The Best Drugstore CC Creams for an Even Skin Tone

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We know, we know, CC creams—aka color-correcting creams—aren’t the newest or trendiest beauty product on the block. But the makeup-skincare hybrids have successfully made the transition from buzzy new category to permanent staple, no easy feat in an industry where trendy new products often come and go in a hot second, the beauty equivalent of a one-hit-wonder.

And what we may love even more than the laundry list of benefits these mega multi-taskers deliver is the fact that you really don’t have to shell out the big bucks to find a great option that works just as well as the pricey picks out there. Case in point: These A+ CC creams you can snag at the drugstore to score everything from color correction to sun protection in one fell swipe, without breaking the bank.

Keep scrolling for the best drugstore CC creams on the market.

Best Overall: Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

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

Olay’s offerings often pull in high accolades for rivaling the much more expensive products out there, and this CC cream is no exception. It packs a dose of always-essential SPF and plenty of hydration, all while delivering brightening ingredients such as vitamin C and niacinamide to even out your skin tone. With sheer coverage, it’s choice for those who like a more natural finish, though it does layer well under foundation if you want a little more color.

Best Coverage: Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care CC Cream SPF 30

Okay, so yes, CC stands for color-correcting and to some extent, any CC cream is going to do just that. But this unique standout goes and above and beyond the call of duty. Invisible, color-correcting pigments are blended into the formula, mixed, and matched to do everything from neutralize dark circles to tamp down redness to brighten sallowness. Also nice: It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.

Best Natural: Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation SPF 17

Pacifica Beauty Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation

You won’t find, phthalates, mineral oil, or petroleum in this vegan (and cruelty-free) pick. What you will find is plenty of natural ingredients, think hydrating coconut water and mineral pigments that adjust to your skin tone. It’s a top choice for those who are fans of full-on foundations, too; it offers much more coverage than most other CC creams.

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Complexion Perfector

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Complexion Perfector

When zits strike, reach for this guy. Truly straddling the makeup-skincare line, it contains a blemish-busting formula with salicylic acid that helps treat breakouts, while simultaneously covering them and smoothing out uneven texture. It comes in a nice selection of five shades, all with a matte finish that’s also great for oily or acne-prone skin.

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