CC Color Correcting Cream with SPF 20
Read Stila’s description of its CC Color Correcting Cream and you might think you’ve stumbled onto a science fiction novel! With terms like “Micro-Encapsulated Pigments,” “Photonic Crystal Technology,” and “Chroma-Luminescent Technology,” you’d think this is a product that’s going to change the way makeup works and earn its rightful place when we colonize Mars! This isn’t a revolutionary product, but it is a great CC cream for people curious about checking out the latest beauty craze!
Before we get down to specifics about this CC cream, we need to explain the differences between CC creams and BB creams: It’s marketing, nothing more. Generally, BB creams from U.S. cosmetics brands are similar to tinted moisturizers, whereas BB creams from Asia are generally thicker and have a high SPF rating. CC creams are more like liquid foundations, but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they’re made out to be, and there’s certainly no consistency among products from different brands. We know, we know … it’s completely confusing, but there you have it.
Stila’s CC Cream feels and looks very much like a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that out of the tube, this CC cream is a pale greenish gray color (the green cast is supposed to help reduce facial redness). Thankfully, this color adjusts to a more natural color once you’ve blended it in. There are seven shades for light to medium skin tones, and they are all surprisingly natural-looking.
CC Color Correcting Cream blends quickly and easily, almost melting into the skin for sheer to medium coverage of redness and minor skin imperfections. It feels moisturizing and leaves a soft, slightly dewy finish that almost makes it look like you’re wearing nothing at all—the result is just a more even skin tone. This CC Cream also doesn’t emphasize lines, wrinkles, or pores, and it wears well throughout the day.
We’re pleased to report that this CC cream provides true broad-spectrum sun protection, and because it is so sheer, you can apply it liberally enough to get the full benefit of that sun protection, without getting too much color.
Note: This product contains alcohol (listed as ethanol), but it’s unclear how much is included (it doesn’t have an alcohol scent, and there isn’t that cooling sensation on the skin that indicates the presence of a high amount of alcohol) because the inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. This is permissible in this case because the product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug in the United States. However, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their non-active sunscreen ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other moisturizer or foundation. It is because of this uncertainty that this product did not earn our “BEST” rating.
- All shades are natural-looking on their intended skin tones.
- Blends quickly and easily.
- Provides good sheer to medium coverage of redness and minor imperfections.
- Attractive, slightly dewy finish that doesn’t emphasize lines, wrinkles, or pores.
- True broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains alcohol.
- Ingredients are listed in alphabetical order, which means you can’t get a good idea about their concentration.
Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream SPF20, Medium
Representing the latest technology this unique 6-in-1 foundation is light and yet it provides good coverage. It spreads evenly following all contours of your skin and smoothing out uneven skin color and redness. Packaging may vary. Ingredients- AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ISODODECANE, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OCTINOXATE), POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HEXYL LAURATE, MICA, NYLOATE), POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HEXYL LAURATE, MICA, NYLON-12, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, VACCINIUM VITIS-IDAEA (LINGONBERRY) SEED OIL, RUBUS CHAMAEMORUS (CLOUDBERRY) SEED EXTRACT, CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (NANO), DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), DIMETHICONE/DIVINYLDIMETHICONE/SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PROPANEDIOL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERIN, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, SODIUM LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, HYDRATED SILICA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, LYSINE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), (CI 77891) TITANIUM DIOXIDE, (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) IRON OXIDES. THIS INGREDIENT LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CHECK THE INGREDIENT LIST FROM THE PRODUCT PACKAGING OF YOUR PURCHASED PRODUCT. How to use- Apply a small amount of product with finger tips or a foundation brush to the face starting in the center, then blend outwards for a flawless finish. Can be used alone or in combination with the Nordic Chic CC Pens and Nordic Chic CC Powder.… read more
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Lumene of Finland is a CVS staple and a great choice for getting department store quality skincare at drugstore prices!
I received a sample of Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC cream. Video review of that below along with some details from the Lumene website.
In my experience, I loved it. I wore it for about 8 hours and during that time it wore beautifully providing full coverage and great sun protection too. I started out with clean skin, applied a good splodge of the cc cream with a brush to my entire face.
About midway through the day I needed to freshen up and I added a little bit of powder over my morning application. It has next to no scent, is light on the skin, and faded gradually by the end of the day. Meaning there were no cracks or blotches. Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream in my opinion could be worn all day and freshened up by re-applying a little bit more cream.
$14.99 at Ulta and CVS
I have tried both the CC Cream and the BB Cream from Lumene and love both, though if I were to go out and buy one today, I would get the CC Cream by Lumene because it gives more coverage and wears more like a foundation with hydration and sunscreen. Worth $15 in my opinion!
Now, some more from the Lumene website:
Representing the latest technology, this unique 6-in-1foundation is light and yet it provides good coverage. It spreads evenly, following all contours of your skin and smoothing out uneven skin color and redness. One product has several features, a handy solution for consumers who like a product that is easy, quick and comfortable to use.
The end result is a semi-matte, flawless and even-looking skin. Your skin will feel fresh and light, and you can trust that your makeup will stay on all day. Three shades: Light (for fair skin), Medium (for medium-fair skin) and Deep (for more tanned skin). 30 ml.
CC Cream’s 6-in-1 properties:
- Foundation – a fine but well covering formula. The shades are designed to neutralize the color of red areas.
- SPF 20
P.S. This is what the BB cream packaging looks like. I think it’s slight bigger than the CC Cream meaning you get a wee bit more product, BUT-it gives a more sheer tint than the CC.
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