I've been a BB cream user for the past 1 year and since the launch of CC creams in the market this year, I've decided to give them a chance. CC cream claims to be a better version of BB cream and I think some of its claims is true. My friend from Asia bought me the Chanel CC cream but the color did not suit my skintone well as it made my skin look slight yellow. The oil control was fantastic but is a little too drying and the cream made my skin look cakey after a while. I've heard about Rachel K's CC cream from Lisalisad1 and I've decided to give that a try. I've been using it for 4 months now and I love this product.
This cream lasted all day and has very good oil control and it did not accentuate my dry areas. I haven't experienced any breakouts or bad reactions to this cream. My dark spots and freckles around my cheeks have lightened over 2 months and my friends have been commenting about my glowing skin. It also corrects my skin color and fades my pores, blemishes and discoloration really well.
The cream is also easy to blend. It says on the packaging that the right way to apply the cream is to dab on the skin instead of spreading it. I've tried both ways and dabbing is better because it looks more even and covers the areas well. If you spread the cream, it may not blend too well and not have the same finish to it which may look like there's no coverage at all. I'm excited to try more CC cream brands out there but so far the Rachel K CC cream works the well for me and I will continue to use it.
I have been seeing CC Cream around the internet recently and brought it up to my friend, who thought I really meant a BB Cream and was all confused! I did some research and decided to get the Rachel K one because it has been around the market the longest. Correct me if I am wrong but I think they are the first ones to launch the CC Cream.
So here are my thoughts
Packaging: In a pink tube that looks really good on my dressing table!
Price: $39 USD, a little pricey but I managed to get free shipping
Application: You are supposed to use a pea sized amount and pat it on. I got amazing results from this! You really don't need a lot of product to work with.
Coverage: Medium coverage, buildable.
Texture: Lightweight, non sticky
Scent: Slight, pleasant and went away quickly
Conclusion: I am never going back to BB Creams - I totally get why people are going crazy over this product! The CC Cream has a thinner consistency than BB Cream, which can end up to be a goopy mess sometimes. What I really like is the color - it matches my skin tone perfectly and I am a NW25. The coverage is great too and I would go as far to say that the Rachel K CC Cream is the best of both worlds - it has skincare benefits like BB Cream but the shade and coverage of a regular foundation! How anyone can give this a bad rating is beyond my understanding. Maybe I will try some other brands when I run out but that may take awhile because a little goes a long way- I think this is going to last me a longggg time. I am so happy with my purchase :)
Here's my honest opinion. I bought the Rachel K CC Cream from Lisalisad1 a month ago and I've been using it religiously as my primer and makeup base. I like the coverage as it covered my red areas better than the other BB creams I've tried. I was particularly impressed with the staying power of the cream as it lasted through my workday and didnít spread from my red areas which is my forehead, sides of nose, cheekbones and chin.
After using it for a month, i've noticed that my acne scars and dark spots around my cheek has lightened. I also noticed that the cream leaves no white cast in flash photography which is perfect because I have tan skin and I hate it when there's a major difference in skin tone on my face and neck. Overall I like that it feels really light and great on the skin. The tube can still last me for about another month or slightly more and I've been using it everyday for a month now.
I'm a realistic person and don't believe in the multifunctional claims stated on the product package. I honestly think this product is overrated. I have been using it for 1 and a half month as a foundation alternative. I didn't change anything to my skin care regimen and my skin hasn't been reactive before I try this product. Here are my thoughts about this CC cream:
Texture: It has a lotion-light cream texture, yet it's oil free. It's not greasy and thick like the Juice beauty CC cream. It gives you a MATTE finish so if you have oily skin, this is a good choice for you. It gives streaks on your face if you "RUB" it on your face. The package instruction tells you to "PAT" the product in a "PATTING" motion all over the face. I think it's because this product contains mostly "silicones" & it's very drying, so if you try to rub it, it will look nasty & you will have streaks on your face. Anyway, I don't really like the "PATTING" motion application because it takes quite a while to apply. It's also drying for my skin because I'm using retinol.
