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Beauty Review: Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 PA++ – Deborah Tan

This month, Origins launches its first CC cream. Now, you may have gone, “Another one?” but, given that there are so many skin concerns/types/tones/problems, it is always good to have more options. A while ago, BB creams were the talk of town (and in fact, they still are). Then the emergence of CC creams gave rise to a very key discussion in beauty: What are the differences between the two?

For one, BB creams tend to have a heavier texture and coverage compared to CC creams. The names are self-explanatory that way. BB means blemish balm, CC says colour correct. So if your complexion is marred by very obvious zits and scars, perhaps BB creams are more suited for you. If your complexion tends to be sallow, uneven, blotchy, a CC cream should suffice.

Both BB creams and CC creams of today come oozing with skincare benefits and are available in a number of great textures, so I wouldn’t go as far to say that CC creams are better than their predecessors. Because of the options available to us, I strongly recommend you try as many as your budget and time allow to find the perfect one for you.

For me, I hated the “greyish undertone” the older BB creams tend to have so I always, always check for colour first. For Denise, she was told by a makeup artist that it is very difficult to find base makeup that suited her skin tone so she tends to be skeptical about the “one shade suits all” concept. For Lili, she has super-dry skin so texture and hydrating benefits are top on her list.

The folks at Origins are very confident of their CC creams and insisted that it will please the three of us. Before we show you the results, a picture to explain why this CC cream is so “powerful”:

How smart is Origins' new CC cream?

How smart is Origins’ new CC cream?

More than just a colour product, this CC cream is supposedly “smart”. The magic starts when you apply the CC cream. Depending on how much pressure you apply – an intuitive act since we tend to focus more on problematic areas – the cream releases just the right amount of pigments to correct your skin tone. Then, as you go about your daily business, it releases vitamins and antioxidants every time your skin gets exposed to harmful stuff like UV rays and pollutions. Finally, instead of just dumping a whole load of ingredients at once onto your skin, it contains time-released capsules containing salicylic acid (great for those with oily, acne-prone skin) and chestnut extract to refine your complexion.

Our reviews:

Left: Denise; right: Lili

Left: Denise; right: Lili

“Blended perfectly with my skin tone!” Denise Li
I’ve never been sold to the idea of BB or CC creams because I could never find one that matches my skin tone. I found myself pleasantly surprised at Origins’ CC cream. It blended perfectly into my skin, gave me a dewy finish, and has pretty good coverage despite its lightweight texture! You can even see that it’s evened out the ruddy patches of my skin and covered my acne scars. The only thing I didn’t like was that my skin did not stay matte for long. I would avoid using this on my oily T-zone in future.

“A dream to apply” Tan Lili
Because of my dry skin, I usually have to spend a while prepping my skin till it’s “foundation-ready”. Often, I just skip makeup altogether because it takes too much time! I found this CC cream a dream to apply – it was very easy to blend. The slight hydrating benefits also meant that my skin didn’t “crack” or flake. However, I would love for it to be more moisturising so I can finally achieve dewy-looking skin.



“Just nice for a day of light makeup” Deborah Tan
The picture you see here is me wearing only Origins CC cream and eyebrow makeup. No blusher, no highlighter. I love that it tames down my natural flush without completely hiding it so I look as if I still have blusher on. This CC cream keeps my skin soft and hydrated throughout the day and, being prone to acne and excess shine, I like the idea of salicylic acid being released gradually into my skin.


Origins products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, petroleum paraffin, and animal ingredients (except cruelty-free honey and beeswax). The CC creams were given to Material World for review purposes in conjunction with its launch this month. You may read our advertising policy here.


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About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and is contemplating whether or not to tattoo her eyebrows so she can skip drawing her brows every day. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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