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8 Jul 2014

Bobbi Brown CC Cream

You know what I struggle with when I see CC creams? Prioritization.

These creams are often designed to correct a tone – be it redness, dullness, sallowness. It’s all seems so very neat and distinct as a concept. But is it really? What if you have more than one correction requirement? What if your nose suffers from redness, and the rest of your face is dull? Obviously thinking of my own face here...

The sales assistant would probably fervently recommend buying two/three tones to sort out these “flaws” – something I am unlikely to do – so it comes down to prioritizing what your main concern is.

In the last 6 months or so mainstream brands have become very aware of these concerns because every counter in the department store now has it’s own line of CC creams. MAC, YSL, Clinique, Peter Thomas Roth, Smashbox... everyone’s doing it and during the last few weeks I have been trying out Bobbi Brown’s contribution.

So a bit of background for you: in Spring she released a line of 3 CC creams – one each for fair, medium and deep skin tones. I had a makeover with the Regional Artistry and Education Manager for the Middle East, Eliano Bou Assi and he stated that either the fair or medium would work on my skin – depending on tan levels.

In writing this post I did a bit of swotting up to see what other people said about it. I am a weirdo and love to do this after I have tried something and formed my own opinion. Am I with the consensus or the odd one out? Here are some of the common statements I have seen about this product:

There’s no coverage
Totally agree with you there. There is ZERO coverage. None. Zip. Zero. This is a CC cream in the true sense – it’s for correcting and not covering. Bobbi Brown marketing collateral consistently pitches this as something you apply BEFORE a foundation product and they don’t promise that you can skip base when you use this.

I have seen this as one of the main criticisms against the CC cream and I think the confusion arises because some of the products on the market that adopt this name DO have coverage and act like tinted moisturisers. The Bobbi Brown, like the YSL, needs something over the top for most of us...

There is a tint that interferes and changes the colour of anything you put over the top
Okay I kind of agree with this. Although there is no coverage, it does give a tint to the skin. I guess that’s the whole point, right? Some reviewers think that this is almost too strong and that the subsequent foundation changes colour because of it. I haven’t found this at all. For me – and I have been using Warm Nude – it just enhances the colour.

It’s a multi-use product
Yep, agree. I love the fact that this comes armed with an SPF 35. It also acts as a great primer for the skin because it seems to even out my skin texture. It doesn’t have a fake silicon texture – it’s a nice, dense cream – that applies very nicely onto the skin with fingers (or a brush if you’re fancy).

For me it’s the last point that’s probably the most important/relevant and the factor that would be most likely to lead to repurchase. I have never been particularly pro-primer but if you are going to go down that road then why not get something that corrects, protects via the SPF and makes your skin feel nice? It’s a win-win!

I will add one thing though. I just cannot combine this with a liquid foundation. For me it’s just too much cream on my face (!!) It’s entirely psychological because it’s not like this amps up the coverage and turns my face mask-like but the only way I like to wear it is with a good powder – enter Laura Mercier and today’s FOTD:

Face: Bobbi Brown CC Cream in Warm Nude, Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation
Blusher: NARS Madly
Eyes: NARS primer, MAC Blonde’s Gold pigment and Nooner from Urban Decay. Black shadow for liner and L’oreal Miss Manga Mascara
Brows: MAC Lingering
Lips: By Terry lipstick in Baby Bloom and AERIN lipstick in Garden Path mixed together

FYI: The CC Cream costs 210 AED in the UAE and is at counters now. And if you are visiting/based here go to the store in Dubai Mall because the private makeup room is AMAZING!

What do you think of CC creams? Do you have any favourites? 


  1. Hmmm, this is an interesting post :) Like you, I've always swerved away from CC creams because my face without make up is a fantastic combo of tired, sallow and red all rolled into one! However, this has intrigued me somewhat and I want to perhaps try it for myself. The finish looks great on you! Love the eye make up too :)

    Lis x


  2. I have never tried one but you look absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for such a thorough post, I love that is has multiple uses xo

  3. I have bobbi brown foundation stick and it's so far my fav <3


  4. I've never tried a cc cream before but I will put it on my list to try. I also have been looking for a good mineral foundation for days when I'm extra lazy and liquid seems like to much of a faff. Would you recommend the Laura Mercier one or is there another you like better?
    Fashion and Happy Things

  5. My struggle is trying to find something oil-free. These creams tend to make me break out as I have oily skin. Would you recommend for my type of complexion?


  6. How does the Bobbi Brown CC cream compare with Chantecaille Just Skin?

  7. I've just tried my first CC Cream and I must admit I am hooked. Bet this is lovely, Bobbi Brown never seem to disappoint with their face makeup!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  8. Even though I'm not really sure about the whole BB/CC cream hype. I recently tried out the Bourjois one and it's really great. I really want to try this, Bobbi Brown is always reliable for great cosmetics :)

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  9. I haven't tried BB or CC creams before but this one looks lovely! I haven't tried any base products by Bobbi Brown yet but I'll definitely have to. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  10. For coverage I've found Cliniques CC cream to be the best Laura. I wear a light application of Diorshow BB cream then apply Clinique's CC cream over the top & love the results. You don't need much of either product (bonus!). Finished off with a dusting of Bobbi Browns Nude Glow Light Reflecting Bronzer.
    Hugs xoxo

  11. I've never tried CC creams before, but I've been wanting this CC Cream for a korean makeup brand. Funny thing is, it actually has pretty good coverage!

    Miss Manga mascara looks fantastic, btw!!

    xo Romzs from runbarbierun.com

  12. My favourite CC Cream is definitely the one from Avon, it's a non traditional one in the sense it has coverage. I love it because it's so lightweight and has spf50! Love your FOTD, the whole look is lovely!

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  13. I've never really understood what CC creams were about before, at least I feel a little more informed and have now decided against one simply because I don't think it would fit my needs. I need something between the body shop instablur and a bb cream. Perhaps I can just mix two products together as I don't know if a similar product exists! Looking beautiful as always Laura and love the lip colour!Xx

  14. wow I can't believe youre wearing a powder foundation here! Skin looks flawless!! x

  15. Currently loving Revlon's CC cream .. it's just easy stuff to 'slap' on for the weekend.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  16. i have smashbox bb cream but i only wear it to coverup zits...im so terrible at doing my makeup! my mom loves bobbi brown stuff tho so maybe i should check out this product. xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a Capri Blue Candle Giveaway! cornflake dreams 

  17. I remember when there were perhaps a handful of BB/CC creams available from Asian makeup brands like Missha, Skin79 and Skinfood. Now it seems every brand high street and department store has a BB/CC/DD cream! I've never tried a CC cream (but have tried plenty of BB creams). I've been curious about the Rachel K CC creams but they are quite hard to get hold of in AUS. I do think your skin has a fantastic glow here so it must be doing something right!

  18. I really like the idea of using it as a primer. I need full coverage on my face at all times (so as not to scare small children, dogs, etc) so that's much more interesting to me than trying to work it on its own. Your skin looks amazing in these photos too so I'm tempted to give the Bobbi Brown one a try. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  19. I really want to try this! It looks flawless. Anything that will make my mornings easy I want to try. Lately I haven't been wearing anything under my makeup since I like to wear as little as possible in the summer. I was wearing a BB cream by L'Oreal- I loved it and it was so cheap.

  20. I have spent more money than I care to admit in an attempt to find a decent CC cream, and so far I've only really been impressed with one from Smashbox - it's got fairly decent coverage and feels super lightweight. I like a lot of coverage, mind, so have been using it as a primer under my No7 Beautifully Matte foundation and the results are awesome!



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