IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review: Original Vs Matte Vs Illumination

This IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review is for you who wants to wear makeup everyday or sometimes, but still care about your skin health.

If you need (or want) to wear makeup often, I can tell you are in the right place, because CC creams might be the perfect option for you.

I think that cc creams are here to stay. We are much more conscious nowadays of what we are applying on our faces and IT Cosmetics have offered three products with a tan of promises.   

IT Cosmetics launched the CC+ Cream With SPF 50+, then the CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte With SPF 40+ and finally the CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+.

I think these cc creams are very popular, because they offer us a range of benefits and it’s past the time that we used to wear makeup that will harm our skin.

Let’s do a comparison between the products, so you can see not only if they work well but also how they differ from each other.

We will not only walk through the different particularities about these products, but also read cool information about CC Creams in general. 

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ Review

Let’s get started with the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Review. This was the first cc cream launched by the brand and will call it the original version.

People also call these CC creams ‘your skin but better’. Actually, it was not the people who started using this expression but it was a brand claim.

I guess people have agreed with that because the term is now stuck in our heads every time we think about IT Cosmetics. We are going to see now how true that is.

CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ Is a color correcting and they claim it to be a full coverage cream. On top of it, it has anti-aging properties, the sunscreen factor is 50+ and has a hydrating effect on the skin.

Now, let’s stop a little to think about it. It comes with SPF 50, which is something that I really liked about this cc cream.

Many CC/BB creams come with SPF 15, which is nice, but let’s open up here that SPF 15 will not be enough for a tinted CC Cream.

First because specialists say that in order to really have the SPF protection described, you need to put it properly and a lot.

In order to have an SPF 15 to actually work, you will need tons of product on your face, which will not be a good idea to apply tons of CC cream just because it will look terrible.

That’s why the SPF 50 is much more effective than lower and got a CC or BB cream, this should be a must.

But wait, don’t go throw away your 15 SPF makeup! If you have CC creams like that, just apply a little facial sunscreen with a higher protection and you should be fine.

In the case of the IT cosmetics cc cream, you will not need an extra sunscreen because it has a good SPF already.

CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ also claims to be a 7 in 1 product. To be more precise, here is what they say they offer to you:

  • Full coverage foundation
  • SPF 50+
  • Color corrector
  • Anti Ageing Serum
  • Primer
  • Dark spot concealer
  • Day moisturizer

To go very deeper inside this It Cosmetics CC Cream Review, Let’s talk about some of these features in more detail now. Is it really as good as it sounds?

Is It Really A Full Coverage Foundation?

I was wondering, it seems like I will never need to use foundation again after this product, right?

It will depend of course, if you have this very dear foundation you absolutely adore and will go back there because no other can beat it.

In my case, I must be honest I will still stick with MAC Face and Body Foundation because it is just enough for me and will give me the best look. 

But it doesn’t come with SPF protection, so I will limit myself to use it at night time. You can read my review on the mac face and body foundation as well if you want.

Not always want to wear foundation, especially when there is a CC cream with so many benefits and features such as SPF 50+. 

When you need something for the day, yes, I will do with BB and CC creams. This CC cream in  particular, is just a bit ahead of the curve I must also say.

It has better coverage than many foundations out there and sure I must say (that indeed), it can be considered a full coverage foundation.

If your skin has harsh problems, such as acne scars, this is still a very good option but you will have to do your layers.

However, I guess this should not be a problem because I have seen girls with acne all over the face that did well with 2 layers.

Color Corrector & Dark Spot Concealer

Different from regular foundations, concealers and cc creams, a self entitled color correct product, have the mission to correct issues with your skin tone.

The color correction functions are very effective while ‘fixing’ redness, dark spots, dark circles, and other imperfections.

Having this in mind, this cc cream alone will serve as a concealer, which is very interesting for me, specially on those days you are in a hurry.

Also, it is a plus because I can bring it in my bag and don’t need to carry concealers, it’s much more practical so thumbs up for that.

I could see the results in the first layer. May is skin is normal, I have light dark circles and it was a deal. 

I used just a little bit of the cc cream to see who it worked well. But if your skin need a little more coverage, I guess 2 layers would be enough.

I have just mentioned how you will need at least two layers if you have harsh skin problems. But if you have at least normal skin care, with not so many problems, you can easily go with one layer.

The same applies with color correction and dark spot concealer, but overall the CC cream does a good job on covering these problems. In my case, one layer was great and good to go, I didn’t need to apply extra concealer.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF Overall Review

Ok, now let’s put it all together and give the overall impression and review of the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ as a whole.

