I made the move from BB to CC cream…

I hate to admit it, but I am easily influenced. It takes very little to convince me that I do in fact NEED this or that particular product. In this case, I read a review of the Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream on For The Beauty Of It and decided I needed some straight away. I am very happy with my Stila BB cream, but if someone who was using Dior BB cream now can’t live without the Clinique CC cream, well, I reckoned it must be worth a try.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Shall I get my gripes out of the way first, before I get to the good stuff? Firstly, this is the second time now that I have bought something from Clinique which is the wrong shade. They either need better lighting in store or they need to be less keen to conclude a sale. I got the CC cream in the shade ‘very light’ which actually makes me look like a ghost. Or a sick/dead person. It is great that the CC cream comes in many shades from extra light to deep, but you need to be sure you’ve got the right one for you. My skin would be suited to the ‘light’ shade. Secondly, the CC cream is much more difficult to blend than a BB cream, as it is thicker and less creamy. It is really more on the makeup end of the scale than the moisturiser end. It takes more work to get it blended in properly, but once it is on is where the good stuff begins.

The coverage of this CC cream is really nice, better than a BB cream. It is more matte than BB cream and my skin doesn’t get shinier as the day goes on. It stays put. I think this would be awesome for combination or slightly oily skin. It contains micro lavender-coloured particles to counteract redness and dullness. It actually covers my under-eye shadows completely without needing a concealer, but I don’t have really dark rings under my eyes. The Clarins consultant told me that everything under the sun breaks her out, but this CC cream doesn’t. That’s a good sign. My skin is also sensitive and I have used it for a couple of days in a row now without any breakouts. The other thing I like about it is that it has SPF30, but apparently as some of the sun filters are chemical they might not work as well if you use a moisturiser underneath the CC cream. Don’t know if anyone can verify this for me?

CC Cream Before and After

Lastly, although it has a more matte look than a BB cream my skin doesn’t look ‘flat’ at all and it feels moist when I touch it. It also hasn’t shown up any dry patches during the day so I find it quite hydrating. I have to mix it with a darker product (I am currently mixing it with my too-dark Eborian BB cream) and the mixing hasn’t affected its performance at all. In summary, I give it a big thumbs up and I would recommend it.


7 thoughts on “I made the move from BB to CC cream…

  1. Sheldene says:

    I have been looking into buying either BB or CC cream for a while. Just love the simplicity of it. I’m a no fuss girl so your 4 step products will work for me 🙂

    I love reading your reviews!

    Now I don’t know which to try, Stila BB cream or Clinique CC cream…

  2. geewhiskerscharlene says:

    This sounds amazing! I have very pale skin and rely on face powders and BB cream to make me look less like a zombie. Love this review?

  3. fayinthemaze says:

    This sounds so good! Especially for my combo skin. Also, so surprised at your tweet that Dior BB is cheaper than Stila BB :O have been drooling after the Dior one thinking it will ruin my wallet

  4. Chereen Strydom says:

    Aah, thanks for the link up! So glad you tried this product and enjoyed using it… it’s always a bit nerve-wrecking when you recommend a product. I always worry that others won’t have the same experience as I do. I’m yet to try the Stila BB Cream, so think I’m going to give that a go next…

    • Mother City Mom says:

      I find if I mix a dollop of BB cream with it, it works like a bomb. It was an issue at first getting it to blend in but this was the solution and now I really love it. I have done a “reverse Chereen” and got the Dior BB cream now, haha 🙂

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