CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35
NOTE: As of summer 2015, we were informed by our readers that there may have been a reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to thoroughly update this review!
Unlike most CC creams we've reviewed (which are essentially just liquid foundations that may or may not provide added benefits like sun protection), Bobbi Brown took the "CC" to mean "color correction." The result is this lotion-textured color-correcting product with broad-spectrum sun protection. Sadly, results are mixed—largely because all three shades are strange hues to wear alone or prior to foundation and none of them work much better than simply applying a neutral-tone foundation (which Brown's line offers plenty of).
There are three shades, one light pink with a lavender cast, one decidedly yellow, and the other strongly copper. Each has what the company refers to as "light diffusers," but that's just the mineral pigment mica providing shine, which is nice, but nothing special. This CC cream does not leave a shiny finish on the skin; rather, it's more of a soft matte (in feel) with a hint of radiance (in appearance).
Pairing any of these shades with a foundation results in a new color (for example, the lavender shade will mix with the flesh-tone shade of your foundation, resulting in what could be an odd shade) that may or may not enhance your skin tone. We suspect that most will find this extra step isn't helpful; in fact, it's easily replaced with a brightening skin treatment to improve uneven skin tone, followed by a neutral-tone foundation with sunscreen.
As with most of Brown's complexion products, her fragrance-free CC Cream is easy to apply and its lightweight texture layers well with other products. The formula also contains an impressive mix of beneficial skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients, though we suspect most of them aren't present in meaningful amounts.
If the colors were better, this would be worth a look. As is, it's overpriced for a product whose color correction tends to bring attention to your skin for all the wrong reasons. Think comments like: "Are you feeling OK?" or "Did you go overboard with the bronzing gel?" rather than: "Your skin looks amazing! What's your secret?"
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight yet creamy texture is easy to blend.
- None of the shades are suitable for use on their own because they do not resemble real skin color.
- Doesn't help to correct skin-color abnormalities.
- Expensive for a product whose benefits are easily replaced by a brightening treatment (which can double as a primer) and/or a good, neutral-tone foundation.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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