Skin Perfect CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 20

by Sephora  
Price:
$26 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > CC Cream
Last Updated:
7/19/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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 because there is no consistency.

This CC cream is basically just a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The smooth texture, attractive natural finish, and the inclusion of broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen are what earn this fragrance-free product its rating.

It blends easily, provides buildable sheer to medium-light coverage and leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated. Workable options are available for fair to medium-deep skin tones, but those with medium-light skin tones will have an easier time if they find an appropriate match elsewhere.

Although this CC cream does have notably good qualities, it doesn't have a high enough concentration of antioxidants and other skin-beneficial ingredients to earn a top rating, and the amount of benzyl alcohol is potentially irritating. The licorice extract (dipotassium glycyrrhizate) and blue sea kale (Crambe maritima) extract would be beneficial in higher amounts, but here they're merely an afterthought.

Pros:
  • Smooth texture blends well.
  • Attractive natural finish.
  • Broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Amount of benzyl alcohol is potentially irritating.
Titanium Dioxide (5.1%), Zinc Oxide (2.8%) Other: Water, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Glycerin, Talc, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Imperata (Imperata Cylindrica) Root Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Acrylates /Dimethicone Copolymer, Alumina, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, PEG-8, Potassium Sorbate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Blue Sea Kale (Crambe Maritima) Extract, Tocopherol, Rice (Oryza Sativa) Extract, Sodium Benzoate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-care products can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more nformation about Sephora, call (877) 737-4672 or visit www.sephora.com.

Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold in their boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesn’t compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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