Do you deal with redness or discoloration? If so, you might be drawn to some sort of color balancing product! There are two clean and non-toxic skincare brands that make some, so I thought it would be fun to compare them for ya and get down to the nitty-gritty details. Here we go!
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Clean Color Correction: How It Works!
First, if you’re not familiar with color theory when it comes to beauty and skincare, the concept is that green hues can offset and neutralize redness! If you look at the color wheel, cool green tones are opposite of warm reddish ones. It’s pretty neat! So that’s why these corrector products are tinted green with mineral pigments.
(no, they won’t make you look like the Hulk!) 🟢
FitGlow Redness Rescue vs. Indie Lee Color Balancer
Now, let’s chat more about the two color correcting creams!
Both of these bridge the gap between makeup and skincare. So they’re meant to be used after your usual skincare routine and before applying makeup (or without makeup at all). You could even just use them as spot treatments for targeted areas.
And of course, they both meet my strict standards for ingredient purity. Clean, low tox, and safe 👍
Similar products on the market can contain ingredients that I recommend avoiding such as:
💰 Price: $69 for 30mL
🐰 Vegan & cruelty free
♻️ Recyclable plastic tube with pump
❤️ National Rosacea Society approved
I really love FitGlow’s Correct+ concealer, so I was excited to try this RRC cream! The owner of FitGlow actually struggles with rosacea and they partnered with the National Rosacea Society, so this is recognized as suitable for rosacea-prone skin!
It’s formulated with wakame seaweed extract, comfrey, calendula, zinc oxide, aloe vera, and chamomile which are ultra-soothing, calming, and protect skin from environmental stressors.
- Helps control shine and is slightly mattifying
- Doubles as a makeup primer and makes a soft, smooth base
- Smells really good; not too strong, just a light and fresh scent!
- Super clean and natural ingredients (some are even certified organic) and rated 0️⃣ on Think Dirty
- I feel like this does a better job of actually calming my skin instead of just masking the redness on the surface
- More expensive than Indie Lee’s cream and you do need to use a bit more to get the same effect
- It’s not as emollient as Indie’s, so you need to be quicker about blending it in before it dries otherwise the pigment can kind of sit on top of skin instead of absorbing
- Not that moisturizing on its own so you need to apply it after the rest of your skincare (you could possibly get away with using it as your moisturizer if you already have oily skin)
💰 Price: $42 for 30mL
🐰 Vegan & cruelty free
♻️ Glass jar
This is a newer launch from Indie Lee! It’s formulated with tiger grass, niacinamide, arnica, Gentiana lutea root extract, and Vitamin E to hydrate, support the skin barrier, reduce the appearance of pores, supply antioxidants, and minimize redness.
Indie Lee’s is not as bright minty green as FitGlow’s; it’s more subtle and olive/beige. It has a dewier finish too! ✨
- A little goes a long way
- Very creamy smooth texture!
- Evens out skin tone more effectively
- More affordable than FitGlow’s cream
- Feels more moisturizing compared to FitGlow
- Pigment soaks into skin better than FitGlow’s, especially around peach fuzz or hairy areas
- The green color can make you look kind of sickly if you use too much so, again, a little goes a long way!
- The ingredients are clean, but they use more glycols/solvents/synthetics vs. FitGlow’s formula is more pure and natural
- Can pill and bunch if you over blend or use too much, so make sure to let your skincare soak in before applying this cream and also wait a bit before applying makeup
And the winner is…🏆
Honestly, I think both of these are great products and do help with redness. Ultimately, there are pros and cons to each so it might depend on your skin type and what you’re looking for specifically.
In terms of correcting redness, Indie Lee’s Color Balancer does a slightly better job! I also like that it sinks into skin more seamlessly and evens out your skin tone really well. Overall, I prefer this one especially since it’s more affordable!
FitGlow’s Redness Rescue Cream, on the other hand, works better as a makeup primer and has higher-quality ingredients. And it feels more like a calming skincare treatment instead of just a color corrector. I also like the matte finish for days I don’t want to wear makeup but need help controlling shine.
I’ll for sure keep using both depending on what I’m looking for that day! 🙂
Color correctors for other skin discoloration:
If you don’t have redness and are interested in different color correctors, check these out!
FitGlow Correct+ Concealers: Other than green, you can get these in peach and red undertones to address dark circles, purple hues, veins, or for darker skin tones.
Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Correctors: These come in green, pink, peach, and yellow for similar discolorations!
Have you tried either of these? Have any questions? Let me know below in the comments. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you found this helpful 💚