Lorac has jumped onto the CC cream bandwagon, and unfortunately its attempt to cash in on the craze is a bust. This CC cream (the "CC" stands for "Color Correcting") is supposed to eliminate skin's flaws, but in doing so, it creates another set of problems altogether!
Before we discuss this specific CC cream, if you're wondering what the difference is between CC creams and BB creams, here's the answer: It's all about marketing language, nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from a U.S. brand is akin to a tinted moisturizer, while a CC cream tends to be more like a liquid foundation. In reality, there is no rhyme or reason behind the product names when companies launch their versions of these products—they can be completely different from what you expect and we're not quite sure what you should expect as there is no consistency.
BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may, or may not, include beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (but the best ones do). Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they're made out to be—it's just a new twist on tinted moisturizers and foundations.
Lorac claims their CC cream instantly neutralizes redness and has a "natural-looking, semi- matte finish." This medium-weight cream applies easily enough, and does a good job neutralizing redness. But the finish is far from natural, and gets worse the longer it's on. Instead of a semi-matte look, CC Cream appears almost chalky, and tends to gather in (and emphasize) fine lines and wrinkles. It also lacks the "flexibility" of today's best foundations, meaning that if you smile, smile- line "marks" will be left in the makeup. The result is a look that actually ages the face instead of making it look younger and more refreshed. (True story: this reviewer actually had two people ask her to take off the makeup because it looked so unnatural and unflattering!)
Lorac's CC Cream comes in three shades. The lightest shade is only suitable for the fairest of skin tones, while the medium shade should be workable for most people in that color range. The tan, however, is far too orange to look natural on anyone. All in all, this just isn't worth the investment, especially considering how many other brands have similar products!
- Reduces facial redness.
- Fragrance-free and contains a good mix of antioxidants.
- Dries to a chalky, unnatural finish.
- Gathers in fine lines and wrinkles.
- Smiling or making facial expressions leaves lines in the product, leading to an "aged" appearance.