Pores Coverage

There are few things I haven’t mentioned that I would like to. First thing I noticed is that the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ is amazing for covering your pores.

There is some makeup that will make your pores worse. This can be a pain, but in this case, the It cosmetics cc cream didn’t clog the pores.

Even after a few hours using this cc cream I still have a great impression, had no pores they were really minimized. 


For normal healthy skin, the duration was great but I have heard girls with heavy acne skin say they needed a retouch or two throughout the day so I might advise you to wear concealer on  heavy acne scars.

In my case, I have oily skin and still had it. It was quite ok at the end of the day. I went shopping, I went to visit a couple of friends, and had a quite active day.

But normally on colder days it will last longer obviously, because there is less sweat and heat, but still during those days I was impressed with the durability of this CC cream.   

Skin Types

I believe that this is a powerful foundation for any skin type. But this particular It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+, will work better for dry to normal skin.

Also if you like a more glowing effect, this is for you. A remark for oily skin is that if you apply a powder, you will easily fix your oily skin problem and will be good all day long.

Again for oily skin they have the matte version which we will talk more about in a minute so keep on reading.

Skin that has zero to medium problems, will need just one layer and a little bit of the product for a natural look.

Skin that has serious redness and other skin concerns, will probably need at least two layers. A good thing is that you probably won’t need a concealer. 

Is it easy to apply?

Indeed. However I find it to be easier to apply with the sponge blender than with the brush. 

Once I started applying it, I could feel it was easy and it was quick to sink in. After blending for a few seconds (in circular movements) with the brush, the results were quite good.

With the sponge, you should gently tap it onto skin. No circular motion in this case, as the gentle taps will be enough.

For some reason, I prefer to apply this cc cream with the sponge. I think it sinked in better and gave me a more natural look.

If you have tried this cc cream, please let me know in the comments, how you apply it! Will love to hear.

If you are going to purchase it, please let me know also in the comments, if you tried to apply it as I described and it also worked for you!  

How to apply It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+?

Even though they say it also works as a primer, I would recommend you to still use a dedicated primer for better effects.

I think that a primer will also help it blend better and bring the duration that you want. There are some cases, I totally would say not to use primer, but in this case, I think it is a good idea.

What I think that is not needed is a moisturizer and sunscreen as they are already in the composition. 

Your skin will feel hydrated enough with this cc cream and as they have SPF 50, it’s ok, you don’t need to botter. 

First apply your primer, then the foundation and I believe everybody will still need to apply a light powder and spray setting.

For skins with heavy acne scars, you will probably need a second layer on the areas that need a little more coverage.

In my case, I did not need a concealer. But I believe that in most cases you will not need either.

Just add a little more of the product where you think that needs a little more coverage and you are settled.

Final Thoughts on the Regular It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Overall I like that product. I can use it all day, without worrying about retouching it. The coverage is great and easy to apply.

I cannot say much about the sunscreen property but I find it to be very moisturising and feels light and natural on the skin.

Regular It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Pos

  • Great coverage
  • Good pores coverage
  • Good duration
  • feels natural and lightweight

Regular It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Cons

  • Too glowing for oily skin
  • Not so full coverage as said for skin with harsh problems
  • It cracks on the eyelid

It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Review

Uphhh That was a huge review but now let’s move on to the It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40. It comes with most of the benefits of the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ with some minors difference such as:

  • Reduces shine
  • Controls oil for up to 12 hours

If I had to choose one of the 3 cc creams, this is the one I pick by far without doubts. As I am an oily skin lady, this is the one for me.

I just don’t like the fact that the original one has SPF 50 and this one has SPF 40. Well, not too happy about that but SPF40 is still a good factor, so this is not a big deal.

It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 is self stated a Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream. As a good CC cream it also comes with UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Physical Sunscreen, but this time 40 factor instead of 50.

This is the same 7 in 1 but as the name says, it is matte, meaning that was made especially for the oily skin tribe. I don’t need to say that I loved it because I have oily skin myself.

As I said, the IT CC Cream Matte is oil free, meaning that was made specifically with the oily skin in mind. In addition to that, it is color correcting and anti-aging.

Meant to provide you with full coverage (and yeah they do what they say), I love the idea of having SPF 40 behind it. 

While applying you will notice it is thick but the application is really easy. The result will be matte natural finishing that I enjoyed a lot. 

I did not use it with concealer because I didn’t feel the need. Maybe if you have too dark circles I advise you adding a concealer to the application. But for the rest, I believe you won’t need it.

If you have acne and reddish, this will work very well. The trick is to apply a little extra onto the areas that you think that need the most and you will be fine.

It is indicated that this cc cream can take up to 12 hours. At the end of the day the foundation was still good, so I think the durability is also good. 

