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Happy Friday! I’m back with my 2nd Round of the BB and CC Creams War! You can see Round 1 here. I’m fighting with BB Creams, CC Creams and tinted moisturizers to find out which products are best for you. I have three products for this second round. First is Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 in shade Light. Second is Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 in shade 1 Fair / Light. Finally, we have the Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer in shade Fair 1.
As a reminder, BB creams should (in general) act as a moisturizer, have high SPF, work as foundation, work as concealer, have anti-aging properties, have brightening properties, have nourishing properties, and some claim to also prime the skin. CC Creams are supposed to have high SPF, better coverage, alleviate uneven skintones, and have a lighter and better texture. Tinted moisturizers usually have SPF, a tint to even out your skintone, moisturize the skin, and some have anti-aging benefits.
Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 – $38 for 1.5 oz.
Active Ingredients: Homosalate (10%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (10%)
Ingredients: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8, PPG-10 Butanediol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Butylene Glycol, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acrylodimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Niacinamide, Boron Nitride, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Retinol, Ceramide AP, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI77492,CI77499)
Your multitasking moisturizer, brightener, primer, concealer and SPF foundation! More than just another beauty balm, CC Cream with SPF 40 protects, corrects and perfects the skin’s appearance with clinically advanced plant-based ingredients, like DERMAPUR® HP—a clarifying corrective from meadowsweet—and CLARISKIN II®—a brightening powerhouse from wheat germ. Ideal for all skin types and concerns, this silicone-free formula works to erase brown spots, blemishes and fine lines from sight while balancing uneven skin tone.
Our color complexion corrector is your all-in-one:
- SPF 40 foundation and primer
- Color-correcting brightener
- Clarifying control cream
- Anti-aging moisturizer
Light (the shade I purchased)
Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 – $14.95 for 1 oz
Active: Titanium Dioxide 5%; Zinc Oxide 5% (mineral-based sunscreens);
Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Propylene Glycol (water-binding agent), PEG/PPG-18/18-Dimethicone (silicone-based emulsifier), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickener), Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agents), Talc (absorbent), Phytantriol (water-binding agent), Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (antioxidants vitamin E and C), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid (thickeners), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (slip agent), Boron Nitride (absorbent), Sodium Dehydroacetate (preservative), Palmitic Acid (thickener), Dextrin Palmitate (emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben (all preservatives). May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (pigments).
Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 is an unbelievably light and silky tinted moisturizer that blends effortlessly to even out your complexion while allowing your natural skin tone to show through. You’ll get a smooth, satin-matte finish with sheer coverage and a hint of color to enliven skin. All this, plus broad-spectrum sun protection via pure titanium dioxide and zinc oxide make it the perfect beginning to your makeup application! This is recommended for all skin types and may be used by those with rosacea.
- Effective for: Anti-Aging, Extra Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Wrinkles
- Newly perfected shades with a higher SPF rating!
- Excellent as a BB cream: evens skin tone while delivering anti-aging ingredients
- Creamy but light texture is easy to blend and ideal for all skin types
- Provides a smooth, satin matte finish with sheer coverage and a hint of color to perk up skin color
- Softly evens out your complexion while allowing your natural skin tone to show through
- Protects skin with a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen
- Clinically proven non-irritating
- 100% fragrance free, no added dyes
- Cruelty free! No animal testing!
- Key Ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, titanium dioxide, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc oxide
1 Fair / Light
2 Light / Medium
4 Medium / Tan
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 – $38 for 1.7 oz
Water**, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Triethylhexanoin, Stearic Acid**, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21**, Isostearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate**, Squalane**, Cetyl Alcohol**, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dextrin Palmitate**, Hydrogenated Lecithin**, Phytantriol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysorbate 80**, Synthetic Sapphire, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene /Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract**, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract**, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil**, Punica Granatum Seed Oil**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Panthenol, Lysine, Magnesium Chloride**, Potassium Chloride**, Sodium Chloride**, Zinc Chloride**, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Simethicone, Cellulose Gum**, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**.
Get everything you love in a sunscreen, foundation, and moisturizer—without the harmful chemicals found in most SPFs. This lightweight formula contains all natural SPF 30 to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays, while the medium coverage instantly corrects skin discoloration and blemishes. Josie’s signature ingredient, 100% pure argan oil, is blended with antioxidant powerhouses like pomegranate oil and goji berry and natural papaya extract to hydrate and rejuvenate skin’s appearance. This product is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and dry. “A good thing, made better: my bestselling, longtime favorite Argan Tinted Moisturizer is made with Argan Oil, so it moisturizes while it protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. The new and improved version is formulated using an all-natural SPF 30—a rarity, since most foundations with SPF are loaded with chemicals. It sits lightly on your skin, so no clogged pores, and it comes in six shades, at least one of which is sure to suit the new and improved you.”
- Pure Argan Oil: Moisturizes and nourishes dry, sensitive skin.
- Pomegranate Oil: Provides powerful antioxidants.
- Goji Berry Extract: Helps tone skin with vitamins.
- Papaya Extract: Rejuvenates and renews the appearance of dull skin.
- Paraben-free, sulfate free, phthlate-free
Fair 1 (previously Creme)
Light 1 (Butter with pink undertone)
Light 2 (Butter with yellow or neutral undertone)
Medium 1 (Linen)
Medium 2 (Desert)
Dark 1 (Espresso)
Here are the 3 shades just sitting on my hand, unblended, under daylight bulbs with no flash.
Here are the three shades outdoors in natural sunlight with no flash. You can see pur minerals Light is definitely too dark for me. You can also see that Josie Maran Fair 1 is the lightest of the three.
Here are the three shades blended out. This was taken outside in natural sunlight with no flash.
And here are the three shades under daylight bulbs with no flash. 1 Fair / Light and Fair 1 look nearly identical when dry, except that 1 Fair / Light has a matte texture.
This is me wearing Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tinted Moisturizer in 1 Fair / Light, under daybulbs, with no flash. This tinted moisturizer is only SPF 30, while I would be happier if it was at 40 because I live in Florida and the sun is very strong here. I love the fact that it’s matte, and it works very well on my combo skin.
If I pair it with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder it looks amazing. It gives me the perfect amount of coverage, slightly more than most tinted moisturizers, but not as much as a CC Cream. As you can tell, it’s a great match for my skintone.
Pur Minerals CC Cream boasts SPF 40, which is fantastic. The formula itself feels great and doesn’t get greasy on me. Sadly, it’s way too dark. If you can find a color match in this line, I tihnk the Pur Minerals CC Cream would be a great CC Cream to start with. It just doesn’t work on my skintone. I think this would be great for all but the oiliest of skin. My sensitive, combo skin had no problem with it. I did get a bit oily in my t-zone, which was taken care of with blotting. It does provide more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but less than a BB cream. So I think the coverage is perfect for a CC Cream.
The Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer in Fair 1 is a perfect match for my skintone. I’m happy with the amount of coverage that this tinted moisturizer provides. It lets my real skin shine through, while evening things out. It’s only SPf 30, so I wish it was higher. I did experience some inconsistencies when wearing it. Some days it would separate on my skin after about 3 to 4 hours. Other times I got up to 6 hours of wear.
For me, Round 2 goes to Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint. If I use it with the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder I think my skin looks perfect and I don’t have to blot, as the matte texture really works well for me. The Josie Maran is a close second, since I feel like it’s more finicky.
Which CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer won this round for you?