Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream

Product Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream

Review: I have a hardcore love/hate relationship with this stuff. I bought it a while ago to see if it was a workable alternative to my Dr. Jart's BB and NARS Tinted Moisturizer. Aaaand... it's not, really. It's not good fit for my dry skin at all. It's not moisturizing, so I definitely need to slather a moisturizer on beforehand, and it settles into every fine line and highlights every single imperfection. It's very easy to look cakey with this product. I also don't think it does much for your skin other than provide some SPF, and it's got a strong, perfumey scent that lingers for ages. It's not a bad scent, but I don't like being able to smell my face for hours.

On the other hand, this little CC cream does an AMAZING job evening out my skintone and eliminating redness. It only comes in 2 generic neutral shades, so I have it in both Medium for summer and Light for the winter. It's more of a medium-coverage foundation than it is a CC cream, and man, does it make the color of my face look great. Plus, it has awesome staying power. My face always looks just as color-controlled at night as it did in the morning. The price doesn't hurt either. It's so cheap compared to the other foundations and CC/BB creams I have, and since it's a drugstore product, it occasionally goes on sale.

I would say that this would be much better for people with pinkish normal-oily skin with minimal fine lines and facial imperfections. It's just such a pain in the ass to make perfect on its own. That said, I ran into another awesome Wayne Goss tip: put a single drop of skin-friendly oil into your foundation to make it apply better. Works like magic. Just put the amount of foundation you need for the day on the back of your hand, add a drop of oil, mix it with a finger, and then use a brush or BeautyBlender to apply it to your face. Done.

It's insane how one drop of oil can make a mediocre product apply like a $40+ one, and it's a perfect way to use up face oil samples. I have a deluxe sample of the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil that I'm using with the Lumene CC Cream, and the effects really are gorgeous. So luminous! So dewy! So natural-looking! So yeah. If you have any foundations that tend to look cakey, totally try adding a drop of jojoba oil or similar. Insta-fix!

All in all, if you've got redness issues, it's a solid option. You get a good amount, it's more affordable than most foundations/CC creams you see on Sephora, and it will give you all-day coverage. Just add in a drop of face oil if you have dry skin. Personally, I don't think I'll buy it again after I run out. This is my "use when traveling so I won't cry if I lose it" CC cream. It's fine for now, but there are better products out there.

Rated Beauty Grade: C+

Price: $15ish at, Walgreens

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