August 15, 2013

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream Review & Swatches

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream is a new Fall 2013 launch for the brand and makes for one of the first CC Creams that hit the scene earlier this Summer. We’re seeing a good deal of CC Creams now but Stila cornered the market a little earlier on and almost right after Clinique CC Cream arrived Stila CC Color Correcting Cream was right on the heels of that release.

Unlike brands that are promoting CC Cream as a more advanced BB Cream formula Stila CC Color Correcting Cream takes a more traditional CC Cream route and relies on color correcting abilities but not necessarily coverage to get skin looking brilliantly flawless. I think at this point too many brands are focusing on creating a more pigmented CC Cream formulas when in fact a CC Cream is supposed to perfect but not necessarily offer coverage for your face.

In fact, Stila CC Color Correcting Cream does a perfect job doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Being a CC Cream nothing more, nothing less.

Unlike Korean CC Creams Stila does embrace a wider color selection so this is available in six different shades. It has an SPF 20, comes in a squeeze bottle, and supposedly contains a stabilized Vitamin C component to brighten skin over time.

The product dispenses out of the tube as a green base which adapts or adjusts to your skin tone. I purchased it in Light, Medium, and Tone as I wasn’t sure how dark or light the shades would run. Turns out they are pretty much spot on for my skin tone but Medium is just a shy too orange-y so Light and Tone were the best bets for me. Tone confuses me slightly but it actually worked the best out of the three colors I purchased. I THINK the idea of Tone is just to correct but not to offer the slight tint the other colors offers but don’t quote me there. I feel like Tone is just a lighter shade of the Light color but it applies transparently for the most part.


This does not offer coverage. You’ll want to step back now if that’s what you want. In this case, I’d suggest a BB Cream for you if you have acne, a ruddy complexion, and really dark spot or darkness you wish to conceal.

If you already have fairly good skin with minor redness, darkness, dullness, or just have a need to improve little issues I’d suggest Stila CC Color Correcting Cream. This is the type of product you use if you already like what you see in the mirror but want to better it a little bit. It’s the my skin but better solution.

As I said above it starts out green and has tiny color pigment capsules in a range of colors like green to neutralize, pink and peach to ease dullness, and purple to brighten. These burst upon application and color adapts to a perfect reflection of your own skin tone. In my case the Medium version was a tad too dark and orange but the Light and Tone shades were nearly perfect and adapted to a near perfect color for my own natural skin tone.

At first I didn’t like the texture of this as it is more of a moisturizer than a thicker creamy foundation product. I felt like after my normal skincare regime plus applying this on top of my face was overkill. I’ve since started skipping my moisturizer and just using this as my moisturizer and coverage all in one. I wouldn’t be able to do this in the Winter when my skin is drier but it works fine in the Summer.

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream Swatches

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream Light Swatches


Stila CC Color Correcting Cream Tone


Stila CC Color Correcting Cream Medium Swatches


Coverage is virtually invisible and very lightweight. At first I thought it a bit too moisturizing but it absorbs easily and my skin is nicely hydrated through the wear but not oily or greasy. It’s actually supposed to provide up to 72 hours of moisture not sure if that’s happening or not but through the wear my skin looked refreshed and nicely hydrated not showing my drier areas, flakes, and patchiness.

It contains Photonic Crystal Technology which is a color corrector and an optically transparent polymer that helps soften the appearance of wrinkles and other skin imperfections for a natural, youthful looking appearance and a hoto-protective Chroma-Luminescent Technology helps brighten the skin. I suffer from duller skin that’s less than bright and some darkness on my jawline and of course, uneveness. For me it brightens, it eases my dullness, and gives my skin a brighter, fresher, more even appearance. It perfects skin but doesn’t conceal problems. I don’t have problem skin anyway and I desire lighter coverage that will brighten and ease dullness and this does exactly that which is why it makes it into my book of brilliance. It does have a slight tint and this acts to even out skin tone but again not necessarily conceal problem areas.

In the end Stila CC Color Correcting Cream does EXACTLY what a CC Cream should do and that’s perfect skin and neutralize it for a brighter, fresher, more even, flawless finish.

I like this stuff a lot and just like Stila’s BB Cream it made an excellent impression on.

If you already have good skin but just want to tip it into the realms of excellent I’d highly suggest trying it out for size.

I’m Muse Approving it for a purchase.

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About the Muse

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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  • jenn f

    this looks pretty promising. i still have yet to try my tony moly.

  • Linda

    I bought this last month in Tone and I’m pleased with it. It’s great for no-makeup weekends. During the week, I alternate with mint Baby Choux depending on how much redness I have. It’s pricey ($40), but the tube is big. Although the tube I bought seemed only 2/3 full. Thanks for the review, Muse. I was hoping you’d review this one!

    • the Muse

      linda any idea at all what the hell tone is!? lol! that fit me perfectly as well but I wasn’t sure if it was an actual color or just the correcting abilities without the tint…confusing! 😀 I agreed completely it really is a no makeup product and quite fab 😀

      • Linda

        I was completely confused by this as well. Especially since it comes out of the tube green and then sheers out on the skin upon application. I went to the Stila website and they treat Tone (03) as an actual pigmented shade in between light (02) and medium (04). And their swatches of Tone look similar in pigmentation to the other shades. So i think it’s an actual color.

        • the Muse

          ha no kid…tone apparently seems almost identical to light…almost! It’s a perfect fit though so I won’t complain but it is a really odd way to label it and will confuse a good deal of people.