Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream & CC Eye Cream

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When the first wave of CC creams came I wasn’t that into it at all. The (non-Asian) BB creams that were still coming out were of greater quality than their predecessors, so I felt there was really no need to hop on that CC train just yet. But as more versions launched I got more and more intrigued. What could really be so different about them that what we already had? I swatched some in stores, but unlike the BB creams, most came in 1 colour, which was way too dark for my skin tone. One day while browsing the Bourjois stand for new releases I saw these two beauties, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and CC Eye Cream. And in the right shades, so taking them home was inevitable.

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The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream comes in a long handy squeezable tube and contains 30 ml of product, which will last you quite a while since you don’t need that much. The CC cream claims to be colour correcting thanks to its 3 pigments that each have their own purpose: apricot to battle signs of fatigue, green to cover redness and white to mask dark spots. It also promises 24hr hydration and contains SPF 15. A lot of claims, but does it really work?

Out of the 4 colours available I went for 31 Ivory, which is the lightest shade. The texture is rather light and looks more like a tinted moisturizer than a foundation, although it manages to cover really well while keeping a light appearance. I’d say it has light to medium coverage and gives a rather blurry effect, kind of like Photoshop in a tube. This may cause for it to have trouble with strong redness, as it will still peek through, but for light discoloration this should be enough (see swatches below). I mostly use my fingers or my brushes (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush + Buffing brush) to apply this, but a sponge will do the trick just fine. It’s hardly noticeable on the skin and hydrates rather well, making it a good option for people with dry skin types. If you have combination to oily skin like me, you might want to use a primer to keep it all in place. I like to use a little bit of setting powder on top too.

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The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is another novelty from the same range. It’s a twist up pen applicator that comes in 2 shades with a soft, slightly bendable silicone nib. Since the area around the eyes is so delicate, I don’t use it to blend the product out, but for simple application it works just fine, even for trickier areas such as the inner corners of the eye. You might want to be careful when using it, because after each use some product keeps on popping up after you put the cap back on. If you leave it there it kind of dries up and becomes rather gross. Just saying.

The texture is quite sheer, which makes me believe its more suitable for brightening the under-eye area rather than masking dark circles. I like to use a covering concealer first, like the Maybelline Fit me concealer, and then use this one on top to make it look brighter. Then use a bit of setting powder to keep everything locked in.

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Below you’ll find the result of my experiment with the Bourjois CC range. I have to say my skin looked rather good that day, but on days where I have some blemishes they’ll still pop through so a little concealer is an absolute must. Overall I’m very happy with the blurred result it gives, while keeping it light. In comparison to the BB creams I’ve tried I can only say this looks lighter, almost like a veil, whereas a BB cream is putting a layer on top that will cover things up and even it out, the CC cream is subtle and perfect for the spring/summer season.

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The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (30 ml) retails for £ 10 / € 13 and the 123 Perfect CC Eye cream retails for about £ 8 / € 8  at the local drugstore.

Have you tried one of these products before? Or other CC creams you’d recommend?

// Ik was nooit echt voor de CC hype te vinden omdat deze zo kort na de BB cream gekte op ons werd afgevuurd, maar ik moet toegeven, na het testen van deze Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream & eye cream ben ik helemaal om! De CC cream leunt iets meer aan bij de getinte dagcrèmes dan de echte foundations zoals we die gewoon zijn. Hij voelt verzorgend aan, bevat SPF 15 en valt haast niet op omwille van zijn lichte dekking. Er zitten 3 soorten pigmenten in die ervoor moeten zorgen dat kleine imperfecties zoals tekenen van vermoeidheid, rode en donkere vlekjes vervaagd worden, een soort van Photoshop in een tube zeg maar. In mijn geval zorgt hij er wel degelijk voor dat de kleur in mijn gezicht wat meer gebalanceerd wordt, al moet ik wel toegeven dat mijn huid er bijzonder goed uitzag die dag. Op andere dagen waar ik wel eens last heb van irritaties zoals puistjes blijkt het voor de CC Cream toch wel moeilijk om alles te gaan bedekken, maar dat is zo opgelost met wat concealer. Vette huidjes raad ik trouwens ook aan om een primer en setting powder te gebruiken als je het effect wilt behouden. 

Ook de CC Eye Cream heeft een uiterst lichte formule waardoor hij naar mijn mening eerder geschikt is om de zone onder de ogen op te helderen dan eerder donkere kringen te bedekken. Ik gebruik daarom ook eerst een dekkende concealer zoals de Maybelline Fit Me concealer, waarna ik dan deze CC Eye Cream erbovenop aanbreng met de siliconen applicator en daarna blenden met de vingers (Op de foto heb ik enkel de CC Eye cream op). Ten slotte wat setting powder erop en je bent helemaal klaar. Ik hou van deze producten omwille van hun natuurlijk lichte look, maar als je wat meer dekking wilt zou ik toch voor een BB cream of foundation gaan. Ik vind het in ieder geval mooi producten voor tijdens de lente/zomermaanden waar de make-up al eens wat zachter mag.

Heb jij al één van deze producten geprobeerd? Of zijn er andere CC crèmes die je zou aanraden?

Disclaimer: The products in this post were purchased by me.

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