Monday, August 7, 2023

CLE Cosmetics CCC Cream Review and Swatches

Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

CLE Cosmetics CCC Cream, which stands for Color Control and Change Cream (CCC), is a primer, sunscreen and foundation in one. This beautiful multipurpose skin perfecter has a lightweight texture that melts into the skin, and it offers sheer and yet buildable coverage with a lovely satin dewy finish. It feels light, rather than heavy on the skin, and if you love an ethereal glow and excellent coverage, then this is a wonderful choice in lieu of a primer, sunscreen and heavier foundation.

This cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free beauty is free of artificial fragrances, but it has a very faint aroma that is informed by the Bergamot, Orange and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils, but it is neither cloying, nor long-lasting. 

It utilizes both physical and chemical sunscreens, Titanium Dioxide 8.88%, Octinoxate 7.00% and Octisalate 3.00% respectively, and the level of sun protection varies from 30 to 50 depending on the shade of the CCC Cream.

SPF 30: Warm Deep 501 | Neutral Deep 503 | Cool Deep 506 and SPF 50: Neutral Fair 101 | Neutral Light 103 | Warm Light 106 | Neutral Medium Light 201 | Warm Medium Light 203 | Neutral Medium 206 | Golden Medium 301 | Warm Medium 303 | Cool Medium Deep 306 | Warm Medium Deep 401 | Golden Medium Deep 403 | Olive Medium Deep 406.

According to CLE Cosmetics,

Our Color Control & Change Cream (CCC Cream) is a multi-functional primer & foundation that does it all. Moisturizes for a dewy complexion and offers light yet buildable coverage. Protects with SPF.

  • Micro Capsule Technology
  • Lightweight and satiny finish
  • Provides sheer yet buildable coverage
  • Free of all synthetic fragrances
  • Lightly scented using Bergamot (Furocoumarine-free), Orange, & Ylang Ylang Essential Oils
  • Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, Gluten-free, Cruelty-free Foundation, Vegan

The CCC Cream starts out white, and then transforms into the intended shade
Left to Right: Medium, Medium Light, Warm Light and Fair

Active IngredientsTitanium Dioxide 8.88%, Octinoxate 7.00%, Octisalate 3.00%.
Inactive IngredientsWater, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ceresin, Diisostearyl Malate, Sodium Chloride, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Synthetic Wax, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Chlorphenesin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Vegetable Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyester-1, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Disodium Edta, Natto Gum, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Alcohol, Primula Veris Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.

Directions: Apply a pea-sized amount of CCC Cream to cleansed & prepped skin. Using your fingertips, blend from the center of your face outward (hint: the warmth from your fingers will help bring the pigment out). Continue to blend with your fingertips until the capsules release their pigment and the color adjusts to your skin tone. If extra coverage is preferred, build upon the color by adding another pea-sized amount of CCC Cream to skin after the first layer has set in.

Overall Assessment: I love lighter coverage from tinted moisturizers, and I prefer dewy to matte finishes, and therefore CLE Cosmetics CCC Cream is perfect for me. It is also a wonderful choice for the summer, but I will be wearing this when the weather cools down as well. This is a very nice product, and I am thrilled to have discovered it.

$38.00 CLE Cosmetics, CLE Cosmetics Amazon Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, and REVOLVE (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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  1. This sounds great. I like a very lightweight coverage so I think I'd really like this. I've tried CLE Cosmetics before and have been pleased with them.

    1. I like lightweight coverage as well, Marcia and this formula does not disappoint! I am glad to hear that you have tried their products before, and I think that you would really like this their CCC Cream!


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