Another thing to mention is that skin didn’t feel cracked or anything, so I really appreciated that. About the oil control I liked it, but sometimes don’t resist and end up using my favorite light cc powder 

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

I think it is important to have some anti-aging products in our routine even if you are younger because it is a great way to delay and care about lines of expression.

This CC cream is also a treatment like, a type of cc cream, meaning that the more you use it, the more your skin can benefit over time. Plus, you will still see the results the first time you use it.


I tested this the matte it cc cream with fingers, brush, and sponge. The deal is I always think that applications with fingers are great. Normally it works well for most products.

But sometimes It depends from time to time. I don’t feel like applying with the fingers, so I go for a brush or sponge.

The problem is that sometimes, there are products that work better with a brush or with a sponge.

In the case of the IT CC cream matte, I think it worked well with both sponge and brush as well, but there are a few notes:

  • For better coverage, I think the brush will give a more professional look
  • For a more natural look, ideal for everyday situations, I prefer a wet sponge

How to apply It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40?

Again, Even though they say it also works as a primer, I would recommend you to still use a dedicated primer for better effects.

First apply your primer, then the foundation and still for the MATTE version, I believe everybody will still need to apply a light powder and spray setting.

For skins with heavy acne scars, you will probably need a second layer on the areas that need a little more coverage.

In my case, I did not need a concealer. But I believe that in most cases you will not need either.

Just add a little more of the product where you think that needs a little more coverage and you are settled.

Final Thoughts on the It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

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 great and easier to apply on the matte version.

Once again, I cannot say much about the sunscreen property but I find it to be very moisturising 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

It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte Pos

  • Great coverage
  • Good pores coverage
  • Good duration
  • feels natural and lightweight

It CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte Cons

  • Not so full coverage for skin with harsh problems

Difference between It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ and 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 you will find is that the matter version is oil free and will be less glowing.

Most of the features will remain the same for both CC creams, such as swatches and pore coverage.

In my opinion, the matte version has a slightly better coverage and I have to admit that I prefer this one over the original version.

The matte version is also easier to apply. I do not know why but I have noticed that as well.

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

Is it really a Full coverage foundation? Yes it is and the final look in my opinion looks slightly better than the normal version as well.

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination  with SPF 50+ Review

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination has pretty much the same properties and promises from the other cc creams by IT Cosmetics. The difference is that, as the name says, it is more glowy and probably more suitable for a heavier and more dramatic makeup style?

What I mean is that this one should be 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 really 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 for the skin, giving it a fresh and healthy look, as if you have just had a finished cleansing section on your skin care routine.

In my opinion, this foundation is much higher coverage than the other ones, but for my oily skin type, I still recommend the matte version of it.

If your skin is normal to dry and has acne scars and some other major and even more serious problems you would like to cover, I believe this one is just for you.

As this CC cream is the strongest than the other ones, you will need much less product. In my case, I applied just a very tiny drop and it was done.

Another aspect that I noticed and liked from this CC cream is that it is very easy to apply with the fingers, but even better with the IT brush.

The IT CC cream is also filled with hydrating anti-aging serum and SPF 50 physical sunscreen and now comes the fun part, it is said to feature micronized light reflecting pigments that will make your skin glow.

What I find interesting is how it is entitled cc cream, because yes it attends all characteristics of a cc cream but with full coverage that is very close to foundation, with all the benefits of a CC cream.

This is good for color correction, reducing acne scars, wrinkles, redness on skin, dark circles and large pores.

If you ever read this blog before, you might know that I always like my makeup to be natural. Another thing that I like about this product is that, despite the full coverage, the skin still looks natural, so this is a big plus in my opinion. 

You will love this foundation if you want a more luminous and powerful full-face coverage but still don’t give up the natural finishing. 

If you have a little more concern on some skin problems such as redness, acnee, dark spots and a little too much dark circles, you will like it as well.

However if you want a look that is even more natural and more on the day to day type, you should opt in for the original or the matte version, as they will be more suitable for you.

In comparison to the original cc cream, it is basically the same formula, but the Illumination version is more pigmented, indicated for those days you want to have an extra coverage, as for example, an important event or a night out and need more glow.

Or in other cases, if your skin really needs extra coverage, because of acne and pigmentations and you really need something more powerful, this will be the best option for you, between the three.  

I can easily use the matte version for the day and for a party or an event I might use the Illumination version. But most of the time I am happy with the matte. 

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Swatches / Shades

Now it has 12 shades available, which is something very unusual for CC creams. Normally Other brands offer around 3 to 5 shades

That’s actually an awesome thing to remark because it shows how concerned they are with the diversity. I just think maybe they should have a little more variety on the darker end but common, they are already doing great.

