17 April 2013

Review: Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream #01 Silky

Hello! ~ You probably have all heard about CC Creams by now, which is the latest trend on the Asian Beauty Market. I feel a bit like a hypocrite, because when the first ones came out and I saw the first reviews I just thought "Nha, the world doesn't really need this". It seemed like a downgraded BB Cream to me: It had all the treatment abilities, like anti wrinkle care, whitening effect, sun protection, etc. which a BB Cream has too, but apparently less coverage. What was the point of it? I have to admit - I still don't fully understand. Despite not being impressed at all, Etude House got me once again when they released their Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream, which I bought instantly because 1.) I thought I should not judge these products before trying out at least one 2.) I was drawn to the packing design (Damn you, Etude!). This CC Cream is available in two types: #01 Silky and #02 Glow. The one I got and will review for you today is the Silky version.
 Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review
 Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review 2013
 Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review

The  Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream is a multitasking 8-in1 product, which hydrates, primes, conceals, treats and protects your skin and promises anti-aging effect, stress relief, hydrating effect, a SPF 30 / PA++ sun protection, tone-up, a smooth texture and luminosity.

It actually does not promise real coverage, which was my main concern and also a bit cause for confusion about what exatly this product is. As you can see from the directions on the packing, Etude House advices you to use it as a base under your foundation (or BB Cream) for more coverage, so I expected this to have no coverage at all.

 Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review
 Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review

The CC Cream comes in a pump dispenser tube, which is just the most awesome, most hygienic and most handy kind of packing for any kind of cream. If you know Etute House's Precious Mineral BB Cream you are already familiar with this kind of packing, but be aware that this one is much smaller with just 35ml of cream, while the BB Cream has 60ml of product in it!

The cream itself is white with a lot of tiny bluish grains in it. When you apply the cream and start blending it with your fingers, the color starts to change into a nice skin-colored shade. This means you actually have to apply it differently than a BB Cream, because you kind of have to "rub" it in to get the color to change. Since this CC Cream only comes in one shade I was a bit worried, especially since many Asian BB Creams have a grayish or yellowish undertone, but the Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream turns into a rather pinkish shade. 

Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review
Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Review

The texture is different than what I expected, it is more like the one of a facial cream than the one of a foundation or BB Cream and does not blend in as easily as some BB Creams I have tried (but then I also do not think that the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Creams are the most easy to blend in BB Creams).
The product is extremely efficient and you really only need the tiniest amount to cover all of your face. The amount I used for the swatches above is way too much already.
I thought that, because the coverage of CC Creams was supposed to be so minimal, you would not see much of a color difference, but I think in the end you do and my face appears to be slightly more pinkish than my neck after using this product. It also appears to be very light at first, but I have the feeling this is one of the products that gets darker over time.


As expected the coverage of this product is not very strong. I am a big fan of light-coverage, or better said light textured BB Creams. I like a good coverage, but I do not like the thick mask-feeling of some products with a strong coverage and you really do not feel much of the CC Cream on your face.

 
This photo shows how my skin looks with the Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream only, no additional concealer or base, and you can still see many reddish areas, especially around my nose. Just showing this is a bit embarrassing to me, so I won't show a before photos of my face and you just have to believe me that it looked even much worse before. I made this though to give you an idea of the coverage and how the CC Cream changes the appearance of the skin:


Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream Silky Coverage


If you like a natural result, maybe just adding a concealer on red areas and adding a bit of powder on top might be enough already, but if you want perfect flawless skin, this CC cream alone won't be enough (unless you have naturally beautiful skin to begin with, of course!)
With the CC Cream the color of my skin appears more event, and luckily the result isn't shiny, which was one of my greatest fears as I hate the "glow" effect of many Asian products. So I deliberately did not pick the #02 Glow version, but the #01 Silky version, but even silk is kind of shiny, so I was worried that this was one of the products that would instantly turn my face into a greasy mess. Luckily it did not.
Other than slightly covering spots and red areas and making my skin look a bit smoother and also "healthier" because the slightly pink undertone just is a big improvement to my usual sickly pale skin, the Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream doesn't perform any miracles. 
If you want to use this CC Cream as a substitute for a BB Cream, then I am still not entirely sure what the benefits of this product over a BB Cream would be. I cannot really see any as I have plenty of BB Creams that give me similar results. This is not a bad product, compared to a BB Cream, but in the end it's nothing new: Just a very light-coverage multi-functional BB Cream under a new name.
However, if you see the CC Cream as a multi-functional primer substitute, this is really good. If I add a light-coverage BB Cream over it, I get perfect coverage, and the CC Cream does not make the BB Cream any harder to blend in.

So, my conclusion: Not very good as a BB Cream substitute, very good as a primer.
I am not sure I want to try other CC Creams in the future, it's not really something I can't seem to live without.

If you have tried out other CC Creams and have written reviews somewhere, please share your links in the comments, as I am curious about other people's experiences with these new products.

UPDATE 5/06/2013:

I want to add this little update: Usually my skin is really really bad. And when it is that bad the CC Cream doesn't really do much for me. However, lately my skin condition is better than it has ever been in the past years and when I just have a few small blemished that I do not even mind that much, just putting on the CC Cream in the morning has become a great solution for me. My skin looks okay to begin with (right now), and the CC Cream just adds that extra boost of making the blemishes a bit less visible and evening out the overall skintone a bit. It does not do any miracles and won't help if your skin condition is really bad, but if you possibly like to leave your house bare-faced to begin with, this product might be good for the small improvement it brings.

