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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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A man gives CC Creams a go.
I’VE always considered myself to be at the forefront of grooming. I cleanse, tone and moisturise regularly. I even use eye cream, night serum and broad-spectrum sunscreen. Heck, I’m even partial to a good facial every now and then.
Recently, I was asked to give CC Creams a go. I admit that the idea piqued my interest. On one hand, I was drawn to the thought of having a more flawless complexion, but on the other, I didn’t want to be seen as having foundation on my face either.
Make-up is still something outside the boundaries of masculinity. While skincare products are now deemed acceptable in this metrosexual age, men and make-up still don’t go together.
After some research, however, I found out that BB and CC Creams are supposed to be so light that they won’t even be noticeable.
I managed to “test-drive” the Biotherm Homme BB Instant Great Skin Cream SPF50 PA+++, Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. All three provide make-up benefits that brighten, protect and perfect in one simple step.
The BB cream contains an extract from the Moringa Oleifera tree that is known for its anti-pollution and anti-heavy metal properties. While the CC cream from Ole Henriksen utilises five sources of vitamin C and peptide, Peter Thomas Roth’s has camu camu – an Amazonian fruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange.
First of all, there’s nothing feminine about them at all. All three provided different levels of coverage and improved my complexion. The Biotherm Homme’s BB came in a thicker texture, and while it provided better coverage compared to the CC Creams, it didn’t look natural. Perhaps the colour wasn’t right for me. According to the brand, the formulation is specifically made for the thicker male skin. The texture is matifying and lighter than the one for women.
The CC Creams had a much lighter feel and look. Not only that, I think these two products offered better colour correction that evened out my skin tone and hid my blemishes well.
Ole Henriksen’s CC Cream made me look fairer despite claiming to be suitable for medium tone skin.
Later, I learnt that much like make-up foundations, it’s a matter of finding a product that suits your skin tone best (the colour grade of the products notwithstanding). So I reckon Peter Thomas Roth’s CC Cream matches my skin better.
I also discovered that BB and CC creams are two really different products. A BB cream supposedly provides a more comprehensive surface coverage, while a CC cream corrects colour more effectively. That would explain the experience I had.
Having tried out both BB and CC Creams, the question is, will I use them daily? Well, I will use them on special occasions, when added coverage is needed for my skin, but not all the time. My male sensibility just isn’t ready for that yet. — Bervin Cheong
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