IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream – How Does It Measure Up?

IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream

I’ve been a fan of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream for several years now. I’ve raved about it multiple times on the blog (read my initial review here), and it’s one product that I happily rebuy again and again. Products like this tick multiple boxes for me and are useful on both full make up days as well as barely there make up days. So you can’t go wrong with it. The only slight problem is that as someone with oily skin, it could look a bit shiny by the end of the day. It still gave good coverage throughout but hey, the joys of oily skinned people is that everything makes us look a bit shiny by mid afternoon! So I was really excited to hear that IT Cosmetics were going to create a matte version of their CC Cream and I’d been trying to get hold of it through friends in the States for ages when it finally launched here in the UK.

This was a launch that excited me – because I love the original so much, I couldn’t wait to try it in a matte finish. I wear matte foundation all the time, it’s my favourite type of make up finish so it was only natural that I was going to snap this up. And I’m so glad that I did. The formula is the same so it delivers the nice coverage that you get used to from the original. It’s a full coverage CC Cream – so you can get a barely there, but nice layer across the skin from one application. It just tints the skin enough to even the complexion so if you don’t want to wear anything else, this will cut it for a fresh faced look. Not just that though, the cream blends really nicely into the skin with either the fingers or a nice buffing brush. To the touch it feels like a thick concealer, so in my opinion you’ll want to apply with a brush at first while you get used to it. Then you’ll know how it spreads and blends, so eventually you can pop it on with your fingertips if you prefer.

IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review

Compared to the original and the Glow version, the colours are identical. Which is exactly what you want. I have both Fair and light in all three – because sometimes I have a tan, and sometimes I’m uber pale. So I like to make sure I’ve got my bases covered and I know I can have the glow, matte or original in each whenever I want it. (Told you I was such a huge fan of this!) So whatever colour you are in one formula, is the colour you’ll want in them all. Which keeps things easy when shopping and buying online (although you can now purchase IT Cosmetics in-store at Boots and check the colours out for yourself first.)

Coverage-wise it felt and looked no different to the original at first – which actually is exactly what you want. You know then that it’s the same base to the formula. It was a few hours into wearing it that you could notice the difference though. The Matte CC Cream never looked matte in finish, but perfectly held the oil and shine at bay, so it was matte-r and it didn’t make the skin look shiny. It kept the oil levels at bay all day, which isn’t something the original one can offer for me. So I was very pleased with it for that. It also helped to hide my pores – which tend to look bigger and more open as the day goes on – this kept them completely covered.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Swatches

I’ve tried this alone for the whole day and also underneath my full make up and found it gives a nice coverage for both. Underneath my make up especially I fell more in love with the IT Cosmetics CC Cream than before – which I didn’t think was possible. It just made my make up stay put and kept the shine at bay for longer than normal – something I’m always pleased about. And it helps me really achieve a full coverage look when I apply foundation on top. I really can see a difference in how the Matte performs throughout the day compared to the original but can also notice the same trusty formula within it too.

For those of us with oily skin, the IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream is a game changer because we can enjoy everything that the CC Cream has to offer without worrying about our oil levels starting to break through and patch the coverage. It holds in place, keeps oil at bay and really does offer a great coverage. It’s safe to say the IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream is still as much of a favourite of mine, as ever.

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IT Cosmetics Matte CC Cream Review and swatches

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review & Swatches

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  1. October 1, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    So pleased I saw this, I love a good CC cream. I also have oily skin so I can’t wait to try this. X

  2. October 1, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I still have yet to try any of these but I always see such rave reviews about the original. I don’t like full coverage so I usually use a BB cream. Might have to splash out and try one of these at some point though! 🙂 x

  3. Mary Hill
    October 1, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Brilliant! Pay day is looming and i’m for the matt one thanks for this review x

  4. October 1, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I love this stuff SO MUCH!! I’m using the matte one at the moment and it’s definitely more my thing xx

  5. Sarah
    October 2, 2018 / 7:28 am

    I never really got on with cc creams but might give this a go xx

  6. October 2, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    I really like the look of these. The packaging is lovely and I can definitely tell the difference in the matte finish in your swatches xxx

  7. October 2, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Ah I have quite dry skin so I’m not sure I’d like the matte one. Might have to try out the others though! x

  8. October 2, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I adore the original, so keen to give this a try for Summer!

  9. October 2, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try the original CC cream but now that the matte is available I’m going to be all over that!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  10. October 3, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Oh excellent! I’ve wanted to try the CC cream for ages but worried it might just slide off on my oily skin so the matte version sounds perfect. I like that it’s not too matte in comparison to the original as I do like a dewy finish. x

  11. Erin
    October 3, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I need to try this one! My skin glows through the normal one within a few hours so this one is perfect for me!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  12. October 4, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This is on my hit list! I need to see it in store rather than risk an online colour match!
    Em x

  13. October 5, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this for ages!! I think its safe to say the matte one is far more up my street, and if it can keep oil at bay then even better!

    Em x

  14. October 6, 2018 / 9:40 am

    i really want to try IT cosmetics, however, I feel like even the light one would still be too dark for me 🙁 I’m sure ill find something i want to try soon (especially if you keep reviewing them haha!)

  15. October 10, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    ooooh the illumination one looks like a bit of me! Gorgous!

    Alicia XO

  16. October 11, 2018 / 10:23 am

    I NEED to head to Boots to pick some stuff from this brand, I’ve heard so much about it. I’m loving the look of the matte light one! xx

  17. shelley
    October 14, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I’ve never tried their brand!

  18. katiemiddleton94
    October 22, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try IT Cosmetics CC cream for so long. The illumination one looks like it’ll be perfect for holidays for that glow *mentally adds to list of things to buy for Portugal next year*. I am worried though that light might be too dark for me!

    Katie x

  19. October 24, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I want to try this product so bad, now its in boots I really struggling to resist the urge to buy. But reading this has sold me on it x

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