Tried and Tested: Gosh Cosmetics CC Cream Illuminating Foundation

Okay, look. I know I should probably already be over the whole BB/CC cream thing, but my defenses are weak when faced with the prospect of a base product that offers hydration, sun protection, and coverage all in one. I’m weak, I know. When lined up against a wall of BB/CC cream products, I am Season 2 Sansa Stark. And boy, did I go weak at the knees when I first saw this product.


On a recent trip to Singapore, I stopped by Sasa and picked up a tube of CC Cream Illuminating Foundation from Gosh Cosmetics. If you’re not familiar with it, Gosh Cosmetics began life in Denmark way back in 1946 as a pharmaceutical company, and has since expanded to create cosmetics, fragrance, as well as bath and body products.

So the CC Cream was on sale at SGD 25.50 (~IDR 235,000) from its usual price tag of SGD 31.50, but even then I found it to be a little pricey once I did a little digging and found that it was available in the UK for under GBP 10 (~IDR 195,000). But no matter! Time to put the product to the test.


The “illuminating” claim of the product comes from the “…light-reflecting pigments that hide any skin imperfections.” This product is actually available in four shades, but unfortunately there were only two shades available at the Sasa where I bought this from. I went for a shade called 04 Natural, which is a cool yellow-pink (although you can’t really tell from the picture), with a texture that is surprisingly lightweight and melts easily into the skin.

I have oily and dehydrated skin — the CC Cream provided fairly decent moisturizing properties throughout the day, and I didn’t notice reduced or excessive oiliness throughout either. It didn’t make me break out, which is another plus for a fairly low-cost base product.


So here are a few more good things about it: it contains SPF 10 and is free of any oils, parabens, or fragrances. But one glaring issue with it is this: can you tell the difference between which hand I applied the CC cream onto?

I actually applied the product onto the hand with the bracelet. While the coverage may appear to be very sheer and negligible, it actually did a pretty good job of covering up the random dark spots and discolorations on my right hand. If you look closely, you might notice that the skin on my right hand looks brighter than the skin on my left hand, despite further away from the natural light source– I guess that’s all down to the light-reflecting pigments going into action.

So while not perfect, the Gosh Cosmetics CC Cream Illuminating Foundation is a very decent basic base product. If you’re like me and cannot resist trying out drugstore products from all corners of the world, you’ll be happy to know that this fragrance and paraben-free product won’t make you break out or anything. Hit me up in the comments if you’ve had an experience with Gosh Cosmetics, whether it be good, bad, or (like me) neutral!