The product in question is It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination ($39). I was already a huge fan of the original CC+ Cream, which was able to even out my skin tone (without looking like I was wearing a makeup mask) when this launched last year. The Illumination version is packed with light-reflective pigments that, if I’m being honest, look like a disco happened on the back of your hand if you swatch it. But on the face, those pigments meld into the skin and no longer look shimmery—they just look incredibly glowy, which is what makes your skin look like it’s been masked and massaged within an inch of its life by an aesthetician.
There is a third iteration in the CC+ lineup: an oil-free version for anyone who has to deal with blemishes, which surprisingly still gives a good glow to the skin. And, if I’m being honest, my skin sits very comfortably in that zit-prone category, but I can wear every one of the CC+ formulations without breaking out.
All three formulas are infused with skincare ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins that nourish and hydrate the skin throughout the day. The original and illumination boast hefty SPF 50 protection, while the oil-free has SPF 40. The oil-free option also has the addition of charcoal and clay to draw out impurities and mop up shine, while tea tree oil tackles those zits.