Our experts tested their way through endless BB creams and CC creams to choose their favorites for every skin type.
By Dori Katz
Achieve complexion perfection with one of the latest alphabet creams. BB (beauty balm) cream, the first incarnation, was developed in Asia for super-sensitive complexions. A skin care and makeup hybrid, this multitasker primes, protects, hydrates, conceals and corrects. CC (color correction) cream is the updated version, explains makeup artist Jackie Gomez. Equally versatile, it does all of the above and reduces redness to create an even skin tone. The beauty of these creams is that they simplify your daily routine, says NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf. Offering multiple benefits, they take away the need to layer on numerous products. Take cover with these lightweight, hardworking alternatives to foundation.
Product: Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream, $48
Benefits: Brightening power players arbutin and vitamin C reduce hyperpigmentation.
Product: Dr. Jart + Water Fuse Smart Gel Beauty Balm, $36
Benefits: Gentle enough for even the most super-sensitive skin. Bonus: It's oil-free.
Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream Skin Perfector, $11
The most hydrating of the bunch, with translucent pigments that reflect light and soften imperfections.
Product: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+, $38
Benefits: Packed with anti-aging ingredients, including peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacin.
Product: L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect BB Cream, $17
Benefits: Soy proteins and vitamin C help leave skin luminous and reduce discoloration.
Product: Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector, $10
Benefits: Covers any blotchiness, creating a clear, even complexion.
Product: Sephora Skin Perfect CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 20, $26
Benefits: Seven different shades means there's a match for every skin tone.
Product: Dr. Brandt Pores No More BB Matte, $39
Benefits: Created for blemish-prone skin, it minimizes shine with an oil-absorbing formula.