Product Review – Yardley CC Cream

So there’s a new affordable CC cream on the shelves, ladies!

I’ve been contemplating purchasing the Clinique CC cream or Smashbox CC cream for a while now but hesitated because of the prices associated with them.  When I saw this Yardley one on the shelves in Clicks, I decided to give it a go since the price tag was nowhere near the Clinique and Smashbox ones.

What is a CC cream:  CC generally stands for ‘color corrector’ or ‘complexion corrector’ and the products are designed to address issues like redness and discolouration and are usually lighter on the skin than a BB cream.  CC creams tend to be worn alone, like a foundation of sort and should provide enough coverage to do so.

What Yardley says:  New Yardley CC cream – so much more than BB cream.  Not only does it cover, it also actively improves your skin by treating imperfections.  Helps minimise appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, brightens & enhances complexion, fights & covers up blemishes and imperfections, nourishing & rejuvenating with Advanced Vitamin Technology.

My review:   The CC cream comes in 6 shades (Light, Fair, Medium, Warm Tan, Deep and Dark), of the 6 the shade ‘Fair’ was most suited for my skintone.  ‘Light’ is the lightest shade in the range and ‘Dark’ is the darkest shade.  When I initially saw the colour of the actual cream, I felt a bit apprehensive.  It’s a VERY neutral shade, almost to the point of being grey-toned.  It promises to help minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles plus reduce redness and uneven skintone.  I can’t say it does anything to reduce the look of fine lines but it does, however, do a really good job of covering the redness in my cheek area.  I have quite temperamental skin, one day it looks glowing (in a healthy way) and the next it can look like I’ve spent the day in the sun.  Red, blotchy skin is not a cute look and on days like these I tend to reach for either a heavier foundation or something that will cover up the redness.  This CC cream creates an even-ish canvas (I say even-ish because it covers up redness but not all discolouration) and preps the skin for a smooth application of foundation.

The pro:  This CC cream is well moisturising and makes my foundation glide on very smoothly, I also feel it helps my makeup set into the skin and not just sit on top.  All in all, I would say this makes for a great primer (not foundation).

The con:  Although I’m sure it’s intended to be worn as a foundation, unfortunately it doesn’t give sufficient coverage.  The shades are also quite ashy / grey-toned (I assume to cover redness etc) and if worn alone, I would imagine one would look like a zombie.

The price:  R 99,99 for 35ml (available at selected Foschini, Dischem and Clicks stores).



  1. Chicara
    21 August 2013 / 15:50

    Great review! I don’t wanna look like a zombie though. Ha, ha.

    • 22 August 2013 / 11:37

      Haha! Yes, that’s why it’s best used under a foundation. x

  2. 21 August 2013 / 16:09

    I found the Clinique I got was too pale so I looked dead. But it works brilliantly when I mix it with bronzing beauty balm and the coverage is really good, better than light foundation even

    • 22 August 2013 / 11:41

      Sounds good! I went to a Clinique counter when the CC cream was just released and the sales lady was applying it to another lady’s face and from what I could see, it didn’t cover that well…that’s also why I was so hesitant because it’s the price of a drugstore foundation (if not more expensive) but didn’t look like it covered much. That’s for commenting though, I trust your opinion. 🙂

  3. 21 August 2013 / 22:35

    I’ve been wanting to try this CC cream but hoped it would provide a little more coverage

    • 22 August 2013 / 11:43

      Yes, it was a bit of a disappointment in the coverage department but at least I’ll get full use out of it as a primer. 🙂

  4. Lauren Henderson
    22 August 2013 / 10:47

    This brand isn’t sold here but it looks like an affordable color correcting primer. Great review, Luzanne! xOx

  5. Ronel Marais
    22 August 2013 / 11:21

    I also bought this one when I saw it out on the shelves in Clicks, I agree with you I can’t just wear it as a foundation. Never thought to wear it as a primer, thank you!!! At least now I’ll get some value for my money 🙂

    • 22 August 2013 / 11:46

      Glad I could help, Ronel! 🙂

  6. Roseline Phahlabe
    19 January 2016 / 21:06

    I’ve been using the Yardley CC for a week now. I agree it is light and it doesn’t cover all the imperfections of the skin. The good part, it makes my skin glow and nourished. There’s a huge difference on my skin tone & I don’t have any regrets from giving it a try.

    The lady at Clicks, recommended that I use it as a primer and I can’t agree more. Thumps up for a good product. The container as well is worth carrying because of it’s so portable.

  7. Roseline Phahlane
    19 January 2016 / 21:12

    The Yardley CC is worth it. I’ve been using it for a week & I’ve since noticed a huge difference on my skin tone. My skin is glowing, nourished & it gives me a matte look.

    It doesn’t cover all the problem areas though, I agree that it works perfectly as a primer.

    Keep it up.

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