Clio VF21 CC Cushion Review

A while back I got a little over enthusiastic about Clio's Vampire Face 21 range featuring the gorgeous Sandara Park of 2NE1.

Seriously, how could I not get excited about her gorgeous skin?

Seriously, how could I not get excited about her gorgeous skin?

Like so excited I went and jumped online to nab this product for myself.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me there is actually another edition of this product called Volume Face.  

Basically the same thing, sans vampire branding, which I received...

Still fucking gorgeous.

Still fucking gorgeous.

I prefer the sleek packaging of the Vampire Face version, that said there's really no other difference I can see in formulation or performance.  But will it actually give me Dara's gorgeous glowing complexion?   ... COUGHdreamonCOUGH.

As you can see, the product comes packaged in a pretty decent plastic pact with a good sized mirror and a lid to keep your sponge away from your product when not in use.  I like that the product is refillable.

I purchased mine in shade 02 Beige, which is the darker of the two shades available.  The other shade, 01 Pink seems to give a paler finish, and although I'm pretty pale, I thought I could be pushing it there.  The Beige seems to be a more natural shade to work with.  This baby also supplies SPF 50+, PA+++ sun protection, which is fantastic!

Un-blended: A little pale - will this work?

Un-blended: A little pale - will this work?

I initially started applying this with the supplied sponge - which does the job okay, but after a minute I switched to my Real Techniques buffing brush and used a stippling motion.  I felt this gave a more even finish.  One thing I did notice as I was applying this CC is that it seemed to make drier patches of my skin look a little chalky.  Odd, but I persevered...

So up there on the left is my (thirty plus year) skin in it's natural state, and obviously there on the rights is after applying Volume Face 21 CC Cushion.  

As far as coverage is concerned, I feel that this product does a pretty fair job of evening out skin tone, however I'd definitely need additional concealer to help with my dark circles and pigmentation. I'd rate it as a light-medium coverage on its own.  

This finish on this CC is semi-dewy, so with my combination skin I'd go ahead and set with a finely milled translucent powder before applying the rest of my makeup.

So while I'm nowhere near Sandara's glowy perfection (let's be honest - THAT was not going to happen - LOL), I'm still pleasantly surprised that it reduced a lot of my redness and gave an overall slightly younger appearance.

Would I buy it again?  Hmmm, probably not, but only because there are so many other products I'd prefer to try out before coming back to this one.  Not a must have for me.

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