Kate Somerville is the queen of skincare. Say her name and legions of skincare fanatics have their eyes light up. Everyone I know is interested in Kate Somerville skincare and wants to know more about it. But I have a surprising product for you, one I wouldn’t have expected from her line – Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream (Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++). I just don’t think of a cosmetic product when I’m thinking of the Kate Somerville line but she did indeed create one that is pretty fab. In actuality this is a crossbreed of cosmetics and skincare so you get a double dose of great.
The IllumiKate CC Cream is loaded with the skincare ingredients you want on your skin.
-Albatin, Licorice Extract, and Arbutin: Help to brighten the appearance of discoloration.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Minimizes water loss and improves the appearance of skin.
-Chicory Root Extract: Helps to improve the integrity of the skin’s natural barrier function.
It has fabulous broad spectrum sunscreen coverage with these ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%, and Titanium Dioxide 6.6%.
But what you really want to know is how it works as a CC Cream. Because of the skincare ingredients and the high SPF it’s a double duty product that I think of it more as a skincare item. It does color correct, which is what a CC Cream is all about though. It has buildable coverage so if you find the right shade then it would be a great CC Cream to own. On Sephora it’s available in 4 shades: Fair – fair skintones warm to neutral; Light – light skintones neutral to cool; Light-Medium – light medium skintones neutral; and Medium – medium to tan skintones with neutral to warm undertones. I wrote a little about this CC Cream in my winter foundation Makeup Wars article and said how I mix it with a touch of a lighter concealer to get a shade that’s a little better for me. At the time I didn’t realize that it also came in Extra Fair on the KS website, now that I do I have a solution to this minor dilemma.
The product is a little thick when it first comes out of the tube but as it warms up it blends in beautifully. I’m amazed at what a small amount I need to cover my skin. It has a slight dewy finish to it which I love. Since it’s winter I’m getting away using this without any powder and I like that.
I start with a serum and for this winter weather I’m following that with a moisturizer. Besides being a little thick the Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is also a little dry feeling. That means I don’t break out with the oilies in my t-zone. In the warmer weather I doubt I’ll use a moisturizer but I will use some type of serum.
So what do we have?
1) A terrific sunscreen of SPF 50 PA+++ with broad spectrum protection
2) Skincare ingredients that help brighten discoloration as well as excellent moisturizing properties
3) A color corrector in the form of a CC Cream which you can use alone for color or use as a starter point for foundation
4) Kate Somerville – enough said!
5) Oh and it has a lovely light citrus fragrance that disappears (a little too soon if you ask me)
I think that adds up to a pretty great product if you can find the proper tone for your skin. I like this kind of math! — Marcia
What’s your favorite Kate Somerville product?
*sent for review
Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, C20-40 Pareth-3, Arbutin, Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Glycereth-26, Silica, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Lecithin, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Aminoethylphosphinic Acid, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Decylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Cellulose Gum, PEG-32, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica. [May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499)].