In a saturated makeup market filled with primers, it can be challenging to determine which ones are worth your money. This no-nonsense Stila One Step Correct review aims to dive into all three formulas: the original, Kitten, and Eye versions. Designed to even out and correct skin tone, all three are color-correcting and brightening serums. Let’s explore each formula in detail, starting with the original Stila One Step Correct.

My Skin Concerns:

Before delving into the reviews, let me share a few things about my skin and the problems I’m trying to address. I have combination skin with pronounced under-eye bags, which are partly genetic and exacerbated by age and lack of proper sleep. Fully covering them without using excessive product tends to make my skin look heavy and crepe-y as I age. Additionally, I experience some redness in my cheeks and overall unevenness in my skin tone.

Discovering the Original One Step Correct:

Having tried color-correcting palettes in the past, I found that most formulas added crepiness under my eyes and made my face appear ghostly when attempting to correct redness. Striking the right balance between coverage and heaviness proved to be a challenge. That’s when I stumbled upon the original One Step Correct at Sephora. Initially, I struggled to achieve desirable results, but after some trial and error, I learned the best application method.

Applying the Original Formula:

To obtain effective corrective results while creating a suitable base for my foundation, I found that taking a pump onto the back of my hand and gently dabbing at the product to mix the colors worked well. I then applied it to my face using my finger, focusing on the problem areas like under my eyes and cheeks. After application, I allowed the product several minutes to absorb. Since the color correctors are suspended in a serum, giving it some time to work its magic is crucial. While it’s important to have a moisturized face, I found that a gel moisturizer strikes the right balance‚ÄĒproviding hydration without leaving my skin too slick. This allows the serum formula to absorb nicely, leaving my skin with a good base for makeup application.

Making One Step Correct My Go-To Primer:

Once I discovered the best way to achieve the desired results, Stila One Step Correct became my go-to primer. I avoid applying it to my nose area, as it tends to get oily. For the oilier parts of my face, I prefer a grippier primer. This approach is particularly helpful for those of us with combination skin, and I highly recommend it. It’s important to note that this doesn’t reflect poorly on the product itself; rather, it is simply best suited for the drier areas of my face without the need for additional layering or setting the serum before foundation application. If you have an all-over oily complexion, I suggest either layering a grippy primer on top or setting it with a spray before applying foundation.

Comparing the Stila One Step Correct Formulas:

After nearly finishing my current bottle of Stila One Step Correct, which has served as my daily primer for some time now, I decided to order a fresh bottle and discovered that the brand had released two new products in this line: One Step Correct Eye and One Step Correct Kitten. Excited about these additions, I promptly ordered both from Stila’s website, but they are also available through Ulta.

One Step Correct Eye:

The One Step Correct Eye formula combines two peach-y tones in a mineral water base, specifically designed to brighten, hydrate, and correct the eye area. Having tried numerous brightening serums under my eyes, I must say that I have achieved decent results with the One Step Correct Eye formula. Prior to application, I use an eye cream as part of my skin prep routine. This product provides an additional boost of moisture while deflecting light to help brighten up my under-eye circles and minimize the appearance of my bags. What I appreciate about this formula is that my concealer sits nicely on top without creasing, caking, or settling into fine lines.

One Step Correct Kitten:

The One Step Correct Kitten formula is nearly identical to the original One Step Correct, with one key difference. The peach tone in this formula leans slightly more pink-red and contains a highlighting and brightening sheen. When I initially tested the product on the back of my hand, I was slightly concerned as products with excessive sheen or sparkle tend to enhance the texture of my skin instead of correcting or blurring it.

However, I decided to give it a fair try and incorporated it into my regular makeup routine. To my surprise, on my face, it brightened my skin even more than the original formula, while still effectively covering and evening out my redness and dark spots. When applied under my foundation, it felt identical to the original formula in terms of how it interacted with my foundation. I used a low to medium coverage foundation to see if the brightening effect would be noticeable, and I found that my skin had a beautiful glow without appearing overly shimmery, glittery, or textured. Initially worried, I now find that I quite like it as a replacement for the original formula.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Is Stila One Step Correct suitable for all skin types?

Stila One Step Correct is generally suitable for all skin types. However, as with any skincare or makeup product, individual results may vary. Those with very oily skin may prefer to use a grippier primer in the oilier areas of their face, while reserving Stila One Step Correct for drier areas. It’s always a good idea to patch test the product on a small area of your skin before incorporating it into your daily routine.

Can Stila One Step Correct replace the need for a separate color corrector?

Yes, Stila One Step Correct is designed to be a color-correcting serum that addresses redness, uneven skin tone, and other discolorations. Its multi-color formula helps neutralize and balance out the skin, potentially eliminating the need for a separate color-correcting palette or product.

Can Stila One Step Correct Eye be used alone without additional concealer?

While Stila One Step Correct Eye provides brightening and color-correcting benefits, its primary purpose is to prepare the under-eye area for makeup application. If you have mild discoloration or dark circles, you may find that using this formula alone is sufficient. However, for more prominent dark circles or specific concerns, you may still want to use a concealer on top for additional coverage.

How long does it take for Stila One Step Correct to absorb into the skin?

Stila One Step Correct is a serum-based product, and its absorption time may vary depending on factors such as individual skin type and the amount of product applied. As a general guideline, allowing the product several minutes to absorb into the skin before applying your foundation is recommended. This will give the color correctors in the formula enough time to work effectively.

Can Stila One Step Correct be used with different types of foundations?

Yes, Stila One Step Correct can be used with different types of foundations, including liquid, cream, or powder formulas. Its lightweight and serum-like consistency make it compatible with various foundation textures. However, it’s always a good idea to experiment and determine the best combination for your specific skin type and desired makeup finish.

Does Stila One Step Correct provide long-lasting makeup wear?

Stila One Step Correct acts as a primer, creating a smooth base for foundation application. While it can enhance the longevity of your makeup, its primary purpose is to color-correct and even out the skin tone. For optimal makeup longevity, it’s advisable to set your foundation with a setting spray or powder.

Is Stila One Step Correct suitable for sensitive skin?

Stila One Step Correct is generally well-tolerated by many individuals with sensitive skin. However, it’s always recommended to patch test the product first, especially if you have known sensitivities or allergies to specific ingredients. If you experience any irritation or discomfort, discontinue use and consult with a dermatologist.


I continue to be impressed by the Stila One Step Correct line, and these two new additions to my collection have been a delightful discovery. I plan to finish the rest of my original bottle to conduct further comparisons and provide updates in the future.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that since the time of the original writing, Stila has expanded the One Step Correct lineup by introducing Medium and Deep shades. This expansion aims to better accommodate a broader range of skin tones and concerns.

The Stila One Step Correct Original and Kitten formulas are both priced at $36 for a full-size 1.8-ounce bottle, while the Stila One Step Correct Eye formula costs $38 for a 0.5-ounce bottle. Please note that all the products reviewed were personally purchased.

So,the Stila One Step Correct line offers a range of color-correcting and brightening serums that can help address various skin concerns, from uneven skin tone to under-eye circles. Through trial and error, I found effective application methods and witnessed the positive effects of these formulas. Whether you’re seeking a reliable all-over primer or targeted eye correction, Stila One Step Correct provides options worth considering for your makeup routine.