If you stalk Sephora online looking for new releases, then you already know that It Cosmetics is the latest brand added to our cosmetic haven. I’ve read rave reviews of its CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream so my impulse radar went haywire, I have to try it once and for all! But is it really that good? scroll further for details and swatch comparison with my holy grail By Terry Cellulose Moisturizing CC Cream and second pick Giorgio Armani Luminescence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer.
Sold for $38 (1.08 fl oz/32ml), it is relatively cheaper compared to By Terry ($87, 1.41 fl oz/40ml, reviewed here) and Giorgio Armani ($55, 1.01 fl oz/30 ml, reviewed here). It comes in five shades and claims to offer full coverage, much like a foundation doused with skincare add-ons. I bought the medium shade which is a close match to my medium/ yellow under tone.
The formula is definitely thicker than By Terry and Giorgio Armani. In fact, it has the capacity to cover vascular pigmentation on the face without the need for concealer. If you have normal to dry skin, you will appreciate its extra hydrating property but not so much if you have oily or pores waving back to your neighbors. I have combination skin and have pores that are quite obvious up close. My typical makeup routine omits primer because I find that moisturizer and serum are enough to provide base whilst keeping my skin hydrated. Having said that, It Cosmetics didn’t seem to sit well on my face as it settled on my pores which normally don’t happen with By Terry or Giorgio Armani. I tried applying it with fingers, beauty blender and foundation brush but still gave me the same unsightly effect. I’m not the one to give up so I tried using a primer underneath (Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield), it somewhat achieved the result I was expecting but it needed to be layered with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau powder foundation on top for extra reinforcement (reviewed here). Longevity is not as I hoped for, about five hours with obvious shine on the third. The long list of ingredients which include several oil extracts definitely targets the normal/dry/aging skin. On a side note, even if it contains SPF 50, I still recommend applying another sunscreen underneath because you only need a small squeeze of this product to cover your entire face, hence not enough to provide sun protection.
Although using a primer underneath is the logical solution, I am not going to repurchase this because I am pretty much locked in my current routine (no primer) and adding one step to get quite an acceptable result is impractical at this point. Key takeaway: another case of “what works for others may not for me and vice versa”.
Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine Hcl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine Hcl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499)