The 14 Best CC Creams That Go Beyond Color Correcting

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Best CC Creams

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When it comes to applying a full face of makeup, foundation is far from your only option. There are tinted moisturizers, BB creams (aka beauty balms), and liquid skin enhancers. Then you've got CC cream, which falls somewhere in the middle.

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Providing full coverage without any creasing or caking, the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is our favorite pick. For a more affordable option, try the Cosmetics Camo CC Cream from e.l.f, which features a diverse shade range and also contains SPF.


CC is short for color-correcting, but what does this mean exactly? "CC cream specifically targets areas that are more problematic, such as redness or discoloration,'' explains celebrity makeup artist Nydia Figueroa.

If you love multitasking makeup products as much as we do, this foundation alternative might be right up your alley. In addition to blurring blemishes and adjusting for uneven skin tone, Figueroa says, "It can also be used to protect the skin from sun damage, fine lines, and age spots."

With this in mind, we recommend formulas containing SPF—extra points for antioxidants like vitamin C and niacinamide that target hyperpigmentation.

Scroll down to find the best CC creams for every skin tone and budget.

Best Overall: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

4.9
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Breathable

  • Resists creasing and caking

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shades

Who else recommends it? Women's Wear Daily, US Magazine, and Good Housekeeping all picked the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.

What do buyers say? 86% of 20,800+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

"​​IT Cosmetics CC cream is a favorite of mine because of how versatile it is and also how high the SPF is," Figueroa tells Byrdie. "It provides full coverage, anti-aging [benefits], and hydration and works beautifully with people of all ages and skin tones."

Byrdie senior email editor Karli Bendlin raves about this pick, but she's far from its only stan. Often touted as the best CC cream, we appreciate that it offers full coverage without sacrificing breathability and leaves a stunning natural finish that plays well under other makeup.

Coverage: Full | Shade Range: 12 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1 ounce | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

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Best Budget: e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream

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e.l.f. Camo CC Cream
What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Contains SPF

  • Hydrating

  • Diverse shade range

What We Don’t Like
  • Somewhat thick

Sometimes referred to as a budget-friendly dupe of IT CC Cream, e.l.f.'s Camo Cream works to hydrate your skin with hyaluronic acid while leaning on niacinamide to boost your complexion. More to the point, it provides buildable medium-to-full coverage and leaves a natural finish in its wake.

Coverage: Medium/full | Shade Range: 16 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1 ounce | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Drugstore: Physicians Formula Super CC+ Cream SPF 30

Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction
What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Color-correcting pigments

  • Very blendable

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shades

Super CC Cream calls on yellow, green, and pink pigments to correct for discoloration. The fragrance-free formula is also gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 2 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.2 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Splurge: Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream Tinted SPF 50+

Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream Tinted SPF 50+

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Luxurious texture

  • Resists creasing and caking

What We Don’t Like
  • Pricey

  • Limited shades

From the luxury beauty counter, we're big fans of Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream. In addition to offering SPF 50 protection, the creamy, dreamy texture delivers full coverage and a seamless natural finish.

Coverage: Full | Shade Range: 4 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.2 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Buildable: CLE Cosmetics CCC Cream SPF 45

cle ccc cream

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

What We Like
  • Buildable coverage

  • Contains SPF

  • Fragrance-free

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for oily skin

If you like buildable coverage, this K-beauty concoction is your best bet. The SPF 50 formula starts out white, then blends into a complexion-matching hue, and leaves behind a delightfully dewy skin finish.

Coverage: Buildable | Shade Range: 10 shades | Finish: Dewy | Size: 1 ounce | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best With SPF: Supergoop! CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50

4.6
Supergoop! CC Screen

Courtesy of Supergoop!

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Diverse shade range

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for dry skin

From everyone's favorite sunscreen brand, this mineral-based CC cream provides SPF 50 protection, plus complexion-boosting benefits. We like that it comes in 15 shades, blends effortlessly, and works well under other makeup.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 15 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.6 ounces | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Blurring: Erborian CC Cream

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Erborian CC Cream Radiance Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 25

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What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Blurs blemishes

  • Hydrating

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shades

  • Pricey

We can't get enough of Erborian CC Crème. In addition to blurring blemishes, it's chock full of hydrating ingredients like centella asiatica (cica) and glycerin to provide a bouncier, healthy-looking complexion.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 3 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.5 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

erborian cc cream radiance color corrector

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What Our Testers Say

"This CC cream was so lightweight, I forgot I was wearing makeup several times throughout the day." — Ashley Rebecca, Product Tester

Best Moisturizing: Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

3.5
Olay Total Effects 7 In One CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Moisturizing

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shades

This CC cream is everything you love about an Olay moisturizer with the blurring benefits of an SPF foundation. While you're wise to wear proper sunscreen underneath, it provides a layer of SPF 15 protection.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 3 | Finish: Dewy | Size: 1.7 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Mature Skin: Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC² Active Moisturizing Cream

Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC² Active Moisturizing Cream

Ulta

What We Like
  • Moisturizing

  • Helps regenerate skin

  • Diverse shade range

What We Don’t Like
  • No SPF

Hey Honey CC² Cream contains naturally antibacterial bee propolis and a moisturizing blend of skincare ingredients to regenerate and plump up mature skin.

