Quarter 3 Beauty Product Consumption Accountability Checkin

Posted on October 13, 2017 under Thoughts

This is going up a bit later than I wanted, but I’ve been busy with school and the constant greyness of Glasgow makes it difficult to get good photos. A lot of these pictures are shitty and out of focus, but IT IS SO CLOUDY ALL THE TIME and I have no idea when the sun will come out and allow me to retake them. So I am putting my mediocrity out there!

Here’s the drill, as always:

  • All prices are listed in CAD, or in the currency they were purchased in plus a CAD conversion that is accurate as of the time of purchase.
  • Products that have one price and a second in brackets reflect the retail value and what I actually paid with my employee discount.
  • Products that I ordered online will be listed with the date that I actually received the package.
  • I will still be calculating my totals in CAD even though I’m living in the UK right now, because it’s the easiest way to consistently track my spending.

Skincare purchases

Products purchased between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017

  1. 06/27: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation – Alabaster – $56. Forgot to include this in last quarter’s roundup! I liked it a lot but I ended up returning it because I realized I have no need for a full coverage foundation in my daily life.
  2. 07/04: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Fair – $13.99 ($9.79). Replacement.
  3. 07/07: Ardell Individual Lashes – $4.29. For the wedding I officiated.
  4. 07/07: Quo Blending Sponge – $8 ($5.60).
  5. 07/09: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Poppy Patch – $10.99 ($7.69). Bought for the wedding because somehow I didn’t have anything in my collection that I liked with the dress I bought.
  6. 08/01: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in So Sofia – $38.
  7. 08/01: Make Up For Ever Metal Palette – $13.
  8. 08/08: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – $6.80. Replacement.
  9. 08/08: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – $6.70. I wanted to see if this actually did anything for my undereye circles!
  10. 08/08: The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – $7.90. My mom recommended this primer and we usually have pretty similar tastes in makeup, so I thought I could shell out eight bucks to try it.
  11. New brushes
  12. 08/08: Princeton Select 6 Round Blender brush – $6.06. I bought some brushes from the art store! My mom has a 10% discount there so that’s why the prices are weird. I thought this one would be good to apply crease colour precisely, and it totally is.
  13. 08/08: Princeton Select 5/0 Spotter brush – $3.83. I wanted to try this with gel liner, because I don’t have any brushes this fine. Unfortunately it’s a bit too flimsy to work with easily for this purpose.
  14. 08/09: ColourPop Blush Brush – $9 USD ($11.47 CAD). I like having a variety of blush brushes so I can keep them colour-separated – i.e. one for plums, one for peaches, one for neutrals, one for bright pinks…
  15. 08/09: ColourPop Blending Brush – $6 USD ($7.65 CAD). You can’t have too many blending brushes!
  16. ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow in Muscle Beach, Paper Tiger, and Stay Golden – $4 USD or $5.10 CAD each = $12 USD or $15.29 CAD. Fun colours for cheap! Who can resist?!
  17. 08/09: ColourPop Blotted Lips in Candyfloss, On A Stick, and Sucker – $5 USD or $6.37 CAD each = $15 USD or $19.11 CAD. I have no justification for bringing more lip products into my life. I’m sorry.
  18. 08/09: ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips in Split – $6 USD ($7.65 CAD). Of course, I had to try the Ultra Blotted Lips formula as well, so that I could compare it to the Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte lips formula. For science.
  19. 08/09: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Trixie – $5 USD ($6.37 CAD). I really have no excuse for buying this. I wish I hadn’t. I completely forgot I had ordered it and bought Marc Jacobs So Sofia in the meantime, which rendered this pretty much useless for me. This plus the fact that I got charged $18 of customs on this order means that I have gone off ColourPop… until they release something else that sucks me in.
  20. 08/10: La Roche-Posay Respectissime Eye Makeup Remover – $19.50 ($13.65). Replacement. Used Optimum points.
  21. 08/10: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution (100mL) – $6.95 ($4.87). I wanted a travel-sized micellar solution and I know I like the Bioderma Sensibio. Used Optimum points.
  22. New hair products
  23. 08/10: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip balm – $17 ($11.90). I wanted to stock up on a few things with Optimum points before I leave the country. I’ll probably run out of my current jar in January, when I’m in Scotland.
  24. 08/10: Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara – $2.99 ($2.09). Replacement. Used Optimum points. I like the L’Oreal brow gel better but it’s $15, which seems a bit absurd.
  25. 08/10: Lancôme Le Lip Liner in 378 Rose Lancôme – $30 ($21). I was looking for a good warm-toned fuchsia lip liner that wasn’t too dark, and this was the closest I found. It’s obviously a stupidly priced liner, but I used points so whatever.
  26. 08/10: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Angela – $40 ($28). Murale has expanded the range of Audacious lipstick shades that they stock – I’ve been interested in Angela for a long time, but I didn’t think Murale carried this shade. When I saw that they did, I knew I had to get it. By the way, I used Optimum points for this (of course).
  27. 08/10: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella – $40 ($28). When I went up to Murale I planned to get Annabella because, believe it or not, I don’t have any warm red lipsticks and I wanted to fill that gap. I used Optimum points.
  28. 08/10: Lise Watier Eye Contour Brush – $23 ($16.10). I have one of these brushes already and I love it for detailed crease work, so I picked up another one. I used my points.
  29. 08/10: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – $34 ($23.80). Replacement. I won’t need this until my skin starts getting super dry around November, but I thought I might as well get it while I still had an employee discount (and while in Canada, since cosmetics are usually much pricier in the UK).
  30. 08/31: Urban Decay Liquid Moondust in Solstice – $29. Used Optimum points.
  31. New face products
  32. 08/31: A-Derma Exomega Balm – $33. Replacement. Used a gift card.
  33. 09/02: Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio – Spoiled Brat – $2.97. I didn’t have a silver eyeshadow and this trio was the best bang for my buck. I depotted it into my MUFE palette and kept the hot pink shade as well, but I tossed the sparkly black because I know I won’t use it.
  34. 09/04: Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Taupe – $10.49. I wanted a brow pencil for travel, since my usual pomade is a bit unwieldy and requires bringing a separate brush. I used a gift card for this.
  35. 09/06: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone Correcting Shampoo – £5.99 ($9.93 CAD): This is one of the first things I bought when I landed. I can’t get my usual blonde shampoo (Light Blue Shade) here, so I went back to an old friend. Bonus: this is quite a bit cheaper than in Canada, where the usual price is $13.99.
  36. 09/06: Toni & Guy Damage Repair Mask – £5 ($8.29 CAD): I needed a deep conditioner; bleached hair is no joke.
  37. 09/06: Toni & Guy Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo – £5 ($8.29 CAD): My hair loves the soft water here, but it does tend to get oilier faster, so dry shampoo is essential. The Superdrug I was in didn’t have Batiste (or maybe I was just super jetlagged and couldn’t find it), so I picked up Toni & Guy instead. Not my favourite, but it’ll do.

