La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme ℅ Escentual - £19.50
In the last few weeks, I've gone from not knowing about the French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay to becoming one of their biggest fans. In case you missed it, have a peek at my review of their magic Effaclar Duo [+], and how it rescued my skin, which was what first ignited my love for the brand.
I got the opportunity to try out their Rosaliac CC cream, and I must admit, I was pretty skeptical at first. For a start, 'one shade fits all' kind of products usually put me off, being quite an unusual pale tone, I can rarely get any shade of high street foundation to work, let along one universal shade. Secondly, I wasn't so sure on the CC Cream idea, was this just a gimmick? After BB creams, for some reason I just wasn't sure it would work. Luckily, my worries disappeared as soon as I tried this product out, and was surprised and pleased at how well it performed.
Firstly, shade wise, straight out of the tube it looks like a fairly fair but average shade. I started by applying it with my fingers but found it was a bit heavy for that, so went for my trusty buffing brush instead. It looks decidedly orange on application on my fair skin, but as soon as you start to blend it, it is as though it disappears. Amazingly, I found it actually fit really well with my skin tone, once fully blended in. It looks darker than something I'd normally choose, but comes out as a natural glow, my boyfriend, who rarely notices anything about my makeup, commented that my face 'looks a nice colour today', which I took as a fairly huge compliment, especially as I spend my time somewhere in between whitish grey and orange!
In terms of it's colour correction properties, I can't fault it. When wearing this product, I find I don't have to use concealer, which is absolutely amazing. It covers redness brilliantly, and is equally effective on blue veins and grey dark circles. Despite not being a foundation, it has a good level of coverage, and doesn't cake or clog pores, and has a lovely soft and dewy finish to it. It's shortened my morning routine too, as I apply it straight on my face, and finish with a bit of blush, no concealer needed, and I usually use two, one for blemishes and one for dark circles.
It's working wonders on my blemish prone skin too. Often after taking off foundations, I find my pores clogged or breakouts beginning to appear, but taking this off reveals my skin to be just as it was before I applied. It doesn't aggravate my spots either, so this almost feels like a mask over my skin during the day if that makes sense, and I love the effect it is having.
It does have a fragrance to it but it is rather pleasant, but just worth checking first if you have really sensitive skin. An added bonus too, but one of my favourite features too is the SPF30, meaning I don't need to use a sunscreen as well.
This is the first product of this kind that I have tried out, but I have been so impressed with it. If you are looking for an alternative to foundation with a whole lot of extra features thrown in, I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!
(It's currently on sale here for £16.55!)
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