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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Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask REVIEW

It’s got quite the name and boasts a fair list of promises, but does the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask live up to its claims?

This mask helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, and texture for smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin. A botanical blend helps replenish, nourish, and moisturize skin, while kaolin clay and magnesium sulfate help open pores and draw out impurities in an invigorating flash of heat.

The Heat Mask is targeted towards all skin types to fight dullness, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydrated skin.

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What is it?

Formulated with mineral-rich Hungarian Thermal Water, a ridiculously dreamy blend of Sunflower, Jojoba, Peach, Apricot and Rosehip oils, Shea Butter and Pomegranate extract, GATULINE® RC (a beech tree bud extract) and, lastly,  Kaolin Clay and Magnesium Sulfate. It certainly sounds like it is packed to the brim with gorgeous ingredients, but do they translate into results?

Firstly, the packaging is beautiful – the best I’ve seen from PTR yet! The green to blue ombre and gold detailing is really eye-catching and conjures images of clear, fresh waters and bright refreshed skin. The mask itself is quite a unique balm-like consistency, that needs a little warming up between the fingers before it can be spread across the face.  There isn’t any remarkable or irritating fragrance.

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After the mask has warmed up on your skin, it is very easy to spread and feels really soft and buttery on the skin. The directions state to leave the mask on for 3 minutes, and then, with wet fingertips, to massage in to activate the heating sensation. Once the heating has ceased, you then rinse off.

RESULTS

I love the way this mask feels on the skin. The formula is velvety and is only improved by the heating factor, which really makes it a relaxing and soothing experience.  My skin feels oh-so-soft and strokable after the mask has been washed off. My complexion is really bright and looking happy with a healthy glow.  I definitely noticed a difference in hydration level of my skin. My skin looked and felt nourished and plump. After a handful of uses, I can’t say that I noticed any change in fine lines or wrinkles, but I honestly wouldn’t expect to in such a short time and from the use of a mask alone.

To summarise, I really enjoy using this mask. I love the way it feels both while it is on the skin and afterwards. It is a quick mask to use and would be ideal to give your skin a glowy, healthy look before an event when you are in a pinch. The jar itself is quite large, and needing only a small amount for each application, I would imagine it to last for quite a while. I have nothing negative to say about the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask (Well, maybe a shorter name? ;))

Does this mask sound like a winner to you?

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.

 

MAC Matte Fix Plus And Pore Refiner Stick Review

MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix+, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited.

MAC’s Fix Plus has got to be one of those items that almost everyone has in their collection, or at least used at some stage.  It has a multitude of uses and certainly is a fixture in my collection. MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix Plus, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited. I’ve put them to the test and come back with my thoughts.

 

Matte Fix+

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation; dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

At first glance, the formula looks clear, but much like its sparkly counterparts, give it a shake and a powder-like substance mixes in and turns the liquid a milky colour. MAC claims that this bad boy can be used both before and after makeup application for a mattifying effect.

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the two middle swatches have been used with Matte Fix+

 

There is no scent and the mist is exactly the same as the regular Fix+. As soon as I spray this over my face, I can immediately see a difference. I’ve used this on both matte and dewy foundations and the result stays the same – a suuuper matte finish. There isn’t any flashback, nor any residue of any kind on the face. The longevity of my makeup is dramatically increased and my oily t-zone is basically non-existent. Say whaaat? I am so impressed.

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Overall, I’m sold.  I think especially in Summer when sweat and oil are an even bigger issues, this bottle is going to be my matte saviour. If you love a matte finish and struggle with being an oil slick, I would highly recommend getting your mitts on this.

 

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Matte Fix+ used as a setting spray over a dewy foundation

 

Pore Refiner Stick

A magic stick that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth matte finish.

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I know I am not alone in the struggle of giant pores. They almost always come hand-in-hand with oily skin – aren’t we lucky! I am constantly trying products to disguise and diminish the look of these gaping holes all over my face, so I think I did a happy dance when this little stick arrived at Beauty Bender HQ. The stick appears to be quite small but only a small swipe is needed on the skin. Once applied, it feels weightless and so smooth on the face.

