Like millions of other young adults who came of age during the dawn of Instagram, I spend an alarming amount of time micromanaging my skin. Since my early teen years, too much time spent in front of a mirror has resulted in me picking at my face, leaving my pores pocked with dark marks for days.
My habit has become less frequent as I’ve grown older, but I still rely on the same few products to erase evidence of skin-picking. One of my go-tos, the Stila One Step Color Correcting Serum, happens to be 15 percent off right now.
Every time I use this product, I’m astounded that it has yet to gain major popularity in the beauty world. One Step’s unique formula allows it to function as a top-notch primer, tinted moisturizer, and serum all at once. It contains color-correcting pigments in green, lavender, and peach to reduce the appearance of everything from dark circles to hyperpigmentation on any skin tone. Beyond covering discoloration, it diminishes the appearance of pores and fine lines over time thanks to Stila’s trademarked Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex.
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Whether I apply a pump of the serum on its own or beneath makeup, I love knowing that it’s simultaneously concealing and correcting imperfections. Hundreds of Amazon shoppers agree that you can see a difference after just one use, deeming it a “miracle product” for skincare lovers and makeup obsessives alike.
“I have rosacea and hyper-sensitive skin that freaks out over almost everything,” one reviewer wrote. “This product is one of my favorites. It helps calms my skin, smooths it out and makes me look flawless even without makeup. I even use it at bedtime if I’m having a flare up… Makes my skin look great the next day.”
“I’m not normally someone who writes reviews…unless the product is really wonderful! And this product is absolutely WONDERFUL,” said another. “I was blown away the first time I used it. It doesn’t say that this Stila product combats oily skin, but for some reason when I use it I stay matte for pretty much the entire day. A lot less shine. Plus it gets rid of my red/pink undertones. When I use this product I don’t even need to wear foundation.”
One bottle of Stila’s One Step Color Correcting Serum has lasted me over a year, so it’s safe to say it’s worth every penny you’ll spend. And its current $31 sale price makes it an even better investment.