If you’ve read my blog for a while you know what a big fan I am of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (buy them at Sephora in the original and illuminating versions). The CC Cream is medium to full coverage, it doesn’t crease and it lasts all day while offering a high SPF. It’s one I love to recommend over and over, and due to the popularity it is available in more stores and in more shades.
Due to the popularity of the CC+ Cream, similar products have been released lately and I felt it was time I reviewed and compared them! Today I’ll share my thoughts on the Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer and the new CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte.
left to right: CC Illuminating in Fair, CC Illuminating in Light, CC Matte in Light, Bye Bye Foundation in Light
I think the name of Bye Bye Foundation is a bit of a misnomer, it isn’t really so much a full coverage moisturizer as it is a moisturizing foundation. And no, it really is not the same as the CC+ products.
I’ve found Bye Bye Foundation to be thicker and fuller coverage than the CC+ Creams, which I think are medium to full coverage. I do think that it is a little harder to blend, but when I stopped using this as a moisturizer and thinking of it more like a moisturizing foundation than needs to be applied primarily to problem areas, that’s when I loved it!
I apply 1 pump to the back of my hand, and then apply small dots all over my face. I do blend a little with my fingers, but I mostly buff it in with my Heavenly Luxe Foundation Brush and then I do a little pouncing on problem areas with my BeautyBlender.
Overall the finish is a semi-matte I think, and the coverage is definitely full. It is easy to mix in a regular moisturizer if you want to thin it out a bit. I think it wears decently throughout the day except on my nose, where I need to apply over a primer (I’ve been loving this one lately). I love that this product is available in 12 shades, and when I purchased mine in person at ULTA I discovered that I was my usual shade of Light.
This week IT Cosmetics has launched an Oil-Free Matte version of their beloved CC+ Cream. I think it is very similar to the Bye Bye Foundation, but there are a few small differences that might make one a little better than the other.
First, the coverage is a little less with the Oil-Free Matte than the Bye Bye Foundation. Just like the other CC+ Creams it is a medium to full coverage product and you can build the coverage a bit for problem areas.
The finish is between matte and semi-matte, and while I think it does help my skin stay matte throughout the day I still recommend using a mattifying product with it if you have an oily t-zone. I’ve been using it with the Cover FX Shine Drops (now discontinued, watch Hautelook as they’ve been popping up there), I apply 2-3 drops to my t-zone with my fingertips and then put the Oil-Free Matte over the top.
When applying the actual CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte, I apply it with my fingertips to mostly the center of my face, just spreading it all around. I’m much less directed with it than I am the Bye Bye Foundation. I do most of my blending quickly with fingertips, but I’ll use my Heavenly Luxe Foundation Brush to buff and then I do a little pouncing on problem areas with my BeautyBlender.
The coverage is slightly less than that of the Bye Bye Foundation, and it does last all day. If I use it with other mattifying products I’ll be semi-matte all day, but my t-zone can be particularly shiny during the summer, without the little extra help I do have a bit of a shiny nose by late afternoon. I only have problems with wear if I do get shiny, usually my nose will look less than perfect at the end of the day if I was shiny. If I wasn’t shiny then it still looks great at the end of the day. I think this is in part due to the summer, my skin isn’t so shiny in the winter. I’m excited to see how it works for me during the summer.
In comparison to my beloved CC+ Cream Illuminating, they’re basically identical except for the finish. The Illuminating is… well a little radiant. It has light reflecting particles and while they don’t make me look shiny it is a little more of a luminous look. I think the wear and application are the same as well.