The CC Cream Craze


Just in time for summer, a new beauty craze is hitting the market – CC Cream. This all-in-one miracle cream acts like a primer, moisturizer and foundation as well as packing a nice SPF, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-dark spots punch. But a cream is only as good as its result and there are a lot of options out there that boast the same benefits. Here is a handpicked selection of some of the best.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting ($42, is thicker for fuller coverage and matted so it gives the skin a great finished look. This is ideal for someone who wants to skip foundation and leave the house feeling a little lighter. It’s a great option for those who want to de-clutter their beauty routine but not feel as if they’re leaving the house naked.

Dr. Jart+ is one of the original Korean brands to start the BB and CC cream trend in Europe and the U.S., and the company has it down to a science with their CC Essence Balm ($42, It comes in a portable compact so it should be should be applied with a sponge and it’s great for on-the-go touch-ups. It’s very light and illuminating so it can be used with an oil-free moisturizer and light powder. Another way to use it is as a highlighter for the T-zone area for an overall finish without the heaviness.

Some people prefer to use CC cream to replace their boring tinted moisturizer. For them, Peter Thomas Roth’s CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector ($48, is a great option. This dermatologist brand of CC cream is very light, but blends extremely well so for those looking for more coverage; it’s best used with a liquid foundation or full-coverage powder. It’s fragrance-free and its light dewy finish makes it a comfortable cream for an all-day look.

Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer + Touch of Foundation CC Cream ($22.99,, pictured above) is the heaviest in texture so only a small amount the product is needed. It’s extremely hydrating – great for dry skin – and has a good, medium coverage. So during the summer months it’s your one-step routine between you and the beach.


About Mercedes Parra

Mercedes Parra, a Chicago native and self-professed product junkie, hasn’t always been obsessed with makeup. A tomboy growing up, she developed her design skills at the Art Institute of Chicago and coordinated events for the likes of Wolfgang Puck. Surrounded by artists of many trades, she became fascinated by the art of beauty and developed her signature look: red lipstick and black mascara. Soon thereafter, Beauty by Mercedes Parra – a personal makeup consulting and beauty service – was born.