I’ll admit my experience in the base department is limited, mostly because it is so. damn. difficult. for me to find a shade match. I’m deceptively pale and my skin has mostly yellow undertones. In my experience, most brands think being super pale means you’re pink-toned and the palest yellow-toned shade is several shades darker. Attention makeup makers: pale and dark skins come in a lot more colors than the makeup you’re making!
Sorry. I needed to get that off my chest.
Anyhow, when I finally found a foundation match (Illasmaqua’s Skin Base in 4 if you’re wondering), I didn’t stray far because it had taken me about a year to hunt down a formula I liked in a shade that worked. But sometimes you want something lighter than a foundation.
Enter the itCosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream. I was looking for something lighter than a foundation that I could slap on my face with my fingers or a brush for a quick, get-out-the-door-because-you-hit-snooze-too-many-times-again product that would even out my skin without being too heavy but would still have some lasting power. And oh yea…matches my skin.
I’m happy to report that the lightest shade “Fair” is in fact yellow-toned *pause for angelic singing*. Unfortunately the shade range is limited and if you’re fair and pink-toned this isn’t the color range for you. There are five shades so there’s not a lot of variety but since BB/CC/tinted moisturizers tend to be sheerer than foundation you may be able to find a shade for you.
The formula does provide decent coverage without being too heavy. It does feel a bit thick when you first pump it on the back of your hand but that doesn’t translate on the face. The lasting power is pretty decent for the type of product, so I could get a workday’s worth of wear and can go out to dinner or drinks afterward. However if I had a special event after work I would probably want to reapply. It doesn’t hold up as well in my t-zone and I think those with very oily skin types won’t love this but drier to combination skins will. I have combination skin and when I set it with a powder it holds up quite well.
In terms of packaging, this thing is gold to me. It has a pump , which I find dispenses more than what I need, unless I’m dipping my brush straight into it and that soaks up the product. But it’s easy to dispense a half pump and that works well to dot on my face and then blend. Also the soft tube is travel friendly and will fit well in drawers but the cap allows me to stand it up if I want to and it’s pretty secure.
While I wouldn’t say it’s a perfect product because of my oily t-zone, this product does everything I wanted it to do. Provide light, skin-like coverage that’s quick to apply for work or brunch with some SPF and half-decent staying power. Looks like I can finally give my foundation a much deserved break.