A CC Cream We Believe In
Full disclosure: CC creams are starting to overwhelm us. The skincare industry’s supercharged answer to BB creams, color correctors are flooding the market like they’re going out of style (which the presumably will by year’s end). That said, it’s rare that a new CC cream elicits much excitement from us when it crosses our desk these days—which is why we were surprised to find ourselves so enamored with the latest from Amorepacific. The Korean brand’s Color Control Cushion Compact SPF 50 boasts unique packaging and an application that makes it stand out from a wealth of similarly conceived products. It looks like a regular puff and pressed-powder situation, until you open the lid; then the mind-blowing commences. Made from a 100 percent bamboo-sap base, rather than a traditional oil-and-water mix, the antioxidant- and amino-acid-rich complexion enhancer moisturizes and protects with green-tea-seed oil and camellia-flower extracts, inhibiting redness and inflammation and soothing and cooling skin in the process. Even more impressive is the cushion delivery system, which features a spongy layer that, when pressed, releases just enough product onto the corresponding hydrophilic “puff,” which contains microscopic holes to ensure that no liquid is absorbed, thus preventing it from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. (The unique design was apparently inspired by ancient Asian stamp-and-seal practices). Available in four different shades, the compact travels quite well and delivers dewy hydration in a few easy swipes. Consider our interest renewed.