Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting
Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting has a thinner, silkier texture than many other CC creams on the market, while offering the coverage and appearance of a lightweight, slightly creamy liquid foundation. Fragrance free, this is best for oily to combination skin due to its matte finish (this is an option for the acne prone, too) and provides light to medium coverage.
The shade range is small, but what is available is excellent for light to medium tan skin tones. Note that the lightest shade (Fair) isn't light enough for those with truly fair skin tones. Broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection is provided by an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, meaning this mineral active is accompanied by synthetic active ingredients to reach the SPF rating.
What about correcting dark spots? This does include a range of beneficial ingredients that have the potential to improve the appearance of discolorations, but it is tricky to say whether there is enough present to live up to the claims. Still, their inclusion combined with the broad-spectrum SPF 30 rating means the potential is there—just don’t count on this replacing a well-formulated vitamin C or retinol treatment in terms of reducing the appearance of discolorations.
All things considered, Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting is a better-than-most entry to the CC Cream market (which, really, CC Creams are not that fundamentally different than foundations, but we digress). For its natural-looking finish, inclusion of beneficial ingredients and SPF rating, this earns our highest rating.
- Silky, lightweight texture.
- Blends beautifully.
- Attractive range of shades.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection.
- None (perhaps an exaggeration of its discoloration-lightening abilities).
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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