The choice of the foundation is one of the most difficult for me, as there are more and more demands that appear the older you get.
The first thing that I need from a product is light coverage, and it mustn't sit in the skin creases or wrinkles. So, recently, I’ve been using only BB creams because of these reasons. They easily stand out because of their light coverage.
The second, I don’t want any oily shine after the application of BB, at least till the lunchtime.
The third, the cream mustn’t create a “greenhouse effect” for my skin. It should breathe well.
The fourth, the product must match my skin color, as the Korean BB creams make my skin too pale and fair.
The fifth, it should have at least SPF 30. I know there are a lot of demands. I was desperate to find anything like this, but until one day I visited Ihearb and decided to order CC cream, just because of my curiosity. Moreover, I love the products by Physician's Formula, I have many of them and I’ve never ever had a bad product.
So, the size - 35 ml,
the price - 14.33$
That’s the cute box the CC cream arrived to me in.
There’s a lot of information on the box, so you can look at it in the photos and, just in case, I’ll also repeat it below:
Color-Correcting Pigments + Anti-Aging
SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Uneven Skin Tone
Signs of Fatigue
Color-Correcting Pigments + Anti-Aging. Ultra-blendable and lightweight cream instantly corrects the most common skin imperfections, smoothes skin texture and evens out skin tone.
1st ever multi-tasking makeup + skin care hybrids Color-Correct + Care in one simple step. Invisible micro color-correcting pigments and high-tech anti-aging ingredients deliver a flawless youthful-looking complexion without imperfections effortlessly. Yellow corrects blue imperfections & warms skin tone; Green tones down redness; Pink brightens and illuminates.
Replaces Anti-Aging Treatment, Moisturizer, Foundation and SPF.
Described as a magical product, so of course I wanted to test it on my skin
Sunscreen: Titanium Dioxide 5.76%, Zinc Oxide 2.94%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butylene glycol, dimethicone, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol, C30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, PEG-10 dimethicone, sodium chloride, calcium aluminum borosilicate, glycerin, teprenone, hydroxycapric acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycinnamic acid, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl glycol , castor oil phosphate, disodium EDTA, disteardimonium hectorite, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl stearate SE, hexylene glycol, laureth-12, mica, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, PEG-4, polysilicone-11, polysorbate 60, propylene carbonate, sodium hydroxide, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron oxides, titanium dioxide.
I’m not gonna analyse it, as I don’t I consider myself competent in this field. I will trust the manufacturer, as well as dermatologists, who approved the product, that there is nothing harmful in it;)
So, let’s take out the tube. It was fixated on some plastic stand.
The tip was sealed:
Most of all I was worried about the color: it was difficult to choose by the description, and there were no sachets.
My CC cream is of light/medium, color. I was worried that it would be too fair for my skin tone, I’ve got swarthy skin even in winter. With my heart banging I tested in on my hand- at the back of the hand
And on the inner side of the wrist, where the skin is slightly lighter than on the face:
I think, I’m lucky! Texture-wise the CC cream is very light and not thick at all. It applies and spreads on the skin with no effort. I apply it with my fingertips, but not with a special brush, as I try to avoid having a very thin layer of the cream as I don't want to miss the sunscreen properties.
And now, let’s test it on the face:
I think I was right with the color. In comparison with the neck, the product doesn’t look like a mask on the face:)
I don’t quite follow all the product recommendations, though, as some of them are a bit strange:
Apply a small amount of the product on your skin, blend in with fingertips and then use the correcting powder CC+.
Why is Super CC+ Super?
Super CC+ is the next generation of multi-functional complexion correctors. These 1st ever multi-tasking makeup + skin care hybrids Color-Correct + Care in one simple step. Invisible micro color-correcting pigments and high-tech anti-aging ingredients deliver a flawless youthful-looking complexion without imperfections effortlessly.
I agree with a small amount, but I can’t use the recommended correcting powder, as it’s too fair for me. (once I ordered it for my fair-skinned friend, so I definitely know what I’m talking about). And I don’t actually need (for the first time in my life) that powder as with the CC cream on my skin gets that healthy glow, which doesn’t look oily at all. It looks very natural and fresh.
By the way, the product correct all the small blemishes on my skin, which I’m very happy about.
(in different light)
Here, you can see, if to take a closer look, that the product sits in the pores a bit. But in the picture the distance between the camera and my face was really small. In real life, nobody would look at me so close and in the mirror I can see only the even skin tone. Moreover, I work with female colleagues, where the portion of nasty critics is provided at least twice a day, but for two months of using that product, no one has ever noticed anything wrong with my foundation.
I don’t quite understand that fact:
Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
Reapply at least every 2 hours.
I’m not going to apply it liberally. I was looking for the product with light coverage. But I guess, if applied liberally, it looks like a mask on a face. And I’m definitely not going to reapply in it two hours, my foundation tube’s always at home. There’s no reason to take it with me. It takes me about a half an hour to get to work and while that journey the cream protects me, I hope. If I go out for lunch I’ve got a powder with SPF 20 or apply it when I go home, but most of the time, I’m in a building. On the weekends I try not to use the cosmetic products, and for walks or the beach I’ve got a sunscreen with SPF 70:)
Despite the fact that CC cream has useful ingredients for the skin, still, psychologically, it’s difficult for me to apply it on the bare skin. I usually use serum as a primer.
I’m very delighted with that product: there wasn’t any oily shine or “green house” effect (I think that’s because it’s oil free) in spring, at least. I’ve been using in since the end of February and I like everything about it. Of course, closer to the lunch time, it’ll be good to touch up, though, I don’t need any blotting paper either (however, maybe that’s happening because of changing the care line: careful cleansing and a lot of moisture).
During the day, the product doesn’t roll up, it stays evenly, which I’m very delighted about.
It’s very important that the CC cream doesn’t define any wrinkles! Usually, they are seen while smiling, but that doesn’t happen with this product on. :
In a word, for the first time, I'm very delighted with the product as a foundation, all the requests are met. .
I think that CC cream will be great for the aging skin, if it’s not too fair. The product might bring a pink undertone. I can’t say that the product is dark. It’s something in between in its shade, that’s why I’m not sure if I could use it when get the suntan.
This product won’t suit skin with many visible blemishes, as the coverage isn’t thick, but, I think, that’s okay for CC products. You can always use a drop of concealer, all in all.
I think the product is great. I’ll buy it again, in case, I don’t decide to buy another BB or CC cream by Physician's Formula .
I definitely recommend it.