CC Color Correcting Cream
Lorac has jumped onto the CC cream bandwagon, and unfortunately its attempt to cash in on the craze is a bust. This CC cream (the "CC" stands for "Color Correcting") is supposed to eliminate skin's flaws, but in doing so, it creates another set of problems altogether!
Before we discuss this specific CC cream, if you're wondering what the difference is between CC creams and BB creams, here's the answer: It's all about marketing language, nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from a U.S. brand is akin to a tinted moisturizer, while a CC cream tends to be more like a liquid foundation. In reality, there is no rhyme or reason behind the product names when companies launch their versions of these products—they can be completely different from what you expect and we're not quite sure what you should expect as there is no consistency.
BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may, or may not, include beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (but the best ones do). Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they're made out to be—it's just a new twist on tinted moisturizers and foundations.
Lorac claims their CC cream instantly neutralizes redness and has a "natural-looking, semi- matte finish." This medium-weight cream applies easily enough, and does a good job neutralizing redness. But the finish is far from natural, and gets worse the longer it's on. Instead of a semi-matte look, CC Cream appears almost chalky, and tends to gather in (and emphasize) fine lines and wrinkles. It also lacks the "flexibility" of today's best foundations, meaning that if you smile, smile- line "marks" will be left in the makeup. The result is a look that actually ages the face instead of making it look younger and more refreshed. (True story: this reviewer actually had two people ask her to take off the makeup because it looked so unnatural and unflattering!)
Lorac's CC Cream comes in three shades. The lightest shade is only suitable for the fairest of skin tones, while the medium shade should be workable for most people in that color range. The tan, however, is far too orange to look natural on anyone. All in all, this just isn't worth the investment, especially considering how many other brands have similar products!
- Reduces facial redness.
- Fragrance-free and contains a good mix of antioxidants.
- Dries to a chalky, unnatural finish.
- Gathers in fine lines and wrinkles.
- Smiling or making facial expressions leaves lines in the product, leading to an "aged" appearance.
Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.
Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.
This Los Angelesbased independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products linesthere are a lot of famous faces that need attentionso that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.
For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.
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