So first came the BB creams, and whilst everyone was enjoying this new revolution of blemish balms and giving their skin all the greatness of a tinted moisturiser with added healing properties, the CC phenomena swept the beauty world! Colour/Complexion Correctors were welcomed to improve skin tone and add a bit more coverage than your standard BB cream whilst still offering a host of skin-loving properties to heal and improve skin imperfections. But it doesn’t end there! Neatly side-stepping that awkward double-D moment, Estée Lauder have created the first EE cream of its kind – an Even Effect Skintone Corrector to enlighten the skin for a flawless, luminous finish.
So let’s delve a little deeper into these two smart-sounding, skin base products from Estée Lauder, which may look quite similar but give you two different options for lovely, natural looking skin. Firstly, the Revitalizing Supreme CC Creme* (£40) is a sheer, lightweight cream with a universal shade that will complement virtually any complexion and enhance a more radiant, even look. The blueish-grey cream slowly turns into a more foundation-like colour once you start blending it into your skin as the micro pigments activate and the colour adapts to perfectly match your complexion. This CC creme is really targeted at slightly more mature skin that those youthful 20-somethings and it deeply hydrates, evens out skin tone whilst working on fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and dullness. The feel of this cream is light to apply and gives the skin an instant glow and plumpness. It could easily be worn alone as a base product on those good skin days considering it gives a little more coverage than your average BB cream or alternatively works wonders as a primer-type layer to really give your foundation a flawless look.
Next up is the Estée Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector* (£34), of just EE creme for short, which is the first of its kind to hit the beauty world. This new product launch promises to offer something a little different from the former BB and CC wave of creams and gives the skin a more even, flawless and luminous finish. The formula, available in three shades, is ultra-sheer but does deliver a lovely wash of healthy colour that can be built up to minimise the appearance of dark spots, blemishes, redness and pores. And this is where the beauty of this product lies and sets it apart from the other BB/CC/primer-hybrids. Estée Lauder has leveraged key research into hyperpigmentation and launched their new Enlighten skincare range which takes visible skin evening to a whole new level, and this EE cream completes the range as the final step for your skin. Like with the CC creme, I can be worn alone for a light, natural look or under your foundation for a more polished finish. It creates a barrier for your skin to protect against pollution and free radicals whilst softening, smoothing and hydrating.
I love love both these products from Estée Lauder and think they both have a place in my makeup collection. The CC cream is a great option when you want a little bit more coverage than your average BB cream (and the EE cream) and it really transforms to match your complexion perfectly. It is light and lovely for those non-makeup days and contains all the greatness of Estée Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme so you know it is doing wonders for your skin deep down whilst you wear it. The EE cream looks like it would give you more coverage but it much sheerer on the skin so is much more suited as a primer to even out skin tone and protect against pollution as a step before your foundation. I love that it is available in three different shades and really made my skin feel soft and hydrated whilst giving me a fresher, clearer looking complexion.
BB, CC or EE – which cream is the one for you?