After reading so many raves from other beauty bloggers about IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I figured I had to try it. I went to Ulta and tried a sample on. At that time, late September I think, when I still had a tan, the shade “light” was a perfect match. Since it is pricey, I waited to get an Ulta coupon to buy it. By the time I got the coupon, “light” was sold out. OK, I was not in a rush to buy more CC cream, so I waited some more. Next, I found out from someone on Facebook via the itcosmetics.com that they were having a 20% off sale with free shipping. Time to pounce! I bought the CC cream and a lovely eye shadow palette that I must review soon.
First things first, the perfect shade match in late September isn’t quite so perfect in January. In fact, I should have bought “fair” instead. Or I should buy “fair” and mix it with “light”, but I don’t want to spend more money on more CC cream. But IT Cosmetics CC Cream comes in 5 shades that should work well with all but maybe the very darkest skintones which is much better, more inclusive than most brands that carry only light and medium shades. Here are some swatches of Light taken in natural daylight:
See what I mean, not a good match
IT Cosmetics CC Cream has lots of good things about it. Here’s what Ulta’s website says:
“Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ is infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. This highly pigmented multi-tasking beauty miracle truly covers everything, won’t crease or crack in fine lines, and gives you a healthy your skin but better glow. Paraben-free and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, Physical Only, Non-Chemical Sunscreen. The 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.”
What do I think? IT Cosmetics CC Cream is a very good product. It goes on rather thick and feels a bit heavy initially. It takes a while to dry which is kind of a pain. On me, it doesn’t quite cover everything; I still have to apply concealer to my dark spots from skin damage, but I haven’t found anything yet that covers them completely other than mineral foundation. I love the fact that it has a 50+ SPF, physical/non-chemical sunscreen, and I love all the anti-aging additives. I think it’s a really good CC cream for women with dry skin and women over 40.
In terms of how it looks and feels on me, it’s not my absolute favorite. But I think the fact that the shade is off may be clouding my judgment (although it looks really good in the photo!). I do recommend this CC cream: it has good ingredients, high SPF, and provides good, almost but not quite full coverage (it might be full coverage on you, if you don’t have much sun damage).
The price is $38 for 1.08 fl. oz. that comes in a tube with a pump, and you can buy it at Ulta (I recommend going there to figure out your shade and go to the window to get more light when you’re doing it!!), on the it cosmetics.com, beauty.com, Amazon.com etc.
If you peruse the ingredient list, you may stop at the first inactive ingredient “snail secretion filtrate” and wonder what the heck is that. Here’s some info from “New Directions, Australia’s website”:
“Turning our attention to the snail extract we first must establish its origin. Snails have been used in cosmetic treatments for hundreds if not thousands of years with preparations varying from boiled whole snail to crushed up poultices to fermented extracts on offer. The snails Hepatopancreas or mucous producing organ is still used in some cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications today but as it involves sacrificing the snail it is no longer popular in mainstream cosmetics. Instead we and most other ingredient aficionados prefer to just purify the slime or snail trail!
This super-healing mucus is rich in Allantoin, Glycolic Acid, Glycosaminoglycans, Proteoglycans, Elastin, hyaluronic acid and Collagen. It works as in many ways providing moisturizing, anti-oxidant, protective and regenerate benefits.It has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment and management of scars, minor abrasions, acne and wrinkles.”
OK, so gross as it sounds, it turns out that lots of skincare products use snail secretion filtrate but don’t refer to it as such in their ingredient list. IT Cosmetics is just more upfront about it!
So what do you think about the snail secretion filtrate? Or about IT Cosmetics CC Cream? Have you tried CC cream yet? Let me know your faves!
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 9.015%, Zinc Oxide 6.305%. Inactive: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, 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, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, 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, 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, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, 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, Silica, BHT, 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: Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)