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10 Best Tried and True Japanese CC Creams in 2022 (Makeup Artist-Reviewed)

CC cream can complete your base makeup all by itself. It's popular among all generations because it covers multiple functions, such as primer, color correction, and skincare. However, with many brands like Kosé, Rohto, MAQuillAge, Kate, and SK-II, all offering different features and finishes, it can leave us wondering which one to buy.

To figure out which were the best Japanese CC creams, we ordered the best-selling products from Japan's e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and @cosme SHOPPING ) and tested them all with help from a professional makeup artist.

We tested each product for each of the following:

  1. Finish
  2. Durability
  3. Resistance to dryness
  4. Feel

Which CC creams were our top picks? Keep reading to find out more! We'll also explain how to choose the right CC cream in our buying guide as well.

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  • Last updated: 08-17-2022
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CC Cream Has Multiple Functions in One Product

CC Cream Has Multiple Functions in One Product
CC creams are a great base makeup product that helps you create clear-looking skin, as well as create a natural-looking, no-makeup finish.

In addition to helping improve the finish and durability of foundation, it also acts as a color corrector, which is what the CC stands for. In short, it creates an even, neutral skin tone.


However, CC creams aren't the best in terms of coverage, so they're not ideal for those who want to conceal blemishes, wrinkles, and acne with a single product. To cover up those concerns, it's best to use a CC cream in combination with a concealer or foundation.


As Japanese CC creams are mostly formulated for colors that appeal to Japanese consumers, they tend to have warmer, yellow undertones rather than brighter, more pink or even bluish colors found in Korean CC creams, for example.

BB Creams Are for Creating a Base, While CC Creams Are for Color Correction

BB Creams Are for Creating a Base, While CC Creams Are for Color Correction

BB creams are similar to CC creams, but how they differ is that they combine sunscreen, base makeup, and foundation into one convenient package. Some can even be formulated to act as serums and creams. 


BB creams place more emphasis on creating a base for your makeup, while CC creams are more about color correction and evening out your skin tone. If you want to have a solid base for the rest of your makeup, choose BB creams. If you want to go for a no-makeup look, choose CC creams.


For more information on the best Japanese BB creams, check out the link below!

How to Choose a CC Cream - Buying Guide

Here are the three main points to keep in mind when choosing an CC cream.

Choose a Shade that Blends Well Into and Complements Your Skin

Choose a Shade that Blends Well Into and Complements Your Skin
The most important thing when it comes to base makeup is whether or not the shade blends well with your natural skin tone. When the shade matches your skin tone, the CC cream will reflect the light all over your face evenly and make your skin look more beautiful.

The more naturally the tone blends in and the better the cream addresses your problem spots, the more beautiful your skin is going to look. The following is how we use CC creams of various undertones in Japan. These hues can act as complementary colors to effectively conceal the areas of concern, and to help even out your skin tone.


  • Green: To cover redness, especially around the cheeks
  • Yellow: To cover hyperpigmentation and liven up dull skin
  • Pink: To create a healthier complexion
  • Blue: To craft translucent porcelain skin

Rika Fujiwara
Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
Rika Fujiwara

If you choose a shade that doesn't work well with your natural skin tone, it'll end up looking unnatural, as well as won't create a natural-looking glow, diminishing the effects of the CC cream.

CC Creams With Silicon-Based Ingredients Are Great for Oily Skin

CC Creams With Silicon-Based Ingredients Are Great for Oily Skin

No matter how nicely you were able to finish your base makeup, with dewy-looking, glowing skin, all that effort will go to waste if it were ruined right away. In order to make sure this doesn't happen, what's important is to check the ingredients when buying a CC cream. 


CC creams containing silicon-based ingredients, like dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, and cyclomethicone are common examples of silicone-based ingredients.

If you find it difficult to tell whether or not a CC cream has silicone-based ingredients, a good way to tell is to check the texture. CC creams with silicone-based ingredients often have a loose, milky texture that spreads easily. Another way to check is to read reviews online!

Look for Moisturizers in the Ingredient List

Look for Moisturizers in the Ingredient List

When your skin becomes dried out, your moisture and oil levels get unbalanced, which can result in problems such as rough skin, dullness, and smudged makeup.

In order to prevent this from happening, look for moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, collagen, squalane, amino acids like arginine, glycine, and serine, as well as glycerin, BG, DPG, and PCA.

