It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50 is a brand new serum enriched cream foundation formula or balm if you will that promises full-coverage and a groundbreaking formula that includes ceramide complex, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and squalane. The idea of the new It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is to bring the power of their Confidence in a Cream to makeup so, you get a dual formula that acts as skincare as well as a makeup.
Let’s take a look at my swatches and review of the new It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact.
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact arrives this weekend at QVC.com several shade selections. This comes housed in a dual compartment chunky compact that holds a generously sized mirror and sponge on the upper levels and a second lid snaps open to reveal the cream foundation which is 0.63 oz in size. According to It Cosmetics this was created with all skin types in mind.
I happen to be a lover and stronger supporter of It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation and on many levels you might consider this new Confidence in a Compact a variation of that formula. “But this is a balm and CC+ Veil is a fluid! Why are you comparing the two?” Yes, true, but the coverage on both are very, very similar and it’s almost as if they decided, “Well, some people don’t like fluid foundations so, we’ll give them a cream version of it!” Although the description says this is a full coverage foundation, I personally find it very sheer. The coverage is sheer, lightweight, and has pigment enough to even out your skin tone, conceal minor redness or darkness, and allow for a natural finish on skin. If you have major redness, blemishes, or other harder to conceal skin imperfections this might be the coverage for you. I’ve said time and time again I like subtle, natural coverage that eases my dull skin and brightens my complexion so this is a formula that’s ideal for my skin type. Basically, it takes my already good skin and makes it look even better.
The formula is indeed more of a balm than a cream foundation. I dislike cream compact foundation as they tend to be very heavy and emollient. Although they are commonly recommended for drier skin, I tend to avoid them as they tend to feel mask-like to me. I wouldn’t say Confidence in a Compact is a cream compact foundation but it is as described by It Cosmetics, as a balm. This has a very thin and light texture and it has the same citrus fragrance that the Confidence in a Cream has it which is quite strong but pleasant to my nose. My skin is fairly dry at the moment and even with a ton of prepping this didn’t quite sit as well as I had hoped for. I wouldn’t say it clung to my drier areas but it sort of sits on top of my skin and doesn’t sink in that well. The light texture blends easily but this will sound weird, it didn’t look patchy but it felt patchy. Yeah, that probably makes no sense but it was kind of unpleasant because I kept trying to check and see if the coverage was looking odd on my skin which it wasn’t thankfully but it still felt slightly weird. The Light shade was a good fit for me as it had a lighter beige undertone which worked well with my skin tone and it did brighten up my complexion beautifully. The wear is iffy as it tends to fade away rather quickly just like CC Veil. I can get about three hours in but at that three hour mark if I look in the mirror I feel like I never applied foundation at all.
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is a very interesting formula. It might feel a little smoother on oily skin but on my own drier skin it felt like it didn’t quite absorb fully. I think I’ll stick with my beloved CC Veil for now but I wouldn’t say to write this one off. I think you might have to try it for yourself before deciding if it’s a love, hate, or a meh foundation.
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is available in the new It Cosmetics New Year, New Confidence In Your Skin Collection that’s a QVC Today’s Special Value and available now at ulta.com.