Total value (CAD): $548.02
Total spent (CAD): $235.48

Year-to-date value (CAD): $1357.75
Year-to-date spent (CAD): $745.45

New eye products

New eyeshadows: ColourPop Paper Tiger, Muscle Beach, Stay Golden; shadows from the Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat trio

Products received at no cost between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017

  1. 06/27: Bite Beauty Amouse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot – $30 full size – $10 sample value: Sephora point perk. Forgot to include it in the last roundup.
  2. 08/01: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – Fair – $49: PR promoting the recent Canadian launch of IT Cosmetics.

New lip products

Total value: $59
Year-to-date value: $1748.39

Miscellaneous purchases, photographed terribly

I did have fun with my Optimum points, but a lot of my purchases this quarter were staple replacements, and none of my UK spending this quarter was frivolous. I was surprised to see that I spent more this quarter than last quarter ($178.10), but it is less than the first quarter ($334.84). Percentage-wise I spent less than half of the total value of the products (43%), which is exactly on par with last quarter’s 43% and way lower than quarter one’s total spend, which was over 80% of the retail value of the products. Most notably, the decrease comes in the form of gratis, which is to be expected. Quarter two I received $1200 worth of product as gratis because spring is training season in cosmetics retail; this quarter there were no brand schools and I left my job in cosmetics at the end of August. I predict that my gratis category will be a lovely $0 next quarter unless a brand sends something over.

