Hard Candy CC Correction Creme Review & Swatches
The new Hard Candy CC Correction Creme will be available at Walmart shortly. CC Cream is coming at us slowly for Spring but we’ll see a bigger push come Summer and Fall 2013 I’m sure.
I think of CC Cream as a low calorie version of the BB Cream. Most of the ones I tried have a thinner texture but promise better skin benefits and anti-aging ingredients.
I personally prefer the rich, creamy texture of a BB Cream compared to the lighter, thinner one of a CC. I was highly interested in testing out Hard Candy CC Correction Creme as it is one of the first (Olay’s renamed CC Cream not counting) CC Creams we’re seeing in the budget world at the moment. And really one of the first CC Creams anywhere aside from Juice Beauty’s new Stem Cell CC.
It’s interesting that Hard Candy is the pioneer in this market. You’d think some higher end brand would have cracked the market first.
Here’s a look.
Hard Candy CC Correction Creme ($8) will be available in Fair, Light, Medium, and Dark formulas. The formula promises to balance out complexion for a soft, natural finish and is formulated with light optic pearls to neutralize the undertones of your skin leaving it looks fresh and radiant.
The product promises to diffuse the look of darkness, discolorations, and imperfections while brightening skin for an airbrushed finish and even out skin texture with an oil-free formula. It protects with a minimal SPF 15.
I choose the Light version which is incredibly orange and tan looking. I guess the Fair was the way to go…! I have to admit to being shocked at the shade. I had to look at the box three times and kept re-reading the bottle to be sure this was the Light version. The color looks suitable for an NC40-45 so how this is defined as light really boggles my mind.
The texture is a runny almost gel-like texture which at first looks and feels oily and greasy. At first application (don’t worry I didn’t leave the house with this shade on as it turned me orange) I felt like the formula ran a tad too greasy even oily. But after a moment it seemed to have an almost satin-y dry down that was lightweight on my skin and breathable. It takes a little getting used to at first as I was worried it would be a glow-y type of product but it dries down to a smooth, soft finish sans any glitter-y or shimmery particles. You can see in my swatches it has a bit of a glow with some sparkle but that doesn’t translate to skin thankfully. I do feel like I’m applying a highlighter all over my face none the less even though that glow seems to dissipates once the product is applied.
I can’t really say if it concealed much or if it made my look flawless, etc…etc…as the shade just died my skin a terrible shade of orange. I tried it on my arm and it applied sheerer on there but on my face I reflected back orange-y tan which wasn’t pretty.
I want to say that if the color worked for me that maybe it had a good chance of providing sheer coverage that would even out my skin tone but I’m unsure at this point due to the color being wrong for me.
I wore it for a few hours while at home (about five) before rinsing it off. In that time it didn’t fade so the wear time seems to be not too bad.
I think the ingredients including the SPF are disappointing. CC Creams are meant to treat skin as it acts as a makeup product and really I didn’t see any incredible ingredients in this to do that. The SPF 15 is also the barest minimal of sun protection.
Overall, this is a wishy-wash review as the shade was terribly off. I’m still shaking my head and quite shocked that light would be this dark!? I’ll be picking up the Fair shade as soon as it launches at my Walmart and hopefully revisiting this review with further information. So far the texture is growing on me…it’s a bit deceiving at first and looks and feels oily but it absorbs nicely onto skin and feels very comfortable. I just wish I knew how it would look and wear in my correct shade.
I will say that if Light is this dark that I don’t have much hope at all for the Fair shade. It must be just as dark?! I’ll update with more info though as soon as I get my hands on it.
Have you seen this at your local Walmart?
Anyone try the Fair?
I’d love to hear!
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