Hallelujah – Max Factor CC Cream

I have an ongoing dislike for the skin on my face, it can be a nightmare, I never know what I’ll find when I wake up!  When I sleep really well and for 8 hours, I wake up looking like I’ve done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. No matter what product I use or how much fruit and veg I eat or water I drink I will always have blemishes. Why can’t it just be nice like the rest of my skin?! Then to top it all off, I am stupidly pale, as in so pale most drugstore foundations make me look like a wotsit (attractive right!)

After searching for ages I found that Max Factor’s Lasting Performance 100 Fair was the right shade for me, most of the time. BUT and this is a big but, I am a fussy girl and I hate wearing foundation everyday, it’s such a faff and I prefer the more natural look.

So you can see my predicament!  I thought all my problems were answered when the much hyped BB creams arrive. Luckily I sent for a sample because it looked like I had been tangoed…I mean is anyone really that shade?!  All of my problems seem to be answered with the arrival of the Max Factor CC Cream in 40 Fair at least!

So what are these BB and CC Creams?

I’m not going to lie, I was confused myself, I left this one to google!

“The difference between BB and CC creams is subtle–CC generally stands for “color correcting” and the products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light-diffusing particles), whereas BB creams are like lighter foundation with a few skin care benefits thrown in. “CC cream is a colour corrector and will be lighter on the skin [than a BB cream],” celeb makeup artist Nico Guilistold us. “They have more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish–kind of the new and improved BB.”


 The answer to my prayers?

According to the bottle it is “infused with skincare ingredients, the formula moisturisers and instantly transforms your skin with a radiant look.”

Erm yes please!!

It pretty much does what it says on the tin. Hallelujah!  It makes my skin-tone even and it covers my nasty black bags well.  I have found putting my Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment on my eyes, underneath does the job amazingly. Any redness on my skin is gone and it provides a natural looking light coverage. Admittedly it doesn’t really cover up any spots, yes it reduces redness, but they do not disappear. I imagine this would be rectified with a decent concealer, but I cannot seem to find one (Suggestions welcome)

I am in love with this CC Cream and I could not recommend it enough. It is probably best used in the spring and summer months when you need a light coverage. I don’t see it working too well if you have really dry or oily skin though. (It can cling to dry patches and it gives a dewy finish)

Moreover it is really simple to use, I pop a bit on my fingers, rub them together to warm it up (apparently it works better warm) and pop it on my face like a moisturiser. Some people use it instead of a moisturiser and others use it as a base for their foundation. Each to their own, but I pop it on after my moisturiser and wear it like a foundation.

It retails at £9.99 in Boots, I bought mine in Superdrug when it was on an introductory offer. Not a bad price really and it is definitely worth picking up when discounted or on 3 for 2.

Are you a BB or CC fan?


Song of the Day – Paramore – Hallelujah

See what I did there 😉 I really need to stop this… You can’t beat Paramore, before it all went wrong and this song is in celebration of me not being orange!



  1. 18th June 2013 / 10:54

    This sounds really good! I have the same problem like you, I'm ridiculously pale (most of drugstore brands like Maybelline or Rimmel simply don't have shades light enough for me) but unlike you I do like a bit of a heavier foundation cause my skin always has blemishes and my forehead tends to get oily throughout the day.. I really recommend it's a very helpful foundation finder that takes your preferences into consideration.. check it out and I hope it will help some of you!

  2. 20th June 2013 / 00:03

    I really struggle with a decent shade of BB cream, too.

    I recently got the new Maybelline pure, one, though, that has sacyillic acid in it and it's the perfect shade!

    This stuff sounds awesome, too, though, I'll keep an eye out for it.

    (I'm a new follower, by the way, doing the 'tales of a pale face' blog swap and following everyone who is involved so I can see the awesome posts)

    • 20th June 2013 / 11:08

      The Maybelline one sounds really good, I could use the sacyllic acid! I'll have to go and give it a try, fingers crossed it'll be a good shade for me!

      Thanks 🙂 Your blog is awesome, I'm so excited for the swap!


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