The Best Drugstore CC Creams to Smooth, Hydrate, and Even Out Your Skin Tone

Updated 06/21/18
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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 CC Cream Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $25
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Olay is known for its top-tier skincare products that 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 the kitchen sink.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Cream SPF 20 $15
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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.

SheaMoisture CC Cream $16
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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.

Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation $18
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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.

Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream SPF 30 $14
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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.

Iman Correct and Cover Cream $9
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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.

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Complexion Perfector $9
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If you have acne-prone skin but still seek sheer coverage, look to this breakout-fighting favorite CC cream from Neutrogena. It features the brand's MicroClear technology yet still manages to smooth and blend evenly over bumps and scarring. 

Covergirl Queen CC Cream $8
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Specifically formulated for darker skin tones, this lightweight drugstore CC cream is one of the best for those looking for a flawless finish, sheer moisture, and zero greasy aftermath. According to the brand, you can wear it alone for some subtle coverage or with a light-handed application of foundation for a high-coverage look. 

Physicians Formula Super CC Correct + Conceal + Cover Cream SPF 30 $14
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The first of its kind, this high-tech drugstore CC cream contains invisible micro color-correcting pigments and high-tech youth-preserving ingredients which help blur away pigmentation, scarring, and other imperfections in one fell (easy-to-apply) swoop. 

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Correct & Cover $10
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Boasting pink grapefruit, this skin-evening CC cream is one of the best drugstore formulas when it comes clearing pores, curing breakouts, and maintaining moisture levels. Despite how sheer the formula is, it still works wonders when it comes to nixing excess redness and diffusing the look of acne and scarring. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Erin Jahns.

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