Let’s cut to the chase.
Alorée’s CC Cream Second Life is a flop.
This is really too bad because Alorée happens to be one of my favorite french natural and organic skincare brands.
To be fair, I’ve NEVER had a good experience with any BB creams. And CC creams are supposed to be the evolved version of BB Creams. But this nonsense needs to end right now.
No matter how far up the alphabet you go, if you have a crappy cream then you’ve got a crappy cream. CC. DD. EE. Whatever. Crap is crap.
Now I love Alorée. In fact I’m in real awe of the science and technique behind their skincare products, which harness the anti-aging powers of chlorophyll. I’m a big fan of their moisturizers, serums and masks. I’ve even met the créatrice for goodness sakes. And she’s a really nice lady who’s obviously dedicated herself to providing quality skincare products.
Unfortunately, the few positive qualities found in Alorée’s CC Cream are easily outnumbered by the negatives.
What Is It: Alorée CC Cream Second Life Complexion Perfector with SPF 6
The Description Reads: A day cream that provides an even, perfect coverage while also enhancing the skin’s natural glow. It is a complexion perfector with the benefits of a daily, anti-aging formula.
- Provide instant and natural skin coverage
- Conceal any blemishes
- Suit all skin types (including sensitive skin)
- Reflect light to provide a soft glow
- Protect against external attacks, sun rays and premature signs of aging (with SPF 6)
- Excellent as a make-up base
Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) SEED WATER*, GLYCERIN, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) LEAF EXTRACT, POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, TRIHEPTANOIN, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, TRIBEHENIN, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, XANTHAN GUM, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM ANISATE, CITRIC ACID, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), MONOSODIUM CITRATE.
* Sourced from organic farming
Alorée’s CC Cream has real quality ingredients. A lot of the BB creams out there are loaded with silicones and other synthetic ingredients which allow them to act like foundation. But then they contain few other ingredients to support the claims of all their purported benefits.
Not so with this CC Cream. The Barley Seed Water and Barley Leaf extact contains the chlorophyll compounds which provides the skin with oxygen. And the grape seed oil and olive fruit oil contain anti-oxidants.
But the sun protection factor, weighing in at a measly 6 SPF is almost a joke.
The first thing that I noticed about this product is the scent. It reminds me of apple flavored candy, and I have no idea why. Other girls hate the scent. But I LUV it.
The next thing that I noticed about this cream is that it dries quickly. If you look at my swatches below, the photo on the left shows the cream 3 seconds after I put it on my arm. It’s already dry. This makes it really hard to apply.
Because it dries so quickly, the cream starts peeling and caking off right away. The more I try to smooth it off, the more I end up peeling and caking off little bits of it. Not good!
You can see how cakey my skin looks in the closeup photo of my face (btw, closeups are never a good look).
Along with making my skin really cakey, flaky and resemble melting wax–this cream did not conceal my blemishes. So scratch that claim. I can almost fool myself into believing that it gives me a more uniform complexion, if I happen to be standing 10 feet away from the mirror!
The cream does provide sufficient moisture throughout the day. But, after a little bit of time my face starts getting a greasy sheen. And the worst part? Even though the tint is “universal nude,” after a few hours my face starts taking on this orange tint.
What I Like About It:
- The scent
- Good moisture
- Good ingredients
- Nice packaging
- Natural & organic
What I Don’t Like About It:
- Where do I begin?
- Dries too quickly
- Peels and cakes off
- Does not conceal blemishes
- Greasy sheen
- Orange tint
- I look like a third-generation oompa loompa
How Much: €12.50 for 13ml tube / €32.00 for 40 ml tube
Would I Buy It Again: No! Luckily, I only picked up the small tube and bought it at a very discounted price.
Conclusion: I really do think BB creams are just one of those passing beauty fads.
There’s too much going in one product. They’re trying to roll in a cream that acts as a primer, illuminator, moisturizer, sunscreen, pigment corrector, anti-aging formula—all in one. But really, all you end up with is gobbledy goop.
And Alorée should not have fallen for a fad like this! I hope Alorée will keep working on great skin care products with the oxygenating powers of chlorophyll.
But please, leave the BB gimmicks to the real quacks out there. It’s a fad that must quickly pass and die soon.
Have you had any good experiences with BB creams? Which ones? I’d love to know.