Stila CC Cream Review

I have been waiting for this because a) I love 99% of what Stila produces and b) I have an inexplicable addiction to BB cream and CC cream (and I will probably keep going till they reach ZZ, buying everything that hits the shelves). The Stila CC Color Correcting Cream with SPF20 might just have pushed my Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm off its top spot pedestal, because this product is even better than I expected it to be. My experience of CC cream so far has been limited to the Clinique offering, which is a thick, high-coverage and slightly difficult to blend formula. I have been relying on it for bad skin days when I need coverage but moisture too. Yes, my skin is psycho enough to break out at the same time as develop dry patches!


The Stila CC cream reminds me very much of the Estée Lauder DayWear sheer tint release moisturiser I wore for at least two or three years back in the day, right down to the scent of it. The cream is green-tinted and transforms to your skin tone when you apply it. I have it in shade 02 light. It promises 72 hours of continuous hydration. Not sure who would actually test this by going 72 hours without washing their face, but I lean towards believing the claim. I tried it without moisturiser – remember I have seriously dry skin – and found it perfectly hydrating. What else do I love? The coverage is sheer, but it definitely evens skin tone and hides redness. I have some post-blemish red marks which stick around for weeks, and they were practically invisible after applying this. The best thing about it is that it’s unnoticeable on your skin, like you aren’t wearing anything but your skin just looks like a prettier, smoother and more even-toned version of itself. Below is a picture of how it looks before and after blending a little bit.


Since my skin was particularly vile when I started using this I had to use BB cream or foundation over the CC cream for a while, and it worked out fine. So it can be used as a perfecter of sorts before makeup if you are that way inclined. It adds an extra bit of coverage to my Dior BB cream and looks really flawless. Now I use it alone and it’s the perfect natural-looking skin companion, especially for summer. I wore it to the beach on a sweltering day and my face didn’t get shiny or melt one iota. It is worth using daily because it lightens pigmentation and discoloration with continued use, and contains antioxidant vitamin C, so there are added skincare benefits too. This is one product I am happy I spent R395 on! Available at selected Woolworths, Truworths and online at Rubybox.


I’m wearing no makeup, just the CC Cream. Believe me, it is a huge improvement. It won’t cover blemishes (as you see) but it covers marks and improves the look of your skin.


3 thoughts on “Stila CC Cream Review

  1. sonneillon says:

    I have combo/oily skin… Do you think it might slide around a bit in my case? I’d really love to try this out but I’m a little hesitant it’ll start feeling like the normal Garnier BB cream.

    • Mother City Mom says:

      Well from what I have read the Garnier one does cause a lot of people to go shiny or oily. Whereas this has a matte to satin finish as opposed to a dewy finish so it is probably much better for combination skin. I have found CC cream to stay much more matte and long lasting during the day than BB cream in general. I think it would be fine for you, but it is best to try some in store first. They don’t seem to do samples but you could get some applied in the morning and see how it wears through the day. It’s a bit expensive to just take a gamble on. Good luck! 🙂

  2. callmejagi says:

    Great review! I just tried it today while at Sephora and was really impressed how fast it changed colors! It’s on the pricier side but seeing how nice it made your skin look I might buy it~

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