UPDATE: I saw the actual product in the store and its the EXACT packaging as the Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer…with a CC Cream sticker on the box. Boo.
I’m blowing the whistle on this product because its getting a remarkable amount of press from reputable magazines (ALLURE) and blogs as the biggest thing since BB Creams. First, I’ll express an irritation that the U.S. versions of BB Creams, while great products, are not really BB Creams. If you’ve tried a real BB cream, the texture and coverage level of U.S. BB Creams are nothing like their Asian counterparts. I’m not saying they’re bad products – most of them are quite good, but just slapping a couple of letters on your packaging does not make it a BB Cream.
That said, CC Creams – or Color and Care, Color Correcting or Color and Correct (whatever) are supposedly like BB Creams elevated. There are a few Asian brands like Rachel K (who also has a CC pressed powder) who was one of the first to introduce CC Creams – along with Chanel and Olay who will introduce them domestically in the next few months. Note: I just picked up a Rachel K CC Cream and Powder and will let you know if they are better.
Otherwise, here’s why I’m not buying into the CC Cream trend. Brace yourself – even if its really, really, really obvious. Olay’s CC Cream is their Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer in a new package. Yes my lovelies, they are the same. The ingredient lists are identical (did you see My Cousin Vinny? “They are I (claps hands) dentical.”) The packaging is the same too – just with a slightly different graphic. So if you’re really curious – you can get it now at your nearest Walmart (without the CC on the package of course).
LOL. I can’t believe they had this on YouTube.
Its possible that the Chanel version will be more promising as far as innovation – but I pretty much say CC-ya to the fad as a whole. BB is good enough for me they are DD (double duty) and EE (evens enough) to make me FF (feel fabulous). GG (good grief).
Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Octisalate 3%, Octocrylene 3%
Inactive Ingredients: water, glycerin, titanium dioxide, niacinamide, acetyl glucosamine, isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, dimethicone, dimethiconol, triethanolamine, benzyl alcohol, carbomer, behenyl alcohol, C13-14 isoparaffin, cetearyl glucoside, stearyl alcohol, laureth-7, cetyl alcohol, PEG-100 stearate, methylparaben, cetearyl alcohol, propylparaben, ethylparaben, PEG-4 laurate, PEG-4 dilaurate, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, PEG-4, ammonium polyacrylate, polyacrylamide, iron oxides. (Source: olay.com)
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer (Medium to Deep)
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Octisalate (3%), Octocrylene (3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Laureth 7, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG 100 Stearate, Methylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG 4 Laurate, PEG 4 Dilaurate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG 4, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide, Iron Oxides. (Source: drugstore.com)