When a beauty-obsessed friend of mine texted me that she’d finally found the perfect BB/CC cream, I was all ears. She said it was from CLE, and she received it in her Ipsy bag. I’d never heard of the brand, so I went straight to social media to dig up some info. There isn’t much info on them on the Internet yet, but they are a Korean skincare/cosmetics brand based out of LA.
I ordered two tubes of this allegedly magical Radiant Skin CCC Cream ($31) in the Medium Light shade. When it arrived, it was so chicly packaged (see a snap on my Instagram). The packaging is everything I love: white and rose gold, with clean lines.
The first time I tried this, I hated it. The Micro Capsule Technology totally threw me off. Straight from the tube, the formula is white; there are little beads filled with color suspended in the cream that burst, creating a veil of color, as you apply the product to your skin. I couldn’t really get a feel for how much it would even out my skin once I started applying it to my face. It felt thick and heavy, and I washed it off immediately. My skin felt like it was suffocating.
Next time I tried it, I realized I’d gotten the application totally wrong. I had applied WAY too much. It was a whole different ballgame when I used the tiniest dab, and worked in sections. You can use the smallest amount of product and get really nice coverage — I am so not used to that! When I applied it the right way, it felt like nothing on my skin (which is what I wanted). I have been applying it with my Morphe M439 brush, and it looks great with that. It also disperses on my skin beautifully with a damp Beautyblender, which makes it glide on so smoothly. It’s definitely not full coverage; it’s light-t0-medium.
The finish is GORGEOUS: luminous and radiant. It’s very similar to my ride-or-die Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. If you prefer a matte finish, you are not going to like this product. If you’re all about that glow, you’ll probably love it!
The Medium-Light shade is a great match for my skin tone. It comes in five shades, ranging from Light to Deep, to suit a pretty wide range of skin tones.
Since it’s a BB/CC-type cream, it’s also has the benefits of skincare mixed in the product. It sort of serves as an all-in-one primer, moisturizer, foundation, and it has SPF45. (Although I still apply moisturizer before this.)
At first, I felt like the price was a little steep, considering you only get 1 oz. in the tube. But after trying it, it truly does stand so far ahead of other BB/CC creams, so to me, the price is justified. Plus, since you need a small amount of product for each application, I have a feeling it will last awhile.
One final note: CLE’s customer service team is on their game. You can receive 20% off your first order when you sign up for their mailing list through their website. Of course I wanted to take advantage of that, but didn’t receive the discount code for a bit. I ordered anyway, then the code came in literally 5 minutes after I placed my order. I contacted their customer service team, who took care of it all quickly and kindly via email. It’s so hard to contact a human being these days, and I appreciate that their staff is responsive and effective.
Overall, I’m very happy with this product, and will most likely be repurchasing it in the future — in bulk.