I’d been teasing you with pictures of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream for quite a while now, and when I identified it as one of my ‘ang pow saver’ picks, someone actually said “A CC Cream? That’s a surprise coming from you!” And you know what? She was absolutely right!
Anyone who’s read my blog long enough would feel the same way as this reader did. I used to be quite outspoken against BB and CC creams, the alphabet creams, I called them. To be fair, the ones I started out using sucked for me. I never liked them (they were Korean hence my prejudice against Korean base makeup despite their improvements since) and they were just so bloody gimmicky, claiming to be moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, foundation and everything else you could think of. Bleh.
While I’ve since made my peace with BB Creams, I never understood CC Creams. I suppose I tried too hard to understand them, when I should have just treated them all as makeup! It’d be much easier getting my head around them then 😛
So, enter IT Cosmetics CC Cream, the one that promises to be your skin but better. I’d come across so many raves online from the time it was launched, but it’s actually hard to get IT Cosmetics online (before it was available). It wasn’t until a friend visited the USA that I managed to get my hands on it from Ulta. Not long after that, it was brought in by Sephora. <insert rolling eyes emoji> Such is Murphy’s law 😛
But you know what? In this instance, I’m in full agreement with the hype over this product. Yes, ladies and gents, the hype is real! 🙂
The IT Cosmetics CC Cream promises to do a lot of things – colour correct, give full coverage, have anti-aging and hydrating skincare properties, contain SPF50+ UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical sunscreen, chemical-filter free and paraben free. That’s just what they say on the tube!
But I bought this, and treat this, as I would any base makeup product. While I appreciate that it has high sun protection and physical UV blockers, and that it may have skincare properties, it’s still just makeup for me so I really pay those benefits no mind. If all that matters to you, then that’s great. I personally depend on my skincare to deliver all those benefits and a good sunscreen to offer my protection. Anything else is a bonus but is secondary.
The product comes in a tube with a pump that is quite easy to control. I use about 1 pump of product, which I find to be less than 1 pump from a normal bottle. However, if you prefer to use less, the pump is quite easy to control.
There are 5 shades available, and I picked Fair without seeing what they were. However, Fair is the perfect shade for me. I went into Sephora to take a look at the shades available, and did notice that the next shade up, Light, is a rather significant jump in tone. However, Light has a warmer base, while Fair has a more neutral base with a hint of pink. The biggest problem I feel, would be to find the proper shade to suit your skin tone.
The texture of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream is quite creamy and moisturising and it actually feels very comfortable on my skin. I do however, have slightly drier skin, so I’m not sure how this fares on oilier skin types. If you have oilier skin and use this, do chip in with your thoughts!
Coverage is touted as full coverage, which I’d tend to agree, if you use a little more of it. With 1 pump, I find that it offers me medium coverage at best. If I like, I can layer it on where I want more of it. But I usually leave that job to concealer.
In this swatch, you may see what I mean about the coverage. Once blended out, it pretty much adjusts itself to my skintone, although you may see a slightly lighter band of colour where the word “blended” is. In that sense, I’d not peg this as full coverage, although it can be layered quite easily and comfortably.
Here’s how it looks when I wear it.
There isn’t very much difference in the before and after photos is there? Coverage isn’t high enough to cover up dark spots, but it is enough to even out the complexion and to make it look a touch better and brighter. As it says on the tube, it is my skin, but better.
For me therefore, I find this natural, but only because I don’t aim for full coverage. What I usually do is use this CC Cream to even out my complexion, then use concealer where I need it, before dusting some powder all over to set. I do find I have to set, to take away some of the shine. This light layering technique gives me a very natural and more flawless visage, as opposed to piling on the base makeup.
I quite often use this CC Cream as my base makeup, because I find that it performs just as well as many of my liquid foundations, and feels comfortable. I don’t particularly notice any additional benefits, primarily because I rotate my foundations often and because, as I said, I don’t depend on this product for my skincare nor sunscreen protection. I wouldn’t recommend you do as well, but apparently, some people don’t like me saying that CC Cream shouldn’t be used as sunscreen – hey, do what you want! It’s your skin 😀
So, I like this IT Cosmetics CC Cream and I especially like travelling with it because the tube packaging makes it very portable and convenient. The coverage is good, and you can easily build it up, and it’s comfortable. It is also quite expensive, everything considered, but I read they may have smaller tubes that are more affordable. If so, get one of those.
