I don’t think I’ve heard or read that much hype about Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream ever since they launched the Healthy Mix Serum. The Happy Light didn’t sit too well in comparison to the Healthy Mix Serum in terms of its reviews but boy oh boy, was the 123 Perfect CC Cream raved or what? Obviously, given that I have 101 BB, CC and even DD creams, I was curious enough to want to try this out as well. Like I don’t have enough skin surface to slap on more creams, eh?
I decided to pick a tube of the CC cream to try out. You know what? All those positive reviews I’ve read on blogs and watched on YouTube? Spot on, I tell ya. Spot on.
But … is it really necessary?
Aqua (water), Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Saccharide Isomerate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Parfum (fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Lysolecithin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Amyl Cinnamal, BHT, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Pantolactone, Phenethyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. [+/- (May contain):CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide),CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides),MICA,CI 77007 (Ultramarines),CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens)].13BMT006-1
The CC cream is very similar to the Healthy Mix Serum for one. It’s probably not as light as the Healthy Mix Serum but I’m just nitpicking there. It’s still very light and quite runny. It smells slightly like sunscreen and not as strongly floral as the Healthy Mix Serum. It leaves a semi matte finish on the skin and feels a tad powdery when smoothed out on the skin. Even so, it doesn’t sink into my fine lines nor exacerbate them. The shade I got was 32 Light Beige which has warm yellow undertones that suit my skin tone very well. Coverage is about a medium, which suits me just fine.
But see, here’s the thing. Other than it being just very slightly creamier than the Healthy Mix Serum, I don’t see any other difference between the two. I’ve not tried the 123 Perfect Foundation so I can’t compare the two. However, this CC cream is so similar to the Healthy Mix Serum gel foundation that if you swatched the CC cream and told me it was the Healthy Mix Serum, I’d believe you. I don’t see all that much anti-fatigue, anti-redness and anti-dark spots correction that the CC cream is about that the Healthy Mix Serum (or any other Bourjois foundations) doesn’t already give you. It does contain more ingredients compared to the Healthy Mix Serum but in terms of efficacy and results on the skin, there’s barely (if none at all) any difference.
Having said that, it’s a good foundation (that’s how I see BB and CC creams). Which would I recommend to you then if you’re just going to choose one to buy? If you don’t like strong floral scents, have normal to combination skin and prefer SPF in your foundation, then go for the CC cream. Or choose whatever shade suits you the best. At the end of the day, I say go for whichever that is cheaper or is on sale. They’re incredibly similar products anyway.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream retails at AU$25.00 for 30ml and is available at Priceline stores nationally.
What I like about it: Gives good coverage, beautifully flawless yet natural finish on the skin.
What I do not like about it: It’s incredibly similar to the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation which makes this CC cream quite redundant, to be honest.