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Happy Friday! I’m back with my 3rd Round of the BB and CC Creams War! You can see Round 1 here and 2 here. I’m bringing you the best of BB Creams, CC Creams and tinted moisturizers. I have three products for Round 3 – Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream, tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen, and TONYMOLY Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream (SPF30/PA++) 50ml.
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, brightening properties, 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 so your real skin shines through. Tinted moisturizers usually have SPF and a tint to even out your skin tone, moisturize the skin, and some even have anti-aging benefits.
Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen – $38 for 1.7 oz.
Water, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide, Oleyl Alcohol, Camelia Oleifera Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Silica, Yeast Amino Acids, Sorbitan Olivate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Myristyl Myristate, Sucrose Palmitate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Oryzanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Mannitol, Lactic Acid, Yeast Extract, Mica, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Isostearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Limonene, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Glycogen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Carbonate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, CI 77492/ CI 77491/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Active Ingredients – Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide
A silicone-free BB cream that leaves skin looking flawless, even toned, and luminous with a perfect, non-oily, satin finish. This truly multifunction cream provides full coverage that banishes imperfections, and gives SPF and antioxidant protection while photo-rejuvenation technology reduces the appearance of underlying fine lines and wrinkles. It protects against further UV damage and revitalizes the skin, leaving it smooth, matte, and flawless.
- Flurophores from Noni extract boosts elastin, tones and firms skin
- Antileukine from ochroleuca seaweed, protects against UV damage
- Tocotrienols from arctic cranberry seed oil is a anti-oxidant
- Magnesium from Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycogen from marine glucose and Vitamin C revitalize and boost radiance
- Skin looks satin smooth, matte and flawless
- Corrects imperfections
- Protects against UV damage
- Revitalizes and boosts radiance
- Skin looks firmer and more toned
Animal Testing Policy
We do not test any of our products on animals. Our products are not tested on our behalf by any third party. The only animal products we use are milk in our Hydra-Calm Youth Defence Serum and beeswax in our Mayday Mayday Rescue Balm. Our vegan products are included in the Vegan Society Animal Free Shopper 6th Edition.
Only one shade available, Light
tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen – $34 for 1 oz
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Mica, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Diamond Powder, Iron Oxides.
Active Ingredients – titanium dioxide 4.55%, zinc oxide 3.50%
Animal Testing Policy
An innovative B.B. treatment with multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one eco-chic tube. Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.
TONYMOLY Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream (SPF30/PA++) 50ml- $12.85 for 1.75 fl. oz.
Animal Testing Policy
Unclear. Some sites list them as cruelty-free. Other sites list them as unknown. They’re a Korean brand. Buzznet says they are cruelty-free.
TONYMOLY Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream CC cream makes perfectly natural skin tone as providing natural color change and skin care effect with moist radiance. Black/red/yellow color capsule pops and perfectly mixes up upon applying on skin to naturally conceals redness and imperfections. 7 Free – parabene, benzo phenon, talc, mineral oil, organic pigment, sulfate surfactant. Skincare – Uv Protection, Anti-wrinkle, whitening, water base 45%, moisturizing up. Makeup – Color change fitting skintone, perfect appliance, gorgeous tone correction, blemish coverage, radiance + aura
- Wrinkle Repair
- Makeup Base
1 Color adjusting shade.
All three of the shades swatched on my hand under daylight bulbs taken with flash.
The Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream is a tad darker than I like. It’s also sheer. However, I love the satin finish. I didn’t feel oily on my t-zone from it at all, and it is even better when worn with something like NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder on top. I do feel like it has very low SPF. However, those of you with silicone allergies will rejoice at this formula.
The Tonymoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream is all kinds of awesome. First, it has a dewy finish that doesn’t go all oil slick on me. Second, the self-adjusting color (which I’ve seen work horribly in other products) actually seems to work well in this. It adjusted to my skintone. I would love to understand the science behind that! Third, it provides the perfect amount of coverage while still letting my own skin show. I don’t have to set this with powder to wear it. It’s moisturizing on my skin without going oily. It does have sweet flowery scent that fades, but it’s really odd at first.
I’m torn on the tarte BB Cream. I loved the sample I received so much that I bought a full size. The color match is great. The coverage is perfect. However, if your skin isn’t well moisturized it will ball up on your face in a strange way or look cakey. It does work well under any sort of foundation you want to use. I find if I wear it on its own it doesn’t look quite right, but if you add a setting powder on top or a foundation, it looks fine.
For me, I choose Tonymoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream as the definitive winner of Round 3. Both Ren and tarte are nice, but they both have their flaws. Additionally, I can’t believe how inexpensive the Tonymoly is in comparison to the other two products.
Have you tried any of these three products? What is your favorite so far from the BB & CC Creams War?