I never really bought into the whole BB cream phase to be honest, and I quickly tired of every second product claiming to have BB benefits. I've tried BB creams but as a rule I generally prefer a little more coverage and for days when I don't need alot of coverage, I rarely don't stray beyond my beloved Smashbox tinted moisturiser.When I heard that there was a genre of CC creams sweeping out across the people, I am sure I probably rolled my eyes up to heaven and vowed I wouldn't buy into the CC fad. But when I heard that one of my favourite drugstore brands was releasing a CC cream, my interest was piqued. I am a longtime fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix, Happy Light and 123 Perfect foundations that I decided that it just had to be mine. I picked this up at the end of January and have been trying it out since.
The technology behind this is pretty impressive also. Like the 123 foundation, there are 3 pigments packed into this CC cream- Apricot to combat signs of fatigue, green to battle against any redness and white to camouflage any dark spots. Not only that, it also promises to leave you with a luminous complexion and smooth skin and 24 hour hydration with SPF 15 if you don't mind. It promises the colour correction of a foundation with the skincare action of a cream. Now all those pigments and promises might leave you feeling a little afraid about looking like the lovechild of Shrek/Casper/an Oompa Loompa, but the actual CC cream itself is not coloured and looks rather like your average tinted moisturiser. It comes in three shades I believe which might be a bit limiting- however if you are pale like me, no 31 Ivory is a nice match.
I used a flat top kabuki to apply this CC cream but I am sure you could use your hands. For the purposes of trialling, I didn't apply any powder over it, which is good, because I learned I don't have to put on any powder with this. It's not a matte finish, but it's not shiny- enough luminosity to please me minus any shiny patches. I didn't apply any concealer with this either but I did notice that my complexion was evened out and any blemishes/ freckles/ imperfections that I wanted concealed were concealed. The cream feels light and comfortable on the skin, and I did not notice any visible signs of this disappearing over the course of the day. I cannot comment on the 24 hour hydration comment because I would never have any foundation on for 24 hours but my skin certainly was not adversely affected or dried out by it and like I said, it is very comfortable on. What I love about this in particular is that my skin still both feels and looks like skin, and I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this coming into the summer months when I naturally veer away from the full on coverage of a conventional foundation.
Have you tried yet or do you think you might give it a try? Am I the only one that's skeptical of the BB/CC cream evolution?