I’m back with another face product review! I’ve been using this Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment for a few months now. Let’s dive in…
About the Product
This product comes from a line of tiger grass products. The others seem to be full skincare products, while this color corrector crosses over into makeup. This brand isn’t cruelty-free, unfortunately.
Don’t mind the dirty label… This product gets a little messy!
The marketing for this tiger grass line of products focuses on how this particular type of grass helps your skin heal, which is proven by how tigers rub themselves in it to help heal their wounds. I don’t know how much I believe that, but I was swayed to buy this product because it’s basically skincare that can act as a BB cream or base for foundation. Plus, it has SPF 30! I don’t wear heavy foundations to work, and I wear sun protection daily, so I knew this would be great for me.
This product is green in the jar and smells very clean and botanical. It definitely has a “grassy” vibe without smelling like a backyard lawn. When the product is warmed on the skin, it adapts to a beige color. You get a little scoop with this product to keep the jar sanitary and to prevent activating the color changing process.
I always like to take a look at what the product promises. First, this product is labeled “Derma Green Solution,” which I don’t fully understand. Green skin solution? It gets more complicated with the seal nearby:
Green Cell (TM) Green Dermatology Stress Relief
Dr. Jart’s Advanced Technology helps to soothe sensitized skin resulting from external environmental stressors.
How? And is this an official seal or something Dr. Jart made up? I’d say my second-largest pet peeve with product descriptions is vague descriptions that use lots of official-sounding words to make up for the vagueness.
Here’s what the brand says about tiger grass:
Cicapair™ Collection is inspired by the true legend of Asian Tigers, rolling in Centella Asiatica to heal their battle wounds. Also known as tiger grass, its medicinal use has been recognized for centuries. For generations, this active ingredient has also been recognized as a recovery system to help support wounded skin exhibiting inflammation, redness, or blemishes.
It sounds lovely, but again, how? I want science! And receipts!
Now this next description is something I understand:
Neutralizes redness and protects skin. Improves skin appearance to be vibrant. Broad spectrum SPF 30.
It’s not the best-written description I’ve ever seen, but it’s better than the others.
The product is very thick, like a night cream. The directions say to use a “moderate amount,” which isn’t very useful. Because it has SPF, I tend to apply it pretty thick. It does go on green and smooth out to a beige color.
Something to keep in mind is that this comes in one shade, so the “beige” will definitely make most skin tones look a bit washed out. If you’re planning to layer this underneath foundation, you’ll probably be fine, but any skin tone darker than light will look pale and weird when this product is used alone.
Like I said, I use a pretty thick layer for the SPF benefits. The advertised SPF only applies when you use a lot of product evenly across your skin. About 1/4 teaspoon for your entire face should do the trick (it’s more than you think!). However, this product really clings to your skin, so blending can be tricky, and if you use your fingers to blend, you’re going to have a hard time wiping it off.
No, really, scroll up and look closely at the photos of the packaging. You can see where I got product on the lid and label from simply touching the jar, even after thoroughly rubbing my hands with the dish towel I keep at my makeup table.
To avoid the messy hands issue, I started using a makeup brush to blend this out, I and really like the results. I still tend to use a finger to get the product from the scoop onto my face, but the cleanup is way better than when I use all my fingertips to blend. I like the jar and scoop packaging for a lot of products, but I’d have a much better time if this particular product came in a squeeze tube like actual sunscreen. But, if you go into this knowing the product is messy to use, you shouldn’t run into any surprises.
Wear and Results
I wear this product alone a lot of the time, because I find that it’s enough coverage to get through my day. It’s also great for weekends when you want minimal makeup. I always top it with a pressed powder so my blush and contour go on smoothly.
When I don’t wear this product alone, I usually top it with my IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation. A powder foundation is like a 2-in-1 when you want more coverage and you want to set this corrector. The only downside to this combination is that the illuminating foundation over this product with SPF can sometimes result in some shine coming through during the work day. I have a pressed powder at work for touch-ups, but it’s something to keep in mind. I do have the non-illuminating version of that foundation on the way, so I’ll see if that combination works better for me.
This product does fine under liquid foundations, but I feel like the texture of this product is too slippery to get the best coverage and longevity. When I’ve done this, I notice some shine by lunch (or about 4 hours of wear). It would likely work if you let this product set for a while before applying the foundation, but I don’t have time for that most mornings. This product has enough coverage for me, so this isn’t an issue for me personally, but if you need that full-coverage airbrushed look then this won’t be the best fit for you.
I’ve spread this product into my underage area, and I’ve had no breakouts or irritation. This is surprising for me, because I’ve broken out with a couple products that are made for that area (Benefit’s eye cream and one of the Caudalie cleansing water/gel things). I like that I can get a little help with my undereyes when I don’t want to wear concealer.
And as for the skincare benefits? I think this has had a positive effect on my skin. It’s hard to tell because I’ve changed a lot in my skincare over the past couple months, but I have hardly any redness on my cheeks anymore. I also notice that my skin looks and feels calm after taking this off at the end of the day. This is a great experience compared to foundations that make your skin feel suffocated and tight.
Whew, was that a long enough review? I’d love to know what you think about this product down in the comments.