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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Summer beauty review: IT Cosmetics lip gloss and bronzer



I like to keep my beauty routine simple and fresh in summer while leaving some room for new product adventures -- beauty vacations, if you will.

My jaunt with IT Cosmetics, which sent us a couple products to review, was a nice one.

The IT stands for Innovative Technology, which means they emphasize ingredients and healthful benefits. It also gives them license to make their product names a lot more complicated. It's not lip gloss but CC+ Lip Serum Color-Correcting Liquid Creme Gloss. It's not bronzer, it's a "color correcting and anti-aging waterproof bronzing veil."

Lip serum

The lip serum is up first because I've used it the most. IT says it was developed with plastic surgeons and contains collagen and shea butter to improve your mouth. It comes in the shades "live," "love" and "laugh." While that might be a cute idea for a limited product line, if you're into that kind of L-L-L lifestyle approach, it really doesn't give anyone any sense of how it will look.

Anyway, I got "live," a perky bright pink shade. It's more than I would normally spend on gloss at $24, but I have enjoyed using it for an everyday look. It fills in and darkens my pout without being sticky or too loud. If you're doing some fun stuff with your eyes, you'd be well off with creamy, rosy lip serum like this. It doesn't compete, but it's there.

Most days, that's what I want.


Without knowing I was testing the IT products today, Deal Diva Kameel complimented my makeup game first thing this morning with a nice "you're glowing!" I think I understood it the way she intended -- my skin looked sunkissed and shimmery.

The CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer comes in a shiny metallic palette the size of my palm. I applied the "warm radiance" shade with my blush brush all around my cheekbones.

Truth is, I kind of missed my usual contouring routine of super-old Revlon blush palette and how-did-this-get-here Clinique bronzer sampler. I think it has more presence and lasts longer.

That said, this is a nice product that I'm sure I'll work in. For $34, it's definitely not a $3 steal.  

Key questions for robust discussion

What's your limit on lip gloss? $24 seems like too much. Then again, I've used Stephanie's luxurious Dior lipstick once before (and then I dropped it on the ground, but nothing was damaged, haha, so funny, right, Steph?), so I see how it's fun to invest well sometimes.

Same goes for bronzer. Is it a staple, a fad or blush substitute to you? How much is too much?

Finally, tell us if you've tried something new lately that you love. Tweet us @DealDivas!

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:44pm]


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