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Top 10 Best CC Creams in the UK 2021

Want a radiant, blemish-free complexion without having to apply a heavy foundation every day? CC (colour correcting) creams offer a moderate amount of coverage that will hide redness and dark circles without weighing your face down. They also often contain moisturising, SPF, and anti-ageing ingredients, providing an added bonus for your skin!


Of course, we understand that you may be new to the world of CC creams, so let us guide you through what to look out for before you make that all-important purchase. Then, browse our list of recommendations to buy at Amazon, eBay,  John Lewis and Boots, from high-end brands like Clinique and Estée Lauder to budget-friendly options like Bourjois and Olay. Whether you have pale, dark, oily, acne-prone or dry skin, there's a product out there for you!

  • Last updated: 12-01-2021
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What Is a CC Cream?

What Is a CC Cream?

First things first, what exactly is a CC cream? Well, they're essentially a hybrid of a moisturiser and a foundation, but with an airy texture that doesn't feel heavy and won't clog your pores. Plus, they contain ingredients that even out your skin tone, minimise the appearance of pores, and gently conceal imperfections.


You may also have read about BB (blemish balm) creams which have become a popular alternative to foundation in recent years. So how does a CC cream differ from a BB cream? To put it simply, BB creams provide light coverage for blemishes whereas CC creams use colour-correcting technology to neutralise redness and brighten the skin tone.


So if you're looking for a beauty product that will hydrate skin, conceal red spots, and illuminate your face, a CC cream is perfect!

How to Choose a CC Cream in the UK – Buying Guide

Before picking which CC cream to pop into your shopping basket, you should consider a few key factors: the kind of ingredients that are beneficial for your skin type, which shade will match your skin tone, and whether you'll need a formula with a high SPF factor.

Consider Your Skin Type When Looking at Ingredients

Consider Your Skin Type When Looking at Ingredients

Depending on your skin type, you'll want to keep an eye out for certain ingredients to make sure that a product will make your complexion look better, rather than causing irritation. Lychee extract, which is suitable for most skin types, will gently rehydrate and revitalise your face.


If you have dry or oily skin, hyaluronic acid and glycerin are incredibly nourishing and plumping. Extracts of rose and cotton flower are also great for providing moisture, and niacinamide (vitamin B3) can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on mature skin.


For sensitive skin, try soothing natural extracts like aloe vera and honey, which are kind to your skin. Anti-inflammatory tiger grass is another fantastic option which heals sore areas and reduces redness. 

Find a Shade That Matches Your Skin Tone

Find a Shade That Matches Your Skin Tone

In comparison to foundations, CC creams can unfortunately be quite limited in the number of shades available –many creams are designed for light or medium skin tones. 


However, there are some formulas which start out white or grey and change to match your skin tone, which can be handy if you can't find exactly the right shade for your complexion. Though rare, there are a few products that are specially formulated to complement darker skin tones, which we've made sure to include in our recommendations. 

Added SPF Will Keep Your Skin Safe from the Sun

Added SPF Will Keep Your Skin Safe from the Sun

Another benefit of CC creams is that they usually offer SPF protection, which can vary from a light factor 10 coverage to as high as factor 50. As a frame of reference, a factor 30 will block 97% of the sun's rays. 


Most of us should wear at least factor 15 on a daily basis, regardless of the weather, so a CC cream is a good way of ensuring your face is safe from sun damage without having to add a sun cream to your daily routine. If you are going on holiday or spending a lot of time outdoors in summer, you can always choose a higher factor or add sunscreen as needed. 

Top 10 Best CC Creams in the UK

Now that you know which ingredients to look for, it’s time to check out our favourite CC creams. From anti-ageing formulas to pore-minimising products, we've got something for every skin type and budget!

10
Volume30ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsHyaluronic acid
Number of Shades1
SPF Factor10
9

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream

£44.42

Volume30ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsLychee extract
Number of Shades3
SPF Factor50
8

Max FactorCC Colour Correcting Cream

£3.90

Volume30ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsJojoba oil
Number of Shades6
SPF Factor10
7

Eveline CosmeticsMagic Skin CC Cream

£6.00

Volume50ml
Skin TypeDry, sensitive
Beneficial IngredientsHyaluronic acid
Number of Shades1
SPF Factor15
6
Volume30ml
Skin TypeDry, oily
Beneficial IngredientsHyaluronic acid, aloe vera
Number of Shades3
SPF Factor30
5

By TerryCellularose Moisturising CC Cream

£40.20

Volume40ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsRose extract
Number of Shades4
SPF Factor-
4
Volume50ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsNiacinamide
Number of Shades1
SPF Factor15
3
Volume15ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsTiger grass, honey extract
Number of Shades1
SPF Factor25
2
Volume30ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsCotton flower extract
Number of Shades4
SPF Factor10
1

The Body ShopInstaglow CC Cream

£15.00

Volume25ml
Skin TypeAll
Beneficial IngredientsGlycerin, aloe vera
Number of Shades3
SPF Factor20

Compare the Best CC Creams

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1
The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream 1

The Body Shop

2
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream 1

Bourjois

3
Erborian CC Crème 1

Erborian

4
Olay 7 in One CC Cream 1

Olay

5
By Terry Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream 1

By Terry

6
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream 1

Clinique

7
Eveline Cosmetics Magic Skin CC Cream 1

Eveline Cosmetics

8
Max Factor CC Colour Correcting Cream 1

Max Factor

9
Kiehl's  Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream 1

Kiehl's

10
Estée Lauder  Revitalizing Supreme CC Creme  1

Estée Lauder

Name

Instaglow CC Cream

123 Perfect CC Cream

CC Crème

7 in One CC Cream

Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream

Moisture Surge CC Cream

Magic Skin CC Cream

CC Colour Correcting Cream

Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream

Revitalizing Supreme CC Creme

Features

Affordable, Comfortable Coverage in a Range of Shades

Hydrating and Long-Lasting Whilst Concealing Imperfections

An Anti-Inflammatory, Colour-Changing Formula

Radiant Looking Skin With an Anti-Ageing Formula

A Luxurious Choice With Nourishing Botanical Extracts

Oil-Free With Moisture-Boosting Ingredients

The Cheap and Cheerful Choice for Dry Skin

Natural Coverage With a Flawless Finish

Light and Airy With a High SPF Factor

Plumping and Fast-Absorbing

Price£15.00£6.46£21.83£7.49£40.20£29.95£6.00£3.90£44.42£46.07
Volume25ml30ml15ml50ml40ml30ml50ml30ml30ml30ml
Skin TypeAllAllAllAllAllDry, oilyDry, sensitiveAllAllAll
Beneficial IngredientsGlycerin, aloe veraCotton flower extractTiger grass, honey extractNiacinamide Rose extractHyaluronic acid, aloe veraHyaluronic acidJojoba oilLychee extractHyaluronic acid
Number of Shades3411431631
SPF Factor20102515-3015105010
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Give Your Face a Healthy Glow!

Give Your Face a Healthy Glow!

After applying a CC cream, you might want to add a little something to give your face even more of a healthy glow. So, why not have a read through one of our bronzer product guides? We cover all kinds of skin tones, so you'll be sure to find your perfect shade! 

Summary

Whatever your skin type or budget, we hope you've enjoyed reading through our list of the best CC creams and our guide has shed some light on this beauty must-have. Add one of our recommendations to your shopping basket and you'll have a flawless complexion in no time!

Author: Nicola McClements

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