The 9 Best Drugstore CC Creams

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You may be asking yourself, “Why would I be looking for the best drugstore CC cream? What is CC cream anyway?”

Or you may be like the rest of us, constantly hearing others rave about the benefits of cc cream and then googling every variation of “CC cream” to research which exact brand will be right for our skin.


In case you’re in the first group, let’s start with a simple definition:

What is CC Cream:

CC cream (or “color correction” or “complexion corrector” cream) is a type of makeup that falls right in between BB cream and traditional foundation coverage-wise. CC cream is heavy enough to cover dark circles, redness or other pigmentation issues, but not as thick or substantial as a regular foundation. It is designed to even out your skin tone, while often providing extra moisture, anti-aging effects and even sun protection.

This is definitely a product for those of us looking for a more natural look from our makeup, but are too old (or let’s say “mature”) to go bare. In short, it is the big sister to BB cream.

(Side note: BB creams have been on the market for some time. The BB stands for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm” and these creams offer lighter coverage in the place of the concealer / foundation routine we’ve all kept for years. This is a great product for a quick, on-the-go makeup routine option.)

Now that we’re all on the same page as far as the function of a CC cream, let’s talk through the benefits of using a CC cream (hint: It’s more than simply evening out your skin tone!)

Make-up brushes on white background with text reading 9 Best Drugstore CC CreamsBenefits of CC Cream:

Even/Brighten Skin Tone

According to an article from Cosmo in May 2019:

The yellow pigments in the CC cream cancel out any blue tones in your skin (think dark circles), the green pigments neutralize any redness or hyperpigmentation, and the pink pigments work to brighten dull skin tones.”

Anti-Aging Effects

Lots of CC creams tout anti-aging benefits, through the inclusion of ingredients like hyaluronic acid that fights wrinkles and fine lines. Another common ingredient is Vitamin C which can be fabulous at fighting off age spots and repairing skin.


CC creams act as moisturizers as well, aiding in much-needed hydration especially in more mature skin. Typically, these moisturizing agents are sheer enough to not cause breakouts, but be sure to look for the right formula for your skin type (dry, oily, or combination).

Sun Protection

Another wonderful benefit of adding a CC cream into your daily beauty regimen is SPF protection. CC creams typically include ingredients, such as antioxidants, that guard and protect your skin from sun exposure and the inevitable damage it can cause.

Is CC Cream Right for Me?

You may now be wondering if CC cream is truly what you need.

I would venture to say that most women would be very happy with the results they find from their CC cream, in terms of amount of coverage, brightening effects, skin protection from sun exposure, as well as moisturizing impact.

Using a CC cream is the epitome of multi-taking.

However, age and skin condition are definite factors. If you are younger with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, a BB cream will likely be enough coverage for you; however, if you are in your mid-twenties or older, considering a CC cream as part of your regular skincare and makeup routine is wise.

How to Use CC Cream:

Application How-To:

CC cream can be applied in several ways- simply with your hands, with beauty blenders or sponges, or even makeup brushes typically used for foundation application.

The key is to be sure all of the cream is blended thoroughly, regardless of which application method you choose. Just as with any other makeup, CC cream can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, especially the lightest-weight formulas.


CC Cream stands to replace many steps in your current skincare and beauty routine. It can replace lotions and creams as moisturizers, sunscreens for SPF protection, concealers for hiding dark spots, uneven skin tones and pigmentation, and even foundations as full coverage makeup.

Best Drugstore CC Creams:

Best Drugstore CC Creams

Here is a video comparison of one of our favorite (albeit slightly more expensive) drugstore CC creams, IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Maybelline’s Urban Cover Foundation:


If your budget is tight, the Maybelline product looks to be a great product; however, any of the CC creams on our list of favorite drugstore CC creams will likely include more benefits and protection for your skin. 

What about you???

Reply in the comments about your experience with CC creams and give us your recommendations for the best one, especially if it’s not already listed above!

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