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Happy Friday! This is the final round of the BB & CC Creams War before I start pitting the winners against each other. The three products I'm warring with today are It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream
, Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème
Complete Coverage Makeup SPF 20, and e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer
Just to remind you, BB creams should act as a moisturizer, have high SPF, have concealing abilities, act as foundation, have anti-aging properties, brightening properties, nourishing properties, and some claim to also prime the skin. In other words, BB Creams are supposed to be full coverage products. CC Creams should have high SPF, better coverage without looking like you've caked on makeup, alleviate uneven skintones, and have a lighter and better texture so your real skin shines through. Tinted moisturizers usually have SPF, a tint to even out your skintone, moisturize the skin, and some have anti-aging benefits.
It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream - $34.68 for 1.08 fl. oz.
- Titanium Dioxide 9.015%, Zinc Oxide 6.305%
Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol
Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG, 10/1
Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate,
Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid,
Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus
Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia
(Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2, Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Citrus
Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf
Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis
Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum flower Extract, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth 20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Silica, BHT, Potassium sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine HCl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine HCl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate.
May Contain: Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is your full-coverage color-correcting cream, antiaging serum, and broad-spectrum SPF 50+ all in one! This highly pigmented, multitasking beauty miracle covers everything, won't crease or crack in fine lines, and gives you a Your Skin But Better glow.
- Who is it for: Anyone who wants the power to achieve their most beautiful skin ever! Anyone who wants the antiaging benefits of peptides; niacin; algae; vitamins A, C, B, and E; hyaluronic acid; hydrolyzed collagen; and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen. Anyone who wants full coverage to instantly correct and camouflage skin imperfections. Anyone who wants to diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the face and achieve a more radiant-looking, flawless, supple complexion.
- Why is it different: Developed with leading plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is a multitasking beauty miracle. It's your SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen that helps to protect against the rays that both burn and age your skin. It's also your full-coverage color-correcting cream and antiaging serum! The hydrating formula is infused with peptides; niacin; algae; vitamins A, C, B, and E; hyaluronic acid; and hydrolyzed collagen, along with antioxidants and exotic botanicals for brightening and color-correcting benefits.
- How do I use it: Apply once in the morning to clean skin, or over the top of your moisturizer for all-day wear and flawless complexion perfection.
Animal Testing Policy
It Cosmetics is cruelty-free.
Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup - $39 for .98 oz.
Active - Titanium Dioxide 8.3%
Triethylhexanoin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Dextrin Palmitate, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Water, Silica, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract
This is the first complete coverage Beauty Balm that evens skin tone and banishes imperfections with an air-buffed second skin finish. The result? Flawless looking skin with 5-in-1 benefits. Includes a snap-in-place Air-Buff Brush specifically created with our cruelty-free Teddy Bear Hair to blend this lightweight formulation into flawless looking skin. This is vegan friendly and paraben free.
Animal Testing Policy
Air Buffed BB Crème is where skincare and makeup meet. The cream-to-powder formula provides long-lasting, complete (and buildable) coverage with 5-in-1
Tips for Application
- Protects with SPF 20
To apply this foundation, dab the brush in tiny circles across the bb creme. Then apply to the face, starting at the center and moving outward in a circular motion. It is very much like applying a loose mineral foundation, in my opinion. You can pat it on if you need to conceal a spot. Pat for coverage, buff to blend, repeat to build up to the desired coverage.
Snow Glow - porcelain with pink undertone
Vanilla Glow - fair with golden undertone
Cream Glow - light beige with golden undertones
Linen glow - medium beige with golden undertone
Nude Glow - warm beige with golden undertones
Too Faced is cruelty-free.
e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - $3 for .7 fl. oz.
- Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexyl Isopalmitate, Titanium Dioxide.
Water, Mineral Oil, Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Steareth-21 Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparabem, Tocopherol(VE), Retinyl Acetate(VA), Ascorbyk Palmitate(VC), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
This lightweight and hydrating formula is breathable and provides anti-aging sun protection with UVA/UVB SPF 20. Achieve even skin tone and naturally radiant skin with this moisturizing sheer tint of color. The smooth formula enhances your complexion with the nourishing key ingredients Aloe, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E.
Animal Testing Policy
e.l.f. Cosmetics is cruelty-free.
Here's what all three look like swatched on my skin and on half of my face.
The e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer
in Porcelain is too dark and orange for my skintone. I actually feel like my face looks worse with it than without it. While it does have a decent shade range, especially for a drugstore product that's very inexpensive, I'm sad to report that the lightest shade is still not light enough for me. Because of my rosacea, I would not wear this on its own because it's only SPF 20. I would have to wear my moisturizer with SPF under this. While this doesn't work at all for me, it might work for someone that is a match in one of the foundation colors. It didn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. I got about 2.5 hours of wear with it by itself on my sensitive, combo skin (oily t-zone and oily eyes). I think it might work better as a primer for most people.
The Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup
in Snow Glow is a pretty good match for my skintone. I really like this product because you can apply it a few different ways. First, forget the brush that comes with it. That brush is a nice brush, but it's really only good for around the eyes. Use a brush like the Sigma F88, the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush, or a beauty sponge. Above, I used a beauty blender to dab the BB Creme on my face. You can apply it sheerly, like I did, or you can apply it thicker from the get go by using the brush. Again, it's only SPF 20, so I would still need to use my moisturizer with SPF underneath it for adequate protection. It does not irritate my skin. I picked this product up back in January at IMATS LA and when my skin started freaking out in February it was the only thing I could wear that would cover my rosacea flare ups, since I can apply it all over, then pat it on to conceal the flare. I really love its unique cream nature, as it didn't get cakey on me or separate the way some foundations do. While Too Faced has the light shades covered, they don't have a lot of darker shades available. I like that it has a physical sunblock with the Titanium Dioxide. This does live up to its 5 main claims to me. I can get 8 hours of wear out of it but it does require touch ups. My only two complaints with this product are the SPF not being 30 or greater, and the amount of product for the price, as you're not getting quite an ounce. I'd rather see more product and no brush.
The It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream
in Fair blew me away. I found Fair to be a fantastic match for my skintone. I love that it has both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as physican sunblocks in it. I love that it has a ton of anti-aging ingredients in it. And the SPF 50 is amazing. This really does a great job at completely masking my rosacea and redness, evening out my skintone, and improving the appearance of my skin. It feels great to wear! It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin in the slightest. It has a slight citrus scent that fades quickly, but it definitely perks me up in the morning. I've gotten 6 to 8 hours of wear, depending on what I'm doing and if I set this with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder.
The e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer didn't work for me at all. The Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme is really nice, but the It Cosmetics Anti-Aging CC Cream came out on top for me. It's my winner today!
Which products have been your favorites so far in the BB & CC Creams War? Who do you want to come out on top?