Studio Gear Linen Hydrating CC Cream SPF 20 Review, Swatches, Pictures

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It’s not the first time I’m using Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream SPF20 in “Linen”, I actually tried a sample before, but it’s been so long, I actually forgot if I liked it or not. Luckily, I now have a chance to refresh my memories and try it again using a full-sized tube provided by the company via BrandBacker [bloggers, sign up here].


“Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigous cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionalizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.”

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Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream SPF20 in “Linen” – squeeze tube packaging prevents cross-contamination

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream SPF20 in “Linen” – white lotiony formula will self-adjust to your skin color

Most of us probably tried at least one BB Cream already, but what about those CC Creams? What’s the fuss all about, anyway, and how are they different from foundations, tinted moisturizers and BBs? Turns out it’s not just a clever marketing ploy, and these products are actually different. The texture of CC creams is like runny lotion, usually white in color with some darker grainy specks. Once applied, the product oxidizes on the skin, and self-adjusts to your complexion; making each shade truly unique. In addition to concealing properties, CC creams usually also work as moisturizers, and sometimes as a base under thicker foundations to make the skin look truly flawless.

For this review I chose the lightest shade – Linen – in the hopes that it would work for my pasty skin. I always apply liquid complexion products with a dampened makeup sponge, and it worked pretty well for me. Always start with the nose, slowly blending outward – I discovered that this simple technique gives me the best result. After buffing Hydrating CC Cream into my skin, I waited about five minutes for the color to develop, and to my pleasant surprise is turned out to be a near perfect match. I mean, it was supposed to adjust to my skin and all, but I honestly didn’t expect it to do it that well!

The coverage is quite light, which isn’t a big deal for me, because I normally don’t wear heavy foundations anyway, but if you have more than one or two small imperfections, you will definitely have to double with a concealer. Another great option would be to use this CC cream as a primer/base for another foundation, this way you will have a nice even canvas.

Let’s not forget that it’s a “Hydrating” CC cream after all, so I checked the ingredient list and found Rose Extract, and Tocopherol [Vitamin E] near the top of the list, which are both known for their skincare benefits. And, of course, the nice mix of chemical [Octinoxate] and physical sunscreens [Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide], makes this CC cream an effective multitasker.

On my skin it lasted approximately seven hours before the color started fading, which is a decent track record for most lightweight complexion products. The finish is dewy and very natural-looking, like your skin but better. I admit, I had to blot my T-zone a few times during the day, but that’s because I normally use setting powder which takes care of any excess oil, however, for the sake of testing this CC cream, I wore it alone to get the unaltered results.

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream SPF20 in “Linen” – provides light natural-looking coverage

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream SPF 20 provides natural-looking, light coverage that lasts seven hours on average. The color adjusts to the wearer’s complexion, blending seamlessly into the skin. Included mix of two types of broad-spectrum sunscreens, both chemical and physical, as well as moisturizing ingredients, make this a good multi-tasting product. Those looking for fuller coverage can use this CC cream as a primer underneath their usual product of choice.

92%, A-
Formula 10/10 | Application 10/10 | Pigmentation 8/10 | Longevity 9/10 | Product 9/10

$34 USD for 1.1 fl. oz. Available at Studio Gear, Ulta.

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Octinoxate 7.50%, Titanium Dioxide 5.00%, Zinc Oxide 1.00%. Inactive: Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Saccharide Isomerate, Rose Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Boron Nitride, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Triethyl Citrate, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lysine, Magnesium Chloride, Palmitic Acid, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Ethanol, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zinc Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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