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hi, I am a 40+ year old who loves jewellery and all things sparkly. I also enjoy trying out and reviewing new makeup products, finding stylish walking sticks, reading and writing book reviews. I will review anything from bird tables/ hedgehog houses to the latest fashion! My Instagram account is @sparkling_magpie

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

It Cosmetics: Your Skin But Better CC Cream, Original v Illumination Version

It Cosmetics has just brought the Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ To the UK.  They launched their original version, the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ several years ago and I thought it would be interesting and illuminating to do a comparison of the two light versions.

The original Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream costs £30 for 32ml and is packaged in a squeezy tube with a pump to dispense the product. It is available in 7 shades.  It is full coverage.  It leaves a natural finish to the skin.    It is a colour correcting full coverage Cream which offers SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Suncream.  It also contains an Anti Ageing Hydrating Serum which is infused with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hylaronic acid, peptides, antioxidants and vitamins A,B, C and E.  As it is very full coverage it helps conceal dark spots.  It reduces the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It is hydrating and acts as a brightening colour corrector.  It doesn't contain either parabens or phthalates.

I found that it applied more evenly and that I got more coverage when I applied the cream using a brush rather than a sponge.  It doesn't make my skin look cakey but flawless - I don't need to use concealer when wearing this cream.  It feels very light to wear and has a fresh lemony scent.  It doesn't break me out and even though I have very oily skin it lasts all day without cracking or creasing around my nose or eye area. I don't need to wear a moisturiser under the cream as I find it is moisturising enough on its own. I like that it has a physical spf as chemical spf breaks me out.    The downside, for me, is that as it is so full coverage that I cannot go out wearing just the cream as my features are completely erased.  I need to apply blusher etc or I look odd (and have been told so).

   The Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream SPF 50+ costs £30 for 32ml. It is packaged in a squeezy tube with a pump dispenser. There are 7 shades. It is full coverage.  Leaves a radiant, luminous, dewy, glowy fininsh and sheen to the skin.  It is full coverage, colour correcting, has anti ageing benefits, contains UVA/UVB sunscreen protection and illuminators (Drops of Light technology).  The cream diffuses the look of fine lines and wrinkles and minimises the look of pores.  The cream leaves a sheen rather than a cast of glitter to the skin.  It doesn't crack or crease. It doesn't contain parabens or phthalates.

I find that the Illumination version of the CC+ cream smells exactly the same as the original as is the texture and feel of the cream as it is applied. Again I found it applied best when using a brush rather than a sponge.  I bought the light version of both creams and this one does appear darker when I squeeze it out of the tube and does need more blending than the original to get the colour to look like my skin.   I didn't find it glittery or sparkly as some reviewers have found, it just left my skin looking natural , healthy and luminous as opposed to the natural finish of the original version. My fine lines and wrinkles appeared diminished as did my pores.  As I have very oily skin I did find that it didn't last as long as the original version.  It didn't crack or crease it just faded away.  I could wear this version without having to apply blusher etc to make me look defined, I could see my natural cheek colour through the finish for example.

Overall I liked both versions. They are great for travel as they have travel friendly packaging. Both versions have pros and cons and I hope that this post helps you decide which one to go for.

I purchased both these items from QVC UK and the opinions expressed in this blog are my own.
It Cosmetics are available at Selfridges, QVC UK and the IT Cosmetics UK website.

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