Because I’m fairly pale, my skin burns really easily in the sun, so I try to always wear sunscreen. I’ve found that a lot of sunscreens do not work very well with other makeup and leave me streaky or causes my makeup to either crease or pill. I was browsing on the Beautylish website at the end of May to see what kind of sun protection products that they had and stumbled upon Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ (what a name!).
Here is what is says on the It Cosmetics website:
This highly pigmented multi-tasking beauty miracle truly covers everything, will not crease or crack in fine lines, and gives you a healthy, Your Skin But Better® glow. Paraben-free and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, Physical Only, Non-Chemical Sunscreen.
Developed with leading plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better® CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ is truly a multi-tasking beauty miracle. It’s your SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Physical only sunscreen that protects against the rays that both burn your skin and age your skin. CC+™ is infused with cutting edge Anti-Aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. The Anti-Aging hydrating formula is infused with Peptides, Niacin, Algae, Vitamins A, C, B, E, Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrolyzed Collagen along with Antioxidants and exotic natural botanicals for long-term brightening and color-correcting benefits.
And here is a little more info from Beautylish:
It’s 7 steps in one! It’s your moisturizing day cream, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, skin brightener, dark spot corrector, and full coverage foundation, and sun protection all in one.
My experience: I chose the second lightest shade, as I was afraid that the lightest shade would be too ghostly for this time of year, since I do tan very slightly (not by most people’s standards, but I am far paler in the colder months). When I first opened the box, I thought to myself, “oh no, this is going to make me look like I have mud on my face”. See how DARK it looks on my skin:
A little goes a long way with this CC Cream. If you are over-zealous in your application, you will be a cake face. I love that it comes in a tube with a pump, it makes application so much easier, with less mess. There is a lemony scent to the CC cream, but it fades quickly as the product sets. I’ve tried applying the CC+ cream with a foundation brush, a Beauty Blender knockoff sponge, and with my fingers. I have had terrible results with using a foundation brush, but I’m not sure if that is due to being new to using a foundation brush, or if the product doesn’t work well with that application method. Applying with my fingers gives me a good medium coverage, and with a damp Beauty Blender type sponge gives me a sheerer light to medium coverage. The photo below is of the CC+ Cream rubbed into the skin with my fingers – it blends in with my skin tone and warms it up.
I’ve been using my Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Medium Light with it.
Overall, I find it to be moisturizing without feeling greasy, definitely pore minimizing, and I feel that it does make my skin look brighter. I will switch to the lightest shade (fair) in the autumn / winter months.
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ comes in a limited range of 5 shades: fair, light, medium, rich and tan, $38 USD for 32ml (1.08 fl. oz). You can order it directly from It Cosmetics, Beautylish, The Shopping Channel (Canada), Ulta, and QVC.
Disclosure: I purchased this! And I will purchase it again.