I've been wanting to try Smashbox Camera Ready CC cream for so long but could never justify paying the expensive price of the full size especially when I don't know whether it would break me out. Thanks to Sephora sample bags, now I have a mini travel size to try out!
The packaging of the sample size I have looks identical to the full size – plain white squeeze tube with a black screw cap. Convenient and fuss-free enough. The sample size contains 0.25 oz of product versus 1 oz of full size. I've been using it for well over a week and it's still no where near finished! So this little sample packs quite a bit of product in there. The color I have is in Light which matches nicely to my NC30 with yellow undertone.
CC cream is basically a BB cream with added color-correcting benefit. The Smashbox CC cream also claims to “prevents future discoloration“. How does it do that, I'm not entirely sure and I'm probably not going to know since I'll probably run out of my sample before I see any result. So, be advised that my review is based on what I've seen so far in a course of a week.
Start off with the texture. It is a little thicker than most tinted moisturizers but not as thick as the Chanel CC cream or Asian BB creams. It spreads easily and doesn't take much effort to blend. I've used both brushes and fingers to apply with great success. The cream dries down quickly to a natural-looking matte finish that you can probably get away without setting it but I still prefer topping with a loose powder at least.
The coverage is on the sheer side. I have a lot of post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation on my face and this cream doesn't even begin to cover them. With one layer on, the discoloration is only slightly corrected and most skin imperfections still shine through. With 2 layers on, my skin looks a little better overall – more even and smooth, but the marks are still visible. To prevent looking cakey, I limit the third layer only on the problemed areas but sadly, it still doesn't completely cover. So, you still need the aid of concealer to completely conceal those spots if you have quite a bit of acne marks on your skin like I do. It does cover pores very well, though. It didn't take more than a layer to make them less noticeable.
While coverage is not all that impressive, I have to say it does well at reducing oil production! My combination skin stays matte most of the day, maybe a little bit dewy on the T-zone in the afternoon but nothing more than that. And contrary to most reviews, I don't find it to dry out my skin, accentuate dry patches, or oxidize at all. It stays on and looks pretty much the same as when I put it on in the A.M. so I think its staying power is great. It hasn't caused me any breakouts, either so another thumbs up for not irritating my skin.
The added SPF 30 is a nice bonus that makes it a great little all-in-one multi-purpose product that you can quickly apply and get out the door. And if you have good skin to begin with, too? I think this will be a perfect product for you! Again, I can't say much about the long-term benefits of it because I probably won't have used it enough by the time I run out to see any improvements. If I decide to purchase a full size, I'll be sure to update you with the results.