May 2, 2013

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream Review & Swatches

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream Color Control Cream SPF 32 PA ++ was recently released in Korea. Actually, Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream is one of a few products in the Face 2 Change range but I’ll tell you more about those in upcoming reviews.

CC Creams got a big push this Spring in Korea and more and more brands are launching their own variations. At this point, I can honestly say, I am in love with the CC Cream formulas I’ve tried and dare I say find them even more wearable and user friendly than some of my personal favorite BB Creams. Tony Moly, Skin Food, Etude House, and Holika Holika are just a few of the many brands that are doing CC Creams at the moment.

Let’s take a look!

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream is available in two shade selections and comes in a squeeze tube with attached pump. I dislike this packaging as I’ve mentioned in past reviews. I find the pump is a pain to use as it takes a few presses to get product to flow and as you begin the end it becomes even more difficult to get the CC Cream out. Grrr! A squeeze tube sans the pump dispenser works fine for me.

Holika Holika CC Cream

Like all the CC Creams released recently this has a color adjusting formula that begins as a stark white and morphs into a creamier shade of light beige as you apply. I selected the second shade for myself and this was a near perfect match for my skin tone however, it did look slightly pasty for some reason if I didn’t blend well.

CC Creams have a far more subtle pigment compared to BB Creams so don’t expect a tone of coverage. It’s advertised as a Color Correcting Cream (CC Cream) and that is exactly what it does. It corrects but does not offer major coverage. I recommend BB Creams if you’re looking to cover blemishes, acne scarring, darkness, etc….

Basically the coverage you’ll get from a CC Cream is one that be your skin but better. This evens out skin tone, conceals very minor issues such as redness in your cheeks, and perfects already good skin.

Holika Holika CC Cream Swatches

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream Swatches

The texture on this particularly cream is a thinner, slightly runny consistency that applies easily and blends out flawlessly. I’m finding many of these CC Creams have a very similiar texture all around and there aren’t a ton of differences outside of the colors. This dries down to a semi-matte finish and has a strong wear of at least six hours before showing some fading.

This might be a suitable pick for a fairer skin tone if you’re shopping CC Creams at the moment. I didn’t technically try it on a range of skin tones the way I did when I tested and reviewed the Tony Moly version. On me, Shade 2, was a good match when swatched but gave my skin a rather pasty, sickly look. This is easily redeemed after I apply the rest of my makeup like blush….however, I didn’t feel like it brightened as nicely and looked as natural as the Tony Moly one that I’m currently favoring over all the CC Creams I tried thus far.

For an example of what I mean you can see this set of photos I did in my Almay Liquid Lip Balm Review versus photos I did in the L’Oreal Miss Candy Le Gloss Review. In the Almay post I have on the Holika Holika CC Cream and in the Le Gloss one I’m wearing the Tony Moly CC Cream. I think you can see a major difference in my skin. I look a bit pasty, under done, and tired in the Almay post versus the vibrancy of my skin in the Le Gloss.

If it does fit your tone, I’ll be a fairly nice CC Cream formula.

So far, I think perhaps the major differences in CC Cream formula are the colors as the formulas all seem rather the same with about the same wear time, although this particularly one was the shorter wearing of the ones I’ve tested so far.

This is available now from a variety of E-bayers. I got mine from F1Plus2 for a fairly close to retail price (I am not affiliated with this seller).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on CC Creams so far if you tried any.

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream 9

I purchased this item.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christi

    I totally agree with u Muse, I thought I was in love with Asian bb creams, and I have sooo many, and now CC creams are out in abundance, & I’m realizing I love them even more! I don’t have bad skin at all (except dark circles), so often BB creams gave me more coverage than I was looking for, but CC’s are perfect, especially for summer! A new obsession has started, unfortunately. I’ve said this before, but U.S. (mid/high end) companies have done a way better job with CC creams than they did with bb’s. I love Cliniques, Smashbox’s, & It Cosmetic’s CC’s. I also have both Etude House formulas, and I like the glow one better. It’s not sparkly, oily, or glittery at all, it’s just luminous, healthy, and natural looking, I love it. And it’s more moisturizing than the silky version too. I have the Tony Moly one en route also lol. Now I want to try the Face Shop one & this! Sorry for the long comment! XX

    • the Muse

      same christi! I think I don’t need the coverage of a BB Cream (especially now in the Summer) and these new CC formulas are JUST right πŸ˜€ loving ’em! I agree as well, US finally got it right but now they screwed up because the CC’s should be lighter and weightless but are more of a BB Cream formula lol! oh noes! πŸ˜€ I think so far the Tony Moly one is my very favorite, I’m wearing it here and I swear my skin looks ethereal ;-D I’m testing the face shop one now!

      No worries loved the comment ;-D

      • Christi

        It’s so true lol, the good U.S CC creams are actually more like proper bb creams, and the U.S BB creams, are more like CC creams! The L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier bb cream totally comes to mind, with the white formula that has the “color changing” beads! It’s a total CC cream haha. And the U.S BB’s are lightweight & just correct a bit. They got it completely backwards! LOL! Anyway, I’m saving my CC creams for when it gets cold again, plus I’m getting too tan for them now too, since they’re all in super fair shades & I started getting darker already when the weather warmed up, even tho I wear sunblock religiously. Btw, for any very pale girls or guys reading this, the Clinique CC cream in extra light is SUPER fair. I’m a very fair NC15 in the winter, & so is my mom, & it was actually a little too light for us! So if ur NC/NW10, or even lighter, check that out! It’s neutral too, so not too yellow or too pink.

        • the Muse

          exactly!!!!!!!!!! ;-D funny as now the almay cc cream is more like a bb cream and their old smart shade foundation is like a cc cream *head desk* I tan easily but avoid the sun so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to use my cc creams all summer ;D

  • lil’eve

    If u say this makes u pasty then its a no for me. But I did fell in luv with Tony molybdenum ccy bcuz its very moisturizing and gives,my face a more 3 d look. Thank you for this review.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure πŸ™‚ I love the Tony Moly CC Cream too, great one πŸ˜€

  • lil’eve

    O..have u tried Hera CC? I know is almost 50$ on eBay but they are selling samples now.

  • bebe

    Muse, I would like to try the Tony Moly CC cream since you like it so much. Can you please tell me what shade you use? I’m the same complexion as you, so I think it would work for me as well. Many thanks. πŸ™‚

  • grace

    Thanks for this review! I have the faceshop, and the tony moly. I love the faceshop and the tony moly. Unfortunately, the tonymoly breaks me out, is this formula really not on par with the tony moly? I’m considering buying it.. Could you go into detail about what the difference between the two is and why you prefer the tony moly? I know you already explained and posted photos of you wearing the two different ones but I honestly don’t see much of a difference >.<. Since I live in the U.S. it's hard to get samples so whenever I do purchase korean cosmetics it's a huge gamble.