IN A NUTSHELL
The IT Cosmetics CC Cream is a makeup base product that offers anti-aging and hydration skincare benefits as well as SPF50+ sunscreen protection. While it touts high coverage for makeup, I find that it is actually medium to full coverage, depending on how much product you use. I prefer to use less, and it evens out my skin and makes it look better but still very natural. If you want coverage, you’d have to layer it on. I’d also treat this as makeup, and use it after skincare and sunscreen. It isn’t drying, it feels comfortable, and it looks natural while making my skin look brighter. It just makes it look like my skin, just better and it seems to look better as the day wears on. I like this one, even if I’m still not sold on the idea of alphabet creams 😛
PROS: Feels lightweight on skin although it’s creamy, High SPF, Medium to full coverage, Can be layered without feeling heavy and uncomfortable, Not drying, Makes skin look better yet natural, Packaging is portable and convenient
CONS: Quite pricey, Shade selection is rather limited and differences in shades are quite significant
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a natural looking base makeup product that offers good coverage without looking heavy or cakey, Anyone who wants a base product that has some skincare benefits
PRICE: RM170 | US$38 for 32ml
I took a picture of the ingredients list, but it’s spread out all over the box so here’s the text version instead.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TITANIUM DIOXIDE 9.0% ZINC OXIDE 6.3% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, STEARIC ACID, CALCIUM STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) OIL, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM SEED OIL, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, NIACINAMIDE, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, CHOLESTEROL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, LACTOBACILLUS/HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER/LICORICE ROOT/MORUS ALBA ROOT/PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT/SCHIZANDRA CHINENSIS FRUIT/SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT/SOPHORA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, PERFLUOROHEXANE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM INDICUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT, PERFLUORODECALIN, MORUS ALBA FRUIT EXTRACT, MAGNOLIA KOBUS BARK EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SPROUT EXTRACT, DIOSPYROS KAKI LEAF EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA PRINCEPS LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAFLUOROPROPANE, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, STEARETH-20, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, HYDROLYZED SILK, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, N-HYDROXYSUCCINIMIDE, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, THIAMINE HCL, RIBOFLAVIN, RETINYL PALMITATE, PANTOTHENIC ACID, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, NIACIN, FOLIC ACID, CHRYSIN, CARNITINE HCL, BIOTIN, ASCORBIC ACID, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).
A point to note is that the physical sunscreen blockers used are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, and both of these reflect light. So, this won’t be the best base to use if you intend to take a lot of photographs with flash, as it can cause light to bounce back. It’s also interesting to note that this product is made in Korea. So, that puts paid to my theory about Korean makeup not meeting my bar LOL 😛
Have you tried the IT Cosmetics CC Cream? Do you use any other CC creams?
The only other CC Cream that’s impressed me is the one from Bourjois. So, if you are on a budget, consider that one instead. This one, albeit a good product, is pretty pricey.
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have you ever tried the Chanel CC cream? Also SPF 50 and costs much more. I’ve used my 2nd tube already and it’s finishing and seeing your review for this one, at a much lower cost, I wonder if it’s just as good. the Chanel CC cream is marvelous in its coverage and i love it so much as i don’t need to wear a foundation on top. if this is the same with IT, i wouldn’t mind trying because getting it from Sephora is so much more convenient for me.
Paris B says
I tried a sample that a friend gave me. From what I remember, I quite liked it. The coverage was high, and when they got in No. 10 which is my shade, it was a good match. I kept meaning to buy but never did, I think because of the scent. It’s very scented and I just didn’t like that scent. From memory, the Chanel one seems to go on with higher coverage almost immediately. This one, you may have to build it up. But I think in terms of SPF and product, this one maybe better. I think I read somewhere that there’s a sample/mini sized tube sold in Sephora (where all the mini travel sized tubes are) so if you see it there, try it and see if you like it. I think you should be able to get a shade match.
