An amazingly lovely friend of mine from allll the way back in high-school [who actually works at a local Sephora now!] has taken note of my knowledge of (mostly asian) skincare and makeup products recently, and hit me up to ask if I knew anything about the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair line. As luck would have it, the only item I’ve used from the line– the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (what a mouthful…)– is the one he was interested in finding out more about, so I offered to write him a full review of the product including ratings on a five point scale, photos, etc. He seemed genuinely interested to see what I had to say, which brings us to where we are now!
Well, here you go, friend!
⋆Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment⋆
Fairly standard tub packaging with a screw on lid, with the exception that it seems to be made of pretty thick, nice quality glass– with a lid that screws on gooood and tight. Not the most hygienic unless you decant into a pump bottle of sorts, but I honestly feel as though this packaging provides an optimal method for getting just the right amount of product you need to cover certain problem areas of redness or acne (the purpose for which the cream was made) , anyways, so my complaints in terms of sanitation aren’t too tenacious, tbh.
The Cicapair Cover cream feels quite thick on your fingers, and also somewhat against your face for a short while after applying– which can be a bit vexing, initially. But rest assured, it ‘settles down’ to a subtle, almost ‘powdery’ texture when you let it sit for a bit, and doesn’t feel nearly as palpable and dense a short while later. When worn alone, it’s actually one of the more comfortable and undetectable redness color-correctors I own, which I suppose speaks to the hybrid ‘skincare/makeup’ direction that this product and some others by Dr. Jart+ seem to be going for? But it’s definitely a color corrector I’d recommend to some who are looking for redness reduction, without a full face of makeup– and the heavy feeling that comes with it– to go with that.
I’m absolutely dreadful at identifying scent ‘notes’, so forgive me for that off the bat, but I honestly love the way this cream smells. If anyone remembers the way that old-school Aveda hair products smell, that really ‘herbal’ aroma, it’s a lot like that.
Now, that being said, this cream is quite heavily scented, and the scent lingers for a while, as well. I would not recommend use of this product whatsoever to anyone whose nose is sensitive enough to trigger skin reactions, migranes, etc from highly perfumed products.
As a redness corrector, this product works quite well, I’d say. It covers red spots on the skin as well as naturally red/flushed cheeks better than a lot of creams that I’ve tried (and trust me, I’ve been through a lot, lot, LOT of redness color correctors over my time; remind me to do a comparison post of some of the ones I still own in the near future!), though I’d certainly expect/hope that it would, given how thick the texture is.
Unfortunately, the day I took before + after photos on my face with this product, I had very minimal redness on my cheeks compared to usual (you know the old adage– when you take your car to the mechanic…), but you can still see the effectiveness it had on my acne scars/PIE, because I took the photos with nothing on my face but the Cicapair Cream– which includes no concealer.
[Left to Right: without cicapair || with a couple layers of cream]
[another note: these photos were also taken with my phone selfiecam, so ignore the quality– regretfully, you can’t really tell the difference well enough. I need to get the proper supplies to get good photos of myself with my Canon Powershot G9X II! so sorry about that, readers ;0; ]
In summation, I find that this product is most effective and useful– for myself, at least– on its own, as an alternative to foundation or bb cream to correct redness and create an even and healthy skin tone. For the purpose of priming and redness correcting under other makeup, there are other redness correctors which I prefer above this one, though they do not stand alone as well as the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Corrector does, making it a unique option and a great addition to the collection of anyone like myself with a pink face, who would like a variety of options to even out their skin’s tone.
[repurchase: not necessarily. at the moment, I have enough to last me a long time, and it is very expensive– though my mind may change if I start to hit pan!]
Well, flaggy boy, I hope that review was helpful to you in some way– as well as anyone else who may be reading out there! As always, know that I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog so incredibly much, and I hope you might leave a comment, so we could maybe start a conversation and become friends someday!