My face-base mantra could quickly be inferred with a peek into my makeup drawer. A--I adore the stuff, and have the equivalent number of bottles to that of the number of peanut butter jars I go through in six months (a lot). B--my rule of thumb? Keep it sheer, minimal, light, and dewy. In other words, I've got tinted moisturizers, balms, BB creams, and, n o w a CC cream, coming out of my ears. I know what you're thinking--seems a bit excessive. But through my picky eyes, they all differ and offer up a veil of their own.
Like I said, I'm covered (for the next few years) on the tinted moisturizer front and have fallen in love with a killer BB cream. But I've since discovered a CC cream that establishes a new category in my stash. Say hello to the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream--the only base slap that has graced the complexion of your's truly for over a month now.
To clear up the air about this elementary school-esque makeup nomenclature, the whole CC acronym stands for 'color correcting'--a desirable title for a gal who suffers from the dreaded acne and sun damage scarring.
Clinique's offering claims to instantly correct redness, dullness, sallowness, and aid in a healthier looking complexion with the addition of oil-free hydration and sunscreen.
One of the most outstanding features? A shade range. Yup, snow queen complexion rockers can now slap on these wonder creams just like the rest of us--no shade mishaps included.
In the shade 'Very Light', a pea sized drop covers the whole of my face, blended with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
Fitting with the rest of my base stocks, this is a light coverage cream. Nevertheless, the most shockingly, it manages to supply more coverage on the spots, scars, and general blah more than the rest of my face when a heavier loads isn't needed. Secondly, I can't quite vouch for a yellow-ed complexion lacking some warmth or any other woe, but when it comes to redness, I'm your experimentation guinea pig. Oh--and it covers redness too.
The consistency is really thick, more so than any BB, or tinted moisturizer I've tried, and eeks out more coverage than the rest too. The finish isn't quite matte, but leans a bit more on the dewy side without looking too radiant. The lasting power is pretty darn good as well, reaching the eight hour mark with just a little bit of touch up spots here and there, but with a primer, it'll easily last you over nine hours.
That being said, I wouldn't score this based on its hydrating properties, as it tends to look a little cakey if my skin is über dehydrated, but a normal complexion means this looks pretty darn fab.
Eight shades, a do-it-all formulation, a flawless finish. Are you sold yet? Don't worry, you could always fit another light-coverage foundation in if I can.