Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Review

 Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream features "micro encapsulated pigments" that "deliver a fresh dose of color that adapts to your own skin tone, creating the most natural looking coverage. This lightweight, oil free cream is infused with Hydra-Extend technology that provides up to 72 hours of continuous hydration. Skin nourishing and brightening ingredients help to correct and maintain a youthful complexion." This CC Cream is available in three shades, the lighter two are featured in this post. Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream contains 33ml (1.1 fl oz) and sells for $34. The products featured in this post were provided to me by BrandBacker for review. Studio Gear does not test on animals. This CC Cream was made in the USA. Studio Gear products are available via the brand's website and at Ulta.

 I quite like this CC Cream's packaging. Outer packaging is a black and grey cardboard box bearing the Studio Gear logo, and product name on he front. A product description and full ingredient list ca be found on the back. Open up the box, and out will slide a black and white squeeze tube with pretty much the same design as the box. Simple, but attractive, functional, an informative.
 Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream is interesting, if anything. The thin cream comes out white with small grey specks suspended in it. As its blended out, this CC Cream begins to develop a color. Studio Gear claims that the color will adjust to the wearer's skin tone, but that isn't true, the color is what it is when you blend it out. As with most BB/CC Creams, this is best applied with fingers. Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream blends very easily, however I feel like a lot of product is needed to do a full face. This CC Cream offers very sheer coverage - almost none really. Coverage is not buildable. As the name implies, this CC Cream's formula is very moisturizing (but non-greasy!)  - enough that I can skip moisturizer when I wear it. Hydration really is the best benefit of Studio Gear's CC Cream. As promised, it's moisture does last even after the product has been removed. I get less than average wear from this Color Correcting Cream, six hours or so if not set with a powder. This tinted moisturizer offers SPF 20. This is a fragrance free product, though it does have a bit of a sunscreen scent.
 Shade selection is pitiful, as I mentioned there are only three shades, all of which are from the middle of Studio Gear's usual shade range. The brand sent me a full size of Linen, the lightest shade, and a deluxe sample of Natural, the middle shade. Both of which are far, far too dark for me. This CC Cream has a dewy finish.

Linen is a yellow based light to medium shade. Linen oxidizes quite orange on me.
Natural is a neutral tan shade that does not share Linen's oxidization problem.
Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream has pros and cons - the formula is easy to apply and truly moisturizing. However, it offers little to no coverage and could be longer wearing. Studio Gear offers a sad excuse for a shade selection - only medium skin tones will be able to wear this CC Cream. I can only hope Studio Gear expands the color options. I don't recommend this CC Cream, it doesn't do much, not enough to justify the $34 price tag, that's for sure. 

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Octinoxate 7.50% SUNSCREEN AGENT
Titanium Dioxide 5.00% SUNSCREEN AGENT
Zinc Oxide 1.00% SUNSCREEN AGENT
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 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)
This product was sent to me for review by Brand Backer and Studio Gear for review. Opinions stated in this review are not influenced by any outside parties. 


  1. I had the same opinion, word for word! I didn't like this CC cream at all; especially since it has such a hefty price tag!

    1. I was totally nodding along to your review!

  2. You're turning into an oompa loompa ;-;