So there’s a new affordable CC cream on the shelves, ladies!
I’ve been contemplating purchasing the Clinique CC cream or Smashbox CC cream for a while now but hesitated because of the prices associated with them. When I saw this Yardley one on the shelves in Clicks, I decided to give it a go since the price tag was nowhere near the Clinique and Smashbox ones.
What is a CC cream: CC generally stands for ‘color corrector’ or ‘complexion corrector’ and the products are designed to address issues like redness and discolouration and are usually lighter on the skin than a BB cream. CC creams tend to be worn alone, like a foundation of sort and should provide enough coverage to do so.
What Yardley says: New Yardley CC cream – so much more than BB cream. Not only does it cover, it also actively improves your skin by treating imperfections. Helps minimise appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, brightens & enhances complexion, fights & covers up blemishes and imperfections, nourishing & rejuvenating with Advanced Vitamin Technology.
My review: The CC cream comes in 6 shades (Light, Fair, Medium, Warm Tan, Deep and Dark), of the 6 the shade ‘Fair’ was most suited for my skintone. ‘Light’ is the lightest shade in the range and ‘Dark’ is the darkest shade. When I initially saw the colour of the actual cream, I felt a bit apprehensive. It’s a VERY neutral shade, almost to the point of being grey-toned. It promises to help minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles plus reduce redness and uneven skintone. I can’t say it does anything to reduce the look of fine lines but it does, however, do a really good job of covering the redness in my cheek area. I have quite temperamental skin, one day it looks glowing (in a healthy way) and the next it can look like I’ve spent the day in the sun. Red, blotchy skin is not a cute look and on days like these I tend to reach for either a heavier foundation or something that will cover up the redness. This CC cream creates an even-ish canvas (I say even-ish because it covers up redness but not all discolouration) and preps the skin for a smooth application of foundation.
The pro: This CC cream is well moisturising and makes my foundation glide on very smoothly, I also feel it helps my makeup set into the skin and not just sit on top. All in all, I would say this makes for a great primer (not foundation).
The con: Although I’m sure it’s intended to be worn as a foundation, unfortunately it doesn’t give sufficient coverage. The shades are also quite ashy / grey-toned (I assume to cover redness etc) and if worn alone, I would imagine one would look like a zombie.
The price: R 99,99 for 35ml (available at selected Foschini, Dischem and Clicks stores).