Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and CC Eye Cream

Bourjois has hopped on the CC Cream bandwagon with the release of its new 123 Perfect CC Cream and CC Eye Cream this winter.

The CC Cream SPF15 is available in four shades and retails at CHF18.90 for 30ml in Switzerland, which is quite a bit cheaper than Bourjois' foundations which retail for around CHF27 over here. Made in France, it promises a luminous finish and smooth skin, plus 24-hour hydration. The oil-free formula contains three color correcting pigments: apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white for dark spots. In comparison, the 123 Perfect liquid foundation has SPF10, yellow pigments for anti-dark circles, mauve pigments for anti-dullness and green pigments for anti-redness.

The CC Eye Cream SPF15 comes in 3 shades and retails at CHF14.90. It is also oil-free and promises 24-hour hydration and is described as an illuminating eye care concealer.

The CC Cream comes in a convenient, travel-friendly squeeze tube with a fine nozzle, that makes controlling the amount dispensed a breeze.

In contrast, the CC Eye Cream's twist mechanism is terribly designed as one click always dispenses way too much product. The amount of product contained in the CC Eye Cream is miserably paltry at just 1.5ml/0.05fl oz.

Ingredient list for the CC Cream below.

And for the CC Eye Cream below.

I purchased the lightest shades of both the CC Cream (#31 Ivory) and the CC Eye Cream (#21 Ivory).

Compared to the 123 Perfect liquid foundation, the CC Cream has a lighter, more liquid texture. I also find the shade #31 Ivory to be a better match for my MAC NC20 skintone, whereas the 123 Perfection liquid foundation #51 Light Vanilla applies with a more yellow tone on me. The foundation offers slightly more coverage than the CC Cream but the foundation also has a greater tendency to emphasise dry patches. The first couple of times that I tried the CC Cream, it also applied patchily on my skin which was prepped only with Ren Clarifying Toning Lotion. The patchiness vanished when I added La Mer Moisturizing Gel-Cream into my skincare routine. The CC Cream dries quickly to a matte powder finish.

Although the CC Cream is supposed to provide 24 hour hydration, I did not find it to be hydrating at all and would not recommend it for dry skintypes. It works quite well with my oily skin in the winter weather here, helping to reduce the appearance of pores. After five hours without blotting, there was a slight sheen on my T-zone. It provides good coverage and makes skin look more even-toned and polished. However, if you prefer a more natural bare skin look, this CC Cream is not for you as it does look quite obvious that one is wearing makeup with this.

The CC Eye Cream is rather unremarkable and pretty much a miss for me. Contrary to the product description, it was not particularly hydrating or illuminating, .

Below is a look I did with the CC Cream, CC Eye Cream, Three Art of Parties palette, Chantecaille Persimmon Hydra Chic Lipstick.

Also in stores now is the Arctic Chic winter makeup collection.


Minnie C. said...

CC eye cream is so interesting. I have to check out if Bourjois Thailand will import this line.

Anonymous said...

very helpful review - it's great that you compare it to the equivalent foundation shade and tell us your MAC shade, it makes deciding on shades so much easier

Evelyn (cotton candy diva) said...

was just looking for a swatch of this and come across your blog (it's just been released in Australia) disappointed! My skin is cool toned and lighter than most 'ivory' shades! It looks like a very warm shade too :(

Thanks for the great review though

MakeupForBreakfast said...

do you think it would match me if I wear 52 vanilla/

Haru said...

You may need to go a shade up to #32. I haven't compared it to #52 Vanilla so I can't say for sure though.

AnneK said...

Where do you buy your Bourjois? I am going to Switzerland from Italy and would love to buy some of their products but there is no listing on the website… Thanks very much!

Haru said...

hi AnneK,
You can find Bourjois quite easily in department stores like Manor and also some big supermarket chains like Coop.