Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: It Cosmetics CC Cream (Illumination vs. Normal)

Hey Everyone!

Today, I thought that it would be fun to do a little comparison between the It Cosmetics original CC cream and the illumination version. I wanted to do the comparison so that if any of you don't know which one you want, then hopefully this post will help you find that answer!

As many of you know, this CC cream has been my favorite for well over a year. I have tried many BB and CC creams, but this is by FAR the best! It is natural, but still provides great coverage, has an amazing SPF and also lasts all day!

I have actually already done an in depth review over the original CC cream, so if you want to read that, then here is the link:

Obviously, the formula itself is different, but the packaging of the two are also slightly different. The original CC cream has a silver metallic packaging, where as the illumination has a slightly pink packaging, which I think is super fun!

I first heard that It Cosmetics had come out with an illumination version of their CC cream on Marrisa Lace's channel on YouTube. I was immediately intrigued, because I am all about giving your skin an overall glow-y appearance.

It wasn't until May that I actually went into Ulta to try it out on my hand and instantly fell in love with the way it glowed.

The original CC cream gives a nice dewy look to your skin, but not a glow like the illumination does. If you have super oily skin, you may want to stray away from the illumination version just because it does give more of a glow and that may conflict with your oil.

With that being said, I am normal to oily and I have had abosulutley no problems with the illumination version making me look greasy or too oily, it truly does look beautiful on your skin.

As you can see, the regular CC cream comes out as any other foundation/bb cream would. It has a very natural appearance to the cream itself.

Where as the illumination CC cream has a very pearlescent look to it when you look at it up close, which is what gives your skin such a dewy and glow-y appearance. 

As you can see in the above picture, it really does look so incredible on the skin! It gives such a beautiful illumination, hence the name :)) 

All in all, I think that both these CC creams are great, but I have to say, I think I am a bit partial to the illumination version, just because not only is it gorgeous, but it doesn't get nasty when combined with my oily prone skin. 

If I were someone wondering which CC cream to get, I would just go into an Ulta and swatch both on the back of my hand. See how you like the finishes of each and which one looks the best on your skin. It Comestics did a great job with both! 

I hope that you guys liked this post and that you guys found it helpful in comparing the two products! 




  1. hey girl! i'm glad i found this blog post. i'm in the shade fair as well for the regular cc cream. what shade did you get in the illumination? & do you think that the shades match? i've heard a lot of people say the illumination is a bit lighter than the regular cc cream. thanks!

    1. Hey! I have found that the shades do match, but just to be sure, maybe go into your local Ulta to swatch the colors? I didn't find that there was a difference! I hope that this helps.


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