The alphabet soup of foundation alternatives continues. I seem to be accumulating quite a collection. BB creams or beauty balms that provide moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, and medium coverage are still a key part of my routine. My favorite BB cream is Dr. Jart Premium. It comes in a single light shade with a whitish cast (from the sunscreen, I think), and it will not work for everyone. I know that sounds strange, but it works for me. It has SPF 45, provides decent medium coverage, and has a very dewy finish, also most likely because of the high SPF (I think). My other BB is from Estee Lauder, with an SPF of 30. It comes in three shades: light, medium and medium/dark. This BB cream has a slightly less dewy finish that’s a good thing. The light shade I use has a yellowish tint that I don’t like, so I use it less often than Dr. Jart.
CC creams have been out for about a year now, and they have added color correction to the list of benefits these multi-taskers provide. They are supposed to provide fuller coverage than BB creams, but frankly, I think it depends on the brand. Some BB creams cover better than others, and the same goes for CC cream.
Many of the major drugstore brands now offer BB creams, but CC creams are just starting to be introduced by the affordable brands. In September, I was searching for an affordable CC cream to try, and I heard that CoverGirl had one. I searched my local CVS that even had an in-store ad for the product, but I wasn’t sure if what I saw on the shelf was the product I was looking for, or just another liquid foundation from CoverGirl. The sales staff at CVS was clueless.
I kept up my search, and on an interior shelf, I discovered Lumene Time Freeze CC Anti-age Color Correcting Cream.
Lumene is a Finnish brand that emphasizes both natural ingredients and scientific research. Its products contain at least 80% natural ingredients, and they often include ingredients from hardy arctic plants and berries such as cloudberry, blueberry, lingonberry, heather, rose hip, buckthorn, and arctic water. They are also committed to using less water in the manufacturing process. They do not test on animals, and they don’t use parabens in the products. I think of it as similar quality as the French pharmacy brands sold at the drugstore — Lierac Paris, La Roche-Posay and Vichy — but perhaps emphasizing “natural” more than those brands.
Lumene CC cream comes in two shades: light and medium. The light is a good match for my skintone. It does a good job at toning down my redness. It provides medium coverage, covering most of my sun damage except for the darkest spots that I hit with a little concealer. (Wow, maybe I should start wearing it on my hands!) Unlike my Dr. Jart Premium BB cream with its dewy finish, Lumene has a matte finish that I like a lot. The dimethicone primer ensures that it doesn’t settle into my lines. And I find the Lumene CC Cream lasts all day.
- Foundation – a fine but well covering formula. The shades are designed to neutralize the color of red areas.
- Broad spectrum SPF 20.
I haven’t noticed any “illumination”, but I really like this product. In fact, I bought another tube on sale for when I use this one up.
So if you want to try out a CC cream, have skin that’s on the lighter side, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, I recommend Lumene CC Cream.
I wish the SPF was a little higher than 20, but at this time of year, it’s fine. The sunscreen ingredients are Octinoxate 4% and Titanium Dioxide 0.83%. When it comes to sunscreen ingredients, I am confused. I thought that physical barrier sunscreens like titanium dioxide were better/safer than chemical sunscreens, but one of the natural products groups I joined on Facebook are suspicious of titanium dioxide too. What to do? I think using a sunscreen is better than not using sunscreen, so I will continue to do so.
Lumene CC Cream comes in a one ounce tube (30 ml), and at CVS, it costs about $15. Lumene products are widely available at Walgreens, Ulta, Duane Reade, Meijer, Giant Eagle, drugstore.com, Dermstore.com in addition to CVS.
Have you tried CC cream yet? Do you have a CC cream you love?
Ingredients: Alumina, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl laurate, Iron Oxides, Isododecane, Magnesium Sulfate, Methicone, MICA, Nylon-12, Perfluorooctyl, Triethoxysilane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, Propylene Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Vaccinium vitis-idaea Seed Oil, Water.