I tell you what, the beauty industry can be pretty confusing at times… first we had foundations, then tinted moisturisers, then BB Creams and now we have CC Creams. Okay, CC Creams have been around for a few years now but you get my point. Each one does a slightly different version of the same job.
So incase you don’t already know BB stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, whereas CC stands for Colour Control or Colour Correction. Just like BB creams they have hydrating properties, SPF protection and usually a semi-sheer coverage. However, a CC Cream has the added benefit of colour-correcting technology to improve uneven skin tones. Yes, it’s true some CC creams seem to be little more than tinted moisturisers, but there are some that achieve their true purpose and believe me the difference is big!
I think I may have found one such CC Cream! IT Cosmetics Full Coverage SPF 50+CC Cream (£30, 32ml) gives great coverage, without being heavy, drying or too oily. It goes on beautifully and feels really smooth and hydrating on the skin. It also smells gorgeous and offers an impressive SPF50+ protection, which means it really does tick all of my skincare turned makeup boxes. I’m a big believer in sun screen and know without question that sun damage is my number one skincare concern. When we’re on holiday I never go below a SPF of 50 (for face or body) and always wear a big sun hat to cover my face.
I’ve been testing the ‘light’ shade which is fine for my skin tone but I think I’d go for the ‘medium’ version next time, as I found this a little too light without using a bronzer to warm things up. Having said that, I was testing it over the last month while on holiday in Spain and although I do my best to protect my face from the sun it does tend to tan quite quickly. So maybe this shade will be perfect for me in a month or so.
Regardless of the shade, this really is a good CC Cream and worth the £30 price tag. What you get with this CC Cream is essentially a hydrating, anti-ageing moisturiser, a high sun protector and a foundation all rolled-in to one product. When you look at it like that the price is very justifiable and it will save you time!