I did note an instant reduction in the appearance of my pores and also a mattifying effect. I also noticed that fine lines were hidden and my skin, in general, look much smoother. Foundation applied perfectly over the top – no balling or slipping at all.  My pores are disguised, not totally erased because let’s face it, you’d need putty to fill in those bad boys, but there is definitely a difference.

 

This is another winner in my opinion. Due to how light the formula is, it also works brilliantly over the top of your regular primer or works well on its own. I was never a fan of products like the Benefit Porefessional as it left a bit of a residue behind and made my makeup slip, but the MAC Pore Refiner Stick doesn’t do this at all, in fact, it adds to the longevity of my makeup. Winner.

 

What do you think? Do you need help with your oil situation?

 

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.

 

Illamasqua Rich Liquid and Beyond Powder via RY.COM.AU

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

Another week, another foundation review and wear test.  This week I was kindly gifted some Illamasqua goodies from Australian Makeup Super-Store, RY.COM.AU

Established in 2005 on the sunny Gold Coast, RY has quickly established a reputation as being Australia’s largest online beauty retailer. We are proud to be a fully authorised retailer for all the brands you see here on RY. We have over 250 premium beauty brands across cosmetics, hair care and skin care, including customer favourites Alpha H, ASAP, Dermalogica, GHD, Parlux, Redken and SkinCeuticals.

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

Achieve maximum coverage with the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation; a coveted makeup base utilised and loved by professional makeup artists.

The liquid formula is effortlessly applied to the complexion, offering seamless, blended and water-resistant results. Delivering a semi-matte finish, the foundation conditions the skin and is able to eliminate excess oil to reduce unwanted shine. A perfect base for flawless and long lasting makeup application.

I seriously love the packaging – it is a squeezy tube but still looks oh-so-chic. Absolutely perfect for travel and to pop in your handbag without the risk of shattering. Other brands need to take note.

My first impressions weren’t great. I had washed all my brushes and sponges,  so they were downstairs drying, so when I went to apply this foundation, I used my Clarisonic with the foundation brush head. BIG mistake. The foundation was cakey, thick and immediately settled into my pores and fine lines. It created texture where there was none. You know how I love a subtle glow, but this was beyond. Within half an hour of wearing this, it looked like you could fry an egg on my chin – it was that greasy. I needed to powder before leaving the house, and while this did contain the oil, it did little to help with the other issues. In fact, it made my skin look even worse.

Throughout the day my skin felt disgusting and heavy, and looking in the mirror was a fright. These results are the exact opposite of what this foundation is meant to achieve. So I have put it down as perhaps too much product and not the best tool for the job.

 

But, because I think products can often be misrepresented by first impressions, I persevered and kept wearing the foundation, and lucky I did. I experimented with tools, primers, and powders to really make the most of the foundation and get it to work for my skin. I found that a Beauty Blender is by far my favourite way to apply. It sheers out the thick formula which, in turn, prevents caking. This, in addition to a pore-filling primer like the Tatcha Silk Canvas really makes all the difference. You can see by the photos below how much more natural and smooth my skin looks. A huge difference from the results on the first day of wear.

This foundation is heavy duty. Full coverage and really long wearing. Definitely not something you’d reach for on a daily basis. But for a special occasion, it is ideal. It photographs so bloody well and covers everythinggggg. I think it would work well for most skin types but, like me, you might need to play around with a few factors to ensure you get the most out of the Illamasqua Rich Foundation.

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

The silky powder glides effortlessly over skin, and can be used to create an all-over illuminated finish or applied with more precision to perform like a highlighter. Perfect for illuminating the high points of the face and reflecting light, the powder is effective when worn on the top of the cheek bones, brow bones and even the collar bones.

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This highlighter is gorgeous! Probably one of the prettiest in my collection and the white gold shade is just my cup of tea. The packagaing again steals the show. The shiny black plastic is so sleek and the shape is just so unique and appealing.   The powder itself is very fine and applies beautifully.  It leaves a lovely subtle shimmer that perfectly highlights the high point of the face. This is the exact type of illuminator that I lust over. Soft, subtle with a slight warm undertone – perfect.  Using the Beyond Powder with a dry brush gives your skin the most gorgeous glow, but if you wanna ramp it up and get that ‘gram worthy glow, it can also be applied with a wet brush – I haven’t attempted this, because it is just not my thing.

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I am seriously impressed with the two Illamasqua products that I have tried, and I am looking forward to browsing through the rest of the range on RY.com.au and picking up some more goodies.