Coverage: This has similar coverage to all the other Asian BB creams I tried (Missha, SKIN79 pink label, Etude house precious BB cream). The coverage is medium so I give it 1 STAR. I do like the coverage because it's better than the Juice Beauty CC cream, which offers NO COVERAGE at all!!
Ingredients: I'm skeptical about the "actual ingredients" in this product. When I received this product, the ingredients listed on the box did not match with the ingredient listed on the tube. I guess there were 2 different formulations out there. It has PARABEN as a preservative & fewer skin beneficial ingredients compare to other BB creams. Although it states on the package as a Non-comedogenic product, it still clogs my pore terribly. I get little white bumps after wearing it for a few days. I stopped using the product for 5 days to see if my skin condition improved & it did. So I know this product was clogging my pores. So far it hasn't cause any cyst acne. I don't see any skin improvements based on what the package claims.
Conclusion: I think this is a cheap Asian BB cream that is marketed as CC cream. They market it as CC cream so they can charge higher price. Most of the ingredients are inexpensive except the "human oligopeptide". It's hard to find in the stores or online. I had to buy it from a seller on EBay and have it ship all the way from Singapore. After the results I see (basically no positive improvements on my skin) with clogged pores, I won't repurchase this again. I'm done with the CC cream hype!! I will try the Boscia BB cream instead. Boscia makes a new lighter shade of BB cream with much better ingredients and NO PARABENS. I ordered it today. I'm excited to give it a try & write a review about it.
Update: This CC cream is going to the trash can!! My skin starts to develop mysterious red bumps and they are very itchy!!! I'm done with the CC cream hypes. I'm sure that cosmetic companies will come up with similar creams, but they will call them DD cream, EE creams, etc and claim that they are much better than BB cream or CC cream. I'm sure you get the idea why they are doing that!!
This is my HG product and I'm surprised it hasn't been getting more reviews on MUA! I tried the Rachel K CC Cream because it has been getting lots of raves on beauty blogs and I had to get one for myself - and I'm totally hooked.
I am a NC25 and the Neutral shade fits me perfectly. The packaging is really cute, in a bright cheery pink. Coverage is medium to full and you can build it up. I have tried different application products, including using a foundation brush and a stippling brush, but I noticed that the best way is simply to use your fingers and pat in the CC Cream! A little goes a long way, so the price is totally worth it to me. I have been using this for 5 months now and I still have more than half a tube left.
My friend uses this with the Mineral Pressed Powder by the same brand and her complexion looks flawless and shine free! I am definitely going to try that as well.
Conclusion: I will repurchase again - no breakouts.perfect coverage, cute packaging and a great price. Lasts forever too! Highly recommended.
The color of this CC cream is really quite perfect as it matches my medium skin tone. Neutral is available for those with yellow to golden undertones, which suited the range of NC30 and above.
The application process is rather quite simple but you need to use your fingers and warm the product up by rubbing in between in a patting motion until everything blends in. You might want to be careful not to massage this product into the skin or it may leave streaks because it dries rather quickly.
If you want to fake that no makeup look, this product would definitely do the trick. The oil control is above average and the coverage is really so natural. This product gives me a glowing complexion that looks like a second skin with no makeup on.
If you are rushing to work and need a quick fix to the day without having to pile on makeup foundation then this would be your everyday, special day, go-to makeup.
I have been using this as a primer for about a month. I have used it under both liquid foundation and powder foundation. I like the feel of the formula generally although on the skin it feels a bit too matte/dry - but it does seem to help reduce the look of the pores on my face. I believe I like the look of it with liquid foundation better than powder. Although like with most BB or CC creams it has little to no actual coverage. The really down side for me is that I am almost sure it is breaking my face out. The first few times I used it I noticed some breakout patches but it took several times to connect the dots. I find that if I totally remove it at the end of the day (which I should anyway) it helps. However, I am sure my skin is having some type of adverse reaction to this product. I am disappointed since I think it does shrink pores but in the long run I don't think I will be repurchasing. This product is costly and I am confident I can find a good primer for less that won't break me out. I like MAC's Matte combined with their primer so I may go back to that. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this product.
