I’ve been wanting to get on board with the BB and CC Cream trend, but I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time buying into the hype.
When BB creams first came on the market, everyone was buzzing about them. I’ve tried a few and while they’ve been fine, they kind of felt like glorified tinted moisturizers that I saw no real benefit from. With most BB creams, I needed to wear foundation on top of them to achieve full coverage. I just didn’t see the point in straying from my beloved moisturizers. Then came CC Creams, which was kind of confusing because many of us wondered, what’s the difference?
Before I tell you about my new obsession with a product that really has made it’s own little spot in the makeup world, here’s the rundown:
BB stands for blemish balm. It was meant to be an all-in-one product to cover you with moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, and serum. For me, most felt like tinted moisturizers. BB’s provided me with little to no coverage. The CC in CC creams stands for color and/or complexion correcting. A CC is pretty much a BB, but with better skin care benefits and coverage. CC’s have a matte texture, so they work well as a base and look great standing alone. I was super confused when BB’s started being shown up by CC’s, but after trying a handful of different products, Pur Minerals CC wins the BB-CC Challenge as far as I’m concerned.
Pur Minerals CC Cream ($38) lives up to everything I was hoping for and felt like we were being promised in a cream! Its light weight mousse-like formula gives great coverage, takes care of minor imperfections, is SPF 40, and has skin care benefits! I have pretty fair skin and unlike a tinted moisturizer, Pur Mineral’s CC Cream Light blended really well with my skin tone and gave some great coverage … almost full coverage. So much so really, I wore it on TV with no other face makeup. That’s the real test when it comes to complexion correction and coverage. I felt confident enough with my complexion that I didn’t even bother with foundation for a TV appearance! It’s that good!
It comes in 4 different shades, light, medium, tan, and dark. I’m very fair, light was perfect for me. For many women, I know the wear time of a product is super important. I’m not one who brings makeup to work and does any reapplying besides lips once I leave the house. It’s just not something I ever think about or feel necessary. The days I wore Pur Minerals CC Cream on its own for the day, I did notice needing a little refresher by the end of the work day. On the flip side, the days that I used a little powder to set it, I was good to go all day long and didn’t need any touch ups. A little bit of powder to set is the best way to achieve a full day face without touch ups!
The only thing I’m less than in love with is the packaging. While I love how clean and neat the packaging is, for me the tube pump isn’t ideal. At the same time, when you love what’s inside, you don’t mind working for it a little. If you’ve been curious about CC Creams and whether or not this is a product to get on board with, I’d suggest trying Pur Minerals CC Cream before any others. Having tried so many that are out there, I can safely say no other CC Cream actually lived up to the C’s (coverage, complexion correcting) like this one.