Note that ingredients are listed in order of concentration, with the exception of quasi-drugs, so pay attention to where the ingredients appear in an ingredients list.

Rika Fujiwara
Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
Rika Fujiwara

Organic products and products formulated for sensitive skin tend to be relatively high in moisturizing ingredients. In particular, plant-based oils are great for those who are concerned about dryness, since the oil isn't as sticky yet blends and adheres well to the skin.

10 Best Japanese CC Creams

We gathered the most popular Japanese CC creams available online on e-commerce sites popular in Japan and had our Japanese editorial team test them all, as well as enlisted the help of a professional hair and makeup artist, Rika Fujiwara.


We tested each product for the following:

  1. Finish
  2. Durability
  3. Resistance to dryness
  4. Feel

※Some of the prices listed are Japanese prices converted into USD for easy viewing.

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Kosé Fasio CC Liquid Touch Proof 1

Kosé

2
Tokiwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.  Keana Putty Shokunin Mineral CC Cream Enrich Moist 1

Tokiwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

3
ettusais Co.,Ltd. Premium CC Amino Cream 1

ettusais Co.,Ltd.

4
Kosé Esprique CC Base Moist 1

Kosé

5
P&G Prestige G.K. SK-II Atmosphere CC Cream 1

P&G Prestige G.K.

7
Rohto Pharmaceutical Sugao Air Fit CC Cream Smooth 1

Rohto Pharmaceutical

8
Kosé Sekkisei White CC Cream 1

Kosé

9
Shiseido MAQuillAge Peach Change Base CC 1

Shiseido

10
Kanebo Cosmetics Kate Secret Skin CC Base Zero 1

Kanebo Cosmetics

Name

Fasio CC Liquid Touch Proof

Keana Putty Shokunin Mineral CC Cream Enrich Moist

Premium CC Amino Cream

Esprique CC Base Moist

SK-II Atmosphere CC Cream

Sugao Air Fit CC Cream Smooth

Sekkisei White CC Cream

MAQuillAge Peach Change Base CC

Kate Secret Skin CC Base Zero

Features

The Best CC Cream for Dewy Skin With Great Durability

Best for Pore Coverage With a Moderately Dewy Finish

Durable and Brightening With Only a Thin Layer

A Well-Balanced CC Cream That Covers Pores Perfectly Even With a Thin Layer

A CC Cream That Offers Natural-Looking Coverage

An Unusual Semi-matte Finish That’s Great for Those With Oily Skin

Natural-Looking Finish With a Moist Feel

A Versatile CC Cream With a Pearly Finish

Easy to Use, but the Color Might Not Work for Everyone

Price$38.88$11.07$55.99$24.66$99.90$31.92$55.50$27.91$53.84
Japaneseコーセー ファシオ CCリキッドタッチプルーフ常盤薬品工業 毛穴パテ職人 ミネラルCCクリーム エンリッチモイストエテュセ プレミアム CCアミノクリームコーセー エスプリーク CC ベース モイストP&Gプレステージ アトモスフィア CC クリームロート製薬 スガオ エアーフィット CCクリーム スムースコーセー 雪肌精 ホワイト CCクリーム資生堂 マキアージュ ピーチチェンジベース CCカネボウ化粧品 ケイト シークレットスキンCCベースゼロ
SPFSPF40SPF50+SPF40SPF50+SPF50SPF23SPF50+SPF25SPF30
PAPA+++PA++++PA+++PA++++PA++++PA+++PA++++PA+++PA++
FunctionsSerum, milky lotion, primer, sunscreen, foundationSerum, primer, foundation, concealer, sunscreen, pore-covering.Sunscreen, primer, pore-covering, clear-look, smudge-proofSunscreen, primer, pore-covering, moisturizerSunscreen, primerSunscreen, primer, foundation, finishing powderSerum, milky lotion, primer, sunscreen, foundationSerum, sunscreen, primer, pore-covering, blushingPrimer, sunscreen, brightening
Amount30ml30g35g30g30g25g30g30g25g
Available colorsTwoTwoTwoOneOneTwoTwoOneTwo
Overall score3.583.553.533.503.483.473.443.443.41
Finish3.83.53.33.85.03.84.33.83.8
Durability3.85.03.83.33.33.83.23.33.3
Moisture retention3.33.83.83.43.13.13.33.23.2
Feel3.33.24.33.83.83.63.33.83.3
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KoséFasio CC Liquid Touch Proof

