REVIEW: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

With all the hype around the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, I just had to see what all the fuss was about. While I’m happy with my Rachel K CC Cream Renew, Hera Complete Care CC Cream, Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream, Chanel CC Cream – Complete Correction Sunscreen, and Banila Co. IT Radiant CC Cream, I got curious and swatched the IT Cosmetics CC Cream at Ulta before purchasing. For helpful YouTube videos, check out Michele1218’s Quick Mommy Makeup and Glowy Skin Tutorial and MakeupByTiffanyD’s Spring/Summer Foundation Routine.

IT Cosmetics describes the Your Skin But Better CC Cream as “an all-in-one multi-tasking beauty miracle that truly gives full, flawless, perfect coverage, protects your skin with SPF 50+ from the harmful rays of the sun and is clinically proven to improve skin texture and hydration.” This “anti-aging hydrating formula is infused with peptides, niacin, algae, vitamins A, C, B, E, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen along with anti-oxidants and exotic natural botanicals for long-term brightening and color-correcting benefits.”

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“Packed with anti-aging ingredients that is clinically proven to improve skin,” and it works with both a “full coverage color correcting cream…and anti-aging serum” as an all-in-one product. Much like most Asian CC Creams out on the market, the skincare benefits of CC creams is a major part of the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC. It is also “infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%.” Currently, the word around the blogosphere is that this CC provides impeccable coverage without looking cakey and thick. Many people have claimed that their skin tone and and texture have improved as well.

A little bit of this product goes a long ways, so about half a pump is good enough for your entire face. I buff this product on either with my hands or a synthetic buffing brush — like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Coverage is truly flawless and smooth on the skin. It sinks right in without being too matte, dry, or flat; and, there’s a glowy quality to it without looking oily.

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I chose the shade “Fair,” which is the first and lightest shade in the range of five colors. It leans heavily on the yellow side, but seems to balance out my skintone and redness on some parts of my face really well. It conceals pores, lines, and pigments well without looking like too much. The added skincare benefits help with my skin’s irritation as of late. As we transition into much warmer temperatures here in Texas, my skin has been a bit bipolar lately, so I find that this CC cream is very soothing.

I’d recommend this CC and find that IT Cosmetics is a line that I’ve become more interested in. Next on my list is the Celebration Foundation Illumination, which I’ve heard/read a lot about as well. Stay tuned for my future purchase on that and my upcoming review on the Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer.

Contains 1.08 fl. oz.
Made in Korea.
Retails for $38.00 USD.

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REVIEW: YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector in “Clear”

Recently, I watched a Korean beauty channel where the YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector was used and felt compelled to purchase it. No surprise there, lol. As part of the Top Secrets range, the YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector is designed to create luminous, clear-looking skin that’s flawless, moisturized, and uniform in tone. As with all BB creams, this is the usual claim. However, this BB cream’s “multifunctional formula create[s] a youthful-looking complexion” by incorporating the benefits of Touche Eclat’s highlighting abilities that helps the skin look healthy and plump.

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The multi-action formula uses a “chromatic filter to conceal and instantly correct the appearance of uneven skintone and imperfections (pores, dark spots, redness).” For radiance, much like the Touche Eclat, a “soft focus micro-reflecting mother of pearls [is incorporated] to bring instantly anti-dull complexion efficiency and a luminous radiance for smooth skin with a natural finish.” For hydration, the “high-performing hydrating complex” moisturizes and keeps the skin fresh, while SPF 25 helps to protect the skin from the sun.

The shade I chose is “clear,” which looks like a pink-gray tone on the skin initially. Once blended, however, the formula turns translucent, hence the name “clear.” The finish is truly beautiful — just healthy, even-toned skin that’s poreless and spotless. While it’s recommend that foundation can be layered on over this, I like it as is, so I just dust some powder along my t-zone and call it a day. The texture of this BB cream is smooth and feels soft on the skin; and, it’s easy to blend in with a synthetic buffing brush. So far, this has been my go-to skin/base product for the last two weeks! :)

Contains 1.3 oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $50.00 USD.

Banila Co. IT Radiant CC Cream

BB creams are old news in Asia and that’s because they’ve moved onto CC creams. The difference between BB creams and CC creams is that CC creams contain more skincare benefits, and acts less like a foundation-like product. Because of that, CC creams are often used as makeup primer/base; thus, they’re worn underneath foundations and in some cases, they’re worn underneath other BB creams as well. The point of a CC cream is not to really cover anything — they’re used as a skincare product — and, will blur imperfections, conceal redness and pores, and leave behind just your skin in its nearly natural state.

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What will they think of next? DD creams? Lol. I purchased my CC cream from eBay because I wanted to try a Korean brand. While visiting Korea a few years ago, my cousins turned me onto Banila Co., and it quickly became one of my favorite non-department store brands. The price range is quite fair — while it’s not as cheap as Etude House, The Face Shop, and Skinfood — the product line is geared towards “professional women,” so the range targets concerns like whitening, brightening, wrinkle-fighting, etc.

As you can see from the product swatches, there are no other shade because the color of the product is not skin-toned. In fact, the pinkish hue disappears completely into the skin and absorbs quickly. After application, it looks like you didn’t apply anything at all; but, your overall skintone and texture looks remarkably better. The sun protection is medium compared to higher SPF’s in most Asian BB creams; but, unless you have good skin to begin with, this CC cream is the first step before regular makeup application (and can replace separate sun protection or makeup base for some people).

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The texture of the CC cream is light and blends easily — making a little bit of product go a long way. The floral scent is nice but nothing special. This is great for evening out skintone and texture — meaning, even the bumps that are raised seem to be less noticeable in some magical way. Pores are easily concealed with this product; and, because the finish is extremely natural, it’s essentially undetectable. It just looks like skin! The overall finish is dewy and healthy. I find the product to be very moisturizing, but the whitening claims are pretty non-existent in my book. While it didn’t do anything bad to my skin, I didn’t notice any real/long-term changes because of this product.

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CC creams are entirely different than BB creams and I think it depends on your own skin care concerns. If you’re looking for high coverage and need something for large pores and acne (including scars), I think it’s best to stick to a BB cream or foundation. If you don’t have that many concerns regarding your skin, a CC cream and some powder could be all you need on an every day basis. However, if you’re looking to double-up on products for a special occasion, or you just need the extra coverage, you can layer on foundation over a CC cream to achieve your desired effect.

Previously, I tried the Rachel K CC Cream in neutral. I didn’t like the grayish tone, but it blended in decently (but not to my liking). I feel like both can be worn alone as well. It really does depends on your own concerns — skincare-wise and coverage-wise.

Made in Korea.
30 mL.
Retails for 25,000 원 (or just over $22 or so).