Celluarose Brightening CC Serum
What I love:
When you call to mind an impossibly chic French woman, I’ll bet she has lips painted red; swooshy, hand-ruffled hair (but never blow-dried); smudgy kohl lining her eyes and, well, bare skin. Unlike us Brits, French women are not known for their love of foundation. And honestly, they look all the better for it. This feather-light serum-CC-cream hybrid is what you’d find in their make-up bag instead.
It’s no surprise that this comes from the cosmetic legend that is Terry de Gunzburg, an almighty make-up artist but also a veritable cosmetic scientist to boot. All Gunzburg’s formulas combine that rare duo of being both joyously pretty but also seriously hi-tech. They also, like this radiance-giving serum, seem to merge seamlessly with the skin like nothing else. The really clever bit? It contains rose native cells and a micro-exfoliating agent to gently even skin tone over time.
How I’m using it:
Perfect for Sunday skin when you want a little coverage – a barely-perceptible glow – but can’t bear to do your weekday full face. Add a couple of drops to the top of your hand and use a small-ish stout brush to work it across your skin evenly (I’m all for ease, but we’re long past the frippery of using fingers to apply foundation). There are four shades to choose from that bend to fit your skin tone. I tried the No 3 Apricot Glow, one I would have initially cast aside for being too warm for my deathly pale pallor. Not so. It draped my skin in a kind of sun-lit veil, diffusing the patches of redness on my cheeks and adding a gentle warmth all over.
My overall verdict:
Those with mostly well-behaved skin will adore it for summer and easy-skin days, worn alone or souped-up with a bit of extra concealer. If your skin is a little more needy, like mine, you’ll want to crank up the coverage with a thin layer of foundation underneath, or better yet, mixed together and applied as one.