From BB to CC! Olay Total Effects CC Cream

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First there was tinted moisturizers, then BB, now there’s CC!

Standing for Colour Correcting, CC creams are taking the beauty world by storm. CC creams even out redness, along with providing skincare properties, like sunscreen, anti-aging, hydration, blemish protection, etc.  They do provide coverage, however, it’s less coverage than you would get with a BB (beauty balm) cream.

I got to try out the Olay Total Effects CC Cream, which helps to fight the seven signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles, uneven tone, age spots, provides gentle exfoliation, dryness, moisture barrier, and luminosity).  The cream, which comes in a 50 ml bottle, also has SPF 15.

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Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, and Medium to Deep), the product works by combining the essential Glucosamine Complex (the combination of key ingredients that allows the CC product to go beyond instant coverage to provide long-term tone correction and anti-aging benefits) with N-acetyle Glucosamine (which works with moisturizing niacinamide to improve the skin’s moisture barrier, visibly reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented spots and improving the overall evenness of skin tone).

Since I already love my BB creams (especially Diorskin Nude BB Cream), I was excited to try this guy out.  I do have some redness and spots on my face, but nothing too dramatic.  When you squirt some product on your hand, it’s a swirl of a nude colour and a white shade which you mix together.  As always, I dotted this all over my face and then buffed the product in.  The results were a sheer coverage, definitely sheerer than my beloved BB cream gives me.

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Wearing no makeup.


Wearing Olay’s CC cream.


Full makeup.

Overall, I wasn’t in love with this product.  I like how it has sunscreen in it, but most BB creams have this as well.  This CC cream left me with a pretty sheer coverage and worst of all, I could feel the product on my skin.  Let me put it this way, when I use my Dior BB cream, it seeps into my skin, leaving me with a pretty nice coverage; whereas this product, I would feel it on my face and when I touched it, it would leave some product on my fingers even hours after I applied it.  Not sure if that was a CC thing or an Olay thing, but I wasn’t too impressed with this.

Personally, I would just stick with a BB cream.  In my eyes, it does the same thing… maybe if you were a more mature woman (50-plus), I would try this out, but I much prefer a BB than a CC.

Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen has a suggested retail price of C$32.99.  Are you excited to try it?

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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