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It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette addresses all of life's dull skin problems [Review +Swatches] by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Sep 15, 2014

I have a confession to make. Despite the name, I've never actually encountered It Cosmetics aside from hearing my mom occasionally rave about the brand. The opportunity to get my beauty junkie paws on an It Cosmetics product recently presented itself in the form of the It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette. That's like all my favorite beauty terms in one product name. And so, I've finally experienced what makes It Cosmetics, 'It.'

The Claims

Product description from the official site:

"We believe that great makeup can give you great skin. CC+ Radiance Palette is infused with anti-aging ingredients and is formulated to do the work for you. CC+ Radiance Palette is talc-free and infused with anti-aging skin loving ingredients plus color correction technology to brighten and correct the appearance of your skin for your most beautiful skin ever! It’s for every woman who wants full coverage that looks and feels like her own skin! Every woman who wants a radiant, bright complexion with products that do the work for her! Every woman who wants cutting-edge anti-aging technology infused into high performing yet easy-to use products that help you look and feel your most beautiful!"


The CC+ Radiance Palette is rectangular in size and holds the CC+ Brightening Powder in Radiant Light (5.96 g/.21oz), CC+ Blush Stain in Love (6.81 g/.24 oz.) and the CC+ Matte Bronzer in Warmth (5.96 g/.21 oz). If you were only interested in any one of these products individually, you're out of luck. The CC+ Radiance Palette is so far, the only product you can find them.

Also featured in the CC+ Radiance Palette is a mirror making this palette easy for on-the-go touch-ups. The closure is magnetic, giving it a simplistic elegance to it but also very trendy with the holographic design. No complaints here.


The CC+ Blush Stain in Love is a coral pink shade that packs an intense amount of color. So intense, you really need to make sure you tap the excess blush off the brush or you may end up looking clownish. On my medium skin with golden/yellow undertones Love gives a healthy flush to my face. Given the intensity of the CC+ Blush Stain, it may appear more intense on those with lighter complexions. I'd apply it with a lighter hand. Something else to note is that the CC+ Blush Stain isn't actually a cheek stain. Texture-wise, it is a traditional powder blush that applies smoothly. You could easily build the color but it's not necessary.

The CC+ Radiance Bronzer in Warmth is of the matte bronzer variety. Like the CC+ Blush Stain, it applies smoothly and is buildable depending on your desired amount of warmth. If you do not have a light complexion, it may also double as a contouring powder.

The CC+ Brightening Powder is the face highlighter of the palette featuring speckles of random color. When you brush over the speckles, you get a nice even skin tone effect. What's also great is that the shimmer isn't so intense that you appear unnatural. I discovered that if you happened to apply too much of the CC+ Radiance Bronzer or the CC+ Blush Stain, you can actually apply the CC+ Brightening Powder to soften the damage.

CC+ Radiance Blush Stain and CC+ Radiance Bronzer swatched on my wrist:

I actually swatched the CC+ Brightening Powder to the left of the blush, but I found it hard to capture the subtle shimmer it leaves behind.

In Action




The CC+ Radiance Palette was a fun introduction to the It Cosmetics brand for me. Bronzer, blush and highlighter exist harmoniously together making it the 'It' palette to turn to if your skin is looking dull and in need of a nice boost in radiance. Each item in the palette applies smoothly and will last all day long. Though, if touch-ups are needed the CC+ Radiance Palette features a big mirror and is easy to bring on-the-go.

If you happen to be of a lighter complexion than me, I would exercise some caution when applying the CC+ Radiance Bronzer and the CC+ Radiance Blush Stain. Each is heavily pigmented and easy to over-apply. That said, I believe it's best suited for both medium and deep complexions.

Availability: Ulta stores,,, $38 USD

Disclaimer: It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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