IT CC Cream Reviews: Original Vs Matte Vs Illumination

The IT CC cream foundation offers three versions of CC creams; the original, the matte and the illumination. What’s the difference between them and which one should you take? Let’s take a look!

IT CC Cream Reviews: Original Vs Matte Vs Illumination Reviews

CC+ Cream vs CC+ Oil-Free vs CC+ Illumination Vs CC+ Nude Glow

CC+ Cream CC+ Oil-Free CC+ Illumination CC+ Nude Glow
CoverageFull FullFullMedium
Finish NaturalMatteRadiantHealthy Glow
Skin TypeAll Skin TypesCombination to oily skinNormal to dry skinNormal to dry skin

IT CC+ Cream With Spf 50+ Review

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The Original version of the IT CC+ Cream Is a color-correcting, full-coverage foundation, that conceals imperfections while treating the skin. It’s anti-aging, has 50+ SPF protection and it’s suitable for all skin types.

It cosmetics CC cream review

If you use this product, then you can expect to have a 7 in 1 treatment. Here is what you get:

  • Full coverage foundation
  • SPF 50+
  • Color corrector / Fix uneven skin tone
  • anti-aging Serum
  • Primer
  • Dark spot concealer
  • Daily moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid

It cosmetics cc cream before and after

Here you can take a look at some before and after pictures I took to demonstrate how it looks like. I have uneven skin tone at the moment, because of the sun.


I used one pump and used my fingers to spread the product on my face. The shade I’m using is the Medium light. I think I will get a darker shade next time!


The foundation tackles various skin concerns. You can see on the picture it evens skin tone, unifies the skin texture, covers dark circles and even though this is not the matte finish cc cream, it adjusted well to my oily skin.

Let’s get to the important questions regarding these color corrector foundations in the following lines.

Is It Full Coverage?

Yes. Additionally, it is an excellent option to cover acne scars and rosacea. You just need to build up your layers.

Is IT CC Foundation A Color Corrector & Dark Spot Concealer?

IT CC cream review

Yes, you can use it without a concealer, which is very handy. In my case, one layer is excellent; I didn’t need to apply an extra concealer.

Overall Review

Large Pores minimization: The product is terrific for covering pores. Some makeup will worsen your pores, but this cream didn’t clog the pores.

Durability: Is significant and long for normal healthy skin, even though I heard it wouldn’t last too long on oily skin, it lasted long on my skin.

I had to re-touch once, which makes me prefer the matte oil-free version. However, it will last longer on colder days because there is less sweat and heat.   

IT CC Cream

Skin Type: This It cosmetics cc cream is suitable to All Skin Types

how to apply it cosmetic cc cream properly?

  1. Even though they say it also works as a primer, I recommend you still use a dedicated primer for better effects. 
  2. You should also apply a lightweight sunscreen after the primer to reinforce the sun protection.
Skin But Better CC Cream
  • Full Coverage: Apply one to two pumps (more than that is way too much coverage)
  • Medium Coverage: half pump
  • Light coverage: Apply little spots in some areas and spread with the fingers.
IT cosmetics cc cream ProsIT cosmetics cc cream Cons
Great coverageI found it difficult to spread the product on my face
CC cream with SPFEven though I think it brought a natural look, I believe it won't look as natural if you need more than one layer.
Good pores coverage
Good duration
Hydrating (contains hyaluronic acid)
All skin types

It Cosmetics CC Cream Matte with SPF 40 Review

The oil free version, does almost the same as the cream foundation, but here’s what you can expect from it:

  • Reduces shine
  • Controls oil for up to 12 hours
  • Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40
  • Poreless Finish
  • Full Coverage Cream
  • With UVA/UVB
  • anti-aging.
It CC Cream Oil Free Matte

While applying, you will notice it is thick and the result will be matte natural finishing. If you have too dark-circles, I advise you to add a concealer to the application. 

Oil Control: I liked it, but sometimes I don’t resist and end up using my favorite light cc powder. 

Anti-Aging: The IT CC+ Cream Matte has anti-aging serum made with hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants, among other ingredients that will help your skin look and feel younger.


If you are using the matte version, I think it worked well with both sponge and brush as well, but there are a few notes:

  • Use a brush if you need more coverage for a night out or taking pics
  • For less coverage and a more natural look; I prefer using a wet sponge

The Veredict

Overall I like that product more than the first one. I can still use it all day without worrying about retouching it. The coverage is excellent and easier to apply on the matte version.

I find it very moisturizing and feels light and natural on the skin. Which one is best? In my opinion, is the It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40.

Great coverageNot so full coverage for skin with harsh problems
Good pores coverage
Good duration
feels natural and lightweight

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ Vs. It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Comparing the It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+, the main difference is that the matte version is oil-free and will be less glowing.

Most features will remain the same for both creams, such as swatches and pore coverage. The matte version has slightly better coverage, and I have to admit that I prefer this one over the original version.

The duration is almost the same. I have not noticed significant differences. It can stay all day long without problems, which is excellent.

IT CC cream illumination with SPF 50+ Review

It Cosmetics Illumination has the same properties and promises like the other creams by IT Cosmetics. The difference is, as the name says, it is more glowy and probably more suitable for those with dry skin.

Also, this one provides a little more full coverage than the other ones, in my opinion, with the glowy touch you need for an important event and those days you are not interested in the ‘no-makeup makeup look’.

The illumination bit of it is not because it is shimmery or glimmer, but instead, it gives more radiance to the skin, giving it a fresh and healthy look, as if you have just had a finished cleansing section on your skincare routine.

it cosmetics cc cream Ingredients

The product contains great components such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin E, that deliver hydration and improves skin texture over time. Here’s a list of further ingredients that you can find in the composition:

  • camellia sinensis leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf oi, peel oil, leaf extract, orbignya oleifera seed oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, citric acid, colloidal oatmeal, magnesium sulfate, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, hydrolyzed silk, silk extract, aluminum hydroxide, potassium sorbate, fruit oil, iron oxides, sodium citrate, citrus aurantium bergamia, citrus aurantifolia, citrus aurantium dulcis, tocopheryl acetate, zinc oxide, citrus limon,

Benefits to the skin in a long term

This product treats your skin, meaning that the more you use it, the more your skin can benefit over time.

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