The $7 CC Cream That Can Replace Four Products in Your Makeup Bag
If you’re looking to cut a few steps (or products) from your morning routine, meet your new favorite multitasker: a CC cream. CC creams ("CC" stands for "color-correcting") pack sun protection, hydration, and anti-aging benefits into one formula, while also evening your skin tone for a natural-looking finish. Like BB creams or tinted moisturizers, CC creams are great alternatives to traditional foundations.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts and editors have the top picks that will leave you looking bright and fresh — even if you didn't get your beauty sleep. Our chemists reviewed 26 CC creams in the Lab and on 113 consumer testers, and took over 4,000 measurements in our Lab to find the top-performers. Our chemists pre-screen each product with a six-hour moisturization test and begin clinical testing by taking images of consumer testers' skin before and after CC cream application with the Lab's Visia Complexion Analyzer to evaluate cosmetic performance (a.k.a how well each product evens and matches skin tone). After four weeks of use, testers return for another round of images to assess the creams' anti-aging benefits (reduction of brown spots and fine lines and improvement in skin tone, pores and texture) as well as changes in skin firmness. Meanwhile, each CC cream is being used by women across the country who give honest feedback on performance.
Here are the best CC creams to simplify your beauty routine, including top-tested picks from the GH Beauty Lab, Good Housekeeping Seal stars, best-sellers, and editor favorites:
#9 comes in 18 different shades!