Unless you've been naturally blessed with flawless skin (lucky), pursuing an even, smooth, and radiant complexion is kind of like the explosive yet inevitable car chase in an action movie: painfully drawn out, full of ups and downs, expensive, and typically complete with a few crazy stunts performed in the hopes of an unlikely yet gravity-defying miracle. (Just us?) Essentially (sans the dramatics), achieving the skin of our dreams can feel like an uphill battle. So what's a woman to do? Call in the troops, of course. Enter CC creams, aka color-correcting creams, which bridge the gap between makeup and skincare, lending satisfying coverage, treatment, and a litany of other gratifying skin benefits.
Sounds pricey, right? Well, just like with their closely related cousin the BB cream, a handful of our favorite drugstore brands have debuted potent versions of the product with all of the same benefits—but without the double-take-inducing price tag. Exciting, right? So naturally, we rounded up a comprehensive list of the best drugstore CC creams to help tame redness, dullness, sallowness, or basically any other tone-related gripe you've had lately. Intrigued? Keep reading for six of the best drugstore CC creams your precious paycheck will love.
Olay is known for its top-tier skincare products which rival the quality of their much pricier counterparts at a fraction of the cost, and its tone-correcting CC cream is no different. Not only is this covetable drugstore CC cream equipped with damage-preventing SPF, but it also offers a flattering touch of tint, hydration (bless), lifting, brightening, and other skin-saving benefits like enhancing tone and minimizing the appearance of pesky pores and lines. In other words, it's got everything but kitchen sink.
Not only is this best-of-the-best drugstore CC cream 100% natural, but it's also efficient. Infused with skin-improving ingredients like organic lemon (a natural brightening agent), microalgae, and light-reflecting pigment for a lit-from-within glow, it boosts skin with antioxidants and botanicals to improve the look and texture of your complexion in addition to the health of your skin in the long haul.
For CC creams (notoriously known for unjustly limited color ranges), this pick from SheaMoisture is refreshingly diverse with shades ranging from medium to deep to fair to dark. Offering a helpful dose of SPF 15, it also conditions the skin with vitamins C and E, shea butter, and other natural ingredients to be brighter and more resilient to potentially irritating environmental factors.
If you're in the market for one of the best drugstore CC creams that also offers a tad more coverage (because, pimples), this natural find from Pacifica is an amazing option. Thanks to a helpful dose of coconut water, it helps even the most parched complexions maintain healthy moisture levels, corrects uneven skin tone, and protects from harmful rays with SPF 17.
Regardless of the product in question, Aveeno's always-impressive lineup never ceases to amaze. Thanks to the brand's signature soy complex, this SPF 30 CC cream instantaneously brightens dull skin for a remarkably healthier-looking complexion. Great for medium skin tones especially, it naturally blurs away imperfections while also staying true to the sheer formulation CC creams are known and loved for.
Another drugstore CC cream with a comparably diverse color range, this innovative powder-to-cream formulation from Iman is a definite game changer where the tone and appearance of your complexion are concerned. Specifically designed with the brand's trademark Skin Tone Evener Complex, it covers and corrects tone-related sin woes in one fell swoop while also being delightfully easy (and fun!) to use. Plus, it's paraben-free.