5 months ago
I picked this up at Whole Foods because it was on crazy sale and I’ve been trying to find an alternative to my beloved Paula’s Choice Resist Mineral Sunscreen. (It’s more $$, have to order online, and I’m trying to see what laying off silicones does for my skin.) They’re both SPF 30 (zinc oxide), both 2oz tubes. The scent is definitely very, very strong. I get that it’s the gimmick for this line, but…it’s too strong. It only slightly bothers me during application, but still. For reference, I have olive skin in good condition that skews oily but gets dehydrated in winter. I don’t need much coverage, but I do prefer to look even & polished. This CC cream offers pretty light coverage—I’d be ok wearing it alone, but adding my Clinique powder foundation (HG for real) on top offers the perfect level of coverage for me. I find this really, really emollient. It’s very cosmetically elegant, especially for a natural brand—the cream itself is thick and plush, smooths on & blends easily, and is just super lovely and soothing to apply. It feels great on. I loved the PC sunscreen as a base/primer, the silicones offered some blurring action and it smoothed out pores & texture a bit. This doesn’t do much for pores (I do have large pores and it doesn’t make the situation worse for what it’s worth), but the creaminess from the oils makes it a great base for powder foundation. The powder just grips right on and they meld together beautifully. Also, using powder on top cuts the slight shine overdose from the oils. It does give a dewy effect, which I like, BUT if you had asked me ten years ago when battling the oil slick was my main skincare challenge, I would’ve hated it lol. I haven’t noticed any oxidation (and as someone with oily skin, I’m always looking out for it), and this hasn’t broken me out or clogged pores. It seems to last most of the day (in tandem with powder foundation) but it’s not one of those bulletproof foundations (I don’t have a very makeup-taxing job though, so longevity isn’t a huge issue for me). However, I’m not sure if I could use this in high summer just because it’s so moisturizing. MAJOR CAVEAT: there are only 2 shades, both in the medium range. “Tan” works for me (like I said, it’s very sheer) but many people won’t find a match unfortunately. That plus the very strong scent are the only things I don’t like about this CC cream so far! I’m going to monitor my skin to see if removing silicones helps any (love a winter skincare project lmao) (also, I can’t see it doing anything bad?) and will update with any relevant info I will most likely repurchase this.
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SkinCombination, Olive, Not Sure
HairBlack, Wavy, Medium