Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sample Saturday: Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream Review

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream

Hey Dreamers and Creators!

If there's one thing I've loved about Too Cool For School (TCFS) over the years it's their packaging designs. Especially the ones for the Dinoplatz line. Which is where this CC cream falls into. The playful designs of dinosaurs 'invading' NYC is a change of pace from the cutesy, chic, simple, or luxurious designs we often see on beauty products. It's creative, yet not over the top. I actually keep all the packaging from this line because they are too good to be thrown out. That's not something I can say for all my other products.

As I've said many times, samples are a great way to test out a product. If you don't like it, it's okay because it's a sample. If you like it, great! Now you know you want to whole thing. For me, this was a sample that didn't quite suite my taste. It just wasn't for me but I wouldn't have known that if I didn't try it. I'll share why it didn't work out later on in the post, but for now let's get to know this CC cream.

CC Cream

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream
deluxe sample,

Product Description: The Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream is a color correcting cream formulated with 48% glacial water from the Eklutna Lake in Alaska. It's also formulated with ingredients such as niacinamide, argan oil, adenosine, and apricot oil to nourish, brighten, and moisturize the skin. This CC cream is infused with water-in-silicone technology, which helps to blend the cream smoothly onto the skin. It can protect the skin from sun damages as it has sun protection of SPF 30/ PA+++. Plus, it can help to neutralize redness on the skin as well.

To Use: Dispense and apply the CC cream with your fingers, sponges, or a foundation brush. Lightly dab the product onto the skin and gently blend it in.

artistic packaging

Packaging: The deluxe sample comes in a squeeze tube with a twist-off lid. It has that whimsical signature Dinoplatz designs.

Neat fact! All the designs from the Dinoplatz line was hand drawn by New York based architect and painter Hatori Sando. Hatori Sando is a friend of TCFS's creative director and they have been collaborating together for many years on the Dinoplatz line. The concept that inspired this line of illustrations is the idea to create 'the new from the old'. He drew dinosaurs roaming around the modern forest of New York City, where buildings replaced trees. Some of his designs also features New York's landmark buildings.

Scent: Sweet floral scent. The scent is more than mild but not overwhelming.

Color: The CC cream comes in one shade and it's fairly light. As you'll see in the last picture of this post, the product isn't the best match for me and can leave a slight white cast.

Texture: The CC cream is kind of runny compared to other CC creams on the market. It is easy to spread and leaves a natural and slightly velvety finish.

deluxe sample packaging

Michelle's Thoughts: Believe it or not, this CC cream is not actually sold on its own. Instead, it's generally sold in combination with TCFS's cheek blusher, highlighter, or concealer. By that, I mean it literally has a second compartment on the twist-off lid for a blusher, highlighter, or concealer. It's pretty neat. We can't forget about the awesome packaging! Designed by the painter, Hatori Sando, it's literally dinosaurs playfully invading NYC. I like it, a lot. If you have time, definitely check out the entire Dinoplatz line. The packaging designs are just awesome. Plus, they make pop-up art versions of it as well. Just how awesome does that look? I know I'm definitely keeping that.

Anyways, the CC creams itself is okay. As you can see in the picture below, the color is a bit light on me. (For reference when I first applied it, it's lighter than the Hera UV Mist Ultra Moist cushion in shade 21.) The CC cream does balance out (or oxidizes a bit) over time but it's still light and has a slight white cast as well. Which doesn't help its case, at least not for me. It'll probably work better for those whose skin tone is a better match for the shade. I found I have to wear a primer with this CC cream, otherwise it will settle into fine lines. The CC cream's lasting power isn't the best either, at least not for my combo to oily skin. It generally breaks down around my T-zone first, even if I use primer. One of the promises that drew me to this CC cream was its ability to neutralize redness. While it does that, sort of, it doesn't completely neutralize the redness on my face. In my case, I find a green concealer works a lot better. I think this CC cream would work best for those with blemish-free skin that just wants a natural coverage. As it offers just that and it leaves a natural and slightly velvety finish.


-natural coverage
-feels lightweight
-easy to use

-one shade only
-can settle into fine lines
-fragrance might not be suitable for everyone

Final Thoughts: Not every product is made for my skin. If it is, than I wouldn't have the need to test everything. I'd glad I got to try this CC cream out, at least now I know it's not for me. TCFS has plenty of other great products that I love and use, so this little setback won't change my mind about the brand. Plus how many brands do you know that offers pop-up art packaging? I know I can only think of one and that is Too Cool For School.

Where to purchase: (CC cream comes with cheek blusherhighlighter, or concealer)

Have you tried the CC cream before? What are your thoughts on it?

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