The 12 shades are:


More Benefits of the IT CC Cream

Other than work as a coverage foundation, there are some other pretty nice benefits that we are gonna be talking about in this CC Cream review.

They are:

Anti-Aging & SPF 50

Nowadays I only buy daily foundation, or CC cream and BB Cream with at least some SPF factor. It is extremely important to have this extra protection even during those days that are not that sunny.

It will definitely help you preserve your skin, protect from the sun and consequently it will have a positive effect on the anti-aging side.

But more than that, this CC cream has an ageing effect as well which I love and that’s why I think that CC creams are very cool to use.

Benefits on skin on a long term

This is the time of product that will help improve the quality and texture of your skin over time.

This will leave your skin brighter and many people reported they had their skin feeling like “a baby bumbum” LOL..That’s their words! haha

As it is a very hydrating CC Cream, oftentimes, you don’t even need to wear a primer nor a moisturizer before applying it.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review {Q&A}

Now in this section I would like to add together a few questions and answers that I have gathered from the internet, that I think you might be interested to know.

Keep an eye in this section because every time I see something new I will update this section, alright? So let’s go:

Question 1: Is this foundation indicated for man as well?

Answer: Yes it works for men, as well as it works for women.

Question 2: Does this work well on Oily skin?

Answer: There is the matte version that is special for the oily skin and will help prevent the excess of oil

Question 3: Is it good for dry skin?

Answer: This works really well on dry skin. Just avoid the matte version. You don’t even need to use a primer. Just apply the foundation and go!

Question 4: Do you need to apply concealer while using this foundation?

Answer: Not really. You might want to use concealer if you have a very heavy skin problem but normally it will cover imperfections very well.

Question 5: Can I use it without an under eyes concealer?

Answer: Yes you can and it will cover dark circles under eyes very well for most cases.

Question 6: Do I need to apply a primer before using the IT CC cream?

Answer: There is no necessity even on dry skin, unless you absolutely desire to use so.

Question 7: Is the IT CC Cream waterproof?

Answer: No, it isn’t.

Question 8: Can I use this CC Cream as a foundation?

Answer: Yes you can because the coverage is very good even though it is a CC Cream

Question 9: Is this an anti ageing serum as well?

Answer: No it is not an anti aging serum.

Question 10: Is the IT CC Cream Natural and chemical free?

Answer: Yes, it is.

What are CC Creams?

  • CC cream means color correction cream. They are usually lighter and ideally, less damaging on skin than habitual foundations.
  • CC creams normally come with SPF sunscreen protection, so we ideally use it more during the day. 

What is the difference between BB Cream and CC cream?

  • BB creams are basically a lighter option for foundation, it normally comes with SPF protection as well and usually has lower coverage than CC Creams.
  • BB creams are light and often hydrate on the skin, but CC creams have higher coverage and anti ageing properties. In addition, CC creams are stronger actors to cover imperfections and dark spots. 

Now that we had our little recap, let’s jump back to our It Cosmetics CC Cream Review. There is just so much to cover!

Why To Use CC Creams?

CC creams are not only for mature skin it is also to give your skin extra anti ageing care. In both ways you can use it.

You use CC creams because you want to improve the appearance of the skin, minimize or retard age signals such as fine lines, wrinkles, etc.

It works like a foundation but better for your skin because advanced formulas allow CC creams as well as BB creams to be less damaging on skin, serve as a makeup and treat at the same time.

For me, I like using both BB cream and CC cream, sometimes even at night for any event.

I still use foundation and I like them for something that I need a full face makeup style, but for everyday situations CC and BB creams are the way to go for me.

Extra Benefits Of CC Creams

We have talked quite a lot about many benefits of using CC creams but here we have some others benefits to be listed:

  • CC Creams are great to fix uneven skin tone
  • It leaves skin more soft and smoother
  • This is a great anti ageing and also work great for older skin
  • Gives a more luminous and health look to your skin
  • Works as a wonderful moisturizer
  • CC creams can also considered as a type of treatment because it improves its benefits on a long term usage

What Is The Difference Between CC Creams And BB Creams?

BB creams stands for Beauty balm that is normally a complete package product. The multifunctionality includes moisturizing, primer and SPF elements. The main Claims of BB creams are natural looks and a mix of good coverage with skin benefits.

The CC cream stands to color correction and will provide you with the benefits we have just listed above (on the BB cream). Now, add to it a few more benefits for your skin like color correction (as the name already says) and anti ageing benefits (both preventive and minimizer)

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