$38.88

Japaneseコーセー ファシオ CCリキッドタッチプルーフ
SPFSPF40
PAPA+++
FunctionsSerum, milky lotion, primer, sunscreen, foundation
Amount30ml
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.58
Finish3.8
Durability3.8
Moisture retention3.3
Feel3.3
2

Tokiwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Keana Putty Shokunin Mineral CC Cream Enrich Moist

$11.07

Japanese常盤薬品工業 毛穴パテ職人 ミネラルCCクリーム エンリッチモイスト
SPFSPF50+
PAPA++++
FunctionsSerum, primer, foundation, concealer, sunscreen, pore-covering.
Amount30g
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.55
Finish3.5
Durability5.0
Moisture retention3.8
Feel3.2
3

ettusais Co.,Ltd.Premium CC Amino Cream

$55.99

Japaneseエテュセ プレミアム CCアミノクリーム
SPFSPF40
PAPA+++
FunctionsSunscreen, primer, pore-covering, clear-look, smudge-proof
Amount35g
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.53
Finish3.3
Durability3.8
Moisture retention3.8
Feel4.3
4

KoséEsprique CC Base Moist

$24.66

Japaneseコーセー エスプリーク CC ベース モイスト
SPFSPF50+
PAPA++++
FunctionsSunscreen, primer, pore-covering, moisturizer
Amount30g
Available colorsOne
Overall score3.50
Finish3.8
Durability3.3
Moisture retention3.4
Feel3.8
5
JapaneseP&Gプレステージ アトモスフィア CC クリーム
SPFSPF50
PAPA++++
FunctionsSunscreen, primer
Amount30g
Available colorsOne
Overall score3.48
Finish5.0
Durability3.3
Moisture retention3.1
Feel3.8
6

Dr. Ci:LaboCC Perfect Cream Base

Japaneseドクターシーラボ CCパーフェクトクリーム ベース
SPFSPF50+
PAPA++++
FunctionsSkincare, sunscreen, base makeup, foundation, color correction
Amount25g
Available colorsOne
Overall score3.48
Finish3.3
Durability3.4
Moisture retention5.0
Feel3.3
7

Rohto PharmaceuticalSugao Air Fit CC Cream Smooth

$31.92

Japaneseロート製薬 スガオ エアーフィット CCクリーム スムース
SPFSPF23
PAPA+++
FunctionsSunscreen, primer, foundation, finishing powder
Amount25g
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.47
Finish3.8
Durability3.8
Moisture retention3.1
Feel3.6
8
Japaneseコーセー 雪肌精 ホワイト CCクリーム
SPFSPF50+
PAPA++++
FunctionsSerum, milky lotion, primer, sunscreen, foundation
Amount30g
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.44
Finish4.3
Durability3.2
Moisture retention3.3
Feel3.3
9
Japanese資生堂 マキアージュ ピーチチェンジベース CC
SPFSPF25
PAPA+++
FunctionsSerum, sunscreen, primer, pore-covering, blushing
Amount30g
Available colorsOne
Overall score3.44
Finish3.8
Durability3.3
Moisture retention3.2
Feel3.8
10
Japaneseカネボウ化粧品 ケイト シークレットスキンCCベースゼロ
SPFSPF30
PAPA++
FunctionsPrimer, sunscreen, brightening
Amount25g
Available colorsTwo
Overall score3.41
Finish3.8
Durability3.3
Moisture retention3.2
Feel3.3

How We Tested the CC Creams

How We Tested the CC Creams

We gathered the best-selling CC creams from popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping, and @cosme Shopping and tested them all.


We tested each product for each of the following:

  1. Finish
  2. Durability
  3. Resistance to dryness
  4. Feel

Test ① Finish

Test ① Finish

First off, we tested the finish of each product. We asked professional hair and makeup artist Rika Fujiwara to apply a set amount of CC cream on Japanese testers. 


We had her check for the following points:

  • Whether or not the skin looks evenly colored
  • Whether or not it looks like product is caked on
  • If the skin looks natural and beautiful

CC Creams With a Light Texture Can Give the Skin a Natural Glow

CC Creams With a Light Texture Can Give the Skin a Natural Glow

We found out that all highly-rated products had a good balance of oil and water, resulting in a light texture.

These products delivered a natural sheen and made the skin look like it had been freshly moisturized. While only a very thin coat of CC cream was applied, they managed to create flawless, dewy-looking skin.

