Day by day searching for the next best product... It never stops!
I kept wanting to try the original IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream for a really long time but somehow never got a chance. But when QVC UK came out with this great looking set, I had to have it! As it happened the set contained IT CC+ Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream - a sister product to the original IT CC+ (and if you know me, I'm a glow addict) so that did not bother me at all. It has SPF 50+ broad spectrum physical sunscreen (UVA & UVB) which I think is just amazing for everyday wear and not so good under flash photography. They also claim that this product contains an anti- aging hydrating serum, can't really tell if I'm well anti-aged yet as I have not been using it for such a great length of time (around a month now) but it for sure feels a little hydrating.
Now onto the part of how it actually works! I absolutely love the way it looks on my skin, but it will not be for everybody. For a CC cream it for sure has a really high coverage (but don't expect a full on insta-glam look- it covers redness and small imperfections really well but does not give you a full on covered face). If you have dry skin, you might not want to set it with powder but I have combination - oily skin (my forehead gets an oily hot mess as the day goes by) and setting this CC cream is a must for me, but be careful with your powder, if you use too much, the product underneath can start start separating and caking up.
I'm not a huge fan of a shade range. I got the one in Light and it has a bit of a grey undertone, since I have a very neutral skin tone, I can get away with it with a use of bronzer, but IT Cosmetics could really work on it a bit more. This product also has a very odd scent to it (maybe something like an orange soda?... ) I really don't like it, but to be honest I can only smell it if I put my nose into the product. So it's not a big deal at all. CC cream wears pretty well on the skin and once it starts wearing off it does it very gracefully without leaving any mess!
Talking about illuminating properties.... Yes it really gives you a lot of glow! if you look extra up- close (I mean really super super up-close), you might detect some pearl shine particles in the product. You will for sure not see any glitter on your face (unless you decide to add some with other products) but it's also not the most settle glow either!
Do you know where it keeps getting even better? IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush is heavenly all right?! I have not been impressed with foundation brushes for a really long time now... But this made me extra happy!
Usually I despise double ended brushes because it's hard to keep them in the brush holders, but I forgive anything because this brush is freaking amazing. The foundation side of a brush is a great size- not too large or small for the whole face quick application and still fairly easy access to harder to reach face areas, the fluffiness versus density of the bristles is just perfect for a flawless airbrush application (and yes, I know that the word airbrush has been misused way too much, but here it really fits). I like to use it in circular motions for a quick skin like application. Other side of the brush is a great concealer brush that makes me forget about my Beauty Blender... It works great for both under-eye and spot concealing and applies an exact necessary amount of product without caking anything up. And now I want at least 3 more of those for my kit....
IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette honestly attracted me just because I was really curious about Bye Bye Pores Pressed Translucent Powder, but it left me pleasantly surprised.
The palette itself looks really beautiful- it has a metal pink packaging with a great size and quality mirror inside. It opens when you push the part on the side which makes it unique to other palettes I have. Inside there is a blush, powder, bronzer and a highlighter. I could absolutely live without this palette but I think it will work well in my touch up kit.
Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi looks like quite a potent pink but is actually really pale once swatched and would not show up on medium- dark skin tones. It has a very soft easy to blend texture though, that feels exactly the same like the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder.
Bye Bye Pores Pressed Translucent Powder impressed me more then I expected, I am very picky when it comes to powders and I have a ton of them. It feels super silky and once you swatch it it looks like it even has a slightest sheen to it (nothing sparkly though, just a smidge of glow) which I really like because super matte powders tends to make the skin look too powdery and dry. It definitely mattifies the skin but still looks like real skin and it helps to reduce the appearance of pores.
Sunshine in a Compact in Warmth is a medium warm tone matte bronzer that also has a very soft and bendable texture. It's too warm to be used as a contour product but works great if lightly dusted on a highest points of the face or a tanned just-got-back-from- beach-holiday look.
Perfect Lighting Luminizer Je Ne Sais Quoi is a light beige highlighter that gives a very soft luminosity to the skin. It's good for those days when you want almost undetectable radiance. Texture feels a little dry to me and I would suggest prepping the skin well before applying this as it might look a little powdery.
What is my verdict? I still really want to try the original IT Cosmetics CC+ but the Illumination one impressed me a lot and I'm wearing it for my quick everyday makeup, Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush is giving me life and I don't want to ever be without it, and Bye Bye Pores powder might get a permanent place in my kit!
Hope you are having a good day,