Best CC Creams of 2023

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 years ago | Updated
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Want to update your makeup bag? We’ve got you covered with our list of the best CC creams of 2021.

Thick, full coverage foundation is not for everyone, especially after months of bared faced beauty routines for at-home video calls. That’s why more and more people are turning to the wonders of a quick and fuss-free CC cream to cover their complexion while still maintaining a fresh, natural-looking base.

So, if the idea of layering on heavy makeup brings you out in a sweat, dive straight into our round up of the best and the brightest CC creams here at Cosmetify.

What is CC cream?

CC stands for color correcting, which means the main priority of any CC cream is to help even out your skin tone for a natural, healthy look. They can also help conceal and cover issues like dullness, discoloration and redness.

Typically, CC creams are a skin care makeup hybrid that contain all the skin-enhancing benefits of your favorite moisturizer mixed with the coverage of your best lightweight foundation. They often contain SPF for your face as well, which protects your skin from harmful UV rays.

Thanks to their multipurpose formulas you can cut your routine down and be out the door in no time at all. And not to mention, you can save the cents as you have everything you need in one nifty formula.

What is the difference between BB and CC cream?

But what about BB creams we hear you cry? Is there even a difference?

Well, here at Cosmetify, we love the whole range of alphabet makeup products. BB stands for ‘blemish balm’ or ‘beauty balm’ and they offer a super light coverage. They are perfect for people that have drier or more sensitive skin types, as they tend to carry more hydrating properties than CC creams. More often than not, BB creams also contain anti-aging properties for a protective action against premature aging. BB creams work to prevent and maintain the skin, catering more to the health of the skin.

However, if you’re searching for a little more coverage then we recommend sticking to a CC cream as these can easily conceal any pesky problem areas that a BB cream might miss. They also work well on oily skin types as they prime and conceal shinier areas, making it the perfect beautifying beauty buy.

What is the difference between foundation and a CC cream?

The main difference between CC creams and your average foundation is down to the level of coverage you receive. Foundations focus on completely concealing and covering your complexion, acting as a second skin that completely filters out the look of spots, dark circles and discoloration. While CC creams also do this, they do it to a much lesser extent which in turn looks a lot more natural.

CC creams focus on color correction, which foundations do not take into consideration quite as much. Foundations contain much richer pigments that often have hints of yellow or pink which can add an incorrect wash of pigment if used incorrectly on pale skin tones. CC creams are a better option for fairer skin tones as they don't add such a strong pigment.

How do I apply CC cream?

Thanks to the creamy texture, CC solutions are super easy to apply.

We recommend massaging the CC cream across your face with clean fingertips or bouncing the formula on the skin with a beauty sponge. Start in the center of the face and work out towards the hairline for a natural finish.

The best CC creams

Stila One Step Correct

Stila One Step Correct


This tops all the best CC cream lists and for good reason. Packed with both skincare and makeup benefits, this CC cream primes, brightens, nourishes and corrects skin tone in just one pump.

The unique triple-swirled helix serum features a green tone to neutralize redness and reduces blemishes, a lavender tone to take away yellowing and a peach tone to brighten your complexion.

Quite the powerhouse CC cream if you ask us.

Clinique Superdefense CC Cream SPF 30 Colour Correcting Skin Protector

Clinique Superdefense CC Cream SPF 30 Color Correcting Skin Protector


Let’s be honest, Clinique are skincare royalty so it’s only right that they have a CC cream up for grabs! Matching all skin tones, it helps to revive skin and make it appear healthier. Not to mention, it brightens by reducing the appearance of blemishes and redness. With added SPF, it's a great option for those no-makeup days.

Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR CC Cream Glow

Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR CC Cream Glow


For a luxury CC cream take a closer look at this Juice Beauty. It’s a super hydrating option that you can wear alone for a lightweight coverage or under your favorite foundation as a moisturizing primer. The must-have formula helps blur any imperfections, while also plumping up the skin for a dewy, youthful finish.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Brighten Up Colour Corrector

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Brighten Up Color Corrector

$13.56 $15.06 (10% off)

Take a look at this must-have mineral CC cream from Sculpted by Aimee Connolly. This formula itself has a lightweight, buildable coverage that evens out the skin tone and covers any blemishes. Basically, it's the perfect all-in-one solution for natural makeup days.

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold CC Me In Foundation SPF 45

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold CC Me In Foundation SPF 45

$24.25 $26.94 (10% off)

This purse-friendly formula is a great CC cream option. It has a buildable coverage which you can glam up or dress down depending on the occasion. The formula is super hydrating as it contains a nourishing blend of hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. This helps diminish the signs of ageing and corrects tone and texture.

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette


The Stila All-in-One Correcting Palette offers a range of diverse shades so that you can tailor your CC cream to your skin tone and concerns. The colors can be used to correct redness, under-eye circles, scars and dark spots for a bright and youthful finish. Arriving in both cream and powder formulas, it's a universal CC palette that's also great on-the-go.

L.A. Girl PRO.Prep HD Colour Correcting Face Primer

L.A. Girl PRO.Prep HD Color Correcting Face Primer

$6.75 $13.50 (50% off)

Yet another firm favorite at Cosmetify HQ is the L.A. Girl PRO.Prep HD Color Correcting Face Primer. This iconic formula is a bargain buy that delivers epic results. Take your pick from the line-up of shades and use it to enhance your natural complexion. The primer formula gives you glowing, hydrated and even results, whether you use it alone or before makeup application.

So, which one are you going for? With plenty on offer you’re spoilt for choice. For more makeup bag updates take a look at the best bronzers for a summer glow.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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