Review: Mary Kay CC Cream + Giveaway!

I remember a time when the BB cream which is short for Beauty Balm was all the rage, because it was somewhat like a light foundation which can do many things from giving the face a flawless finish, to reducing pore size, healing breakouts, controlling oil and correcting uneven skin tone. Those are just some the many benefits of the BB cream.

And now, with the introduction of the CC cream which stands for Colour Correcting cream, it has all the similar benefits just like the BB cream. Think of it as a more refined BB cream, after much research work has been on the BB cream. I have only tried a CC cream once and I did quite like it. And now, I have been given the opportunity to review the Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15.

If you haven’t heard of Mary Kay before, it is probably because it isn’t one of those beauty products which are sold over the counter. Basically, you’ll need to get in touch with Mary Kay beauty consultants to purchase these products. :) You can locate a beauty consultant here;

Before I move on, let me briefly explain about the Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15. As the name suggests, it contains sunscreen along with the CC cream. However, it only has SPF15 which is actually more suited to be worn just indoors. Besides that there are 8 benefits of the CC cream and they are;
  1. Protects
  2. Brightens
  3. Corrects with lightweight coverage
  4. Minimizes redness
  5. Conceals
  6. Hydrates
  7. Reduces visible signs of aging
  8. Defends
Now, I won’t be able to tell you for sure whether I experienced all 8 benefits but I can tell you what I felt after using the product and how the product is like for my skin. For your information, I have an combination skin with a oily T-zone. Anyway, enough of my ramblings, let’s head on over to my review on Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15.

This is how the product looks like and as you can see it comes in one size of 29ml. The CC cream I have here is in the shade of "very light". Earlier in the post, I mentioned that CC cream was also known as Colour Correcting cream, but in this case the CC cream Mary Kay actually stands for Complexion Corrector cream. When I first unboxed the product, I thought it was another “squeeze” type which was what most my BB creams were. Personally, I am not too fond of those.

But to my surprise, it is actually “pump-like” dispenser type which was completely a surprise! I love this dispensing type because I think these are neater and more hygiene compared the earlier “squeeze” type. The best part is that with a pump, it’s easier to control the amount of product. Almost with the “squeeze” type, I always end up with too much product on hand.

I don’t think you need a caption to let you know which was the picture before I had the cream on and the one after, with the cream. From the picture on the left, you can see how my cheeks and forehead is kind of flushed. But with the CC cream over it, my skin appears toned and flawless too. At first, I thought the cream didn’t provide enough coverage for me. But after application, I can see that it provided me with sufficient coverage although not as thick as what a foundation does.

But a foundation has a different purpose, this CC cream is more of a light weight one and my skin can still breathe with this product on. It almost feels like I don’t have any product on, and personally that is how I like my beauty products to be like. Which explains why I only use water-based products which absorbs quickly. I had the product on for about 6 hours throughout dinner and till I’m back home, and my skin was still flawless with minimal oil on my T-zone area. This could be because the product have enough moisture for me, because one thing for sure I didn’t feel like it was drying on my skin.

I used a total of three pumps of the product to achieve the look as pictured. Although the cream is best applied using fingertips, but I found it difficult to evenly apply the cream. Hence, I used the stippling brush as pictured to apply. I think the reason why it was difficult to apply was because before application of the CC cream, I had applied a primer on my face. The primer may not have been suitable to use together with the CC cream.

Overall, I liked the CC cream and how it looks like on my skin. This would definitely be my go-to product when I’m planning to head out with a au naturel look. More often than not, I find putting on foundation suffocates my skin when I leave it on my face for hours long. So, I would recommend this product if you want to achieve flawless yet natural look. And if you’re like me, you don’t know whether to put sunscreen before or after foundation, you can save yourself the hassle of figuring that out and just use one that already has sunscreen like this Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15.

And that’s all for my review on the product! If you’re still reading, guess what? I have a lovely surprise waiting for you. The awesome peeps at Mary Kay have given some fantastic product to give them to my readers to try some of Mary Kay’s products! With me here, I have the Jelly Lip Gloss and the Baked Eye Trio eye shadow. I wish I could keep one set for myself, but then again, I love my readers and I would love for you to try the products out!

So, how do you win these two goodies from Mary Kay? Super easy peasy, all you need to do is leave a comment (with your email) below on why you want to win the lip gloss and the baked trio eye shadow! :)

But to increase your chances, you can tweet about the giveaway and share this post on Facebook (do set it to public and leave the link in the comment below!). Please tag me on Twitter if you do tweet, so that I get notifications. Remember to leave your email, so that I can get in touch with you as I’ll be posting the prizes to you.

Also, you get brownie points if you follow my blog, Twitter or Instagram. (@itscarmenhong)

  • The deadline for this giveaway is 16th June 2014, 10PM
  • I will pick the lucky reader and announce the winner here in this post, the next day ; 17th June 2014
  • You have to reply my email within 24 hours, or the prizes will be released to the next reader.
  • Winner will be picked based on creative, funny, witty comments, so go crazy! Show me your enthusiasm. :p

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By the way, Mary Kay is currently having the Dream Beautiful Model Search Contest, whereby ladies will stand a chance to be the Face of Mary Kay Asia Pacific. For all the girls/ladies out there who have only ever dreamt of becoming a cover model, here's a chance to realise that dream. :) 

And here are the steps to join the Dream Beautiful Model Search Contest, super easy! Read more here; And on top of joining the contest, you'll get a free make over too. I am planning to join the contest too, (who doesn't want to be a cover girl?), let me just get in contact with my beauty consultant first! Tee hee!

Till next time,


  1. I've only heard about Mary Kay products, but never got the chance to try them. Also, I am starting to get into makeup even though I don't quite know where to start. So, I would really, really, really, really, really, really like to win the Jelly Lip Gloss and Baked Eye Trio! They sound really good - almost good enough to eat (read: jelly and baked :P). Hey, I would even bake some jelly to show you how much I want to win them... even though that doesn't really make sense, haha. :)


  2. Jelly Lip Gloss and the Baked Eye Trio eye shadow? They sound yummylicious like how desserts are so delicious on the taste buds except they are for the skin. Even our lips and eyes deserve the yummy treats every time we put on our make up. I want to win them so my eyes and lips would get their yummy treat whenever I get ready to go out =)



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  4. Wowww the CC cream really works wonders as per your photo! I would love to win some Mary Kay products, I have been using some of their eyeshadows and they are fab!
    katch05 at gmail dot com

  5. I'm gonna be 20 this July but I never wear make up bcs I dont know which product to buy.Maybe the jelly lip gloss & baked trio eye shadow can be my first step to be a lady, dont you think so? I believe you dont want to see a 20 yet still sloppy right ;)