Books read, July-September 2017

Posted on October 01, 2017 under Books

I read 14 books this quarter for a total of 45 this year, which means I have three whole months to read five to bring me to my yearly goal of 50! I tried to read a lot this quarter since I knew October, November, and December would be filled with academic reading. As Lenny Kravitz so wisely tells us, it ain’t over til it’s over, but I’m going to be cautiously optimistic and say that I’ll be able to hit my target. So here’s what I read over the summer!

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This ambitious novel starts with two Ghanaian girls, born in the 1700s of the same mother but raised separately. One marries a wealthy colonizer; one becomes a slave in the United States. We follow the two bloodlines eight generations, to early-2000s America. It’s a risky premise, and one that I think was executed well but not flawlessly. It helps to think of the book more as a series of vignettes than a novel; unsurprisingly, some chapters are more compelling than others. There were some characters whose stories I could really sink my teeth into and some who were more forgettable. Nonetheless, Gyasi vividly describes place beautifully, and her descriptions of 1700s Ghana and 1920s America are equally convincing. Worth a read, I think!

How Should A Person Be?: A Novel From Life by Sheila Heti

I’m going to copy my Goodreads review here because I don’t think I can summarize my thoughts on this “novel” any better:

I should have known as soon as I saw the blurb on the cover from Lena Dunham calling this book “amazing” that it would be self-absorbed and privileged. Heti’s preoccupation with herself is poorly disguised as a deeper, broader search for the meaning of life. She is incapable of thinking outside of herself until she deeply hurts her (also self-indulgent) best friend, and, in general, overthinks everything and creates trouble where there is none. She is the embodiment of bourgeoisie anxieties that, to put it bluntly, the working class doesn’t have the luxury to give a shit about. She takes a job at a hair salon not for the money but because she’s feeling unfulfilled procrastinating writing a play and doing coke with her other privileged artist friends. She decides to move to New York – one of the most expensive cities in the world – on a whim. And she frames everything she does as some sort of deep quest to finding human meaning, when really it’s just navelgazing at its finest. And yet I think she writes enjoyable, fluid prose. Somehow I couldn’t find it in myself to hate this book, although it’s irritating as hell – and, yes, exactly the kind of thing Lena Dunham would like.

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

I enjoyed Hilderbrand’s Here’s To Us (mentioned in this post) more than I expected, so I picked up her newest novel for a spot of light reading for a weekend trip. The novel concerns Harper and Tabitha Frost, estranged twin sisters who switch lives for a summer. Free-spirited Harper goes to raise uptight Tabitha’s rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter Ainsley and run her failing boutique on Nantucket; Tabitha escapes to Martha’s Vineyard to renovate the twins’ late father’s house. It’s an enjoyable read, but far from cerebral, obviously. The ending is predictably predictable, and the well-drawn characters and heart I discovered in Here’s To Us were absent from The Identicals. The polar opposite twins were too stereotypical for me to take seriously, and the family tragedy that drew them apart ends up being pretty anticlimactic. Fine for what it is, but nothing special.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

After reading Solomon Gursky Was Here in a lit class that I was tricked into taking, my interest in iconic Montreal author Mordecai Richer was piqued. Duddy Kravitz is one of his better-known works; it’s about the titular character, a hustler if there ever was one, and his singular, lifelong goal of owning land. Duddy is an extremely well-drawn character: shady and amoral yet somehow still likeable. I love Richler’s descriptions of Montreal, as well. As someone who lived there for four years, the city feels familiar yet different, as it’s removed by several decades. That said, the plot didn’t quite do it for me – Duddy’s exploits were fun, but not as extravagantly enjoyable as the Gurskys’. Richler writes great dry prose and excels at creating antiheroes.

