Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Review, Swatches and Photos

Besides the OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tars, another winner I brought home from The Makeup Show Chicago 2013 was Smashbox Camera Ready Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting CC Cream.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream review
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

Similar to BB creams, a CC (short for color-correcting) cream is a tinted face product that is enriched with skincare benefits to even out skintone while improving skin condition. This one from Smashbox touts a formula that contains Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.0%, Oxybenzone 2.5% and Titanium Dioxide 1.1% for sun protection and a blend of ingredients (Licorice Root Extract and Wheat Germ Extract to name a couple) to brighten the skin and fade dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks. It can be worn alone or under foundation for more coverage.

The texture was creamy and a little thicker than a liquid foundation, just like most BB creams. It went on super lightweight and blended easily with both fingers and my favorite Crown Deluxe Double Sided Blender. Coverage was buildable and ran from light to medium. A light layer managed to cover up 2/3 of my imperfections and left behind a soft matte finish that felt and looked just like skin. I did, however, notice that it clung onto dry patches so make sure you exfoliate and moisturize well before hand. When worn without a setting powder on top, I also experienced a bit of shine on the T-zone after 4-5 hours.

Color selection wise, this was much better than your typical Asian BB cream which tends to only come in one or two shades. There are a total of five shades to choose from and the second lightest shade, Light, was a good match for my NC30 skin.

As for its skincare claims, I have yet to see any results (I have only been using the product for two weeks). However, the product has not broken me out or irritated my skin either.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Light
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Light swatch
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Light

Wearing Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Light
Wearing Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Light

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream is available at and Sephora for $42.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I can’t bring myself to try anything that says CC cream on it — the name just screams “we are full of crap” and I can’t get past that, even if the product reviews are great.

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