being light they are very easy to apply and blend into the skin with your fingers.
When you are time poor they can become your all-in-one makeup routine.
Depending on the formulation (and they are all different), it might become your moisturiser, primer, foundation and concealer combined. They leave you with the ‘barely there’ appearance that gives you a healthy, even glow.
Beauty Balm (BB) Creams and Colour correcting (CC) Creams are very similar products, with both tending to have sun protection and skin care benefits. BB Creams are about adding a light diffusing coverage while protecting and nourishing your skin. CC Creams are about colour correction, gently softening pigmentation, spots, sallow or redness in the skin.
Depending on what your skin needs, these options are quick, easy to apply and provide multiple benefits to your skin.
So, what’s not to like? With this in mind, we’ve reviewed our range of BB and CC Creams.
Osmosis Colour CC Creams
“I have written before how I don’t like the feel of a liquid foundation on my face. So, I am never the best person to review these kinds of products. Instead, I asked my mum, Vicki. Mum is 67 and has always worn makeup. Her skin is pretty good, thanks to all the skin care I make her use! But she likes to use a foundation to even out her complexion. Make her look a little more ‘alive’. She uses the Osmosis CC Cream in Neutral.
‘Meg gave me this foundation along with some other lovely skin care products just before I travelled overseas as a little going away present. Prior to this, I was using a thicker foundation in the Colorescience range. I did like it, but I had to mix it with my moisturiser as it was a little thick for me. When applying the Osmosis CC cream, I noticed that it came out in a rather light colour, almost white.
But as Meg explained, rub it in and it will correct to the natural colour of your skin.
Well, to my surprise, it did just that. It’s light in the feel, not oily at all and gives a lovely overall complexion. I shared it with my sister who I was travelling with, and although she is fairer than me, it certainly suited her perfectly as well. I liked that it contains an SPF, which Meg forces me to wear everyday. This CC cream will be the one I use from now on’.”
Osmosis Colour CC Creams
“I have never worn a typical foundation. I have tried many, liquid and powder forms, but have always found them way too heavy. They seemed to highlight everything wrong with my skin instead of masking those flaws like it’s supposed to. So they would sit in my bathroom cupboard for months, even years, dying a slow death. Occasionally I would whisk one out and try it, maybe it will work this time… Nuh! Eventually they would be tossed away when, for the umpteenth time, I admitted to myself, I’m just not a foundation girl. For many years I didn’t wear any sort of coverage. But then the tinted moisturisers came on to the market (I’m guessing you have realised I’m 102).
I thought YES! This will be perfect for me, and it was.
Then I discovered Osmosis CC Cream. To me it seems like a cross between a tinted moisturiser and a very, very light liquid foundation. I began using it in ‘Warm’ and then switched to ‘Neutral’, simply because I needed some one day, stock in ‘warm’ was pretty low, so decided to give the ‘neutral’ a try. To be honest, on my skin, I could hardly tell the difference between the two shades. It is super easy to apply, gives a very light coverage, and has the added bonus of UV protection, which initially I thought it didn’t have.
It’s very moisturising too.
I recently returned from the UK, and because air travel can dehydrate every part of you, inside and out, I expected to walk off the plane looking like a sultana. Actually I looked okay for 102, and I’m positive the Osmosis CC Cream was beneficial in keeping that dried fruit look from happening.
I introduced the CC Cream to my daughter too, who is now an avid fan. The first time she wore it, I commented on how good her skin looked, unaware she had anything on at all, and she attributed it to the CC Cream
So now I’m a CC girl, but who knows I may turn into a BB girl, ‘cause I really would like to try the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream after reading Phillipa’s review. ”
Aspect Sun CC Creams & Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream
“I have been a long time fan of the Osmosis Colour CC Cream (in Neutral), so I thought I’d take a chance to try something different.
I played with the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream earlier in the year, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I’m used to a light coverage foundation, and found the BB cream is definitely a medium to full coverage. Having said this, it felt very light on the skin. Very easy to wear and forget about. Having already tried this though, I figured – why not try option no. 3…
Our latest addition from Aspect Sun – CC Cream.
Interestingly there is only 1 colour option. This left me very perturbed. I have fair, pink and freckly skin and often find matching foundations difficult. If I cover too much of my face’s pigmentation, the discolouration on my chest stands out, It makes having a ‘perfect face’ odd. This is why I tend to choose a CC Cream in the first place. To reduce the discolouration in my face without covering it so thickly the skin on my shoulders and chest look out of place.
It turns out there’s only a very light tinting to Aspect Sun’s CC Cream so it matches easily into all skin types. Unfortunately for me, it feels more like a tinted chemical sunblock than makeup. Trying to add SPF 50+ has meant this has the shiny look of sunscreen and that shine lasted all day. I was looking forward to washing it off at the end of the day, that’s for sure. It also needs regular re-application during the day, so if using it as a primer, you’d need to consider how you’re re-applying some form of sunblock. If you’re looking for SPF 50+ for your face then this is great, with the ‘dry touch’ feel Aspect Sun is renowned for. If you’re looking for a colour correcting ‘makeup’ with bonus protection, consider Osmosis and Jane Iredale instead.”
We hope you have appreciated hearing our “real life” feedback on these products. If there is a product you have enjoyed, please leave your feedback. Your favourite cleanser, serum or moisturiser? Write a review on the website and you’ll even receive an extra 300 points. Simply locate the product (in this case Aspect Sun CC Cream, Jane Iredale BB Cream and Osmosis Colour CC Cream), click the Reviews tab and leave your rating and review. We believe in finding products that are scientifically proven to improve your skin’s health without using nasty ingredients that we are better off avoiding.
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