This summer, I’ve been using the crap out of the Andalou Naturals Color + Correct moisturizer with SPF 30. This CC moisturizer was introduced along with their relatively new 1000 Roses line of products, which is targeted for sensitive skin. I was pretty excited when I initially saw the 1000 Roses line on store shelves for the first time early in the summer, since I’m a fan of Andalou Naturals in general and I’ve been trying to reach for more natural and gentle products as my skin has become a little more sensitive than it used to be.
I ended up buying this product at a Whole Foods when there was an Andalou Naturals brand sale going on. There are 2 shades of the cream, Nude and Tan, and there were testers on the shelf for color matching. I tried both shades because Tan didn’t look all that dark, but I discovered the main difference was that Tan was more orange, which I assume is so that it doesn’t come off as gray or ashy on deeper skin tones. The coverage is very sheer, so I don’t doubt that the limited shade range would still work on a lot of different people.
Andalou Naturals loves using plant stem cells in their skincare products, and this CC cream features stem cells from alpine rose as well as apple and grape. They also use what they call BioActive 8 Berry Complex, a cocktail of ingredients that provide antioxidants to combat environmental stress, support cell turnover, and support dermal immunity. Also good to note, organic aloe is very first on the ingredients list.
This is a somewhat thick lotion in a squeeze tube, and in my fingers it feels a little bit sticky. It spreads pretty easily on skin, though I use a fairly liberal amount of it both in the interest of getting an even coat as well as getting the full SPF potential. The slight stickiness isn’t apparent once it’s on my face, but I do think that quality helps with adhesion to skin and preventing transfer.
The basic claims are that the CC cream provides mattifying tinted coverage and is comfortable for everyday use. I find that even with its extremely light coverage, the cream is able to provide a slight evening out of tone. I think you can see from the photo, though, that calling it “mattifying” is deceptive. It adds an allover luminosity, and even though I’m someone who likes a glow, I really wouldn’t use this all by itself. That’s not necessarily a problem, as they really don’t advertise this to be a foundation – on the website they call it a “CC moisturizer” which makes it sound like it’s intended on being used underneath makeup, rather than replacing it.
The one additional reason it’s useful to layer a little foundation on top is that without it, it creases around my eyes. I’ve been carrying a little travel pot of Revlon ColorStay Whipped with me all summer long as I’ve been traveling, and as long as I use a small amount of that around my face and eyes, I no longer have any creasing issues. I tend to use ColorStay Whipped very lightly, and in doing so, the luminosity of the CC cream shows through making my base look a little more glowy. Like I said, I like a little glow so this doesn’t bother me, but it’s worth noting. Once I’m done with my makeup I like to add a little blot powder to my nose, which is the oiliest part of my face, but for the rest of my face I don’t find that the CC cream makes my skin extra oily throughout the day. The luminosity it provides tends to be very even on my combination skin, which I like.
There are a few reasons why I like this CC cream so much. The biggest one is that it makes my skin feel great. Throughout the summer I’ve had problems with dryness, tightness, and general dehydration, and this cream gives my skin the feeling of more elasticity throughout the whole day. Really, my skin never feels tight when I’m wearing it. I also feel really great about the ingredients in it, and it almost seems like it provides this nice layer of protection between my skin and the rest of the world. And, when I’ve been reaching for a foundation like ColorStay Whipped which has no SPF at all, getting SPF 30 from this moisturizer is great.
Here’s what it looks like with my regular makeup on top. I’m wearing the Revlon ColorStay Whipped, L’Oreal CC Eye concealer, DreamWorld Hermetica powder in Whipped Peach (review), Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Light Bronze (review), L’Oreal Brow Stylist in Blonde (review), Maybelline Colossal Volum’Express mascara, and a few recent purchases, my 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes eyeshadow palette, Maybelline Colossal Kajal eyeliner, and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Glow, which I shared here.
Oh, I forgot to mention one of the very pleasant parts of using this CC cream – it smells like roses! I’ve tried a couple of products from the 1000 Roses line and I think the whole line smells wonderfully of roses. The scent is a result of the plant-derived ingredients, and there’s no added fragrance in Andalou products. Here’s some more information about the ingredients from the Andalou website:
Zinc Oxide 20.0%
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Helianthus Annuus (Sunower) Oils*, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PhytoCellTec (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Ofcinalis Bark, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Leaf Cell and Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extracts], Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) and Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oils*, Algae and Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extracts, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*†, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil
Non-GMO verified *Organic † Fair Trade
We champion Certified Organic, Natural Origin, BioActive, Fair-Trade, Verified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegetarian and Vegan Ingredients, Eco-Friendly Practices, and a Meaningful No Animal Testing Policy.
We reject GMO’s, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Dyes, Fragrances, Triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA, or Paraben Preservatives.
One last thing I love about this product is that I think it’s a pretty great value. A 2-oz. bottle costs $19.95, and health food stores that sell the brand often offer 20% off sales. Andalou does a nice job balancing quality and price. You may have caught the 1000 Roses floral toner in my most recent empties post, which I also really enjoyed, and I definitely want to try more products from the line.
In addition to health food stores, you can also buy Andalou’s products on their website and at Vitacost. Now that I’m looking, Vitacost actually sells the CC cream for a little cheaper at $15.96 … good to know! Andalou has product lines for several different skin types/concerns, and I generally recommend their stuff.
Hope you’re enjoying your Friday! Have you tried this 1000 Roses CC cream, or do you have a tinted moisturizer you really like?