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CC cream, also known as Color Control cream, or Color Correcting cream, is a refined Blemish Balm cream or Beauty Balm created and developed in Korea. BB (Blemish Balm) cream was originally formulated in Germany and has in recent years gained popularity in Asia, and is also gaining popularity Europe and North America. BB cream is a popular product in Asia, used to provide natural-looking skin coverage. As a multitasking beauty product, CC cream was developed to retain all the benefits of BB cream with added nourishing ingredients whilst reducing the appearance of skin redness or sallowness (often with light-diffusing particles).
CC cream is reputed to include sun protection, along with better skincare properties (such as anti-aging, hydration, blemish prevention etc.) and treatment of uneven skin tones than BB creams. Some users find it to have a lighter texture than BB cream, which allows for smoother application with a less oily finish. Coverage can vary greatly among the different brands, and are more often than not minimal when compared to BB creams. Unlike BB creams and foundations where coverage is buildable, CC Creams usually remain sheer and natural looking no matter how many layers are applied. Some tend to work better as primers rather than a replacement for foundation. CC cream was founded in 2010 by a Singapore-based brand Rachel K. Popular brands of CC creams include Chanel, Loreal, Olay, Clinique and Rachel K. Helia-D