The days of a full-on #InstaBeat might be over, but the quest for a natural-looking, flawless complexion surely are not. And thankfully, heavy, full-coverage foundations aren’t your only option for faking it when your skin won’t behave. Color correction (aka CC) cream is a skincare-makeup hybrid that tackles issues like aging, discoloration, and more head on—or face-first, if you will.
Similar to their little sister products, BB cream (which stands for beauty balm), CC creams offer more coverage and assist in smoothing out fine lines or wrinkles. Choosing a formula that already contains broad-spectrum sunscreen is ideal since it will help you eliminate another step in your routine. To assist in your CC journey, we rounded up 14 editor-approved favorites you’ll surely fall in love with.
Lancôme UV Expert Mineral CC Cream
This all-in-one corrector is a favorite for its medium-to-full coverage formula that’s relatively transfer-resistant. The blend-able, breathable, and buildable cream provides much-needed hydration and protection against environmental factors (like, um..the sun thanks to SPF50)…all while ensuring you don’t look greasy, cake-y, or like a sticky mess. Score.
By Terry Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream
Don’t gag at the price …this French-made (beauty legend Terry de Gunzburg is behind the brand), non-oily cream subtly tints skin—blurring away all the skincare sins you’ve previously racked up. Not only does it instantly plump, but it has a super-smart color control concentrate for a seamless finish.
Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For Mineral-Matte CC Cream SPF30
Made with a blend of all-mineral sunscreen filters, brightening THD ascorbate (50 more times powerful than vitamin C), hydrating hyaluronic acid, and light-scattering optics, this CC cream is the real deal. We’re also not mad at the incorporation of kaolin clay to absorb excess oil. Shine no more, sis.
Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur
Think of this velvety cream as an optical illusion, but for your face. Special ingredients help reflect light particles so you’re left looking super radiant not shiny.
Osmosis Beauty CC Cream Color Correcting Foundation
Those looking for a lighter option will love this sheer coverage formula infused with beeswax (to help moisturize and minimize irritation.) Plus, ”True Tone” technology will keep people guessing if you’re wearing makeup or not. P.S. Your secret is safe with us.
Gorgeous Cosmetics CC Cream
Dullness, sallowness, uneven skin tone, and redness will no longer be part of your beauty vocab. This lightweight cream feels super natural yet provides adequate coverage. Just don’t forget to apply SPF, since it’s not included in the formula.
Olay CC Cream Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
This hard-working CC cream looks like a foundation but goes on like your favorite lightweight moisturizer. The formula visibly smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles in just one application.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream
For organic beauty lovers, may we recommend Juice Beauty? Try this lightweight CC cream (a 12-in-1 multitasker), which is also paraben-free.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue
This CC staple gives sheer to medium coverage and uses mineral electrolytes to keep dry skin hydrated.
Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Great for dry skin, Chanel’s creamy formula includes hyaluronic acid to fight fine lines while providing maximum hydration. Its super-high SPF protection is just a bonus.
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Clinique’s aptly named cult-favorite CC cream hydrates like no other, while simultaneously color-corrects redness, dullness, and sallowness.
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+
Infused with essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, this dermatologist favorite will neutralize discolorations and blotchiness.
Amore Pacific ‘Color Control’ Cushion Compact,
Amore Pacific is one of the beauty brands that helped put cushion compacts on the map. The brand really delivers with this color corrector. It offers buildable coverage in five shades and also includes SPF 50+ to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector
Sephora couldn’t keep this product on the shelves last year, and it’s clear why: The color correcting cream is basically Photoshop in a tube. The color-matching pigments even out complexion while its mineral-based titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula offers protection from the sun.