IT Cosmetics CC+Cream Oil Free Matte


If you’ve known me for any length on time, you’d know my undying love for the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream. IT Cosmetics recently dropped a bomb and out of nowhere announced the launch of a brand new Oil Free Matte variation.

I do have oily skin and find in the summer my beloved original CC+ Cream does need a little more powdering to get me through the day and can get a little tacky.  But otherwise, the formula works well. However, I have heard some other babes with oily skin have struggled with the formula not lasting, and those pesky oils start to peek through throughout the day.

This new pore-minimising formula has gotten me a little excited. Let’s just hope it is just as incredible as the original, and that it works even better for those who have struggled with the formula in the past.

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What is the CC+ Oil Free Matte?

Developed with plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 delivers color-correcting full coverage, anti-aging skincare and SPF 40 broad-spectrum physical sunscreen—all with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that lasts! This multitasking, complexion-perfecting breakthrough instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots without creasing or cracking and is clinically tested to reduce shine and control oil for up to 12 hours. It’s also infused with charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil and tea tree extract to combat blemishes—plus, an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time

This formula will also be available in 12 shades. It is housed in the same squeezy tube with a pump but in a beautiful blue shade. Sounds incredible, right?

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How does the CC+ Oil Free Matte perform?

The foundation applied beautifully. I used a damp beauty blender which allowed the formula to really melt and press into the skin, leaving me with a really natural and even coverage. My initial impression is that it isn’t completely matte – more of a velvet type of finish. My skin feels soft and hydrated without being sticky.  It looks luminous without looking oily, and it feels matte without looking really flat and cakey.  It doesn’t feel tacky nor does it transfer.

For the sake of a review, I didn’t set the foundation (other than a light dusting under the eyes to prevent creasing). I also refrained from using anything glowy and stuck with a matte blush.

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How does the Oil Free Matte compare to the original CC+?

While they are very similar, the result is quite different. Firstly, the biggest difference off the bat is the SPF. This matte bad boy has a level of 40 whereas the original boasts a massive 50+ SPF.  The matte version stayed quite luminous and healthy while still controlling any oil. I found that I didn’t need to set the foundation, nor did I feel the need to powder throughout the day.  I also felt that there may be just a touch more coverage than the original. The foundation lasted much better for me than the original but I did find that it can cling to any dry flaky areas of the skin.

In the photo above, I have the Matte on the left side of my face and the original on the right.  The colours are slightly different so it may look a little funny ( I have Light in the Original and Light Medium in the matte). But you can see the difference in the finish between both formulas. After 8 hours my skin was noticeably less shiny on the matte side.

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My thoughts

I simply adore the finish. As much as my skin needs a matte foundation, I still love something that gives my skin a little bit of life and radiance. This foundation really gives me the best of both worlds. I feel like IT Cosmetics have really nailed the natural finish. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte mattified my skin and controlled oil without leaving me with an unflattering flat matte finish.

I found that you can really change the results with what primer you used. A matte primer will boost the longevity of the foundation while really absorbing any oil. Using something more hydrating and illuminating will give you a fresher result, but in turn, affecting the oil control and longevity.

I really love both formulas and feel I will be reaching for this new guy more once the weather warms up. It will allow me to still reap the skincare benefits of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, while lasting me longer and needing less powdering throughout the day.

If you’re someone who really loves a true matte finish, the Oil Free CC+ cream alone isn’t going to get you there. But with the use of a mattifying primer and a mattifying setting powder, you may just get the result you are after. However, If you teeter more on the normal or dry end of the spectrum, I think the original will still be your best pick, if not even the illuminating version.

Available now in the US. Otherwise, us Aussies will need to wait until it drops into Sephora.com.au late September.

Will you be adding the brand new IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte to your cart?

Want more? Check out Rosa’s review (Lipstick and Linguine) on YouTube here. Rachel from Rachel Beauty Style has also reviewed the CC+ in Oil Free Matte here.

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Why You Need IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Heard all the hype? Wondered what is so good about the IT Cosmtetics CC+ Cream? Click to find out.

I am sure you’ve seen people rave over the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and you’ve probably wondered what’s so good about it.  Well, I’m going to tell you why it deserves a place in your daily makeup routine.

