New high-end BB and CC creams
Picture, left to right: L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream SPF30 in Light; Miracle SkinTransformer Acne Control Tinted Acne Treatment Lotion in Medium; PUR CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF40 in Tan; Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30 Dark Spot Correcting in Light
If you have a little more money in your budget, consider experimenting with a more high-end brand, like L’Occitane, Miracle SkinTransformer, PUR, or Smashbox. Some of these products aren’t explicitly called BB or CC creams, but like the Aveeno tinted moisturizer, you could try your luck with Miracle SkinTransformer’s tinted treatment lotion to see if you like these kinds of products overall.
Let’s start with L’Occitane, which is so well known for its bodycare products. The brand launched the Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream SPF30 last year, and the BB cream is described as a combination of “moisturizer and foundation,” giving your skin “a fresh, natural and even look.” Unlike any other BB cream I’ve seen, L’Occitane really touts their use of the white iris and angelica flowers, and “organic extracts” from the flowers are supposed to “leave skin looking and feeling perfect.” Those are pretty serious claims, but I’ve really liked L’Occitane body butters and hand creams in the past, so I think this BB cream has a lot of promise.
Also advertising along the “natural” route is PUR CC Cream, which according to the brand has “clinically advanced plant-based ingredients,” such as meadowsweet and wheat germ, that can clarify and brighten. The cream also has a high SPF content—SPF40—and is also silicone-free. I know that most users of PUR are fairly loyal to the brand’s aesthetic, and I think a CC cream falls right in their wheelhouse.
I also can’t imagine anything but good things from Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream; I’ve really liked the lipgloss and eyeshadow, and although I haven’t used any of their skincare products yet, Smashbox has an overall good track record in my book. The brand describes the CC cream as an “all-in-one game-changer” that can “fade dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks instantly and over time.” As is typical of CC cream, it also includes SPF, primer, and moisturizer, but what I love most is the sizable eight-shade range. With shades like Fair/Light and Medium/Dark, I think Smashbox is really catering to a wide clientele with this CC cream—and rightfully so.
And finally, let’s discuss Miracle SkinTransformer Acne Control Tinted Acne Treatment Lotion, which is a product that I tracked down like a crazy person after receiving a sample of it in a Sephora order. The sample was included as a preview of the product, and I remember checking Sephora’s website every other day to see when it finally arrived in stock. Although the Miracle SkinTransformer Acne Control Tinted Acne Treatment Lotion isn’t a typical BB or CC cream (like the Aveeno product in the drugstore items we looked at), I just love, love the texture, which is like a fluffy mousse with a serious bit of pigment. It was really lightweight and felt like gel when applied on my face, and I loved the matte finish. It’s also supposed to “diminish the appearance of blemishes” while “fighting future breakouts,” so it doesn’t have the primer or moisturizing capabilities of BB or CC creams. But I think Miracle SkinTransformer as a brand has really great things going on, and the Tinted Acne Treatment Lotion (which comes in five shades, including Translucent) is an impressive place to start.
AVAILABILITY: $39 for L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream at USA.Loccitane.com; $38 for PUR CC Cream at PURMinerals.com; $42 for Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream at Smashbox.com; $48 for Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control Tinted Acne Treatment Lotion at MiracleSkinTransformer.com.
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Photos by Roxana Hadadi.
In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.