Summer Skin! IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream Review

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I love a light base in the summer, one that will keep my skin hydrated and protected is a must in my book. I am a big fan of the original IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and was so excited to try the illuminated finish, some added glow…I don’t need to be asked twice!

IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC+ Cream

IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC+ Cream comes packaged in a metallic pink tube with a pump dispenser, if you have tried the original CC+ Cream you will be familiar with the packaging. It isn’t a stiff or fiddly pump and dispenses the CC+ Cream easily, I love that I can pump it directly on to my beauty sponge with ease!

An easy to use pump dispenser

The Illuminating CC+ Cream Promises To:

  • Be anti-aging – reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Hydrate your skin
  • Cover dark circles under the eyes, disguise redness and minimise the appearance of pores
  • Leave you with a radiant, flawless complexion
  • SPF50 to protect the skin from sun damage
Swatch of fair/light Illuminating CC+ Cream


I love make up with additional skincare benefits and IT Cosmetics always include some skin loving ingriedients in their formulas:

  • Collagen – supports elasticity, firms and smooths the skin
  • Niacin – improves the function of the skins barrier and skin elasticity
  • Peptides – reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Hyaluronic Acid – to hydrate your skin
  • Antioxidants – to reduce the signs of aging and damage on the skin

The formula contains light-reflecting pigments to give the complexion a healthy lift and hint of radiance without the use of glitter which I love!

A hint of luminosity


The Illuminating CC+ Cream applies easily with very little effort on my part, it has a medium consistency which is creamy and smooth. I find one pump gives me a lovely light finish and two pumps will give me a medium coverage, I go between the two depending on my preference and skin needs that day. It is an easily buildable formula which layers well without caking or cracking in the areas we want to disguise!

I love the lightweight feel of the CC+ Cream, it lets my skin breathe without clogging my pores. It is a forgiving formula which hides my redness and does not gather or sit in my fine lines. It covered my blemishes well, Ethel which I named my largest blemish was put away for the day!

I love a multitasker and use the Illumiating CC+ Cream under my eyes, it brightens and helps me to look more awake (less zombie!) than I really am. As the formula doesn’t contain glitter it is a lovely eye brightener and helps to reduce the appearance of the dark circles I am always conscious of and battling to hide.

The formula is long lasting and stays in place all day with or without use of a setting spray or powder. I love an bit of added glow from my makeup and the Illuminating CC+ Cream gives my skin a lovely natural hint of dewy radiance without ever looking too much – a winner I do love a healthy glow!

Skin loving makeup

Original CC+ Cream Vs Illuminating CC+ Cream

I love both the original and illuminating CC+ Creams both are long lasting and leave a smooth and even finish. I feel I can achieve a medium /full coverage with the original CC+ Cream with less applications than I can with the Illuminating CC+ Cream, that is the main difference I have noticed apart from the obvious difference in finish. I have included full face comparisons below for reference, do you have a preference? See my review on the original CC+ Cream here.

I am really pleased with how the CC+ Cream evens my skin tone and leaves my complexion looking smooth. I think the Illuminating CC+ Cream will work brilliantly for you if your skin type is normal/dry, I would avoid if you are prone to oily skin and suggest trying the matte or original finish.

IT Cosmetic CC+ Creams are available in three finishes (£32.00) Illuminating (SPF50), Original (SPF50) and Matte (SPF40). All are available from IT CosmeticsBoots, Cult Beauty* and retail stockists.

If you love IT Cosmetic see my reviews on Bye Bye Pores Blush, Bye Bye Pores Bronzer and Confidence in a Cream – Rosy Tone.

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