Today I’m reviewing the newly launched Lakme CC cream! The Indian market is now being bombarded with BB creams and Lakme went a step ahead here and launched a CC cream this month.
Price : Rs 250 for 30 ml (Buy online at Nykaa.com HERE)
Before I go into the detailed review, lets talk about the difference between BB creams and CC creams.
What are BB/CC creams?
BB cream stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm cream that was initially designed for people who had undergone skin surgiers. It was aimed at repairing post-surgical skin while giving sun protection and coverage for scars. In short, the aim was to roll skin care and makeup into one. CC creams stand for Color correction or Color control and are nothing but a new generation of BB creams.
How they are supposed to be different from BB creams – they are supposed to have a lighter, less oily texture, they give color correction that is brighten up sallow, dull skin by means of light diffusing pigment particles and are also supposed to have superior skin care benefits (spot treatment, improving uneven skin tone and texture). Most Asian/high end BB and CC creams contain a host of botanical ingredients that improve and repair the skin.
While this sounds great in theory, the reality is that most ‘Indian’ BB creams are just glorified tinted moisturizers and do not have the kind of skin care benefits that their Korean/South Asian counterparts have. Which is why its important to know that BB/CC creams are not a replacement for your skin care products. You cannot skip your moisturizer/serum etc. while using these creams. Unless we’re talking about a brand like Clinique, I treat all other (Indian) BB/CC creams as makeup products, not skin care. At most, you can skip your sunscreen if the said cream contains SPF as well as UVA protection (denoted as PA++).
Coming to the Lakme CC cream, Lakme has defined its CC cream as Complexion Care cream. There is no mention of the ‘color correction’ part here. As far as skin care benefits go, Lakme has been very vague. All it claims in this department is that this cream gives “all the goodness of your daily skin cream with the right touch of makeup“. So its not a real CC cream in the traditional, generally accepted sense of the word. While the product itself was quite good, the name is a little misleading for the average consumer because it is basically an easy to use foundation like product that one can use everyday.
My take on the Product
The packaging is quite attractive- its a pale gold colored tube with fuchsia lettering and a silver cap. The simple no-fuss tube packaging is sturdy, convenient and easy to use. I like the packaging Lakme has been coming out with lately (See the new 9-to-5 lipsticks HERE).
The texture of this cream is lovely – its neither too thin/runny nor too thick. It has a velvety touch and it spreads and blends with ease. Light patting/massage for a few seconds is enough to give a nice, even finish. It has a soft natural matte finish which I really like. It gives light to medium coverage and evens out my skin tone quite well. You can layer it in areas that need more coverage. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin which is always a good thing. The ‘brightening’ part is quite subtle. It does even out slightly blotchy areas of skin but it doesn’t really ‘perk’ up dull skin. But its not a bad thing because the overall effect is very natural and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing ‘makeup’ on the skin.
Even though it has a soft matte finish, my T-zone begins to get oily in about 3 hours post application (with compact). To wear it for the full day, I need 2-3 touch ups with blotting sheets/compact to keep my face shine free. Its only the T-zone that gets a little oily, the rest of the face stays shine-free throughout the day. It does however gets wiped off from the skin when you use tissues so I’d recommend using blotting sheets instead of dry tissues. Even though it has a matte finish, it doesn’t feel dry on the skin. So dry skinned women can also use this but a moisturizer underneath is a must because the texture doesn’t feel emollient enough to soothe dry patches.
As far as longevity is concerned, it fairs decently well for 7-8 hours. It doesn’t disintegrate on my face or look patchy around the open pores. The only issue for me is the shiny T-zone which need blotting at least twice though this period but that is the case with pretty much any product I use. I wouldn’t however say that the face looks ‘fresh’ after the entire day. When I say this, I’m comparing it to another product by Lakme which fares much better on oily skin through the day – the Absolute Mattreal Mousse. So if you have quite oily skin, I’d recommend to spend a little more and go for the mousse instead of the CC cream.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Lakme CC cream is the shade selection. It comes only in 2 shades – Beige and Bronze. Beige is for fair skin tones and it looks little ashy on me. While Bronze is slightly warmer than my skin but works quite well. Both shades have yellowish tones, Bronze is yellower. There is an obvious lack of a third shade that could work for duskier complexions. I was recommended Beige and told that Bronze would be too dark for me but I’ve tried both shades and Bronze works perfectly well for me.
Coming to the sun protection, the CC cream only has SPF 20 and no PA++. So it only shields against UVB rays (responsible for burning i.e tanning) and not UVA rays (responsible for ageing). I wouldn’t recommend skipping your sunscreen unless you’re indoors all the time. The cream has the same lemongrass scent as the Lakme sunscreens, I find it quite nice and refreshing!
I’ve worn the CC cream in Bronze here (Set with powder), with concealer under the eyes –
(See breakdown of this look HERE)
The GOOD about Lakme Complexion Care (CC) Cream :
- Beautiful, convenient packaging
- Light, velvety touch
- Easy to use – spreads easily
- Blends easily with fingers
- Evens out skin tone
- Gives medium coverage
- Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin
- Looks very natural on the skin – not like ‘makeup’
- Doesn’t get cakey or patchy as it wears
- Contains SPF 20
- Has a refreshing lemongrass scent
- Good value for money (30 ml for Rs 250, Maybelline BB stick at the same price contains 10 g of product)
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lakme Complexion Care (CC) Cream :
- Oily skin needs touch ups
- No protection against UVA rays
- Limited shade range
- CC is just a catchy title
Overall, I really like the CC cream but its not without its flaws. The light, velvety texture spreads and blends easily giving a soft matte finish and medium coverage. The brightening effect is quite subtle and it looks weightless and natural on the skin – like you’re not wearing makeup. It wears decently well through the day though my T-zone requires a few touch ups to stay shine free. Addition of a third shade to the range would have really helped, so would have UVA protection. The ‘CC’ part is just a catchy title, it doesn’t contain any of the added benefits of actual CC creams. Nevertheless, its a nice product for everyday wear for creating a quick base.
Rating : 4/5
Buy Lakme CC cream online at Nykaa.com HERE