Beauty Buys: CC Cream

By Butterboom Writers  /  August 7, 2013

Brighten and correct dull, uneven skin tones with our top 5 picks.

cc creams

The thing about beauty products is they constantly evolve. Just when BB creams were all the craze, CC creams become the next in line to sell like hotcakes (then there are DD creams, soon to be a fad, but let’s not go there for now). To put it simply, CCs are your new and improved BBs. CC creams, short for colour-correction or control, also prime, perfect and protect your skin but focuses on correcting dull skin and evening out skin tones. Generally, they’re also lighter in texture than your BB creams, a.k.a. beauty or blemish balms.

CC creams basically carry colour-adapting pigments. These tone-correcting ingredients reduce blotchiness, fade dark spots as well as neutralise and brighten dull and sallow skin to give it a healthier glow. They provide a lighter coverage than their predecessor, which serves as a better option to help you nail that au naturel, fresh-faced look.

Our top 5 CC creams are:


CLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 HK$290/40ml. Comes in a wide range of tints to match different skin tones. This has a thicker consistency than most CC creams, thus offering medium coverage. It not only hydrates well, we also like that it’s oil-free and fragrance-free. Works best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. Available at Sogo, G/F, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2574 5822.


Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone-Correcting CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF15 HK$124.12/50ml. What we like about it is it has an airy texture that’s ultra-light and easy to blend. The effect is subtle and sheer so it doesn’t replace your foundation but is great if you don’t really need that much coverage. The swirled formula contains n-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide, a combination shown to tackle discolouration and hyper-pigmentation. Available at

peter thomas roth

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ Complexion Corrector HK$398.10/50ml. What’s exceptional about this CC cream is it contains a very potent antioxidant called the camu camu berry, which is a superfruit that has 30 times more vitamin C than an orange. This supports collagen production and brightens and firms your skin up. Shades tend to be peachy or golden, so it caters to those with medium or dark skin or yellow undertones. Available at


THEFACESHOP Aura Color Control Cream SPF30 PA++ HK$196/20g. Rather than a tube form, this CC cream is housed in a compact case, complete with a mirror and puff. Just gently tap on the pump (1-2 times is probably enough for the entire face) to dispense the cream. This brightens your complexion, creates a natural sheen and glow and comes in handy for touch-ups. Available at Shop G6-G7, G/F, Site D, Parklane Shopper’s Boulevard, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. Tel: 2735 3993.

rachel k cosmetics

Rachel K Cosmetics CC Cream in Neutral HK$205/40g. The Singapore-based brand founded by former beauty queen Rachel Kum is said to be the pioneer in the CC cream craze. Developed in Korea, it’s formulated with pure minerals and protects with SPF35/PA++. The creamy texture blends well, dries fast and effectively controls shine to deliever a natural finish. Neutral shade is suitable for skin with yellow undertones whereas the original shade for fair skin with pinker undertones. Available at



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