I’m always wary of an over-hyped TikTok product—especially when it comes to makeup and skincare. As an Indian woman with a medium skin tone and lots of genetic hyperpigmentation, a lot of products that work on the majority of TikTok stars don’t work or look the same on my skin type. For that reason, I was super skeptical to try the so-called “all-in-one” Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Corrector SPF ($52, Sephora).
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Influencers claim that the moisturizer blurs pores, minimizes the appearance of acne scars, and lightens hyperpigmentation for a foundation-esque look without any makeup. I figured there was no way that any one product could do all of these things till I tried it—I’m happy to report I was proved wrong.
Here’s why it’s my new holy grail moisturizer:
It doesn’t leave a white or grey cast on my skin.
Not only was I hesitant about all the hype around this product, I was also skeptical about the SPF function. Most SPF products are notorious for leaving a white or grey cast on medium to dark skin tones, which would defeat the whole purpose of this being color correcting. I didn’t have that issue with this moisturizer at all.
The key with this is patience—I was not happy at all when I first put this on my face. It looked like I had applied a white powder to my face that I couldn’t get off. But, after about 10 minutes, that completely faded.
It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
I have pretty dry skin that, when irritated, gets even more dry. This moisturizer doesn’t spread very easily, so I thought it might not be hydrating enough for my skin, but on the contrary, it features nourishing ingredients like anti-inflammatory lavender oil and moisturizing panthenol.
The non-slippery feel also has a great mattifying effect that I love for the sweaty summer months. And, since this also has SPF, it’s likely going to become my latest beach vaca essential.
It blurs my pores and brightens my skin.
Perhaps my favorite part of this moisturizer is the way in which it almost doubles as makeup (the other reason it’ll become a vacation essential for me). I have large pores on my cheeks, acne scarring along my jawline, and genetic hyperpigmentation around my mouth and nose.
This certainly doesn’t make all of that go away, but it has a similar blurring and concealing effect on my skin to what I would get with a bit of concealer without actually having to wear any makeup. It’s great for those days I don’t feel like wearing makeup, or as a primer underneath makeup so that I can wear less concealer or foundation than usual.
Yes, at $52, it’s more expensive than traditional moisturizers on the mass market. But, because this truly is one of the rare all-in-one products that actually works, it’s worth it if you’re looking for a lightweight and low-maintenance alternative to makeup in your beauty arsenal.
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