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IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombré Bronzer

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Cosmetics, Reviews

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IT Cosmetics Bronzer

I first became aware of IT Cosmetics while flipping thru cable channels on a lazy weekend morning.  IT Cosmetics, along with its spokeperson/owner, is often featured on QVC.com. And I must say, the live before-and-afters on the models are quite amazing. The line includes foundations, primers, concealers, blushes, powders and more that are all supposed to be skin-friendly. This skin-friendliness is due to the addition of things like hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, aloe, colloidal oatmeal, hyaluronic acid and many, many other “good for skin” ingredients.

Plus, it is supposedly plastic surgeon recommended (for use after surgery), anti-aging and brightening. What woman would turn this stuff away? Let me rephrase that, what woman of a certain age would turn this stuff away?! Well, I didn’t, but I never purchased any; even after watching the entire IT Cosmetics segment…multiple times. (Hey, it was more interesting than reruns and sometimes I don’t feel like catching up on my DVR/Netflix queue. Don’t judge.)

Anyway, now let’s forward to me moving to a city where Ulta was the local “Sephora.” My previous city didn’t have any Ultas, Sephora was the local Queen. Sephora no have IT Cosmetics, but Ulta sure does. Yes, ma’am! So, I stroll into an Ulta one day after driving pass them for a month and stumble upon a large display of IT Cosmetics products. On that first visit, I purchased one product which I loooooove. Review to come soon. On my 2nd visit to Ulta and after consulting with a couple of Ulta reps, I decided on two more products. Unfortunately, I hated both of them. The CC+ Radiance Ombré Bronzer was one of them.

It seemed so promising, too! I was looking for a new bronzer. The previous two bronzers I loved had been “improved” by their manufacturers. These improvements had of course changed the products and made them no longer favorites of mine. (This happens way too much, doesn’t it?) So, when I saw the claims on the box for the IT Cosmetics bronzer, I thought I might get lucky.

Color correcting + anti-aging…waterproof, contains hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and “drops of light” technology….sun-kissed complexion….

This bronzer was supposed to give me “instant warmth, radiance…for the look of airbrushed, sun-kissed skin.” Their advetising copywriter is goooood, isn’t she? I was sold. I plopped down my credit card and walked out giddy expecting to be glowing like J. Lo the next day.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Ombre Bronzer

Not so, my chicas. Not so by a long-shot. For one, I bought the bronzer in “Warm Radiance.” The compact is supposed to literally be ombré from a light (shimmery) color to a medium shimmer to a darker matte bronzer. Since my complexion is already caramel brown, the matte color does not really show up on my skin. But girl, that shimmer sho’ does! And that shimmer is too much. Too shimmery. And too light. I know girls these days like “strobing” but I don’t like the look of bright strobe lights on my face. It was just all wrong. Strobing may work for girls, but for grown women, it’s not the look.

I saw a review online for this by a 40something woman. One of her comments was so funny. A young girl walked up to her and asked her where did she get her glitter. (She had this bronzer on.)  So I am not the only one…

Also, this bronzer has a lot of staying power since it is waterproof. This in turn makes it extremely hard to blend in. If you are trying to wear it over makeup, you will ruin it with all the blending you will have to do.

And remember the whole “ombré” thing? Well, the compacts are not consistent. Sometimes you get more of one color than another. My compact, for example, has very little of the matter bronzer and the lightest shimmer. It is mostly composed of the medium-colored shimmer.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Bronzer

I really wanted this product to be good. But, it was simply a no-go for me.

The ingredients are great, though. So if you have a fairer complexion and are ahem younger (thru early 30’s), this may very well work for you.

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombré Bronzer

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer

As you can see, the separation of colors in my compact looks nothing like this.

  • Retail $34 for 0.57 oz. compact (16.17 g)
  • Talc free, paraben free, sodium lauryl sulfate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free, synthetic fragrance free, phthalates free, cruelty free
  • Mica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Collagen Amino Acids, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Cholesteryl Chloride, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Leaf Extract), Carbomer, Palmitoyl oligopeptide, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Polysorbate 20, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491)

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