The best CC creams that will leave your skin dewy AF

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best cc creams

by Louella Berryman |
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We've all had those days - your skin is uneven and blotchy but you don't have the time for a full make-up routine. Thankfully, the answer is CC cream, a little miracle in a tube if you ask us.

CC creams are perfect for those days when you want a little extra boost, but not the weight of a typical foundation.

Most CC creams are like a tinted moisturiser with priming and sometimes even anti-ageing benefits, plus they're usually oil-free.

So, we've rounded up the very best CC creams out there, suitable for every skin type and every budget.

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Original SPF 50+

A true cult product, the It Cosmetics CC cream has rave reviews and is a total all-rounder. It's quite high coverage for a CC cream, but still leaves your skin soft and dewy. The dream.

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 35ml

Welcome to the hydration station - this tinted moisturiser has all the benefits of a CC cream, but with a super hydrating gel texture that'll leave a super dewy finish.

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Bourjois CC Cream Foundation

A budget-friendly option that's oh-so easy to pop in your basket at Boots. If you struggle with dry patches and redness, this cream will sweep over your skin and create a gorgeously even skin tone.

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Olay Regenerist Anti-ageing Complexion Corrector Day CC Cream Moisturiser SPF15, 50 ml

The 3 in 1 technology in this anti-ageing CC cream from Olay provides a UVA/UVB SPF, anti-ageing serum and light coverage tinted moisturiser. Perfect for mature skin.

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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This Clinique CC cream is a super-light, oil free option that also protects against the first signs of ageing. Reviews say it gives the perfect light summer coverage, too.

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L'Oreal Paris C'est Magic CC Cream Anti-Redness

Another great bargain option, this CC cream from L'Oreal balances out any red areas, is super buildable and a little goes a long way.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, 50ml

This fab product illuminates and enhances your skin's natural beauty, while offering just a hint of coverage for blemishes and imperfections.

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Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Creme SPF10 30ml

If you're a Doublewear fanatic, maybe give this CC cream a go on days where you want to feel a little more fresh faced. According to reviews it gives smooth coverage and a healthy glow, too.

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What is CC cream?

CC cream is a colour-correcting light coverage product that primes and conceals problem skin, as well as colour-correct uneven areas.

CC creams also tend to be less oily than some foundations and BB creams, making it perfect for people with oily skin. CC cream is also great for people with excess redness, sensitive skin and skin with blemishes.

What's the difference between CC and BB cream?

BB cream stands for 'beauty balm' and is basically a tinted moisturiser with added benefits like SPF or sometimes anti-ageing properties.

This product is all about light coverage, and so won't be as opaque as your trusty foundation. But if you're after light, breezy coverage for a barely-there make-up look, a BB cream is the product for you.

CC cream stands for 'colour correcting' or 'complexion correcting' and has a little more coverage than a classic BB cream. It's still lighter than foundation, but works better for people with an uneven skin tone or age spots.

What an earth is a DD cream?

The world of make-up never ceases to amaze us. DD cream stands for 'daily defence' and does it all, prime, protect and perfect.

It also has anti-ageing properties and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over time. It's important to note that although a DD cream has all these glorious benefits, you still need to use a moisturiser underneath.

DD creams have a really sheer coverage that sits lightly on top of your moisturiser for a glowy, fresh look perfect for mature skin.

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