I often see celebrities on TV and wonder how their complexion looks so perfect. I’ve tried loads of different types of concealers and I’ve found the more they cover imperfections the more unnatural they look on the skin because they are too thick and end up looking patchy, caked and cracked as the day goes on. They best option that I have found for me is to use creamy concealers that lessen the appearance of my imperfections. I have to say I was quite excited when the parcel arrived with these Max Factor Colour Corrector CC sticks and not just because of the jar of sweets that came with them. I was excited to see if these CC sticks could give me the flawless complexion that I crave. We have seen colour correctors before especially in cream formulas but this is the first time I have come across a full range of colour correctors in a creamy stick formula.
The Max Factor Colour Corrector CC Sticks are soft and creamy, well pigmented, and easy to blend out. There are five sticks in the range:
The Reducer (Green) – to neutralise redness
The Revitaliser (Purple) – to counteract sallow and yellow tones
The Brightener (Yellow) – to neutralise purple tones like dark under eye circles
The Balancer (Pink) – to even out dark spots on lighter skin (pigmentation)
The Illuminator (Highlighter) – to reflect light and illuminate
Obviously you don’t need them all but since I had them all I decided to have a little fun and play around with them to see how flawless I could get my complexion. If I was buying them I would definitely get the illuminator, I really like this highlighter; it’s a subtle and flattering shade for my skin tone and it’s quick and easy to use for applying in the morning every day. I would also get the green and the yellow ones I think they both work really well with or without concealer on top. I do have some dark spots especially on the tops of my cheeks but they don’t bother me enough to buy products to cover them, I think foundation alone is enough but since I have the pink one I will use it, especially for those special occasions when I want to look my absolute best. I don’t think I have any sallow or yellow tones but for some reason around my mouth always looks a bit yellow when I use the flash on my camera so that is why I use the purple stick in the pictures below with the flash.
So first we have the pictures without any flash. First is my bare face without any product, next is with the CC sticks, green at sides of my nose, on my chin and some other smaller spots, yellow under my eyes, and pink on top of my cheeks and corners of my mouth. In the next picture I blended it all with my fingers. The next picture is with just one pump of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation applied over the blended CC sticks. In the final picture I applied MAC Mineralise Skinfinish to set my foundation, added some blush, and filled in my brows.
In this row of pictures I have used a flash. First is my bare face without any product, next is with the CC sticks, green at sides of my nose, on my chin and some other smaller spots, purple around my mouth and between my brows, yellow under my eyes, and finally pink on top of my cheeks and corners of my mouth. In the next picture I blended it all with my fingers. The next picture is with just one pump of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation applied over the blended CC sticks. In the final picture I applied MAC Mineralise Skinfinish to set my foundation, added some blush, and filled in my brows.
I am really impressed by how well these neutralise imperfections and create a flawless finish. I don’t think i have ever seen my complexion looking better than in the last pictures in the two collages above. These CC sticks are €10.99 and are available in stores now. Have you tried any of them yet or which ones will you be picking up?
P.S. It’s fun to scribble all over your face, just do it with these sticks and not with permanent marker like kids and drunk lads seem to have a habit of doing.