I received a bunch of BB (stands for blemish balm) and CC (short for colour correct) creams from Sephora a while back. And today, I’m pleased to share with you the results of my road test with these different products – coincidentally all came with SPF, which is perfect for summer!


(from left) Pureheal’s Propolis 39 CC Cream, Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream, Sephora CC Care + Colour

Pureheal’s Propolis 39 CC Cream (SPF 50+)

This Korean CC Cream is amazing. It contains 39% propolis extract, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

The cream is white in colour, but it miraculously turns beige when applied on the skin. As a result, there is no white cast at all, but the CC cream effectively smooth and even out your complexion. Don’t expect strong coverage for this, given that it’s a CC cream. However, with SPF50+ PA+++, this is great as a lightweight base product and sunscreen.

I have tried a few Pureheal’s products and I really enjoy using them. This is an affordable and high quality beauty brand that I would highly recommend you to explore when shopping at Sephora.

Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer (SPF 30 sunscreen)

This BB cream offers better and buildable coverage, and it double up as a pore-minimizing primer and chemical-free sun protector. It’s indeed a wonder product with several functions rolled into one.

A tiny dash of BB cream is able to go a long way. I typically use this as a base, apply some concealer and my skin would look quite flawless. Highly recommended.

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream (SPF 30)

In comparison with Pureheal’s CC cream, I feel that Peter Thomas Roth’s version pales a little. Coverage and color correction effect are mild. However, this product is rich with arbutin and Camu Camu – an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times the Vitamin C of an average orange. Technically, that makes it a decent whitening treatment.

I can’t tell whether my skin looks better after using this CC cream though – I used it continuously for at least 2 weeks. The texture is relatively lightweight and it doesn’t cause any skin sensitivities or break-out. It’s a decent option but my vote would still be slanted towards Pureheal’s or Tarte if given a choice.

Sephora CC Care + Colour (SPF 20 suncreen)

This product looks interesting with two swirls of colour – essentially it is a moisturizer and tinted CC cream packed together in a tube, creating a beautiful swirl.

However, the CC cream is a bit thicker in texture and hard to blend. Its greasy finish reminds me of tinted suncreen. Colour correction effect was also mild, which made me conclude that this product probably works well more like a sun protector that is tinted to give a little colour to the skin.

As a result, this is my least favourite of the lot.

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