42 comments:

  1. Thank you for a detailed review! If you want more coverage maybe you should try The Face Shop cc cream (the packaging is unique) or the Hera cc cream (the photoshop cc cream lol)

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  2. I was wondering about this product, after reading your review I think I'm going to pass. Etude House packaging is really engaging but I'm going to stick to regular BBs for now. Thanks for the review ^^ xx

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  3. I have my eye on CC Cream of The Face Shop / Etude House and Skinfood.
    Others will be look out too are: Lioele, Holika Holika, Peripera,
    Innisfree, 3CE, Too Cool For School, VOV, Mira

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  4. I've just tried and reviewed the Tony Moly CC cream, and while at first I was a bit disappointed by the coverage, I find that it works pretty well on days when I don't want a lot of makeup on. I just conceal certain areas and then apply the CC cream all over, then top with loose powder. :D

    That being said, I heard that CC cream is better for skin in the long run, compared to BB cream.

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  5. As far as I know there is no Skinfood CC Cream available. I am pretty sure they will release some too at some point, just like all Korean cosmetic brands, but they haven't done so yet.

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  6. Yes, I have heard that too, but I am sceptic, because all the stuff it promises like sun protection, anti ageing effect, whitening effect etc. is all stuff that BB Creams offer too. I am just not really sure whether this product is really as good as the brands claim, or just another way to re-market what we already had with BB Creams.

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  7. I also think I will stick to BB Creams for now or until there is a CC Cream out where I have the feeling it can do more than BB Creams can do.

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  8. The one that looks like a powder pack? The packing really looks complicated to use to me. I think I will stick to BB Creams for now though.

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  9. I guess cc cream is suitable for those who like the "my skin but better" effect while BB goes to those who want an extreme flawless finish!~ haven't tried any cc cream yet but will definitely search for one! ^_~

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  10. Possibly, but that's what I don't quite understand, because to me BB Creams were already "my skin but better" products to me as they usually never have coverage like for example a foundation. So I don't quite get the idea behind CC creams, other than that they are face treatment creams.

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  11. I really have to get my hands on those CC Creams soon! I am so curious to try !
    but I kind of like the finish of this CC Cream on your skin! it looks fresh and bright :)

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  12. Ho god, so sad that don't really cover a lot better, I have ordeded it since 2 weeks ago, I hope it will look good afterall. Thanks for your review as always!

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  13. Hab mir genau die gleiche bestellt, warte noch das sie ankommt.
    Wollte sie auch als Primer benutzen da ich nicht davon ausging das sie überhaupt irgendne Coverage hat, also klingt das für mich garnicht so schlecht, danke für die Review ^_^

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  14. Wenn du von Anfang an darauf eingestellt bist dass sie sehr wenig Deckkraft hat, wirst du damit wohl nicht enttäuscht sein! <3

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  15. Yes, and I think if your skin is good to begin with, not like mine with lots of blemishes, then this product can really do a lot for your skin. For me it is a bit too little, at least with the way my skin is right now.

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  16. Great review, but I think I'm going to stick with my bb cream for now. Actually, I'm quite overwhelmed by all the bb and cc creams coming out.

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  17. from what I've gathered, cc creams are just for complexion brightening not really for coverage like bb creams that's why i'm skipping them for now

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  19. I had tried 3 CC cream, from TonyMoly, The Faceshop and innisfree,
    TonyMoly cc cream had glowy result and light coverage,
    The Faceshop cc cream, less glowy, but had medium coverage (I like this one, used for special occasion)
    and Cc cream from innisfree, less glowy and light coverage (I used for daily).
    After read your review, maybe I'll put etude cc cream on my list :)

    ~Have a nice day~

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  20. CC cream from SkinFood just released a few days ago :)

    http://www.theskinfood.com/m/shopping/new_recipe.asp

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  21. Yes, I saw the announcement too today. But that's just a release announcement, it is not actually available for purchase yet, right?



    Because I am still waiting for Skinfood to actually release their Flora Tea Spring Collection, which they announced 2 months ago, but it still has not happened, apart from Malaysia, where it has been available for weeks already.

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  22. May I know, where u usually buy the product?
    Because I never buy it online,
    I live at south korea, so I just go to the shop :)

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  23. Usually I buy my products in Japan, though when there are new products I want at once and don't want to wait till I or a family member is in Japan again I just buy them from whatever online shop has them first/cheapest.

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  24. I just went to Skinfood counter, I saw the flora tea spring collection and cc cream already sold there :)

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  25. I wonder why I cannot find one single online sore selling the Flora Tea collection. :( Usually I do not have any problem with that and there are always some sellers selling it worldwide the moment a product is released.

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  26. hmmm.. it seems to be a bit to sheer for me.. =/
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  27. Hmm...I don't know,
    maybe it because from 1-2months ago, all korean cosmetic brand released new cc and spring collection, busy busy busy...lol

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  31. in love with Banila Co.CC cream.. it has light texture with light coverage with dewy finished result. i applied it after basic skincare for daily uses, for special occasions, i use it and followed by BB cream. But Banila co is more expensive than etudehouse, skinfood.

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  32. Thanks for the tip, but I really dislike stuff with "dewy" finish, because I already have very oily and therefore shiny skin, so I don't like anything that adds to that effect.

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  38. I've bought some, but I'm really pale and I'd rather not make myself much paler. You can already see the veins under my eyes.... Were the whitening properties very noticeable?

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  39. Hello^^; I have a question about the cc cream ^^; Do you think cc creams work on medium/tan skin? Like this one?

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  40. I am currently having a slight tan and the product already seems to white to me on my face, so I would say no. :(

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  41. I never feel like my skin gets any whiter with any kind of "whitening" product, this CC cream is no exception.

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