I have not tried any BB or CC creams until this one. For reference, I'm:
MAC = NC 15
EM = Fairly Light
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour = #100 Ivory
Revlon ColorStay = #150 Buff
Avon Smooth Minerals Pressed Foundation = T04 Nude
EL Double Wear = Desert Beige
Jane Iredale = Pressed base in Bisque
w/ mild rosacea (limited to redness around nose and chin along w/ a few melasma spots on forehead and cheeks. I am slightly sensitive to products but rarely break out anymore unless a product doesn't agree w/ my skin or TTOTM.
I have both the original and the neutral. Both shades work for me, but I prefer the Neutral as since it more yellow based, it better covers my redness (which is why I have the original shade up for swap) :)
I have tried applying w/ fingers, foundation brush and my BB sponge. I find the best method (although the method I most hate) is applying w/ fingers (truly - I HATE having to apply this way and then getting product all over my fingers - thank goodness for baby wipes I just keep handy). :) Also, I do not do the finger pat method for all over application - I don't have the patience. I rub in like a moisturizer and then go over problem areas w/ a bit more product doing the finger patting method.
I also have found that after applying, I leave sit and go onto applying my eye and lip makeup. It allows this product to dry to its final finish. Then, because this does not offer me enough coverage alone, I dust all over w/ my Jane Iredale pressed powder foundation (another foundation that alone, doesn't provide enough coverage for me) and voila - I now have the perfect coverage. I then apply my blush.
I have applied w/out using my SS (just over moisturizer) in winter when I need less SS since I'm basically indoors most winter days and I feel this would have enough SS to provide me adequate protection from the incidental sun exposure from windows.
I have applied post my hi PPD SS.
I have applied both w/ and w/out primer.
Here are my thoughts: one of the things this product boasts is that it is chock full of beneficial ingredients for your skin. Ok - cool, but here is my problem. During spring/summer/fall, there is not enough SS to provide me w/ adequate protection = not sure now any of the beneficial ingredients can penetrate my SS. Also, this does go on better w/ primer (its not a deal breaker, but does go on easier) = again, primer will also block the absorption of the beneficial ingredients (at least, that's my thought).
In addition, Its pricey and coupled w/ the fact I need a separate additional foundation to provide me the coverage level I need = not sure I would re=purchase.
During the winter months, this lasts around 6-8 hours w/out needing touch up on my slightly oiler nose/chin areas. If I seal w/ Urban Decay All Nighter = 12+ hours wear.
Super friendly, responsive CS when I contacted for info. However, I ended up not ordering directly from Rachel K due to the high shipping.
Bottom line - if you need light to medium coverage and aren't concerned about adequate spf protection, this might work for you. I do like the consistency, the way it sets up and its lasting power, just not sure I would repurchase due to my concerns above.
I had high hopes for this one... It broke me out. Crazy because I usually do not have reactions to products.. My skin is pretty hearty. The Missha works well for me though and it soaks in to the skin. With the Rachel K I felt like it sat on top of the skin and felt a little bit greasy through the day.. Guess I will stick with what works!
I've tried many other BB Creams and none of them work as well on my dry skin as this does. I find it more moisturizing than Missha Perfect Cover while offering a similar level of coverage. For reference, I'm an NC15 and the Neutral color is an excellent match. Very similar to Missha in #21. With just a light dusting of setting powder and a bit of undereye concealer it's a wonderful day to day look. When I want a bit more I wear it as a primer under my YSL Touche Eclat foundation. I find it applies best when patted on. Patting keeps it from settling in my fine lines and blends it nicely.
Although I had my doubts about the whitening claims, my skin is noticeably lighter since I started wearing this. Not sure if that's due to the sunscreen or some special whitening ingredient but I'm happy either way!
Honestly - I didn't want to love this as much as I do. It's not the easiest product of this type to get your hands on! Having used it daily for several months now I can say that it's well worth tracking down.