When I got my The Face Shop Lovely Me: Ex Pore Ghassoul Mask from Ebay, I got a few samples, one of which was this CC cream from Tony Moly. During my trip down to San Diego I decided to take this sample and try it out. To my surprise I actually really liked it. (The short and sweet version is at the bottom of this blog if you don’t feel like reading through my rants)
I have to bite my tongue because when my friend asked me if I am going to try the CC cream, I told her that colour correction base/foundation have been out for a long long time, and I am not ganna fall for the gimmick. That being said, this was trying because it was a free sample. But this CC cream was totally not what I was expecting. The old school colour correcting bases/foundations, if you are old enough you should remember, they are usually one particular colour, and it’s suppose to contrast, therefore, take away the things you don’t want. For example the green takes away redness of your skin. Purple brightens and takes away yellowiness of the skin. Yellow takes away olive, and pink gives a bit more complexion to people who are ghostly pale.
CC cream, other than Colour Correcting, also goes by Colour Control, but has the same idea: evening out skin tone, taking away unwanted colours of the skin. CC cream is supposedly similar to BB creams, but lighter in texture and feel; which holds true for this particular CC cream.
Now I haven’t seen/looked into many CC creams, but the Tony Moly version, comes out white, and blends into a pinky peach colour. It does indeed even out skin tone, but has pretty much zero coverage for any more obvious blemishes. I would say this is more suitable for people who do not have trouble skin, perhaps just a bit of uneven skin tone (too much pink, and dark circles).
From my research, the Tony Moly cc cream have colour capsules, in black, yellow, and red, that bursts open as you blend it into the skin. If you look at the cream closely you can see little specks of black in the cream, I suppose these are the colour capsules.
Here it is blended out a bit, Sorry about the picture quality, I don’t know why there are black streaks…Hopefully you can tell the patch on the right is a pinky peach colour while the smaller patch on the left remains white.
And here it is fully blended into the skin. There is almost no colour difference, except the right side is a bit dewy and slightly brighter. This is the same case as my face, though, as I have mentioned many times before, my hand is whiter than my face. You can also notice how little it covers. The blue vanes on my hand are still clearly visible.
In conclusion…I am loving this product. The texture is super light, so light in fact, I can with stand it while being on a plane. Mind you it was a short plane ride (5 hours with transfer), but I never like anything, including BB cream, on my face while on plane rides. Mainly because the air on a plane is super dry, and usually makes me very very oily, which is very uncomfortable, even for short rides.
Colour: White out of tube, pinky peach after blending. One of the properties is that it’s suppose to match every skin colour, by some sort of colour matching via the colour capsules, I find this hard to believe. Perhaps it can match MOST of EAST ASIAN skin colours, as most of us have a beigey yellow skin tone, and not many are dark skinned.
Texture: It is indeed very light, and not very oily. I find my forehead tend not to get as oily as when I use BB cream, after a long day of work. It feels very comfortable on the skin, and stays matte on my cheeks after 8 hours.
Coverage: virtually none. If you are looking for something to cover up blemishes you may have, this is not the product for you. I myself don’t have much blemishes, as most of my pimples are white heads that sit under the skin, and really only bothers me, because I can feel it. But even so, I still find the coverage lacking. Though I do enjoy the colour correcting aspect of this cream.
Scent: It’s a light floral scent, doesn’t linger very long, and is pretty pleasant if you are not allergic to scents
Sun Protection: There are 3 versions of this. The Luminous Pure version, the one I have, has SPF 30 PA++. The Luminous Bright version, is a smaller bottle, has SPF 20 PA++. And the Luminous Live version, has SPF30 PA++
Properties: It claims to be a moisturising base, with whitening, anti-wrinkle, brightening cream. It also claims to be free of mineral oils, use organic colour additives, so it doesn’t stress the skin. The one thing I found was the Luminous live version is for people with more oily skin, where as pure is for people with normal skin. I am still not sure what the difference is for the bright version.
Price: I bought mine off Ebay for about $14CND. I’ve seen it on Sasa.come for $29.50USD. I’ve learned that ebay is much cheaper. The seller I bought from sent it over from Korea, and I am fairly happy with my purchase. The product is obviously made in Korea, as all Korean cosmetics are.
Overall Rating: 4/5 for lack of coverage, but generally I do like the product. It’s not oily like my innisfree BB cream, nor is it as dry as the ZA BB cream. More like Skinfood, it’s in the middle, but at the same time it’s very light and wears comfortably though the day, whereas Skinfood becomes a bit heavy and oily at the end of the day.