I peeled back the aluminum safety seal and squeezed the tube. The creamy substance that emerged was not the skin-tinted foundation that I was expecting. Instead, it was a sallow green liquid that reminded me of floor cleanser. What the hell?!? Did I buy the wrong product?
With great trepidation, I applied the greenish substance to my skin only to discover that it turned brown on contact. The more I blended, the closer to my skin tone the cream became. What will they think of next?
Last week, I bought a tube of Stila Color Correcting CC Cream in the hopes that it would do a better job of evening out my acne-prone skin than my current Clinique BB Cream. I was intrigued by its chameleon act that allows the green liquid to perfectly match your skin color with a few swipes of a sponge. But while I really wanted to like this product, it just doesn’t meet my needs.
The Good. Stila bills this product as a “skincare-meets-cosmetics hybrid,” and it certainly is that. My skin felt well-hydrated the entire time I was wearing the product even after 12+ hours. Also, when I removed the makeup, my skin looked fresh and bright, instead of tired and sallow. Clearly, it’s not your average foundation.
Another thing that I liked about the product is how flawlessly it matched my skin tone. If I hadn’t applied it, I wouldn’t have known that I was wearing makeup at all (more on that later). It also has a very light feel that lasts all-day, good for ladies who hate the feel of full face makeup.
The Bad. The formula is supposed to give you “buildable” matte coverage, but I’m calling shenanigans. It didn’t matter how much I applied, the product was powerless to conceal even a small blemish. It did well on the hyper-pigmented spots from last month’s breakout, but did nothing about freshly erupted ones.
Also, when I applied more than two coats of CC cream to my face, I didn’t look matte, I looked like I’d been attacked by the Vogue Photoshop editor and not in a good way. A light application looked natural and bright, more than that looked like stage makeup.
The Verdict. There is plenty to like about this product. It evens out skin tone for a light, even finish. It feels great on the skin and moisturizes beautifully. And if you have a tough-to-match skin tone, it may be the camouflage-like color that you’re looking for.
However, if you have acne or serious redness, you are just out of luck. I don’t want to wear any more concealer than I have to, and with the Stila product, I was applying double my usual amount.
That being said, if you have reasonably good skin, this would be a great summer foundation. It feels great on and provides light coverage that allows your brightened, more even skin to shine through.
Looking for a CC cream in a drugstore price point? Almay Smart Shade CC Cream ($11) would probably be the most comparable product.