Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Juice Beauty CC Cream Stem Cellular Repair (Warm Glow)

1.7 fl oz / 50ml,  $39 Ulta

Yep, despite the craze and raves on BB creams, I have not purchased one. I feel that those I have swatched in-stores won't be compatible with my very greasssssy face; that's how much oil we are talking about. Plus, I don't have flawless skin so I prefer more coverage than the barely-there look these BB creams provide. But see I'm up for change, it's the new year's so while browsing Ulta online, I've spotted this CC cream that poked my curiosity.

So is CC Cream the new BB? CC or color-correcting cream claims to have more benefits than its predecessor blemish balm cream. Juice Beauty, a cruelty-free and certified organic brand, has this to say about its Stem Cellular Repair 12-in-1 product:
  • Chemical free SPF 30
  • Repairs DNA damage
  • Evens skin tone and texture
  • Firms and improves elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Creates a radiant, glowing complexion
  • Balances skin tone
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Mineral tinted coverage
  • Ultimate moisturizer
  • Skin perfecting color
  • Great for all skin types
Ingredients:
Active: Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive: Juice Beauty Proprietary Blend Of Fruit Stem Cells: Apple Buds, Grape Buds & Lemon Bark. Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Leaf Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate (Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid), Malus Sylvestris (Apple Buds), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Buds) & Citrus Limonum (Lemon Bark), Iron Oxides, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) & Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Pure Essential Oils. * = Certified Organic Ingredient


If I greet you "a pleasant good morning", wouldn't I sound annoyingly redundant to you? Pleasant = good. That's the point I'd like to make. The 12-in-1 claims have overlapping description. Evens skin tone and texture, skin perfecting color, and balances skin tone can all be counted as one. Firms and improves elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkes, and creates glowing complexion has the same meaning albeit worded differently. And yeah, sunscreen reduces DNA damage.  So in effect, this CC cream basically provides the same benefits as BB cream! It is your primer, sunscreen, moisturizer and light foundation in one. 

Now comes the only difference in my opinion- the formula. This is thicker compared to western BBs (Boscia, Too Faced, Tarte) and a tad harder to blend with fingers that's why I turn to my foundation brush. And that's not all! I find it easier to apply and blend if I mist my brush with a setting spray (Skindinavia).

Warm Glow
Let's go to finish and coverage. There are only two shades to choose from: Natural Glow and Warm Glow. I have medium skin tone so I purchased Warm Glow.
To your left is my bare-naked face (red and haggard, ugh!) and right, the result of applying Warm Glow. While it evened out my skin tone, it made my face look oilier than dewy. To remedy this dilemma, I used two blotting papers to absorb the extra moisture off my face, then set it with a pressed powder.

So 'lemme finish my face and then we talk again, oki?

make up and all,
as if it made a difference, hahaha!
Sans primer, this CC cream is practically gone after six hours. I have also noticed oxidization, sheez! my face turned quite orangey and darker by mid-day. But with primer, it lasted quite longer and solved the oompa loompa phenomenon.

Oh the fragrance, of course I didn't forget that! It has the signature Juice Beauty scent- woodsy citrus. Look up the ingredients and you'll understand why (apple, grapes, aloe, etc.)

So the hot burning question is, do I like it? Despite the inconvenience of blotting my face, "diluting" the thick formula by dampening the brush, and adding a primer to a product that's supposed to do all,  I'd say yes. I like that it has SPF 30, cruelty-free and organic. I prefer using this for quick errands or whenever I feel like looking au naturel.

Do you need it? Well yeah (1) if you have dry or mature skin (2) you prefer a lighter coverage (3) you are not happy with your BB cream (4) you're as curious as hell to know what a CC cream is.

So will you be joining the CC generation?

Kathryne

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