Product Review: Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream

This time last year, BB creams—or “blemish balms”—were sweeping the beauty world by storm.  Bow it’s time for a new set of formulas to take over.  CC creams are the new foundation for your skin, providing color-correcting benefits and lightweight coverage.  Studio Gear Cosmetics—a prestigious, professional cosmetics brand whose products find their homes on shelves in Bloomindales, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Ulta—has released their own CC formula in the new Hydrating CC Cream.

This unique cream offers up to 72 hours of hydration and skin-smoothing color-correcting pigmentation.  Its ingredients work to build collagen, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and it comes in three different shades—linen, natural, and wheat—to match a wide variety of skin tones.  It’ll soon be time to switch from your winter makeup stash to your much more exciting summer collection, and my vote is that Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream should be on the top of your list.

How I used it:

I chose the linen shade for my cream because I am naturally fair-skinned.  I am also one of many survivors of yet another long, cold New England winter, and my skin hasn’t seen much of the sun lately.  It’s also safer to choose foundation shades that run the risk of being half a tint too light.  (That’s why God made bronzer.)

Anyway, my skin has been through the ringer these past few months and isn’t fairing so well in the moisture department, so I have some redness, discoloration, and clear signs of irritation that need to be masked.  I don’t prefer heavier makeup normally, and I certainly don’t want something melting off of my face in the coming summer months, so I was intrigued by this light cream that offered the benefits of a foundation and moisturizer without all the gunk.

I used the Hydrating CC Cream in place of my regular foundation in my daily makeup routine.  After letting my moisturizer soak in for a few minutes, I dotted the cream onto my forehead, cheekbones, atop my nose, and across my jawline.  I then blended the cream with my fingers using circular motions.  (I don’t like traditional makeup sponges; applying foundation like I do my moisturizer is so much easier.)  After, I dusted some light translucent powder across my T-zone to prevent from a mid-day oil slick slithering across my face, then added bronzer, blush, brow color, mascara, etc.

What I thought of it:

In all honesty, the linen shade of Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream blended with my skin’s natural pigmentation perfectly.  I would be completely confident wearing the cream on its own for a day of lighter makeup fare, a trip to the beach, or a sweaty yoga session.  I have yet to find any trace of makeup residue from this formula on any of my white T-shirts; this stuff sticks without making me feel smothered.

The CC Cream is definitely richer than the foundation that I was used to, but that is because it packs so much moisture within it.  Rather than settling and feeling cakey, my skin absorbs the cream, leaving it with a glowing, spot-free finish.  I was really quite pleased with the product.  No surprise, since my favorite day-to-night blush is a Studio Gear staple.

How you can get it:

If you’re looking to revamp your makeup bag or simply need the perfect foundation to transition your skin from weathered and wintery to sun-kissed and shining, try Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream.  To help you out, I have a special reader’s discount for you to enjoy!  Simply enter the discount code “bloggercc” to receive 10% off of your shopping cart at www.studiogearcosmetics.com!

Then let me know what you think of your fab new products; I love to read product reviews and am interested in yours!  Happy shopping, and thank you for being a reader 🙂

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