Are you tired of using a whole arsenal of products when you do your make-up? If so, a BB or CC cream might be just what you need. Our best in test are Klair’s Illuminating Supple BB Cream and Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our tests of BB and CC creams, make-up artists and ordinary consumers tested the products. We used the parameters below to assess the overall experience of the product:
Coverage: Does the product even out the skin? How well does the product cover pigment patches and spots? Does it blend into the skin or sit on top in a separate layer?
Moisturising: Does the product work for both greasy and dry skins? Does it provide sufficient moisturisation?
Lifetime: Does the product last all day? Is it good as a base for other make-up products?
Consistency and scent: How easy is the product to apply? How economical is the product? Does it have a scent?
Our testers have different skin types and tones. The products have been used as intended, worn all day and used in a range of weather conditions. And finally, we compared the test parameters to the product price in order to appoint the test winners
A fantastic even result without any effort at all.
Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream is an easy-to-use product gives an attractive and natural result in a flash.
Lumene’s cream really lives up to its name as a colour corrector. It effectively evens out the skin tone and conceals redness in a natural way. This product is easy to apply and works even if applied with the fingers, although a brush makes the process a bit less messy. Using a brush or a beauty blender, you also get an even result more quickly – and any time you can save during the morning rush is worth its weight in gold.
Lumene’s CC cream stays put throughout the day and gives a moisturising effect. As a Finnish brand, Lumene are known for using Nordic ingredients. This CC cream too contains things like extract of lingonberry and Nordic spring water. Lingonberries are rich in antioxidants – an important ingredient for protecting your skin against free radicals and simultaneously helping to even out the skin tone. The spring water is the ingredient that's supposed to moisturise the skin.
The biggest advantage of Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream is that it’s so easy to use. Regardless of how you apply, it produces a really attractive and even result. And that means your morning routine has suddenly got a lot easier.
A CC cream that gives effective coverage and sits nicely on the skin
Price class: Premium
Your Skin But Better CC+ from IT Cosmetics may well be one of the most talked about CC creams to be released in recent years. In other words, our expectations were high when it came to testing this product.
This is a CC cream with a slightly thicker consistency than many other similar products. One or two pumps of the practical pump tube is plenty, at least if you’re looking for a slightly lighter result. If you instead want a full cover finish, you can always build it up with a little more cream. IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC+ really is that flexible, and it's easy to control the end result. Finding the amount you need may take a few attempts. How much product you use will affect how much coverage you get.
CC stands for colour correcting or colour control, and IT Cosmetics really do deliver brilliant results in this area. Reddish areas of the skin are covered very effectively without the finish feeling cakey on the skin. And not only does this cream cover your blemishes – it’s also full of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, collagen and peptides in a combination that gives your skin all it needs for overall health.
The only thing that lets it down a little is that the finish isn’t always what you'd hoped. For example, if you have dry skin you have to remember to moisturise first. Otherwise this CC cream has a tendency to emphasise the dry areas, which means you don't get the photo-ready finish that Your Skin But Better normally delivers.
But the relatively wide range of shades combined with the incredibly effective reduction of red tones in the skin mean that this is a very reassuring and versatile CC cream, if rather fiddly to apply.
An easy-to-use base that offers sun protection
Holika Holika Petit BB comes in several different versions – we tested the one with hyaluronic acid, which has the claim “moisturising” in the title.
This BB cream is very easy to apply. The formula simply melts into the skin and it’s easy to get an even, attractive result. When you first apply it, it’s easy to think the formula is too sheer to conceal areas of redness. But it actually turns out to do a really great job. The skin looks more even and red patches from things like spots are well concealed by Holika Holika Moisturizing Petit BB.
The big problem is the colour. It’s simply not true that one colour suits everyone. If you don’t have fair skin, this probably won’t work for you at all.
But it does get a plus mark for providing SPF 30 protection. It’s not enough to only apply this in the morning if you’re going to be out in the sun all day. But if you’re just going to and from work, built-in sun protection like this works pretty well.
Holika Holika Moisturizing Petit BB is a BB cream that feels nice on your skin, protects you against the sun and conceals spots. But if your skintone isn’t fair, the colour’s not great.
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