Just the other day when I met up with a friend, I found her scrutinizing my face before commenting on how smooth it looks. I was surprised because it also happened that I was wearing the Za Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation for the first time. We had met up 2 days ago but she didn’t make a single comment on my complexion then so I’m guessing that the Za Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation had a part to play in my flawless makeup look.
A lovely ex-colleague gave this to me and I was pretty eager to try it. And it’s my first luxury make up brand CC cream. If you had been following my CC cream reviews, you would notice that I had managed to try out a variety of Korean brands only. A short extract taken from the Chanel website: With its CHANEL signature, CC Cream combines 5 actions in 1 single step:
SOOTHES. Cornflower water comforts sensitive skin.
MOISTURIZES. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain hydration level all day long by trapping and retaining moisture inside the skin.
PROTECTS. SPF 30 and PA+++ sun filters block aging-accelerating UVA-UVB rays. A mineral filter guarantees higher tolerance on the skin.
PREVENTS. An active ingredient of natural origin, Rejuvencia, provides the best shield against external aggressions.
EVENS OUT IMPERFECTIONS. Redness, dark spots and pores are visibly diminished.
Within moments, skin appears flawless and glows with a natural beauty. The complexion is visibly even-toned, fresh and radiant. CC Cream delivers complete correction and natural-looking, long-wear makeup. An ideal cream for day-long confidence with a lightweight, non-oily, comfortable texture.
If I’m not wrong, its available in one shade only – 20 beige
There is a strong scent, not sure if that’s the smell of cornflower water? Upon application, it turns matt instantly. In fact, it was so quick that I was worried I won’t have time to do my entire face without it drying up on my palms.
In terms of coverage, I would say it’s average. Which is a good thing for those who prefer something light or have pretty great-looking skin to begin with. Those who like me, have these crazy dark eye rings, broken capillaries and blemishes might not find the coverage sufficient. Hence, a concealer is recommended to be used together with the Chanel CC Cream.
Like the other CC creams I have tried, the Chanel CC cream does not disappoint with it comes to achieving that radiant glow.
If you ask me, I still would prefer The Face Shop’s CC Cream due to the coverage it provides. However, this one does not pale out in comparison much, I guess it would have worked better on me if I had a blemish-free complexion (which I unfortunately do not have).
So I was given this from The Face Shop to try out. And upon opening the beautiful press kit (yes, kudos to you marketing team for such a pretty box), I was quite stunned to see a compact instead of the usual CC cream in a tube.
The Face It Aura CC Cream comes in the form of a compact case complete with a face sponge and mirror.
There is a tab that you press down to get the CC cream out. And I was in for yet another surprise; this was a skin tone shade CC cream! I had been reviewing other CC Creams previously and all were whitish in color. So I was really psyched about trying this one out.
I was given the one in 02 Natural Beige to try which I presume is one of the most commonly used shades or so I’d been told.
Anyway, I tried using it with the given sponge but I was not used to that. Thus, giving up eventually and ended up using my fingers instead. It has a creamy texture (like a BB cream) that goes on smoothly and best of all, it becomes matt rather instantly. I did not even have to apply loose powder. It felt just right on my skin.
So you know how some BB creams can still appear too light for my somewhat tanned skin tone? This surprisingly blended pretty well. And because it had a beige tone, it gave me the coverage that I needed. I believe the Face It Aura CC Cream is one of the CC Creams in the market that comes with the highest coverage. As you can see, it did quite a good job of covering up my broken capillaries (those tiny red veins on my cheeks).
I also like the fact that it comes with SPF30 and PA++ so I can skip my sunscreen when using this. Some might like the compact packaging because it is easy to carry around even if you do not want to bring your whole cosmetic pouch along. The mirror in the compact comes in real handy when you can’t find a powder room to touch up.
You can check the Face It Aura CC Cream out at all The Face Shop outlets
It seems like this orange blush trend is still continuing into Fall 2011. Actually, way before it begin trending, I was already using orangey blushers due to my more tanned skin tone. Orange blushers give me a healthy glow as compared to the saccharine sweet shades of pink.
Previously, at a Maybelline event (I blogged about it HERE!), I got to try out the Angelfit blushers. As there were only the tiny brushes that usually come with the compacts. I thought that the blushers were very light and the colors didn’t show. But after using my own brush – yes, I’m an ELF fan. I realized that the blusher was really not bad after all even thoughIt’s not as orangey as the ELF one which also has shimmers.
If you have been watching TV, you would have come across a Estee Lauder commercial featuring the gorgeous Constance Jablonski introducing the NEW Even Skintone Illuminator.
If you ever wanted a glowing complexion like a beach goddess, then you should try out this product. It’s benefits includes reducing the appearence of uneven skin tone, redness, sun spots and pigmentation.
This is a gentle, fast-acting serum which research has proven that within just 2 weeks, 62% of women showed a significant improvement in skin tone in a clinical test. Over time after regular usage, you can look forward to brighter, clearer skin with an overall more even appearence.
There are not one but two powerful technologies packed in this little bottle –
Triple-Optic Technology which provides skin with a brighter, more luminous look from the very first application.
CorrectTone Technology which visibly reduces uneven skin tone in 2 weeks, while anti-oxidants help prevent its re-appearence.
How to use it?
Apply on clean skin. Follow with your SPF moisturizer.
For maximum even skin tone results, use AM and PM for the first 12 weeks, then continue with your regular Estee Lauder regimen, using Even Skintone Illuminator every AM.
What I thought of it?
Firstly, the texture was smooth and creamy, allowing it to go on the skin with ease. It’s non-oil so there is no greasy or sticky after feel. The serum solution resembles a drop of sunshine with its golden, shimmering finish.
After rubbing it onto the skin, there is a glowing sheen that illuminates.
This can double up as a great makeup product for highlighting purposes.
Looks like a promising product worth a try! 😉
The Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator is retailing at S$100 for 30ml and S$150 for 50ml.