My 1980s And Other Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum

I read a review that compared Koestenbaum to Barthes, which seems fairly apt to me: both are self-indulgent, obsessive, and a little bit lyrical. (Koestenbaum suffers slightly less from an obvious Oedipus complex, however.) I can see this book as his version of Mythologies, though not focused around one thesis. (Oh, and he didn’t include any essays on items as banal as a glass of milk.) I found his writing insightful, fluid, and enjoyable to read. As with any collection of essays, some are better than others, but overall most captured my attention. Collections of cultural criticism can suffer from one inherent flaw: unless you are familiar with everything the essayist is writing about, you’re likely reading about a lot of cultural artefacts you haven’t experienced for yourself. That said, Koestenbaum describes vividly and kept me reading even when I hadn’t seen a specific painting he was writing about. I consider his descriptive writing top-notch and I’ll definitely reference it for inspiration when writing endless scene analyses in grad school.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut’s first novel is noticeably different from his later novels both stylistically and tonally, though it has many thematic similarities. It explores a fictionalized America where almost every job has been replaced by computers, a concept that is all the more relevant 65 years later in today’s increasingly mechanized form of capitalism. This is by far the most character-driven of the Vonnegut novels I’ve read, which was interesting, but I have to say I prefer the acerbic style of his later work.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

This is Zadie Smith’s first novel and the first of hers I’ve read, and it definitely convinced me. This is a hilarious, poignant, and beautifully-written account of two immigrant families in 1970s and 1980s London and how their lives intersect. It hit every note for me: it was believable, expansive, and absolutely compelling. I can’t wait to dive into Smith’s other novels!

Perfect by D.M. Quintano

Ahh, just a spot of old school YA. I’ve read this book a million times and it’s certainly not as enjoyable as it was when I was 11. In fact, it’s highly flawed and boasts a fairly pathetic 2.5 star rating on Goodreads. I actually don’t think it’s as bad as all that – it’s actually quite darkly funny and well-paced. Is the plot great? No. Are the characters anything more than 2D cardboard cutouts? Of course not! But I still think it has its merits.

A Summer Bird-cage by Margaret Drabble

My mom recommended Margaret Drabble to me as I was telling her that I really enjoy narratives about the minutiae of women’s lives. Her first novel focuses on the relationship between two distant sisters, one of whom has recently married a famous novelist. I love women’s writing from the 1960s because so much of it concerns the absolute tedium of domestic life and women’s lack of autonomy, which I find fascinating. This is a really great look at the toll marriage can take on a woman, but also at the bond of sisterhood as the women grow closer while the marriage sours. It’s not exactly the most exciting novel, but obviously the genre “the minutiae of women’s lives” wouldn’t be.

The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble

This Drabble novel once again primarily concerns marriage: that of well-known actor David Evans and his wife Emma. David takes a theatre job for an entire season in a remote town, and Emma has to decline a news anchor job so she can uproot her family for the sake of David’s career. Similar themes to A Summer Bird-cage, but I think this novel is more compellingly-written. Emma is a very interesting character; I felt sympathy for her situation but not entirely for her as a person, because she’s quite cold. This is quite a short novel and I was really impressed at how much Drabble managed to say in so few pages.

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

This is not one of my favourite Atwood novels, but it’s very disturbing and will stick with me for a long time. It’s narrated by an unnamed woman who has left her husband and baby for her lover, Joe. Her father disappears in the remote Quebec wilderness, and she brings Joe and two friends – who she doesn’t know particularly well – to try to find him. As the four characters get to know each other, the novel becomes more and more sinister – though it’s usually just an undertone, never anything overt. The narrator becomes increasingly isolated in the company of her friends. It’s very disconcerting, a psychological thriller with almost no action. Even when I don’t love an Atwood novel, I’m left in awe of her writing – this is no exception.

Lost In A Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

These are the second, third, and fourth books in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. (I read the first in April.) Broadly speaking, this series is about an alternative 1980s UK, where time travel and cloning are abundant. The titular Thursday Next is a literary detective in Swindon who acquires the ability to enter books and live inside of them. The series follows her exploits in the real world and inside of books, as she polices both realms against political corruption and pure evil. These books are great fun and very clever, and I plan on finishing the series.

By the way, I got a Kindle in August, so the last three books aren’t pictured in the header image since I don’t have physical copies. Because I’m living abroad at the moment I really want to cut down on my physical possessions, so the Kindle makes a lot of sense.

Anyway, in another three months we will find out if I made my goal!

Review: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair*

Posted on September 21, 2017 under Reviews

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

The product featured in this post was provided to me by the company at no cost. I was not compensated monetarily for this post and my opinion is completely honest, as always.