 

What are your favourite RY.COM.AU brands?

 

Camille xx

 

*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.

Elucent Skincare Review #2

You may recall a blog post I published late last year reviewing some Elucent skincare goodies after 4 weeks of use. Well, here we are back again after another 4-week stint with Elucent with a few new products to address some new and pre-existing concerns.  This time around I am just as concerned about pigmentation and uneven skin tone that is hanging around since being pregnant. I am also suffering from a bit of a dull complexion, thanks to the fatigue of motherhood.

You may recall a blog post I published late last year reviewing some Elucent skincare goodies after 4 weeks of use. Well, here we are back again after another 4-week stint with Elucent with a few new products to address some new and pre-existing concerns.  This time around I am just as concerned about pigmentation and uneven skin tone that is hanging around since being pregnant. I am also suffering from a bit of a dull complexion, thanks to the fatigue of motherhood.

This time I was recommended the Exfoliating Cleanser from the Whitening range, as well as the same Whitening Day and Night moisturisers that I have previously reviewed. I also trialed the Whitening Spot Treatment and the Anti-Aging Body Moisturiser with 12% AHA’s.

“Elucent Whitening uses a multifunctional skin brightening technology to help restore the complexion. Each skin brightening ingredient in Elucent Whitening has been carefully selected for its ability to help brighten the skin and even out skin tone. By using a combination of ingredients, each product works synergistically with the skin to help restore light and brightness for a more even complexion.”

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Elucent Whitening Exfoliating Cleanser

The consistency of this cleanser is lovely. It is a light, slightly gritty milky type of cleanser that lathers up just enough to give your skin a good clean. My skin does feel refreshed and brighter after use.  I did, however, find that the exfoliating properties weren’t quite enough for me. I didn’t feel like my skin was getting the exfoliation I desired, especially through my oily and congested T-zone. That’s not to say this is a sub-par cleanser at all, it is really lovely and light. But it is just not what I generally look for in a cleanser. If you like a super gentle exfoliator, this would be a great option for you. I’ve also got to give it bonus points for the use of a natural exfoliator instead of harmful microbeads.

Having trialed both the Whitening and Anti-Ageing cleanser, my preferred product would be the Anti-Ageing Cleanser, based on my particular skin type and concerns.

Elucent Whitening Spot Corrector 

This little guy is used to give a more targeted treatment to areas of concern. I have a fair bit of pigmentation under both eyes, on my cheeks and quite a bit on my upper lip. So, I used the Spot Corrector on these areas to try and lift the pigmentation. I found the formula of the Spot Corrector very light and easily absorbed into the skin. It sits under moisturiser well and doesn’t seem to ball up which a lot of treatments tend to.

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Having used both of these products twice before, I knew what to expect. My thoughts on both of these products remain the same. They are effective at hydrating and nourishing the skin, and as for treating pigmentation, I found a slight difference in my uneven skin tone and pigmentation, but more on that later. You can find my detailed thoughts on these products here.

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Elucent Anti-Ageing Body Moisturiser 

Surely by now, you know how much I love AHA’s, but strangely enough, I have never used a body moisturiser containing them, so I was pretty excited to give this a go. It makes sense to include a chemical exfoliator in a body product as it will get to work sloughing away dead skin cells while also hydrating the skin – perfect.  This moisturiser is lovely and lightweight and absorbs relatively quickly. Granted I didn’t use this product religiously, I just don’t have the time or energy at the moment to grease up my whole body, unfortunately. But the times I have used this I loved the end result, my skin was soft, smooth and flake-free. I will continue to use this when I get the chance.

Overall I found this range to be lovely and gentle. It did brighten my complexion and make my skin look fresh. It made me look like I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even on days where I only had a couple of hours of sleep (#mumlyf). However, I only noticed a very slight difference in my uneven skin tone and pigmentation. At this stage, after trying many different products to address this concern, I feel that only professional and in-salon treatments will lift it due to the nature of the pigmentation. I do believe that with prolonged use on mild pigmentation that this range would be most effective at treating the skin without the irritation of other similar products.

 

Elucent skincare can be found at CHEMIST WAREHOUSE nationwide.

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille

*This post has been sponsored by Elucent skincare, however, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. 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.