Battle of the CC Creams: IT Cosmetics Classic vs. Matte

Battle of the cc creams

I’ve been wearing the same makeup products every day (give or take a swapped out concealer or lipstick every once in a while) for the past several years, which led to the development of my blog’s current niche away from a beauty focus. One of my tried-and-true holy grail products is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Medium, which I fell in love with after switching over from the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre back in my college days (I say as if I am an old woman now). The CC Cream has a medium-full coverage and a satin finish that doesn’t get shiny until around the sixth or seventh hour of wear, plus it has the added benefit of SPF 50+. The brand recently released their new Oil-Free Matte version of the CC Cream (they’ve had a glowy formula for a while now) that I thought I’d do a battle of the cc creams on to test the differences between the new discovery with my old favorite. In order to accurately test the wear time and coverage of the CC Creams, I wore both products to work today (I work in a slightly cold office from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for reference) with each one blanketing one half of my face and the remaining face products applied evenly as usual. I wore the matte version on the left side of my face (looking at the right half in the photo above) and the classic formula on the right side (or the left half pictured), which, due to the quality of my iPhone 7+ camera, isn’t the best visual, I must admit. You’ll notice that the photographed right side appears slightly more smooth, while the left has a couple more oil/glow patches. I noticed that the regular cc cream formula broke apart a bit at the side of my nostril and became oily around my forehead and between the brows. From a distance, it looks like the right side would be the clear winner, however, up close is a different story. I actually preferred the oil my skin produced while wearing the classic product because the matte version enhanced the spots on my face where irritated or dry skin accumulated and began to crack. I also didn’t care for the way the matte cream started to look cakey after a while. Overall in the battle of the CC Creams It Cosmetics edition, I prefer the original formula over its new matte sister because the resulting finish looks more natural with a bit of glow. They both have the perfect coverage and shade for my skin, but the original wins this one!