Today I'll be reviewing the Hera CC Cream. It seems like CC cream is the new trend these days, after the BB cream craze. And then apparently DD creams are coming out soon??
Anyway, back to CC creams: the Hera CC cream stands for "complete care" cream while some other CC creams stand for color correction/control cream.
I actually purchased sample packets of the Hera CC cream because the full size product is about $40-45 on eBay, which for me is super pricey. I saw that many sellers were selling multiple packets of sample sizes (1 ml each packet) and decided that it would be safer to start with those instead. Therefore, I cannot comment on the packaging of this product, but I will discuss the actual product.
|This is what the full size product looks like. Stock image from Amazon.com (not my image!)|
Like most BB creams/CC creams, there is a very limited amount of shades to choose from. With the Hera CC cream, there is either shade 1 or shade 2, with shade 1 being "pink beige"--for pink under
tones--and shade 2 being "natural beige"--for a more yellow undertone.
Product claims from amazon.com:
- Air Brush technology : Your skin keeps moisture but it looks soft and bright without greasy feeling.
- Spot Eraser technology : It clings to your skin and covers freckles. But it still looks natural like your own skin.
- New Layering technology : It contains 50% of moisturizing ingredients. Its innovative formula covers and smooths spotted skin tone.
- Lifting up technology : Cell Cultivation Cocktail (Apple stem cell cultivation media, vitamin C, grape seed oil, honey, hyaluronic acid, vegetable protein) gives shiny and elastic look.
As you can see, the color is not too light and quite yellow. This picture turned out much more blue than in real life. The actual color of the CC cream is a darker, peachy color.
Consistency: The consistency of this product is definitely not as thick as a normal full coverage foundation. However, it's also not nearly as thin and watery as a tinted moisturizer. Once on the face, it's very very lightweight--it really feels like you are not wearing any makeup at all.
Color Match: Since it's summer right now, I've tanned probably 5 shades darker (I'm estimating from an NC25 to about an NC35 in MAC colors). I was really hesitant on buying this product in the first place because I thought it would way too light for me since most Asian products are. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it's only a little bit too light for my current color. I top it off with a lightweight powder foundation that is more of my current color and the CC cream matches perfectly :)
Staying Power: I have worn this product in very hot and humid conditions--sometimes even to work out! I think overall, the staying power of this CC cream is quite good. I rarely ever retouch my makeup and at the end of the day, the CC cream has only faded a little.
Coverage and Texture on the Face: This is definitely not a full coverage product. With one thin layer, it evens out my skin tone quite well but there is still some redness. After a second layer, there is significantly less redness. My hyperpigmentation is not really covered but I don't mind that because it looks a lot more natural. One of my favorite aspects of this product is that it's extremely lightweight and it doesn't bother my skin at all. It's also not drying and doesn't emphasize my dry flakes!
Validity of Product Claims:
-"Airbrush technology": This is definitely a moisturizing product :) It doesn't dry my skin out and feels very comfortable through out the day.
-"Spot eraser technology": For me, my freckles were not really covered but I think the coverage is very buildable and with more product, I think my hyperpigmentation can be concealed. However, I'm not sure if it will look very natural at that point.
-"New Layering Technology": As I mentioned above, this CC cream is moisturizing and my freckles still show.
-"Lifting up technology": The finish is mostly dewy more than shiny, which I absolutely love. The product gives a healthy glow, not a grease-ball face. I can't comment on the effectiveness of the supposedly anti-aging ingredients, but personally, I never really trust those claims in makeup.
Photos: Here are some photos the Hera CC cream on my skin. Just a little warning, many close up pictures of my face will be posted.. including my bare face :/
|My completely bare face: just moisturizer and lip balm. My main skin concerns are extremely dark undereye circles (but that's for concealer to take care of), redness, hyper pigmentation, and overall uneven skin tone.|
|To apply the CC cream, I just dab some product on my most red and freckled areas and my forehead. I then blend it in with a flat top foundation brush (I like this more than using just my fingers!).|
And here is the final result, after eyemakeup, a darker powder, and one more layer of CC cream. With an extra layer, more redness is covered and my skin tone is a bit more even. Like I said earlier, as long as I top my face off with a darker powder, the CC cream matches a lot better.
Overall: I really like the Hera CC Cream. It's a very lightweight product which provides decent coverage and staying power. It helps even out my skintone while keeping things looking natural. I will highly consider buying the full sized product when I'm done with my sample packets!
There are definitely a wide selection of CC creams in the market right now. I might try different brands in the future! Have you tried CC creams yet?
Thank you for reading!