Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by ibuybeauti for review purposes. All content is my honest opinion on the website and the product.
You’ve probably seen a plethora of these reviews due the 1+1 deals and sponsorships, but here’s my contribution to the bunch :D.
I’m no stranger to ibuybeauti, however they have changed a lot in the past few months. The last time I purchased from them was when they had free shipping; however, a lot of their prices are significantly cheaper now to accommodate for the shipping. I think it’s similar to ordering from any other store that ships based on weight, except you get great customer service. They utilize disqus in order to communicate with customer inquiries about certain products, and I believe they do respond relatively quickly. I think it’s an awesome way of receiving and responding to questions because everyone can get more information on the product. It’s kind of like how teachers ask students to ask questions in class, so that people who may have the same question can receive the answer. The store is also affiliated with the beautifan blog, which encourages honest reviews from bloggers.
So anyways, I’m not too familiar with the brand A-True, but I do know that they use black tea in a majority (if not all) of their products instead of water. Although A-True isn’t an extremely popular brand, many of their products have been well received by those who tried out their samples or the starter kit. As a brand, they pride themselves in using safe ingredients that benefit your skin, and they clearly state that they do not test on animals.
On the ibuybeauti description, it states that the formula holds multiple functions that help rejuvenate and illuminate skin tone. It claims to have 6 benefits, which include: firming, hydrating, improving tone, brightening, boosting, and radiance. I’m not too sure what boosting really means, but I assume it makes the skin look more plump and youthful. As for radiance, I feel like it’s the same thing as brightening… unless they mean it as whitening. It also has SPF 50+/PA+++ to protect your skin from harmful UV rays!
Shade: #02 True Beige
200 years of inherited heritage from French Premium Black Tea
Formulated without parabens, ethanol, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, triethanolomine, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum and SLS
Against animal testing
It comes in a simple box that has a certain look of sophistication because of the font selection on the face, and the leafy graphics. It contains basic product and brand information in English and Hangul; nothing very special about it.
Although the box lacks in-depth information, A-True also included a little pamphlet that is jam-packed with information about the brand, the fermentation process, directions, and ingredients. I think this is great for those who are curious about the process and whatnot. It comes in Hangul as well on the back. I feel like the mini pamphlet is common amongst pricier products, since the brands opt for a simple design on their boxes so that it looks more upscale. I think it’s a little difficult to fit everything onto the box too.
*Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment(3,840mg), Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Octocrylene, Zinc Oxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Saccharide Isomerate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
And cosdna link for those who are concerned about any ingredients. Of course, the black tea ferment would be at the top of the list, and used as their main active. Aside from that, the formula contains many moisturizing ingredients (avocado, camellia extract, saccharide isomerate, etc.) so this may be a great product for those with normal to dry skin! Also, some of you might really like the inclusion of niacinamide which has been known to provide many skincare benefits such as mitigating acne, treating uneven skin tone, preventing water content loss, etc. (link to Paula’s Choice for further information on that particular ingredient). The ingredients also include antioxidants which help protect your skin cells from free radicals and sun damage.
The CC cream looks dark in the sponge than it actually does when it is applied. I would say that True Beige is around an NC15. It’s still quite pale, despite being the darker of the two shades available.
It comes in a compact that doesn’t particularly scream glamour like the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion or the Hera UV Mist Ultra Moisture Cushion. But it has its charm with the simplicity of it all. The compact is pretty generic, except for the cushion shelf which has an interesting shape which closes tightly on the cushion. I’m not sure if there was any purpose for that, but perhaps it prevents the sponge from drying out quickly. Nonetheless, it adds a uniqueness factor to the compact.
The cushion is fragranced with a sort of generic foundation/BB cream scent. I’m not sure how to accurately describe it, but it is best described as a sweet, floral, sunscreen scent (to me, anyways). I feel that it has a stronger scent than the typical cushion product, but it isn’t strong enough to cause any irritation. The fragrance dissipates after a few minutes or so.