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Great coverage. Don’t be fooled by the CC cream label, this isn’t a sheer colour corrector – not even close. The coverage is really good. It hides any imperfections while evening out your skin tone in a flash. The result is a beautiful natural looking base, with a velvety finish that allows you to look polished and awake, without any caking or masking.
It doesn’t feel like your wearing makeup. Although the coverage is bang on, it actually doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup. It is lightweight, non-sticky and doesn’t transfer. The foundation also doesn’t crease or crack throughout the day. Which means less time is needed to retouch and more time for activities.
You get the benefits of anti-aging skincare.  IT Cosmetics products are created in such a way that it is a skincare treatment first, and a colour cosmetic second. By focusing on soothing, treating and hydrating means that your skin will be benefiting daily from nourishing ingredients instead of your pores being blocked, and your skin getting irritated.  So, essentially you are wearing a nourishing moisturiser and anti-aging treatment with a dose of pigment added at the end to cover and conceal.  This specific formula contains collagen, peptides,  hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamins A,B,C and E.
It contains 50+ SPF.  Being in Australia especially, this is an absolute must in your daily foundation. The biggest anti-ageing treatment is prevention. What better prevention is there than a 50+ SPF that is automatically built into your foundation. The other upside of this is that the SPF is completely physical which means you’ll get absolutely no flashback. Between that and the formula being sweat and water resistant, you will be prepared for anything.
It works on all skin types. I don’t what sorcery has gone into the CC+ cream but along with all those benefits listed above, it works on every skin type. Whether you are dry or oily, you can make this foundation work for you. Depending on what kind of finish you prefer, you might have to set it with powder for something more matte. Otherwise dry, combo and oily babes alike will swoon over this baby.

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I know that the shade range is limited, but I have been assured by the IT Cosmetics educator, that any skin tone will be able to make the shades work. Plus, a little birdy told me that new shades will be released in September.

Have I convinced you yet? It is in stock now but be quick, this bad boy sells out fast. And, believe me, once it is sold out Australia-wide it takes foreverrrr for a restock.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. Discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Brand Spotlight – Touch in Sol

Hi lovely people,

I have always been interested in Korean cosmetics. The packaging is always colourful and adorable, plus the products are all really innovative and inventive. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when Priceline started stocking Touch In Sol late last year. My first encounter with Touch In Sol was when I travelled to Hawaii and bought the ‘Beauty Superstars’ sample box from Sephora. It contained the Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect mascara and boy, did I love it – It made my lashes long, curled and defined. My lashes looked like they could fly me away. Unfortunately Priceline doesn’t currently stock all of the colour cosmetics (no more butterfly lashes for me), it does however carry a huge range of primers, BB creams and other lovely products to slather all over yo’ face.

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I am a little picky with primers. I dislike anything overly slippery, thick or slimy and I like something that plumps the skin and disguises pores. I need something that prevents my skin from getting oily but also isn’t too matte as well.  Touch In Sol do primers well, they tick all the boxes plus more. The Dark Out primers are lovely and are right on the colour correcting trend. There are three different colours – green for redness, purple to correct yellow and sallow tones and the peach version brightens and corrects gray tones. These primers are creamy, but not too thick, hydrating and the formula spreads out nicely. They disguise imperfections and leave the skin smooth and ready for foundation. These bad boys are on constant rotation and are much-loved items in my stash.

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I have to mention the No Poreblem Primer because it is insanely good. It leaves the skin so soft, smooth and silky. My pores are immediately banished and ready for foundation. This primer makes my base sit seamlessly and prevents any oil breaking through throughout the day. Although No Poreblem is a silicone based primer it doesn’t leave behind a slippery film or greasy feeling that a lot of other similar primers do. I must give an honorable mention to I’m Very Useful Make-up Boomer primer, it illuminates so beautifully and leave such a lovely natural glow.

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I was instantly intrigued by the Flawless Skin Top Coat. The idea sounded interesting and innovative. This magical product claims to combine a primer, BB cream, foundation and face powder all in one.It can be used alone, under or on-top of foundations. I have played around with this quite a bit and have found it works best for me when worn alone. The coverage, longevity and finish are already amazing on its own.  The packaging is beautiful and the product is delivered through an eye-dropper, therefore is quite thin.  It spreads, builds up and blends so effortlessly, covers all imperfections and evens skin tone, all while leaving the skin velvety soft with a soft powdery finish. Flawless Skin Top Coat lasts well, prevents oil and leaves skin looking healthy and airbrushed. The only downside is that it only comes in two shades.

I was lucky enough to receive the Corean CC-Cream but it unfortunately is way too light for me. But despite this I gave it a try while I was at home one day. The formula is creamy and spreads well. It left my skin really glowing with a light-medium coverage and seems to be a perfect ‘no make-up’ makeup. If only it wasn’t so light and didn’t leave me looking like a ghost. I believe that most Korean cosmetics don’t cater for medium to darker skin tones.

 

Another product that I have trialled is the Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip and Eye Makeup Cleanser(what a mouthful). First of all, I love the packaging. It is pretty cool looking and looks great in the bathroom.  Not only that, it actually works really well.  Its creamy and non-irritating and lifts off waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks effortlessly. It can be used as a whole face makeup remover as well, but it does leave the skin a touch oily, so it is best to use cleanser afterwards as well.

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Overall this is a great brand and really good introduction to Korean cosmetics. Touch In Sol create high quality cosmetics that deliver on their promises. In my opinion the primers are the standout of the current Touch In Sol line available. Hopefully one day soon Priceline will release more of the colour cosmetic range and my eyelashes will be back to being  beautiful butterflies.

Touch In Sol is sold exclusively in Priceline. Have you used any of their products? Can you recommend any other Korean cosmetic brands?

Camille x

 

DISCLAIMER – Although some of these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. Some products were purchased with my own money. I only include products that I believe are worthy of a mention.