It is no
secret I had and still have major BB cream fever. I tried them all, western and Asian and loved the concept. The newest product the Asian market has in store
for us are CC Creams, which are meant to be a BB Cream 2.0 from my
I always had
certain issues with the original Asian BBs and the fact their coverage was over
the top and almost never looked natural. CC Creams are supposed to keep the
concept and have the same benefits:skincare, sun protection, coverage, color
correcting etc… but look more natural. No more `doll face`as I like to call it.
was the first Canadian brand to jump on the CC wagon and I have been testing
both versions of their new CC creams out for the past weeks.
Annabelle did a fantastic job with their BB cream so I had high expectations
for their take on the newest Asian skincare trend.
two versions: a `color correcting `one and an illuminating one. The tinted
version is supposed to help blurr out imperfections and provide some sort of
coverage. In reality in didn`t really do that. The product is so light it
merely helped cover anything up. It is very light and the tint is very subtle. The
product does feel incredibly smooth and silky and flows over skin filling out
pores and any fine lines. Despite the fact that the silicone content in the
product had me nervous about break-outs I am happy to report my skin reacted
very well to it. My make up lasted longer and went on so much smoother on top
of the CC Cream.
illuminating CC Cream has tiny specks of shimmer in it and I can see how some
might not like that. It is however much too subtle to make a difference especially
if worn under make-up. It doesn`t really illuminate but I like to mix with the
the tinted version or just apply it to areas I don`t mind highlighting, mixed with
some of my foundation.
All in all,
I am still on the fence about the whole CC Cream concept. I need to get my
hands on an Asian one in order to be able to compare. The two Annabelle CC Creams
make great primers and can enhance the performance and look of foundation and
make-up in general. If you have great skin to start with you might be able to
get away with the light coverage and skin perfecting qualities of the product
on its own.
Either way… this is the best primer/base I have used in a
while and happy to see it come from a Canadian drug store brand. Nicely done Annabelle.
I am wearing all three products here, the two CC Creams under my foundation and the powder CC Cream on my T-zone.
The CC Cream Powder is a "Color Correcting" powder, part of the collection. The powder is not exactly soft nor is it buttery, making it difficult to pick up a lot of product with a brush. This is not a foundation type of powder and it will not provide coverage. It is however a great powder to dust on oily areas, as it is fine and almost impossible to over apply. Swirl a few times, dust of forehead and nose and the shine is gone without any actual powder deposit visible. I didn't try it over bare skin because I need coverage, as in foundation... but I do like this powder as finishing product. It keeps shine at bay and it's impossible to cake on, even if you are heavy handed like me.
*Disclaimer: These products have been provided to me for consideration. This does not influence my opinions or review.
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