For someone who loves makeup as much as I do, there are plenty of days when either I don’t fancy wearing any, or I don’t have time to put any on, or I just don’t want to cover my skin. In fact, the recurring joke in my little group of beauty blogger friends is that they don’t recognise me with makeup on. Being so old, (47 and counting) I don’t really have any blemishes, so don’t need to cover much (apart from my very dark circles). Those, combined with my very pale, pink piggy skin, make me a sucker for Estee Lauder Global Anti-Aging CC cream.
The what now?
It’s branded as a CC (or colour corrective, colour control, complexion correcting) cream. Typically, CC creams are like tinted moisturisers – so light coverage to even things out a bit, sometimes with a bit of skincare thrown in.
This one is more skincare than colour. In fact, when you apply it, it looks grey, and you wonder why on earth anyone would want a grey face. Or a greyer face in my case. But as you apply it something strange happens. It sort of goes a bit tan and a bit glowy. It’s like magic, really.
On my skin?
This cream gives a very light (almost there) even tan and a bit of sheen. It’s also quite moisturising, so I usually stick it on over a serum (or more likely over bare face, because I usually just Can’t Be Bothered). For me it just makes me look a bit better. A bit healthier. And you’d never be able to tell I’m wearing makeup.
What it’s not for
While it does a lovely job of blending out my skintone and hiding my dark circles slightly, it won’t cover anything I’m worried about. On days I wear it alone I don’t worry about this. If I want to look a bit more pulled together I might just go in with a bit of light concealer under my eyes.
Why you’ll love it
Because it makes you look just that little bit healthier. Because it keeps your skin soft and supple. Because it smells lovely. Because it’s like you’re not wearing any makeup.
Ifs, Ands, Buts, and Maybes
It’s £42. Which seems a lot. I bought this, timed when there was a good Gift With Purchase (love those) so I feel like it was worth the money. It’s skincare *and* a bit of glow remember. But you might feel that one of the less expensive brands would work for you. I’ve not found anything as good for me as this, so I’m not recommending an alternative here – but do let me know if there are any you’ve found that you’d recommend.