Sunday, 4 August 2013

Curse of the Light/Medium: Origins Smarty Plants CC Cream

This is Origin's new CC cream, Smarty Plants.  Love the name.  According to Origins, this product is skincare meets makeup with an extra Origins boost.  The formula contains salicyclic acid and chestnut extract to help control oil, minimise pores, and generally improve the skin's texture.  And granted, the texture is rather lovely - it's moist and hydrating without being greasy.

Unfortunately Origins also claim that the formula matches itself to your skintone for a "true to you flawless look".  So confident are they that they've released only two shades - Light/Medium and Medium/Deep.

I was sent the Light/Medium to try, and you can see that it has definitely not matched my skin particularly well - compare my jawline against my neck and you'll see that my face is a little unnervingly yellow.  Smarty Plants unfortunately is too warm toned for my rather cool skin.

I do wish that beauty brands would stop trying to coerce their products into as few shades as possible.  Despite liking the texture and the lightweight coverage, I won't be using or recommending Smarty Pants as I suspect there are only a couple of skin tones it really matches.

If you think your skin might be more suited to this shade, you'll find it at the Origins website, where it'll cost you £28.  I'd recommend trying it in store rather than playing skintone roulette online!

Disclosure: PR sample

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  1. Hmmm....interesting. This seems like a great product to try out. This shade seems perfect for my skin tone so I guess I'll check on this one maybe this weekend.

    1. If it's the right tone for you, I hope you like the texture! Let me know how you get on :)

  2. That really is too bad. All those 'uses your skin's ph to change color' and 'goes from white/color to -your- color' claims are total bunk. :<

    1. Yup - this product doesn't make a massive deal about the colour matching properties, but it is a shame there are only two shades.


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