I had been doing really well on a no-buy period, but when I saw about a million reviews from other bloggers who had been sent IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact, my resolve weakened and then finally crumbled. I had to try it for myself. Ulta had a coupon in February, so that put me over the edge.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Creme has been my primary go-to foundation for a few years. I’ve also tried IT powder foundation that is good for a powder foundation but not something I use very often with my dry skin. It tried the IT Cushion that I found too sheer, and the shade I chose was too dark. There was something about Confidence In A Compact that intrigued me – it was the solid serum in a compact. I thought it might have a similar consistency to a stick foundation, and I wanted to find out.
In addition, Confidence In A Compact is actually a hybrid: skincare meets foundation makeup. IT Cosmetics says “it has all of the skincare benefits of…Confidence In A Cream”. It contains great anti-aging skincare ingredients: hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants, and ceramics. IT goes on to say: “a proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate™ that is activated upon contact to immerse your skin in moisture, restore visible radiance, reduce the look of pores, discoloration, lines and wrinkles, and improve the look of firmness.” As if that didn’t sound good enough, it has SPF 50. That alone would have been enough to get my attention.
So I stood in front of the IT display for a good twenty minutes, going back and forth between the shades Fair and Light. Unfortunately, that is my major problem with IT Cosmetics foundations. I am in between Fair and Light. I sampled it on my neck, on my chest, on the inside of my arm, and I’m admitting it, I put some on my cheek. I looked at the shades under different lighting conditions: the fluorescent store lights, the natural light outside. Light was definitely too dark for me for now (winter/spring), but Fair is slightly too light and a bit yellow. But Fair is closer to my skin tone than Light. I almost walked away, but I decided to buy Fair.
It comes with a spongey puff like their cushion does. I tried using the puff with the cushion foundation when I owned that, and it was a real mess. Also there was no way to adequately clean the puff. So I passed on using the puff with this new compact. Instead I use an angled kabuki brush or a blending sponge. I like both methods and sometimes I use them in tandem: I bounce it on with the blending sponge and then I use the angled kabuki to apply a second layer to get more coverage or just to conceal my dark spots. One issue that I noticed over the time I’ve owned it is that I think I’ll finish up this foundation faster than other types. There’s a nice dip in the pan already.
I’ve owned Confidence In A Compact for a little more than a month. I do not use it every day, so I can’t comment on any longer-term skin benefits. But I can say:
- it is definitely hydrating
- it doesn’t emphasize my lines and wrinkles, and most of the time I don’t bother with a primer when I wear it
- it looks dewy
- it feels velvety on my skin
- it provides medium coverage with one application and it is buildable to full coverage.
My assessment of IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact is that I like it! I would use it more often if the shade match was better for me. I think it’s most appropriate for those with normal to dry skin or mature skin. I think it would be too heavy for those with oily skin and maybe even for those with combination skin. It’s fine for my sensitive skin. It is “comforting” to wear it. But I think it could be too heavy to wear on a hot humid day, which is too bad because it has that wonderful SPF 50.
Confidence In A Compact comes in 7 shades from Fair to Deep. Net Wt. 0.63 oz./18 g, $38 Widely available on IT Cosmetics website, Ulta Beauty, Sephora and department stores
Have you tried Confidence In A Compact? What did you think?
Ingredients: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TITANIUM DIOXIDE 9.0% ZINC OXIDE 6.3% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE, AQUA/WATER/EAU, SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, OZOKERITE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ARBUTIN, CERESIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, STEARIC ACID, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, GLYCERIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE, ADENOSINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CERAMIDE NP, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, CHOLESTEROL, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CERAMIDE AP, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GLYCERYL LINOLEATE, CHOLETH-24, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CETETH-24, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, GLYCERYL LINOLENATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERYL ARACHIDONATE, PANTHENOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM LACTATE, LECITHIN, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, UBIQUINONE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM SEED OIL, COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, PERFLUOROHEXANE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA EXTRACT, CORNUS OFFICINALIS FRUIT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, MAGNOLIA KOBUS BARK EXTRACT, LACTOBACILLUS/HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER/LICORICE ROOT/MORUS ALBA ROOT/PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT/SCHIZANDRA CHINENSIS FRUIT/SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT/SOPHORA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SPROUT EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAFLUOROPROPANE, BIOTIN, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, STEARETH-20, CHRYSANTHEMUM INDICUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, HYDROLYZED SILK, CERAMIDE EOP, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, MORUS ALBA FRUIT EXTRACT, PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA PRINCEPS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, DIOSPYROS KAKI LEAF EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, N-HYDROXYSUCCINIMIDE, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4, COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1, ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, NIACIN, TOCOPHEROL, PANTOTHENIC ACID, THIAMINE HCL, CHRYSIN, CARNITINE HCL, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CYCLOMETHICONE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PERFLUORODECALIN, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) OIL, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF OIL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/ MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ALCOHOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, [+/-: IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)].”