Although CC Creams are fast becoming the buzz product of 2014, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding their purpose and application. Put simply, CC creams help to neutralise colours or pigments in our skin that can leave us looking tired, dull, red or sallow. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and thought you’re looking a bit knackered, it’s probably accurate to assume your normal makeup just doesn’t look the same once it’s applied. The reason is that the base colour of our skin changes, often becoming darker or yellowy in tone, impacting the way our complexion is perceived. CC products help to counteract those tones, providing shades of colour to rebalance and great a much ‘healthier’ glow. If you like the idea of a colour correction product, but not the thought of applying something over your entire face, then these new Colour Corrector crayons from MaxFactor are a great alternative. Available in five different variants, each providing targeted skincare solutions, they’re easy to use and don’t require an NVQ in makeup application.
Within the collection is an under eye circle, dark spot, redness and dullness corrector, as well as a highlighting crayon for adding a touch of light to skin. They’re chunky, fun and simple to use, as well as enabling targeted and precise application to where you need colour correction most. What I love most about these products is Max Factor have taken an ‘industry’ secret or complex idea and made it relevant and approachable for every woman – there’s nothing scary about these little tools.
1. Under Eye Circles: My favourite of the bunch, this little yellow
crayon really does help to conceal and counteract even the darkest of
circles. I’ve been using it almost daily over foundation, touching up
with just a little concealer – nobody knows I’m feeling half dead
2. Highlighter: Probably the most disappointing out of the five, as
the pay off is really quite limited. If you want to add a minimal touch
of very subtle light reflecting pigments, then this could be for you.
However, for my needs this just wasn’t strong enough.
3. Dark Spot: As I don’t suffer from pigmentation issues this was hard for me to use, but the formula is pigmented and provides a delicate shade of pink to lighten dark areas. Great for those wishing to create a natural makeup finish, but still want to counteract dark spots.
4. Redness: It’s long been known green pigments can counteract redness, but this crayon brings that story to life in a modern way. The colour is light, rather than a dark colour that proves hard to blend, and works well to counteract redness around the nose and on the cheeks.
5. Dullness: I’ve never thought of using a blue colour to counteract dullness, but it really works. I loved the YSL lilac CC Cream – this is a great budget alternative. Great applied around the eyes to lift skin and help your complexion appear fresher.
At £9.99 each these are much more affordable than other CC products currently available, as well as breaking the colour and purpose down easily for even the most novice of makeup enthusiasts. Max Factor are definitely having a moment in makeup, bringing us a range of products that really bring to life their once-lost ethos. For once, I can really believe these crayons are the makeup of makeup artists. What do you think of these CC Colour Correct Crayons
The Max Factor CC Colour Correct Crayons are available from Boots priced £9.99 each.