IT Cosmetics – Illumination!

I know that everyone right now is reviewing IT Cosmetics new Bye Bye Foundation, but I have just tried their CC+ Cream Illumination – and I am pretty wowed.

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It’s as full coverage as an illuminating finish can be – and it’s 50 SPF.

And I got a DEAL!

I have been using the regular IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (in rotation with a few other foundations) but just used my very last drop, so I was going to get another tube.

But the Internet knows EVERYTHING… and I got an email from QVC, where I have made only two purchases in my life – one for shoes for my mother, and one old-lady old-fashioned zip-up bathrobe for me. But QVC emailed me that they had a  deal about to expire for an IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You Customer Favorites collection.

I hopped right on – and found it was for the Illuminating version of the CC cream.

I have seen both good and bad reviews for the illuminating cc cream. But my God, what a deal.

Instead of the usual 1.08 ounces for $38 – it was $59.96 for 2.53 ounces – more than twice as much product. And that wasn’t all – they included a full-sized Bye Bye Pores Blush, a tinted lip serum, and a foundation brush.

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AND – free shipping!

I would have gone over to Ulta and Sephora to give the products a test drive, but it was well into the evening, and the sale was over in a few hours.  I thought it was worth the risk.

I received the shipment 4 days later.

OMG – it is so beautiful!

The illuminated finish on the cc cream is exactly what I like – I had actually been mixing in an illuminator with every foundation I have. (usually No7 Skin Illuminator, which I have in both Nude and Bronze.)

no7 illuminator

I bought the Medium shade of the CC cream, which is just slightly dark for me now at the tail end of Winter, but I do wear the Medium in the regular version, as the light is just a bit too pale. But Medium works great for me as soon as we get a little sunshine, and I can always mix in a bit of lighter foundation.

The foundation brush is a very nice brush, but I prefer to apply my foundation with a beauty blender. But it’s a quality brush, and soft enough, I think, for powder.

The lip serum is a nice pink, in IT’s Je Ne Sais Quoi shade, but I’m not crazy about really glossy lips.  However, I gave my lips a swipe at the beginning of my makeup application, and let it sink in a bit. Then when I was ready for my usual lip color, I wiped off the excess, and it really did seem to give my lips a beautiful soft nourished surface for my favorite Marc Jacobs lip crayon.

The bonus blush is fabulous. The shade is Sweet Cheeks – a warm peachy pink.

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This photo doesn’t even convey how warm and fresh-looking it is. And it’s called Bye Bye Pores blush for a reason – it really goes on smoothly and doesn’t accent the texture of my 60+ year-old skin.

So – all in all – even if I NEVER use the lip serum or the brush – I got a great deal! The foundation alone – at 2.53 ounces – is worth $89. And the blush retails for $24. That’s a total of $113 for $59.96.  (and I DO think I will use the lip product and the brush – so they are just terrific extra freebies.)

The special offer is gone now, but QVC is still selling the set for $73 – which is still a fantastic deal.

So if you like a dewy finish like I do, it’s really something to consider.

Here’s the look. I did not lighten the foundation at all – so this is a true idea of the Medium shade, with the Sweet Cheeks blush.  My setting spray is a dewy finish too (Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray) so I am all aglow. I also did not use a finishing powder today, to better show the actual effect, but you absolutely could, if you want a slightly more satin finish. I also did not put concealer on the freckles on my nose, which peek through, but the cc cream did cover the age spot on my upper lip almost entirely.

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This is a look that will be perfect for warm weather.

4 thoughts on “IT Cosmetics – Illumination!

  1. I have (and use) the regular cc+ IT foundation and love it. I was able to buy a travel size to try and it’s almost gone so I’ll try the Illumination one. I like IT products. They have a tinted pore minimizer primer that I just love. That was a very good deal!


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