This Pumpkin-Colored Cream Is So Good, You Don’t Have to Wear Makeup With It

There is a sense of semi-panic that can wash over when meeting a skin care creator for the first time. Have you used, are you familiar with and are you a devout fan of every product in their line? Most likely not. Is your skin as gorgeously glowing as theirs? Not even a little bit. What’s your excuse for all of the above? You got nothing.

Meeting Kat Burki is not like that. The soft-spoken and incredibly smart founder of the eponymous raw beauty brand knows a lot about skin care and wellness (prior to starting the line, she studied nutrition, was a healthcare attorney, worked side by side with epidemiologists, and brought a cult-favorite fragrance to market). Somewhere along the way, she also found the time to create the first certified cold-pressed technology—a method, similar to juicing, which allows antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients to retain maximum effectiveness when used in products. Now, she has a very potent, very powerful anti-aging, antioxidant range that is a scientific synergy of all of the above.

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And I had to admit to her that I hadn’t tried it. Instead of passing any judgment, she asked me what my skin concerns were and how my typical routine played out every day/night. Simply put, I told her I wanted, well, simplicity. Nothing complicated, nothing that was going to involve a whole new regimen, and preferably, something that I could wear morning and night.

She suggested I test out the Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème ($390), what she coins as a “pressed serum.” Yes, it’s expensive, but the benefits it provides could fill a novel. For starters, its orange color comes from the antioxidant of astaxanthin, a powerhouse that protects and heals. Then there’s brightening vitamin C, detoxifying vitamin B, moisturizing botanical hyaluronic acid and repairing peptides—a sampling that’s really just the tip of the iceberg in the long (but completely pronounceable) ingredient list.

All of that is impressive, but it was the immediate difference I saw in my skin that converted me instantaneously. It’s all you need to put on (although I do apply some sunscreen over it in the mornings as a second step and it blends seamlessly) for a fresh "no-makeup" makeup look. Flaws are covered, skin gets a touch of glowy tint and your complexion just looks healthier—the kind of look that gives you the confidence to chat with even the most perfect-of-skin beauty-brand creators.