I have a couple of foundation-type items that I'm rotating through lately, and one of them is the Origins Smarty Plants CC Cream in 01 Light to Medium. There are only two shades (01 Light to Medium and 02 Medium to Dark) and I am of two minds on this: on the one hand, it's a CC cream, so it's not meant for full color coverage and is rather sheer. On the other hand...two? Really?
Naive/lazy color offerings aside, this CC cream is "a color correcting formula that visibly perfects for a radiant, flawless finish" meant for all skin types. Out of the tube, it's a peach cream with flecks of gray. It has a broad spectrum SPF of 20, but to be honest, I always wear separate sunscreen, so the presence of SPF isn't a big factor for me.
The above photo is just for a color comparison; the other three bases in the photo are traditional liquid foundations (or liquid-to-powder, for the L'Oreal). Here's a comparison with another CC Cream from It Cosmetics*.
You can see that the Origins CC Cream starts to turn a bit orange when it touches skin. It's not Oompa Loompa orange, though. Just a bit of warmth. And it's sheer, so it's not very obvious. In the bottom photo, I blended both swatches out - not as well as I would on my face, because I still wanted product to be visible.
|For those curious, I think the It Cosmetics CC offers higher coverage (and SPF 50!), but is a bit flat looking. I prefer the Origins.|
The finish is sheer and rather luminous, which brightens my face and fulfills the color-correcting promises. I don't have a ton of redness or blotchiness, and I do need an extra corrector for dark under eye circles. But I do really like this CC cream! I like to apply the Origins CC Cream and then dust bronzer (Too Faced or Armani) all over, as the bronzer helps to even out skin even further (when my skin is pasty, blemishes and hyperpigmentation are far more obvious). Here's an example:
|Makeup from this post. Base is Origins CC Cream, Armani 400 Sun Fabric Bronzer, and Sonia Kashuk Illuminator.|
For higher coverage, it layers well under a light powder, like DiorSkin Nude. That's my idea of high, comfortable coverage these days (and another BB cream, which I'll talk about later). Here's a photo of that combination (with updated, shorter, darker hair):
|Sorry for the shoddy lighting.|
En somme, if you want something that just gives your skin a boost and mitigates uneven appearances, this isn't a bad one to try. It has a faintly plant-y smell and keeps skin from drying out, as well. It is $35, but I wasn't expecting (or wanting) high coverage - just a little something extra to keep my skin from looking sallow, as yellow undertones are wont to do - and this helps a lot, without packing on a lot of product or changing the texture/finish of my skin.
active ingredients: octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 4.00%, oxybenzone 3.5%
inactive ingredients: water\aqua\eau, trioctyldodecyl citrate, silica, phenyl trimethicone, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, behenyl alcohol, dimethicone, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, peg-40 stearate, poly-glyceryl-10 pentastearate, pentylene glycol, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil*, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil*, cinnamomum camphora (camphor) bark oil*, mentha viridis (spearment) leaf oil*, magnolia acuminata flower extract, iris pallida root extract, rosa damascena extract, citral, linalool, limonene, algae extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, sapindus mukurossi fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, laminaria saccharina extract, thermus thermophillus ferment, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract\extrait d'orge, castanea sativa (chestnut) seed extract, salicylic acid, cholesterol, sucrose, caffeine, arginine, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene, hydrogenated lecithin, tocopheral acetate, ethylhexyl-glycerin, glycerin, caesalpinia spinosa gum, isopropyl myristate, lecithin, polyquaternium-51, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, squalane, sodium pca, urea, glycyrrhetinic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, sodium hyaluronate, galactoarabinan, sodium dehydroacetate, citric acid, phospholipids, trehalose, xanthan gum, ascorbyl tocopheryl maleate, disodium edta, bht, phenoxyethanol
[+/-]: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron ixodes (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), mica