This is one of the CC creams that has a medium coverage, instead of the typical sheer coverage. It has a thin, blendable consistency like most cushions. The best thing about its consistency is that it looks very natural, and retains the texture of your skin. As you can see, it evened out and brightened my skin tone, in addition to covering up a significant amount of redness on my cheeks and around my nose. It did a good job reducing the appearance of acne scars, although a second layer was necessary to completely cover it. I think two layers is sufficient enough to cover up everything, and anymore than that will feel cakey. Additional concealing is necessary if you want a completely flawless face, since it will not cover dark spots. Also, it doesn’t provide enough coverage or the finish to act as an undereye concealer or brightener.
The cushion has a semi-matte finish, with a subtle dewy glow which noticeable when light hits your skin. You can achieve a luminous, dewy finish with a moisturizing or illuminating primer.
Personally, I feel that a setting powder is necessary (for me at least) because the cream doesn’t adhere to the skin completely, and it feels slightly tacky to touch. So you may want to consider setting your face makeup if you are someone who tends to touch their face a lot, or if you’re wearing something that will rub against your face. Also, I am not a fan of the dewy finish because it makes me look oily.
The CC cream is not as long lasting as the BB cushions that I’ve tried thus far (i.e. Hera UV Mist Ultra Moisture, Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting, Innisfree Long Wear, Etude House Any Cushion, etc.). However, I can’t really fault it because it doesn’t claim to last for a certain amount of time. I have tried it with the Etude House Face Blur primer and the Tom Ford one, and it lasts around 5 or so hours before my T-zone starts to get oily. I removed half a point because it isn’t long-lasting, which is an absolute must for me because I don’t bring face makeup on-the-go with me. The lasting power is a consideration for those who live in humid/hot climates, because the face makeup usually deteriorates when it’s hot (y’know, with the sweat and all). A loose or pressed powder will prolong the length and blot excess oil throughout the day though, so that’s one way of remedying this issue.
I think this cushion is most suitable for just about any skin type because it has moisturizing properties, as well as a semi-matte finish. But it would work best for those with normal or combination skin. I recommend moisturizing beforehand if you have dry skin, since it may accentuate dry patches like most liquid face products. And if you’re on the oilier side, then I recommend setting it so that the oil won’t cause the makeup to fade later in the day.
I think the price is reasonable for the 1+1 deal that many retailers are advertising right now. However, previously they only offered the pact without a refill which I felt was quite expensive.
TL;DR: It’s a good cushion all around, but it’s not amazing due to its lasting power. It applies smoothly while retaining your skin’s texture for that natural, healthy appearance. It brightens up the complexion with a subtle glow, and it’s great for everyday wear. One of the best aspects of it is that it is one of the few CC creams out there with medium coverage, instead of a sheer coverage. So not only does it cover redness and light scarring, but it also protects your skin and supplies it with antioxidants to prevent cell damage and aging. Although I’m not too sure about how legitimate the skincare benefits (firming and improving skin tone) are. However, I personally do not feel that it is long-lasting, which may be a big deal to some. This might also be a concern to those who live in hot/humid climates, since the sweat/oils will break down the product faster. If you’re only going to wear it for 5-6 hours then you should be fine, otherwise a powder will help blot excess oil and keep your makeup in tact for a few more hours. Also, don’t forget to clean your sponges or replace them when necessary!
+ Sheer to medium coverage
+ Semi-matte or dewy finish (depends on your base if any)
+ Natural finish
+ Thin consistency
+ Applies smoothly
+ SPF to protect your skin
+ Contains antioxidants to protect skin (acts as an anti-aging ingredient)
You can buy it from ibuybeauti for $38 USD before shipping. The total should be along the same lines as other stores, depending on where you live (approx. $42-45)!
Thank you ibuybeauti for providing me with this product for review ^^!