The other day, I went through my top 15 new beauty products of 2013, and the Nip + Fab CC Cream SPF 30 Complexion Perfector Cream was on the list. Today I give you some more detail on why.
To start off, I should say that CC creams—and every other type of skin makeup—are a very individual thing. I've tried more than a dozen of them so far, and most I haven't been impressed with at all. The biggest reason is the colour. Most CCs (and BBs for that matter) I find too dark, too ashy, too orange or too yellow. So much for universal shades, huh?
So the colour alone is one big reason I'm happy with the Nip + Fab. It comes in two shades, Light and Dark, and I tried Light. Although straight out of the tube, I wasn't sure it was going to work:
It looks a bit orange-ish. But then when you blend it out, I was so surprised because you can barely detect it at all:
But it doesn't just disappear either, like some CCs and BBs where you wonder why you even bothered; I would say this is medium coverage. It does a great job of perfecting your skin and then you only need to go back and do minor spot touch-ups with concealer.
Another note on the colour. I should say that my skin is fair with neutral undertones, and I prefer skin makeup with either neutral or slightly pink tones, like this product. (I loathe how I look—which is ill—in anything too yellowish.) The best makeup match I've ever found for me is Ivory (115) in Make Up For Ever HD foundation, which is described as "light skin with pink undertones". But a lot of the time you don't want to bother with full-coverage foundation, so I think this CC is a great weekend alternative.
It's quite creamy in texture and a little bit of it does go a long way (I covered my entire forearm with the tiny amount I showed you above). I prefer using a foundation brush to apply it instead of my fingers, as I find it gives me a better, more even result. I think a lot of the time people get disappointed with these all-in-one creams and it has to do with the application method and not the product itself.
If you do use fingers, make sure to blend well. You can also mix and match the Light and Dark shades to get a warmer colour. Here's a great video showing a finger application:
(They also make a CC under-eye concealer, by the way, and it's a nice product too.)
Another thing I liked about the CC cream is how it dries down. Not greasy at ALL—even though it contains hyaluronic acid and soline, a sunflower oil derivative, and promises 24-hour moisturization. (Not that we're going to leave it on overnight, mind you.) It also has SPF 30 and light diffusing pigments for subtle radiance.
Here's the ingredients list:
Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Octocrylene, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Triethanolamine, Cyclomethicone, PVP, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Dimethiconol, Vitamin E Acetate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Mica, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer , Parfum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Synthetic Iron Oxides- C.I.77492/ C.I.77491/ C.I.77499
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Canadians, you can also find this in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart.
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Do you wear CC cream?
Have you tried the Nip + Fab one yet?
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