This is a question I’ve been pondering for quite some time.
Some years ago —around six to be exact, I tried a BB Cream. Remember those? The Blemish Balms, Blemish Base creams. Lighter than foundation but seemingly used to even out the skin tone while moisturizing and protecting you from the sun?
The BB Cream I used was by Dr. Jart and I purchased at Sephora. In all honesty, it mustn’t have had a great impact because I remember liking it but, for the life of me, I don’t recall it working wonders on my face.
I had the blue Dr. Jart BB Cream. I liked it–but I wasn’t over-the-moon about it!
In fact, I don’t even know if BB creams are still popular in the beauty circles. What I do know is that the Dr. Jart cream I used was nothing more than a pricey tinted moisturizer. Still, I remember liking it.
Fast forward to now.
CC Creams. Basically, the same thing as a BB Cream but with a built-in color corrector.
The iT Cosmetics shade selection of CC Creams. I should have known that with such a small shade selection, the product would be very small at correcting my skin!
And while perusing through QVC’s many offerings of beauty products, I came across a good deal on an iT cosmetics brush and CC cream duo.
The brush was a decent deal but truthfully, doesn’t work that well with this CC Cream. The brush is better left for a stick foundation and is now in my travel kit!
My love/hate relationship with iT Cosmetics continues in the fact that the brushes are stellar and many of the products have been “meh” to “WTF is this” for me. The one exception being the Lip Vitality products.
Three of the many iT brushes in my possess
Anyway, I decided to order the duo and take, yet another chance, on the brand to see if the CC cream would be worth a try.
But first I had to get past the awful term on the tube of CC Cream. The “anti-aging” term. It’s so effing demeaning and offensive.
Every. Freaking. Product. By. iT. Cosmetics. Is. Branded. With. This. Vulgar. Term! This is NOT hydrating–but it isn’t very pro-aging either so maybe………
The shade I chose was the Fair Light. Based on the swatches online, it seemed like a good enough match and it was.
The tube holds 1.08 Fl. Oz., is supposed to be a hydrating serum CC Cream with an SPF 50+.
The tube holds just a smidge over an ounce of product–but the amount of product you need on your face is quite a bit!
I pumped one pumpful on the back of my wrist and picked it up with the brush.
I’m surprised the pump did break after I used it twice!
This was one pumpfull. And I needed an additional pump to finish the rest of my face–and it was not full-coverage!
The brush was too stiff to blend the cream in, however it worked better when I stippled the product in and blended out with a beauty blending sponge.
The one pumpful was enough for one side of my face. I ended up using two pumpfuls to finish applying. It was not full coverage.
It did not cover all my redness and blotchiness. It did not even out my skin tone.
After 2 1/2 pumpfulls. You can see that the redness from my cheek and my nose shows through. There’s a spot of dewiness on my forhead and the rest of my face looks dry. Go figure.
But…….it did leave a dewy finish for a fleeting moment!
Yesterday I went over the CC Cream with the bareMinerals Serum foundation I picked up at TJ Maxx. At first I wasn’t crazy about this foundation then after seeing a tutorial on the proper way to use it, it turned out to be better than expected.
And I concealed with Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer–which I use quite often, as you can see!
t’s a shame because had this been truly full-coverage, it would have been a great, great product. It fell short.
Yesterday’s look. Thanks to my other products, my face had decent coverage.
And that’s what drives me crazy about IT cosmetics. The brand falls short with so many products. Remember the post I did on the iT eyeshadow palette? Allow me to refresh your memory: The Eyeshadow Palette You Should Not Buy!
The brand is touted for being very “mature woman” friendly. First of all, how can a brand be mature woman friendly when they use the incredibly unfriendly “anti-aging” term? Think about it.
But what’s worse—either I’m the only “mature” woman who’s had an issue with iT’s creams, foundations and eyeshadows or the brand is pulling one over our heads!
Don’t get me wrong. I adore the Vitality Lip Flush. I have four of them in the Je Ne Sais Quoi shade.
My friend Anna Marie got me hooked on this stuff! It’s the best lip product out there!
And I have the Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip and Cheek Flush which I use specifically on my cheeks. I’m on my second stick.
One of my “summer” go to’s. I swipe it on sun-kissed cheeks and it’s beautiful!
And the Hello Light Crème Illuminator is fantastic.
And, as you can see, I use this quite often!
In the past, I’ve received generous samples of their various moisturizers that left me perplexed and flummoxed as to why my skin felt taut and dry after using them. I
The foundations—the same thing. No hydration for this woman’s skin—go figure!
But I still manage to try to give the brand one more chance. And one more time, it failed!
Overall Rating? The Brush? C–it does the job but not for this CC Cream.
CC Cream? D- to F. It failed.
Today’s face was rescued with The Ordinary’s Serum foundation!! I had hopes for iT’s CC cream but it was hopeless.
I stand by my thoughts that Deciem’s The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation is one of the greatest foundations out there. It even beats The Ordinary’s Coverage Foundation in the coverage department. And both foundations are a lot less expensive than iT’s CC Creams and foundations.
What say you? What brands are so hit-or-miss or what brands to you have a love/hate relationship with? It’ll be a good share in the comments!