For those of you who were just getting use to the idea of using a BB cream, the introduction of CC creams may have caused some confusion. Before we move on to the review let’s take a moment to clarify and define the difference between the two.
*BB = beauty balm: These creams are tinted to provide coverage similar to a light foundation, they help mask blemishes and are quite multi-functional. Some BB creams can moisturize, blur imperfections, brighten, provide SPF protection, minimize pores, control shine and prime. BB creams are usually available in different shades although I find that many brands have a limited color selection which can make it difficult to find a match.
*CC = color correcting: These creams are generally more subtle and are not usually meant to replace foundation. They are formulated to correct redness, sallow skin, blemishes, even skin tone, mask dark spots and illuminate. CC creams may also have many of the same benefits as BB creams with a lighter formula and a range of tints.
I don’t think it necessary to wear both a CC and a BB cream at the same time although you can apply them anyway you prefer. I usually use one or the other and depending on the coverage I may apply foundation on top.
I will admit that when it comes to CC creams I have only tried a select few so I haven’t compared many formulas. I do however like the golden glow CC cream by Marcelle because it does so much!
*Corrects and helps prevent the appearance of dark spots and imperfections
*Offers complete coverage
*Evens skin tone and texture
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
*Reverses the signs of aging
*Improves skin elasticity
*Protects skin from environmental stressors
*Soothes dry, damaged skin
*Has SPF 35 to protect against UVA and UVB rays
*Free of: perfumes, parabens and oil
Aside from having an impressive list of benefits this CC cream is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. It is also formulated with 24K pure gold which is thought to be an antioxidant that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and enhances radiance for a glowing complexion.
This particular CC cream is only available in one shade- Golden Glow so it provides more of a general tint rather than an exact color match which is fine since I wear it under foundation. It does not offer full coverage or complete camouflage but the formula is very smooth and silky. For lighter skin or medium complexions like myself the tint may work but for deep skin tones this shade may appear too ashy.
I like that the cream provides a light veil to mildly conceal discoloration and blemishes and it tends to blend well. It does not replace concealer or cover problem areas completely but it does make them a bit easier to cover with foundation.
I use this cream as more of a primer because it provides a nice base for my other products and I can use it instead of moisturizer and sunscreen. Although I don't wear it alone due to the shade and coverage, it does seem to improve the overall appearance of my makeup to help create an even, flawless finish for more illumination. If I am going to wear a CC cream I definitely prefer it to have all the great benefits this one does.
The CC cream by Marcelle Cosmetics retails for $29.95 CAD and you can find it at: Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and select retailers.
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