Arfah mohd idris says
I think this cc cream totally evened out your skintone. I dont see redness or uneven skintone around your nose. Looks lovely on you. Would have loved to see a full makeup look using this IT cosmetics CC cream as a base 🙂
Paris B says
Thanks Arfah 🙂 I’m working on a post about applying base makeup so I’ll use this one if I remember! But I usually dot on some concealer, apply powder and I get a pretty decent finish without too much heaviness 🙂
This is next on my to try list. For now I am loving the Luminessence from Giorgio Armani. Spf 35. I love it so much I wanna recommend it to everyone. Lol. My skin just glows when I use it. U need to try it!!
Paris B says
No access to Giorgio Armani cosmetics boo 🙁 But I’ll bear it in mind for the next time I come across a counter. And this is why I can never finish any foundations haha! 😀
Tine @ Beautyholics Anonymous says
I have such mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it looks good on my skin. On the other hand, it smells like vomit to me. Initially I thought I was the only one who thought this smelled like sick, which made me think I must have purchased a lemon, but when I blogged about this, several readers commented they thought this smelled like vomit too. Must be something in the ingredients that our noses picked up. I sold this in one of my blog sales some time ago but I wonder if I should give it another try, if a new tube would be better. Hmm …
Funny to me it smelled like lemon, or that citrusy smell a lot of snail based products have.
Paris B says
Hmm I went to take a sniff and while I had a hint of citrus, it wasn’t strong enough for me to mention. That said, I know how it can be with fragrance in products. We all perceive smells differently, and are sensitive to different scents. So sorry it didn’t work out for you scent-wise. It’s otherwise so good as a base right? Before you buy again, better take a sniff just to be sure. I think it should be at Sephora 😉
I love this CC cream too! It’s my travel buddy. I’m in KL for 2 days and I brought this with me. Fair works fine on my warmer skin tone and I’m quite picky when it comes to bases. It definitely isn’t too pink. Very neutral 🙂
Paris B says
Yep, I liked how neutral it was. The next shade up is markedly warmer so there is a bit of a jump there for those in between. But it’s otherwise very good. Hope your trip to KL was a fruitful one 😉
Was so happy to see this write up! 😀 I’ve been hearing so much about this cc cream and wondered if it’s really up to hype. It looks great on you – but I agree on the price, that’s stopping me.
Paris B says
Yep, I thought it to be quite pricey, but it’s a good one. That said, I’m told they do a travel sized tube that might come in handy to try without pinching the wallet 😉
Yes I LOVE this CC cream too! I do I apply it with a light hand as well, because it is a full-coverage base. It would be easy to go overboard if you use a heavy hand. Love this base because it really does even out my complexion, just dust on some loose powder and I’m good to go! 🙂
Paris B says
I’m with you Neri! A light hand and build it up is the way to go. I usually get my coverage with concealer where I need it and a bit of loose powder usually does the trick too. Better than piling on thick layers of base eh?
Looks good on you :-). Do you apply this CC cream using your 5-step technique for foundation?
Paris B says
Thanks Victoria. Yes I do, if I want more coverage. But I also sometimes just use fingers to apply (5 step, just that I blend with my fingers) and it works too (which is really why I use it more often than I should LOL!)
Used my friend’s cc cream illuminating in Tan. I am so used to very sheer coverage – my go to is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and Becca Aqua Luminous that i felt that the IT cosmetic cc cream looked ‘heavier’ on my face and a bit drying. I am still thinking whether to purchase the cc cream or repurchase my NARS and Becca. I am totally sold on the SPF though.
Paris B says
Sorry to hear you found this drying Iza, but I totally get you. Our skins are all different so it may not suit everyone. That said, if the Nars and Becca work for you, I don’t see why you should stop using it! 🙂 Sunscreen is always separate after all 😉
great review! may i ask what shade are you in Mac? thanks !
Paris B says
Thanks. Unfortunately I don’t wear MAC makeup so I don’t know my shade. I believe it maybe NC10 or 15 thereabouts?