I’ve struggled with high maintenance skin since I was 17. Acne-prone, dehydrated, red and textured, my skin hates everything. It’s highly reactive to things I eat, things I put on it, etc. My relationship with makeup is love/hate. I wear it to cover my scars, hyperpigmentation and acne but fear that all the cake is causing me to breakout even further. Such a vicious cycle. It started in high school when I began getting little red spots and oily skin. I walked into Sephora, bought Clinique’s Even Better Foundation (my first and most hated foundation) because it promised coverage with skincare benefits.
Flash forward 4 years and not much has changed. My skin went from teenage to hormonal acne; as opposed to small spots all over my face, I get painful cystic acne around my chin. I know this is all TMI, but to anyone who knows the struggle, this one’s for you.
I struggle mostly with stubborn hyperpigmentation and breakouts around my chin, so I have an intensely detailed skincare routine in hopes of minimizing my need for full coverage makeup.
In comes the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. A hybrid between stable skincare and highly pigmented CC Cream, this stuff performs like a full coverage foundation while delivering skincare ingredients that work overtime to improve skin texture and even tone over time. Another un-hyperbolized fact: it offers more coverage than Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation. I know, exclamation point^100.
Not to mention it’s paraben-free with an SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum physical sunscreen. The hydrating formula is infused with effective ingredients like peptides, niacin, algae, vitamins A, C, B, E, hyaluronic acid, and other anti-oxidants and “exotic natural botanicals for long-term brightening and color-correcting benefits.” I’m sold. Peptides plump the skin, niacinimide combats uneven tone and all those vitamins target uneven texture. Not to mention the importance of wearing SPF, especially to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (if you have breakouts, the sun can deepen the redness and obstinacy of scars and pigmentation making it harder to reverse).
First, I love the packaging. The controllable nozzle let’s you use as much or as little product you’d like while maintaining hygiene and the integrity of the ingredients. The formula is thick, akin to a lotion consistency. It isn’t heavy though, and with my combo skin, it hydrates so my dry parts aren’t flaky and my T-zone doesn’t need to compensate producing extra oil to combat dehydration.
I do set my entire face because it does offer a beautiful, natural glow, but I prefer matte finishes to even out my uneven texture. I don’t feel a need to highlight because of the lit-from-within radiance this delivers.
I wear the color medium and find that it’s a great match. Like anything that isn’t your skin, it doesn’t perfectly fit my yellowy olive tone, but is practically undetectable to the human eye. It lasts all day, but that’s because I set it- I’m not sure how it would last on my oily areas without powder. Also, let’s take a moment to appreciate how I SKIP THE CONCEALER when I wear this… unless I have a nuisance of spot, but this covers everything I need it to.
Not sure what kind of witchcraft was put into making this but I don’t really care. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, will you marry me?
Here is only a fraction of the good for you ingredients that are used to make this silvery tube of magic: Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, orange peel oil, Lime Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Avocado Oil, Niacinamide, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/ Olive Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, , Camellia Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum flower Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen
This has earned holy grail status and is a permanent installation in my makeup bag. If you’re umming and ahhing over purchasing this, just do it. Suitable for a variety of skin types and tones, with a plethora of skin loving ingredients, this isn’t something to pass up. I’m itching to try their Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, let me know your thoughts on it if you’ve tried this or any It Cosmetics products!