After Fen reviewed Rachel K Radiance Illuminator Collagen + Lotus Stem Cell Hydrogel Mask, I became interested in their products. Naturally the first thing I would try is their popular CC cream. Many asians are BB cream lovers and swears by this miracle product. I recall the first generation BB creams are 4-in-1, namely moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Now all the new and improved formulations, most BB or CC creams are claiming 10-in-1 benefits. This craze over BB/CC creams never really caught on with me as I was more of a tinted sunblock, concealor, loose powder gal. So when Rachel K was giving out samples via their fb page, I signed up for it.
Additional beneficial ingredients found in CC cream that most BB cream lacks include: (taken from http://www.rachelkcosmetics.com)
White Tea extract, which contains powerful antioxidants (more than green tea because it undergoes less processing and is believed to be more beneficial than any other kind of tea ) that absorb, weaken and neutralize free radicals continuously and also provide protection from increasingly harsh environmental factors such as pollution, dust, and chemicals in the air. It boosts the immunity of skin cells and prevents wrinkling and pigmentation
Green Tea Leaf extract, also rich in antioxidants and boasts anti-inflammatory and natural disinfecting properties
CC Cream however contains Deep Sea Water which gives resilience and moistness to the skin and allows for better skin permeability.
Macadamia Nut Oil, an ideal anti-aging supplement for cosmetics, due to its high content of Palmitoleic Acid, an essential component of human sebum, which is lost with aging
Natural Vitamin E, which protects body tissues from breakdown and signs of photo aging, and aids in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, age spots, while maintaining the skin’s oil balance and reduces trans-epidermal water loss from skin, strengthening the skin’s barrier function.
The presence of Epidermal Growth Factor also stimulates collagen production in skin and speeds up skin regeneration. CC cream also treats and covers uneven skin tones more effectively and after leaving on for a 2-3 minutes, blends with skin tone better than BB Creams that sometimes appear too light on certain skin tones.
Besides being waterproof, Mineral CC cream includes an SPF 35 PA++ rating to ensure protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays while remaining smudge-proof.
A lighter texture than that of BB cream also allows for smoother application with a less oily finish, while remaining extremely nourishing to the skin
After application of the CC cream, skipped loose powder. Skin looks significantly fairer/radiant, and more evened out. My red spots are concealed, except the ginormous one on my forehead. Pigmentation looks less obvious.
Though not a regular user of BB creams, I have tried a number and I have to say that this CC cream is definitely lighter in texture. Application was alright but not fantastic as it was easy to blend into my skin and I had to check if there were streaks left unblended, especially near my hairline and eyebrows. I also didn’t have enough left over to reapply over my red spots, so I can’t comment on its concealing properties. By the time I put on the rest of my makeup, note that I skipped loose powder, I was underwhelmed by this product.
After 10 hours and when I got back to take the last picture, I was pleased that this product had at least stayed true to its claim of staying power. Yes, I still had a bit of shine but overall I think it did better than my usual routine of tinted sunscreen, concealor and loose powder. Hmm, I’m still undecided.
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