I was introduced to this product, like many others, through Anna’s beauty videos on the Anna Edit. I don’t remember exactly what it was that convinced me so strongly to buy it, though! It might have been because I watched quite a few of her videos and this product remained a part of her collection after various declutters – she even had backups! But I’m sure there were multiple other YouTubers who also used this and loved it.
Price: £31 for 32ml/1.08 fl oz.
Availability: Boots (Online), Selfridges (counters in-store, and online too), along with many other online retailers. I got shade matched in person at a Selfridges counter but bought the product at Boots with a student discount.
Cruelty-Free? Yes, but sold in China.
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 is your anti-ageing, full coverage, colour correcting cream that delivers 7 benefits in one. CC+ Cream is your multi-tasker that provides hydration while covering the appearance of skin imperfections.
Infused with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, this skin-loving full-coverage foundation reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
I first bought the shade Light, assuming that the lightest shade would be too pale for me as usual. I was shocked to find it was dark and peachy on me. I’ve since passed it on to Q and repurchased it in Fair, the lightest shade which matches me best. It’s a little neutral with not enough yellow tones, but it works well enough to not be noticed on my skin as it’s not full coverage.
They only have 12 shades at the moment and if I’m the lightest shade, that’s really not a good sign of a good range as I’m by no means super pale.
My Other Base Matches (ish):
- Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1W2 Sand (Pretty much perfect in full coverage)
- Maybelline Eye Eraser in Light (Slightly light but love the yellow tone that makes this workable)
- Revolution Define and Conceal Concealer in C6 (Lighter, more neutral)
- Dior Forever 1N (slightly orange)
That said, the fact I had experienced the formula and still wanted to rebuy it in a lighter shade is really saying something for me. As you know, lately I have been moving away from matte textures and more towards more normal-looking skin. It’s like I’ve finally decided to own my oil and pretend it’s glow and honestly, I think it was a good idea.
I was so pleasantly surprised by its texture! It’s quite light to me although bear in mind my reference is Estee Lauder Double Wear which is quite thick. It feels like a light moisturiser or lotion and is quite cool on the skin when I first apply it. I wouldn’t call it full coverage – more like medium at best. It is buildable though, which I think is impressive for a product of such a light creamy consistency to have so much pigment in it. I’d layer a concealer on underneath if there are blemishes that need covering.
My favourite thing about this product is that I can apply it with my fingers and it still looks fantastic on my skin, which I think is a super important distinction between BB and CC Creams and foundation. Therefore, it’s amazing when I am in a rush in the morning or want to look halfway decent after going to the gym. If I’m not rushing at home, I can still use a damp cushion puff for the best finish.
In terms of wear, I will look quite glowy after three or four hours with visible product breakup if I haven’t used a primer underneath. If you have a normal or drier skin type you’ll probably fare a lot better in terms of wear time. It Cosmetics do offer a matte, oil-free version of this CC Cream which I might check out if I want to go back to matte finishes again. As for my oily skin, the original CC Cream fares best on wear time with my matte sunscreen underneath – I use the Biore UV Perfect Milk, which is amazing for oil control.
Whilst the SPF50 is certainly impressive in a base product, remember to wear a separate sunscreen underneath anyway. It takes quite a bit of sunscreen to get the labeled SPF and I’m not going to use that much CC Cream! Especially when it’s fairly expensive!
As it also claims to be a skincare item, I shall also have a look at the ingredients. Here is its page on SkinCarisma. I was surprised to find out the product is made in Korea, which made the fact that snail is included a bit less surprising. It contains a fair amount of essential oils and botanical extracts, which you want to watch out for if you are sensitive to them.
Overall, I’m really happy with this CC Cream but do wish they would offer more than just 12 shades so I could sing its praises to everyone I know! I love the quickness of just slapping this product on and dashing out the door, which is great for a student who is always short on time, and I think it’s worth the price tag and even better if you can score a discount for it.