I have been interested in the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream* for years now due to its much-loved status in the YouTube community. This is a product that is not only apparently universally-adored but that has longevity. It’s not a flash-in-the-pan trend; it’s a staple in YouTubers’ foundation drawer. When IT Cosmetics finally came to Sephora Canada in early August, I made a mental note to look into it when I ran through a bit of my current foundation stash. And then IT sent me a tube to try, which I think means this was meant to be.

Before I delve into the review, I’ll remind you that I have normal-to-dry skin. Currently I’m on the drier side as the weather transitions, and I live in a wet, temperate climate that’s heading into fall. I have relatively clear skin but deal with regular hormonal breakouts on my chin and persistent hyperpigmentation after active breakouts heal. I prefer light-to-medium buildable foundations with a natural finish.

Shade Range

The shade range of this product is pretty abysmal, which is such a bummer. Canada has a lot of multicultural cities (my hometown of Toronto was recently named the most diverse city in the world!), so seeing a brand with only seven shades and no apparent plans for expansion enter our market is disappointing. (It looks like they added the shade Deep pretty recently, but there are still plenty of darker-skinned people who will be completely shut out of this range.) Small shade ranges are looking particularly bad these days now that Rihanna’s brand Fenty Beauty has released 40 shades of foundation. Though it’s unfortunate that diversity tends only to gain traction when it’s clear that it’s profitable, that’s a reality of capitalism and I’m hopeful that the massive success of the darker shades in the Fenty Beauty range will inspire brands like IT Cosmetics to get on board with diversity.

I was sent the shade Fair for review, and my PR package actually stated that if the colour match was wrong I could request a different one, which I thought was nice. Luckily, Fair is a pretty bang-on match for me. I’m fair with neutral-leaning-yellow undertones, which is exactly how I’d describe this shade. (Generally these colours appear to run more on the neutral-to-yellow side.)

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair swatches

Out of all of these shades I’d say the Ordinary 1.1N is my current best match, though MUFE Ultra HD in Y215 is the best I’ve found yet. (I completely used up my bottle so couldn’t use it for comparison swatches.) In swatches, the IT CC in Fair looks like it will be significantly too dark for me, but as you’ll see the shade works fine. If you’re lighter than around NC13 in MAC shades this will probably be a hair dark. I like that the IT CC Cream is neutral with slight yellow tones, which seems to suit me best. Though it’s certainly not pink-toned, in comparison with NARS Siberia it’s far less yellow.

Packaging

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

Dude, I love this packaging. I wish every liquid foundation were packaged like this. First, there’s a pump, which is obviously the #1 thing we all look for in a foundation. Second, it’s in a squeezy tube! This means that a) you can squeeze out the last bit of product when the pump stops dispensing anything, and b) it’s super travel-friendly because there is no worry about breakage as with glass bottles. My only (small) gripe is that the silver does wear off – you can see in my photos that my tube looks pretty beat up even though I haven’t even had it for two months. It got a bit dinged up in my move, but it’s still totally functional. I don’t think this is the most aesthetically beautiful packaging, but from a usability standpoint it’s incredibly well-designed.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

The wondrous pump!

This foundation contains an unusual 1.08 fl oz/32 mL of product, as opposed to the industry-standard 1 fl oz/30 mL. Oh well, I’m not going to complain about more product than is standard. At least it’s not a $65 foundation containing a mere 0.84 fl oz/25 mL of product.

Application and Finish

The Your Skin But Better CC Cream* is quite thick: a pump stands in a straight peak rather than spreading out as a thin liquid. Thicker foundations like this don’t always work on my skin, but this applies like a dream with every method I’ve tested and doesn’t feel or look thick. I’ve used my fingers, a damp sponge, and three different foundation brushes – two dense (my Magic Collection Oval brush and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush) as well as the Real Techniques Stipple Brush. I get an easy application and a beautiful finish every time. I absolutely delight in finding foundations that apply quickly and easily with my fingers, because when I’m lazy/in a rush that’s how I apply my foundation. I don’t mind making a little extra effort for a gorgeous finish, but obviously it’s a huge bonus when I know the product is going to work no matter what I do. That’s one of the reasons I love MUFE Ultra HD so damn much.

This foundation has a pretty natural finish, leaning towards dewy. Despite being on the drier side, I don’t love a super dewy foundation and prefer something between satin and dewy. I really like the finish of this product on my skin but wouldn’t want it to be much dewier.

