I’ve tried goodness-knows-how-many BB, CC and even DD creams now so if you’re wondering why I bought yet another one to try, hear me out. I didn’t. This small, deluxe sample of Ultraceuticals CC cream came in a David Jones beauty gift bag a few months ago (y’know, the kind where you spent over a certain amount of money and you’ll able to buy a beauty bag of goodies for only $20 that is worth a lot more than that? Yeah, I got sucked in. I always get sucked in. 😛 ) and I was actually very keen on giving it a go. Even though it was only a sample, I actually liked the size as I thought it would be great for travelling since I’ll be doing at least 3 more interstate trips this year.
It took me a while to decide on whether I should write a review on it or not. I don’t typically review products that come in sample sizes like this but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you what I thought of it in case you’re thinking of splurging on this CC cream for yourself. I mean, what if it was really good and I didn’t tell you you’re missing out? Worse yet, what if it’s bad and you end up wasting money on it?
Unfortunately, this time, this CC cream falls on the latter category.
This all in one formula combines a lightweight foundation, moisturiser and skin perfecting ingredients for Complete Correction. This mineral tint provides buildable coverage with a demi matt finish, conceals imperfections and smooths the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. This state of the art formula combines Ultraceuticals unique B² Hydrating Technology (Vitamin B5 & B3, Hyaluronic Acid) with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sun protection to perfect and plump the skin and also prevent future environmental damage. Potent active brightening extracts and conditioning ingredients help to restore skin’s health and youthful radiance. Paraben Free. Fragrance Free.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Rinicoleate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Niacinamide, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Octocrylene, Sorbitan Stearate, Nylon-12, Talc, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sarcosine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Bisabolol, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Mellissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, BHT, Ceresin, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenylpropanol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Vanillin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide. Also Contains: C33-8073, C33-128, C33-134
The texture of this CC cream is light and creamy, and it blends well on the skin. It’s not greasy, doesn’t leave my skin looking like an oily wok after a hour or two. It leaves a satin finish on the skin. Thankfully, it doesn’t make the skin look nor feel moist. It even has a good SPF of 30, which is always a great bonus in any sort of BB/CC/double-alphabet product.
So what didn’t I like about it?
Coverage. Well, more like, the lack of it. There’s barely any coverage to this CC cream. I don’t see the “complete correction” in this product because I expected a bit more coverage to this than a mere tinted moisturiser, which I’m not a big fan of. This felt more like sunscreen for the skin. Don’t get me wrong; as a sunscreen alone, it would suffice but it’s quite a lot of money to pay for this CC cream so I wouldn’t just expect this to work as a sunscreen; I’d want a heck lot more coverage too. Even if I were to only use this as a sunscreen, I’d need a lot of product per application for the UV protection to suffice and I’m afraid that too many layers of this on my skin did make my face look like an oily wok.
Would I buy a full version of this? Definitely not. I wouldn’t really recommend you to either. There are plenty of better CC creams out there that do a better job that are cheaper (I recommend Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream). I’m about to finish it but I’ll definitely not be bringing this with me when I travel. What a bummer.
A full-sized version of the Ultraceuticals Complete Correction CC Cream retails at AU$59.00 for 50ml. Surprisingly, even though I got this in the beauty bag from David Jones (this usually means that the brand is stocked there), I couldn’t find this on the David Jones website at all. I know that David Jones stocks the brand because I’ve seen this at the David Jones at Chadstone. According to the website’s stockist page, it’s also available on Adore Beauty but when I checked the website out, they don’t have it! How strange! Oh well, it’s a good sign that says “save your money”, don’t you think? 😛
What I like about it: Oil-free, blends well, high broad spectrum SPF
What I do not like about it: Poor amount of coverage (more tinted moisturiser than anything), can’t use as sunscreen alone because it makes the skin look greasy with too many layers on.