On the other hand, CC cream with a heavier, thick texture resulted in a matte finish, making the skin look unnatural, earning lower scores.

Test ② Durability

Test ② Durability

Next, we tested to see how resistant each CC cream was to smudging.


We first applied each CC cream to synthetic leather. After waiting for a set amount of time, we sprayed artificial sweat, made from a mixture of horse oil and water, in order to check how well each CC cream repelled water. The CC creams were given a score ranging from 1.0 to 5.0, with CC creams that were hardly unchanged after the artificial sweat was applied earning a higher score.

Products Containing Silicon-Based Ingredients Ranked Higher, While Matte Finishes Were Resistant to Sweat

Products Containing Silicon-Based Ingredients Ranked Higher, While Matte Finishes Were Resistant to Sweat

While CC creams that have a matte finish got lower scores in the finish test, they actually earned high scores in the durability test.

All the products that scored well in this test claimed to be smudge, sebum, and sweat-resistant products. We found that most of these products had silicone-based ingredients at the top of their ingredients lists.

If you're looking for a durable CC cream, check for these ingredients, since silicone-based ingredients create a film on the skin, which is why they're so durable.

Test ③ Moisture Retention

Test ③ Moisture Retention

Next, we tested how resistant each CC cream was to drying out. Dryness can cause your makeup to smudge, so it's important to choose a product that will keep your skin hydrated.

We applied CC cream on pieces of mochi rice cakes, all cut to a standard size, and left it on for four hours. We then visually checked to see how much the surface of the mochi had dried out, and graded the results on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0. CC creams that were able to keep the mochi cakes from drying out were given a higher score.

Organic CC Creams Had a Moist Texture That Adhered Well on the Skin

Organic CC Creams Had a Moist Texture That Adhered Well on the Skin

High rated products had a moist texture and feel in the test to see resistance to dryness. Many oil-based and moisturizer ingredients were seen in those products' ingredient list.

CC creams at the top of the ranking tend to be mineral, organic and for sensitive skin, so look for a product which claims to be gentle to the skin, if you want one with a moist feel.


In our moisture retention test, we found that products that earned high scores all had a texture that felt moist and hydrating. When looking at the ingredients list, this translated to products that had a high concentration of oils and moisturizing ingredients.


In particular, many of the top-scoring products were mineral-based, organic, or formulated for sensitive skin. If you want to prioritize moisture retention, then consider choosing a product that is gentle on the skin.

Test ④ Feel

Test ④ Feel

Since CC creams are products that can be used on a daily basis, in addition to their functionality, we also tested them for how they felt to use.

We gathered five Japanese members from our editorial team and had them check each product's fragrance, stickiness, and how convenient each container was to use. For the sake of fairness, we calculated each of our tester's average scores for each product in order to create a final score, ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.

Products With Smooth Textures Felt the Most Natural

Products With Smooth Textures Felt the Most Natural

We found that products that earned a high score in the finish test also tended to earn high scores in the feel test as well.

Our testers were particularly fond of CC creams with a smooth, milky texture. Many of our testers even commented that these products almost felt like they weren't wearing anything at all!

On the other hand, products that didn't fare well were products that were formulated for more coverage. While these products do indeed do well at covering up blemishes and other concerns, they tend to feel heavier, which our testers weren't fond of.

How to Use CC Cream

How to Use CC Cream
CC cream is pretty self-explanatory. You go through your skincare routine, squeeze a bit of CC cream onto your hand, and spread it out from the center of your face outwards. Afterwards, you just pat on a bit of face powder, and your base makeup is complete.
CC cream not only covers up fine lines, dullness, pigmentation, and pores, but also makes your face a shade brighter. It can also function as skincare, hydrating your skin, protecting it from the sun, and controlling oil. It’s pretty much perfect for daily use as an ultra-lightweight foundation.
Of course, CC cream is mainly used as a primer and color corrector, so many of them don’t provide much coverage. If you have stubborn pigmentation, then try the cream along with a good foundation and concealer.

Looking for More Coverage?

If you’re looking to save time, nothing beats a BB cream. It contains all your base makeup in one tube. We also had a chance to purchase and test all of Japan’s best-selling BB creams; you can visit the article by clicking below. Plus, check out some of our other links below for the ultimate coverage—foundation.

