This blog title is a little bit dramatic, but honestly I didn’t want to downplay this product and thought it was quite fitting. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream has been around for quite some time and is a favourite of many beauty bloggers and beauty junkies alike. I had always resisted trying it because sometimes things just sound too good to be true. The Anna Edit raves about it and I should have known better than not to trust her fab reviews. I’m not going to bore you with the ingredients, but in short, there are some really good extracts and acids that are responsible for the hype. Amongst the benefits that the brand claims are anti-ageing (thanks peptides and added SPF), brightening, hydrating (hi Hyaluronic acid) and pore-minimising (thanks Vitamin B). It also claims to reduce lines and wrinkles whilst providing a colour correcting, full coverage finish.
It is indeed full coverage but not cakey. It has a dewy finish that makes my skin look perfected, but still like my skin. Colour correcting and brightening is absolutely evident as soon as I apply it and it just evens everything out so naturally, without making me look like I’m wearing a mask. My complexion still has dimension. In general my skin feels hydrated and it looks plump throughout the day. The lasting power is impressive (12+ hrs) and I feel like the plumping effect helps to minimise the appearance of my lines. I haven’t noticed any pore minimising at all but my pores are not that noticeable.
Just when you thought I couldn’t fault this baby, bam! Here it is. The outer packaging is not fantastic and the shade range needs to expand. They really need to work on their deeper shades as the offering is very limited. In terms of the packaging, the pump is great and it pumps out just the right amount of product. However, I can’t stand when the label starts disintegrating and leaving little silver flecks everywhere. The old Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask packaging did it too and it drove me nuts. I have to hold my tube of CC cream between a tissue so that I don’t get silver sparkles transferring on to my face. I know I’m not alone in this because I have seen other people’s packaging looking just as battered.
I wear shade Light and as you can see in the images above, it is pretty dark. I could probably step down to Fair-Light to be honest. Onto the SPF. Does it have SPF? Yes. Can you rely on it solely for your SPF needs? Heck no. Please check this article featuring Hannah English applying the CC cream as a sunscreen for evidence. The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is available at Sephora and there are some newer versions as well (which I can’t vouch for) such as the oil-free matte version and one with extra luminosity. Definitely on my list to try next!
Next week: The Divine Company skincare review.