A lot of people on YouTube seem to consider the Your Skin But Better CC Cream* full coverage; I would say it’s a solid medium. Maybe it’s just that it’s high coverage for a CC cream? I’m not one who expects massive coverage out of my base products and even I wouldn’t consider this full. I can build it up where I need it and it doesn’t look heavy or emphasize texture. Recently my nose has started to get super dry, which always signals an impending change in season, and this foundation applies very smoothly over that area, which is always the true test.

One pump of foundation is more than enough for this one – it allows me to do two thinner layers all over my face.

And of course, what we’re all waiting for – the before and after:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

No makeup

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

Wearing only IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair*

And the left-side-of-my-chin test, because that’s my problem area:

No makeup

Wearing only IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair*

You can see that I actually wasn’t dealing with an active breakout here, just a bit of hyperpigmentation from old breakouts. The Your Skin But Better CC Cream* doesn’t completely cover those areas, but it really evens out the skin and looks natural and healthy.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

Wearing only It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair*

I think this picture really shows the finish. It’s natural, glowy, and skin-like.

Wear

For a product that borders on dewy, this wears really well on my skin. My nose is pretty much a lost cause – though it’s dry right now, it’s also the only part of my face that produces oil, making it the worst of both worlds. My foundation always wears off there first. But on the rest of my skin, it looks really great throughout a full 10 hours of wear. It doesn’t break down or look heavy throughout the day. Do keep in mind that my skin is normal to dry, so base products don’t wear as quickly on me as they might on someone with a combo or oily skin type.

It can be difficult for me to get pictures showing 8+ hours of wear time since natural light quality isn’t very good past about 4pm at the moment, but here are some pictures I took last month after 8 hours, which included vigourous sweating. (These were taken after I did my driving test on a super hot day in a car with no AC and then walked 15 minutes home from the subway station – I put it through a fair amount.)

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

Full face situation. Overall good, but let’s zoom in and be picky.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

As I said, on my nose it pretty much wore off completely, which is fine because that always happens. There’s also a bit of bunching of product at the top of my nose and between my brows, but that’s because I was wearing my glasses all day and that’s just the way life works. On days when I wear contacts I don’t experience that.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair

There’s a bit of bunching around my nose, but otherwise it looks pretty much impeccable across my cheeks. Yay!

Other Things to Note

The Your Skin But Better CC Cream* has an SPF of 50+, which is really high for a base product. Personally I still wear SPF underneath it because I can almost guarantee that to actually get SPF 50 out of this you’d have to apply way more than you’d ever want to. As with most if not all base products with SPF, this is a physical sunblock – containing titanium dioxide and zinc – meaning that it will cause a white cast when it comes to flash photography. It also may look ashy on darker skintones due to the physical SPF, though I can’t speak from personal experience there. Honestly, I could do without the SPF in this one; because I don’t think I’m really getting SPF 50 coverage I use a sunscreen underneath it so it makes it redundant, and it’s not super versatile because I wouldn’t wear it to any event where there might be flash photography. I guess SPF in base products is good for those who won’t wear a separate SPF, but I find it kind of annoying personally. It’s a shame because otherwise this foundation has a beautiful finish and photographs really well in natural lighting conditions.

This product has a pretty strong citrus scent. If you’ve smelled Bite Beauty lipsticks it’s quite similar to that. I don’t mind the scent and don’t find it lingers, but I’m against strong fragrance in makeup on principle. If you’re sensitive to scent maybe avoid this one.

Overall Thoughts

Despite its limited shade range, I think the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream* is a really wonderful product that completely deserves its hype in the makeup community. It hits all the right notes for me: it’s easy to apply, looks beautiful on my skin, and wears impressively. Although the SPF50 and citrus fragrance are flaws, this is still a product that is extremely useful for my everyday life and that I will use up happily and even consider repurchasing.

The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream retails for $49 CAD for 1.08 fl oz/32 mL of product, or $44.95 per fl oz/$1.53 per mL. Canadians can now purchase it at Sephora.

If you’re interested in picking a tube for yourself, IT Cosmetics kindly provided me with a 10% off code for use on itcosmetics.ca. Just enter ITGIRLCLEMENTINE at checkout by October 31. I don’t receive any commission on your purchase!