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Cue the dramatic stage lights everybody – today we’re talking about the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Matte SPF40* which launched in 2018 following the incredibly successful original CC+ Cream. Same same but different, this version came as a response to those who either preferred a more matte finish or had oily skin and had trouble making the first version last. This matte release contains similar claims but is tweaked for those with larger pores, oily and/or acne prone skin challenges.
Here’s what IT Cosmetics has to say…
Developed with plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 delivers color-correcting full coverage, anti-aging skincare and SPF 40 broad-spectrum physical sunscreen—all with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that lasts! This multitasking, complexion-perfecting breakthrough instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots without creasing or cracking and is clinically tested to reduce shine and control oil for up to 12 hours. It’s also infused with charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil and tea tree extract to combat blemishes—plus, an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time!
Brand: IT Cosmetics
Product: CC+ Foundation Matte
Details: SPF 40
Colours: Fair (11 listed on website)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
Shop this product: IT Cosmetics, Sephora, QVC
Identical in basic packaging to the original CC+ Cream, the matte version differentiates itself by being blue instead of silver but the rest of the squeeze tube and pump dispensing design remains the same. I have to say that I love how practical and easy this is, you can get every last smidge of the product out plus it’s safe and worryless to travel with if you need to. There are currently 11 shades listed on their website and my closest match would be Fair – ultra porcelain, fairest of fair with yellow skin tones – and while I appreciate a brand finally putting yellows in fair shades, I would hardly say this is ultra fair. It matches my NC15-NC20 skin just fine though and does not oxidize. I rarely say this but I adore that this has SPF40 in a physical format without compromising on the look of the foundation itself.
TEXTURE & APPLICATION
Straight from the tube, the CC+ Matte has a similar consistency as the original which is viscous with no drips yet to the touch it has a more whipped moussy feel and applies like that on the skin. It spreads well with fingers, sponge or a buffing brush which is what I use for speed but know that it will catch on dry patches or flakies. In all my before and after photos, I am wearing this solo.
Despite it’s pore smoothing claims, used solo, I actually found it to sink into and pool in my pores instead of minimizing them. Alternatively, the most flawless finish was achieved by using a primer (Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer*) and mixing it with the original CC+ Cream in a 1:1 ratio. This cocktail gave it more sheen, looked more forgiving over the skin all the while not altering the longevity or wear of the Matte in any major notable way.
With one layer, I can comfortably call this a medium to coverage which is enough for me on a daily basis. It is somewhat buildable yet when used alone it will also enhance skin texture more when built up. On areas where my skin was very smooth to being with, I can build to a high medium or natural full coverage.
On my regular working days, I need my makeup to last 8-10 which I find overall to be a stretch for most base products. Using my blended cocktail and no powder, by the end of my day my skill definitely be showing some glow though it hasn’t melted off my skin. Around more oilier areas like my forehead, there will be some cracking and expression lines. However this is also a foundation that’s easy to touch up, blots very well and can be fixed up quick with a little extra product. There’s no significant wear time different when used solo.
Nothing to report here, I wore this for a whole week straight and didn’t notice any adverse reactions. At the same time, I have yet to find any visible improvements to my skin either but note that I never wear a single base product day in and day out to find out if it does very much skincare wise.
THE FINAL VERDICT
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Matte* is a medium buildable coverage creamy foundation with great SPF40 daily protection that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy like many physical sunblocks can. It’s better suited to those with combination skin and a generally smooth skin texture but it can be manipulated to work on a larger range of skin types if blended with other products. Well exfoliated and moisturized skin really helps and I wouldn’t use this in lieu of a moisturizer as claimed unless you have very oily skin. I love its ease of application, wear time and the fact that its skin friendly even when worn daily. Now given the comparable price of other Asian bb creams I do think this is on expensive side but for what it is (a North American product with more scientific claims), I am really pleased with it performance.