Coverage: Buildable | Shade Range: 5 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1 ounce | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Sensitive Skin: Tower 28 SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen

Tower 28 SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen

Credo Beauty

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Soothing

  • Diverse shade range

What We Don’t Like
  • Reviewers note it clings to dry patches

Reactive skin? You can't go wrong with Tower 28. The brand's tinted sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection with non-nano zinc oxide while soothing your stressed complexion and camouflaging uneven texture.

Coverage: Buildable | Shade Range: 14 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1 ounce | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Shade Range: Huda Beauty GloWish MultiDew Vegan Tint

4.7
Huda Beauty GloWish MultiDew Vegan Tint

Sephora

What We Like
  • Diverse shade range

  • Hydrating

  • Fragrance-free

What We Don’t Like
  • No SPF

GloWish MultiDew comes in an impressive 13 shades, ranging from extra-rich to medium to fair. This fragrance-free tinted moisturizer is infused with plant-derived squalane to moisturize the skin and provide a radiant, dewy finish.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 13 | Finish: Radiant/dewy | Size: 1.35 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best K-Beauty: Pūrlisse Youth Glow Vitamin C CC Cream

PÅ«rlisse Youth Glow Vitamin C CC Cream

Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Hydrating

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don’t Like
  • Limited shades

If it's a dewy complexion you're after, you can count on this Korean CC cream to deliver. Pūrlisse Youth Glow goes on like a moisturizer, boosts radiance with vitamin C, hydrates with hyaluronic acid, and provides SPF 50 protection.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 4 | Finish: Dewy | Size: 1.4 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Hybrid: PÜR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

PÜR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains SPF

  • Hydrating

  • Diverse shade range

What We Don’t Like
  • Not long-lasting

"When I want to achieve beautiful, natural coverage, this is the product I reach for," says Figueroa. "It acts as a hybrid primer, moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen all in one!"

Coverage: Buildable | Shade Range: 13 | Finish: Dewy | Size: 1.7 ounces | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Multi-Use: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

4.7
kevyn aucoin

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What We Like
  • Multi-use product

  • Resists creasing and caking

  • Diverse shade range

What We Don’t Like
  • Unhygienic container

  • Small amount

The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used as a foundation, color corrector, under-eye concealer, you name it. This iconic multi-use product goes on super-smooth, offers buildable coverage, and resists creasing throughout the day.

Coverage: Buildable | Shade Range: 16 | Finish: Natural | Size: 0.3 ounces | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Final Verdict

The best option overall is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, a makeup artist-approved formula that provides full coverage and SPF 50 protection while quenching the skin. On a budget? Your best bet is e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream, a hydrating, radiance-boosting formula that offers buildable coverage and SPF 30 protection.

Meet the Expert

Nydia Figueroa is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty educator with over 15 years of industry experience. In addition to offering professional makeup services, she works as a beauty director at Miss New Jersey Earth and Fashion Gxd Magazine. Nydia's work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, as well as in publications such as Allure and Nylon.

What to Look for in a CC Cream

Creamy Texture

Figueroa says that since CCs are intended to offer more coverage than other similar products, it’s best to choose one that has a slightly richer, creamier consistency.

SPF

A CC with SPF is not an absolute must (so long as you’re getting your sunscreen elsewhere), but it’s always an added benefit when you can combine the essential sun protection step of your skincare routine with your makeup routine. If your CC cream doesn't have SPF, however, we recommend applying a powder sunscreen underneath it—this will protect your skin from the sun without compromising the color and coverage of your CC cream.

Shade

While you do have a bit more wiggle room with a CC cream than a foundation when it comes to finding the right match, more and more formulas now come in a wider range of shades to make it easier to find the right hue for you.

FAQ
  • What does CC cream do?

    In short, CC creams do a lot. “A CC cream is a multi-tasking product that color corrects, covers, and can offer skincare and sun protection benefits all in one step,” explains Figueroa.

  • How do you apply CC cream?

    Figueroa suggests applying a pea-size amount onto the center of your face and blending outward towards the perimeter. You can use your fingers, then add a bit more product and build up the coverage on any problem areas by applying that second bit with a brush or makeup sponge, she says.

  • What’s the difference between BB and CC cream?

    A CC cream provides more coverage and also color corrects, a better option for helping to cover any areas that need camouflaging explains Figueroa. BB creams, on the other hand, provide much sheer coverage and an overall more radiant look to the skin, she says.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Theresa Holland is a beauty aficionado and commerce writer specializing in cosmetics. For this story, she interviewed a professional makeup artist for product suggestions and insight into formulations, then considered dozens of CC creams from myriad brands and retailers. From the above list, she has personally tried IT Cosmetics, e.l.f., Kevyn Aucoin, Pūrlisse, Supergoop!, and Physicians Formula. Theresa has been contributing to Byrdie since 2020, where she covers makeup, skincare, and wellness products.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any CC creams from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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