Sephora says: An all-in-one antiaging treatment, sunscreen, complexion corrector, moisturizer, and tint. This multifunctional complexion corrector is formulated with arbutin and camu camu, an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange. Vitamin C evens out the skintone and supports natural collagen, creating the appearance of firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin over time. It instantly minimizes the look of imperfections, while broad spectrum SPF 30 protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Antioxidant vitamins C and E help fight free radical attack and keep skin healthy, radiant, and beautiful.
BB creams, CC creams, DD creams, PooPoo creams… seriously I can’t even keep up. BB (beauty balm) creams made a huge splash in the US this past year. The average American woman uses 2 products a day, and since BBs claim to be your skincare, primer, and makeup all in one they were (are still are) a huge hit. So what’s the difference between BBs and CCs? CCs still prime, hydrate, and protect the skin. The difference is in the name, CCs are “color correcting,” so they have a few different ingredients that target lessening the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks. Is one better than the other? No, they are just different.
I apply this on a freshly cleansed face with my fingers. The first thing I noticed was the color, I have the color light to medium (it comes in 3 shades, this one is the lightest) and it’s too orange and dark for my NC30 skin. I was really surprised by this, while I’m not a dark skinned girl I wouldn’t be considered to be fair skinned.
The coverage is much like a tinted moisturizer (it reminds me of Laura Mercier’s). It’s a dewy finish, so if you have oily skin set this with some powder (I use the Bare Minerals Ready Foundation over it). When I used the product without powder on top, my face was shiny within 15 minutes. It gives enough coverage to give my skin some color, but a concealer is still needed if you have any major imperfections (dark circles, blemishes, etc). If you prefer a lighter coverage foundation, you may want to consider checking this out.
Since it made my face orange, I wanted to mix this in with a moisturizer to thin it out. I mix with the PTR Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer (half and half) and the two work nicely together. It does take away some of the coverage, but I use concealer and finish with a medium coverage powder.
The product does what if promises, which is minimize imperfections. I’ve been using for 2 weeks so I can’t really speak for it’s long term claims (firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin). Another thing that I love about this product is that it contains mineral/physical (as opposed to chemical) SPF. Neither type of SPF is better than the other, they just work differently. Sensitive skin types are less likely to be irritated by mineral SPF.
The product has a lot of stand-out ingredients that are beneficial to any skin type. On its own, it gives light coverage but still enough to help even out the complexion. Any skin type could use this (you can use it as a primer as well), if you have oily/combo skin finish with a powder to set and reduce shine. My biggest complaint is the color, the lightest shade is too dark and orange for my NC30 skin.
Glitter Rating: 4 / 5
Where: Sephora, Amazon. Price: $48.00/1.7oz
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