Author: Yukina Matsuda/Translation: Jasmine Li, Mitsuki Nagasawa, Tomoko Leeper


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    If you're a K-beauty fanatic, you know that ingredients in Korean skincare can do a body good. When it comes to your nighttime routine, night creams are the perfect tool for ensuring a great beauty rest! That's why we went out of our way to research and compile a list of our absolute favorite Korean night creams.In our opinion, Neogen x Joan Kim VitaDuo Day and Night Cream is among the great Korean skincare products that provide great hydrating and moisturizing effects. Aside from being effective, it's also very innovative as it contains two creams - intensive day cream and night cream - in one container. Check out what more skincare products are a good addition to your night skincare routine! And if you're still full of questions, check out our buying guide with tips from aesthetician Devan Jesmer.
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  • We Tried the 10 Best Japanese Whitening Serums in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    We Tried the 10 Best Japanese Whitening Serums in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    Whitening serums are essential for those who want to suppress melanin production and reduce the appearance of freckles and dark spots. However, with a wide range of products available, from brands such as HAKU, Chifure, and MUJI, to high-end brands such as Sunstar and Albion, as well as a dizzying number of active ingredients like tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and arbutin, it’s difficult to tell which ingredients are actually effective and which aren’t, as well as which products are best for sensitive skin.To determine the best whitening serums, we gathered the 48 best-selling whitening serums on e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping, and @cosme SHOPPING and tested them all.We tested each product for the following:IngredientsMoisturizing abilityFeelIn addition to our buying guide on how to choose a whitening serum, we'll also explain what you can expect from a whitening serum and answer your questions on whether or not they work on hyperpigmentation. Keep reading to find out more!
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  • 9 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Dyes in 2022 (Hair Stylist-Reviewed)
    9 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Dyes in 2022 (Hair Stylist-Reviewed)
    Dyeing hair has been on-trend recently, but it can be expensive to do. Why not try an at-home kit instead of heading out to the salon? They're perfect for trying out different colors and getting a feel for dyeing hair in general. Japanese hair dyes, though formulated with dark, black Asian hair in mind, can also work great for other types of hair, but always make sure to conduct a patch test in case!To figure out what's best to use, we evaluated and tested 9 of the most popular hair dyes found on popular e-commerce sites in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping. We tested them based on three criteria: FinishHow long the color lastedHow it felt after dyingKeep on reading to find out which was our top pick for best Japanese hair dye!
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Body Washes in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Body Washes in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    Have you ever wanted a body wash that doesn't have a strong scent? Or something that can moisturize your skin? Well, why not both? Japanese body washes are known for their gentle scents, formulas, and great feel. That's why we scoured popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Kakaku.com to find the best body washes available online. Then we purchased some of the most popular products and tested them for the following:Cleansing abilityMoisturizing abilityIngredientsFeelKeep reading to find out our 10 best Japanese body washes available online.
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    The Japanese skincare routine has quite a few steps. There’s cleansing; then the first step after cleansing is toning. To help you ease into Japanese skincare, we ordered the 10 most popular toners from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a specialist and had her compare the following:Moisturization AbilityIngredientsFeelThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese toners. We also consulted our specialist about skincare–for example, we asked about how to properly put on toner and the order in which we should apply toner, lotion, and essences. We share all this information at the end of the article, so stay tuned.
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  • 10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    Frustrated with all the sunscreens with rich consistency that won't sink into your skin and make your skin feel even oilier than it already is? Consider using a Korean sunscreen! Most have a lightweight consistency that can absorb quickly into your skin and provide optimal protection against the sun. Besides, some even contain ingredients that can help regulate oil production to balance out your oily skin and leave it feeling much more refreshed.After combing the internet, we've found 10 Korean sunscreens that can work like a charm for your oily skin. One of them is COSRX's Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, which is formulated with aloe leaf extract to soothe and lightly moisturize the skin. There are other products that are equally effective on our list, so give them a look as well!  And check out our buying guide and additional tips from aesthetician Devan Jesmer.
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  • 89 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Growth Products for Men in 2022
    89 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Growth Products for Men in 2022
    In movies or in person, you may have noticed that a lot of Japanese men have nice, full heads of hair. How do they do it? Surely many of them use hair-restoration products. But, there are so many on the market; how can you choose the one for you? mybest is here to help! We tested 89 different hair-restoration products from Japan- the top-sellers on sites like Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme, and ranked them to help you find the right one for you.With the help of our expert, we tested for the following points:IngredientsEase of Use
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