IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+ Review, Price
Hello everyone. How have you all been? Its been so long that I posted anything on the blog. I have so many pending products and posts to do. I know I have been saying that for the longest time. So let’s not go into it and hop straight onto the review. 🙂 The product I have is IT COSMETICS CC+ Full Coverage Cream Illumination SPF 50+ which is kind of a cult product with rave reviews everywhere on the internet. Sadly it did not work for me the way I wanted, so I don’t wear it much these days. Let’s find out why!
Price: AUD 61.00 (Appx. INR 3000/- )
What it is:
IT’s your colour-correcting, full coverage cream enhanced with Drops of Light Technology® to give your skin the look of subtle radiance. It’s formulated in five shades that deliver full, flawless, perfect coverage, while protecting your skin with one of-a-kind UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical-only SPF 50+.
What it does:
Clinically shown to increase skin hydration by 179% and improve skin texture, this breakthrough illuminating cream never creases, never cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. Plus it’s infused with an advanced anti-aging serum formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants that work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores and give you the look of radiant, supple and flawless skin.
IT’s your anti-aging, hydrating formula infused with breakthrough brightening, colour-correcting and nourishing ingredients, including niacin, algae, vitamins A, C, B and E and hyaluronic acid.
Titanium Dioxide 9.015%, Zinc Oxide 6.305%, 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: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).
How to Use:
Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Sun Protection Measures. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Full Cover Cream Illumination SPF 50+ Review:
IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream Illumination is supposed to be an optimized version of the original IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream SPF 50+ with just added illumination. I have not used the original IT Cosmetics CC cream to really give you an insight into how both of these compare. I will just share what I like and dislike about this illuminating version.
Shade: With just 5 shades to choose from, it wasn’t easy for me, but I opted for the shade Medium after researching online. It was kind of fine, but made me look orangey dark after few minutes. If you are wheatish like me, I would ask you to try in store and then decide.
Texture: Very creamy and thick. It actually glides so thick on skin that I find blending an issue especially if you do not have the correct match. Moisturiser underneath is a must unless you have very oily skin. It CC cream illumination is definitely not a base you would want to wear when you don’t have much time on hand. With a brush or sponge applicator it blends fine, but I am just not too comfortable with such thick formulas. However this very thickness is the reason you need a tiny amount.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream “Medium” Swatch
While it looks so emollient on swatch, it sets into a demi matte finish (almost matte with a dewy shine thanks to the almost invisible light reflecting particles) . It does not feel very hydrating on its own, so I always have to wear a moisturiser underneath. Also, this settles into fine lines and highlights the dry patches on my face badly. 🙁 My pores which are not very visible otherwise start bothering me whenever I decide to give this another try. For reference, I have acne prone combination skin with some dry patches.
Coverage: With just a pea size, you get medium coverage which I really like. It evens out pigmented areas really well. But does not give much coverage to dark circles or major acne scars. Its more like using a blur filter where your skin does look better but not perfect. Layering covers better but it gets cake-y on my skin so for me it is definiely medium+ but not full coverage as it claims. Refer images below.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream “Medium” On my wheatish skin
It looks rather nice in photographs once you have done full face makeup, but I do not like how my skin looks in person. So this definitely failed at being my go to regular wear base.
Longevity and Removal:
It stays on for 5-6 hours but moves around a bit after 3-4 hours of wear. Especially around my nose and eye area. It needs a setting powder on top if you have a long day ahead. Removal is another major issue I have with this CC cream. While the color pigments wear off easily I am always left with these sparkles all over my face and palm after a removal session. Nothing removes it completely and I keep noticing the glitters even after a day. It makes me wonder if this is really good for skin as per the claims. :/ Thankfully the glitter is almost invisible unless I am facing direct sunlight with a mirror to inspect. Even with flash photography, I couldn’t catch the shimmer on camera. So these are really really fine but become conspicuous on bare skin after makeup removal.
Packaging: The best part of this IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream IMO. :X The tube and pump dispenser work so well with the creamy formula. No chances of mess or fear of dropping it at all.
To be honest, the ingredient list is impressive (and super long!). Did you notice snail secretion!! Even though it has a lot of skin friendly ingredients, I don’t find the formula very good to be replaced as your daily moisturiser or anti-ageing treatment. Also, for the sunscreen to work effectively, you need to put on much more product which is not really possible due to its thick creamy consistency. It will only make your base look cakey. Yes, its definitely better than wearing a no SPF base, but you shouldn’t expect it to work like your regular sunscreen either. And as a base I am not very fond of the formula. So personally if you ask me, I would not recommend it to anyone. I would also like to mention that, this product has a lot of fan following, so you should probably try a sample amount first before deciding upon it.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
My Recommendation: No. I do not like the formula at all. I really wanted this IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream to work for me but sadly I was left disappointed every time. It may behave differently on oily skin or in different climatic conditions though. So don’t go by online reviews. Decide only after trying it out at the store.