How long does it take you to create one of these characters via the CC? I love the look of some of them, but I just don't think I have the patience nor the temperment to go back and forth so many times, and tweaking so many different morphs. That's kinda why I'm not doing much with the CC to begin with, it's just so tedious...
Every new software is tedious when you first learn it. My suggestion is to suffer through, because it will quickly become much easier.
It's like trying to play ice hockey. Put on the skates, go after the puck, and it won't take long before the moves become second nature and you don't have to think about it.
With CC, I would first suggest trying to match a specific character or face. Match it as perfectly as you can. If something isn't right, go through the pains of figuring out how to make it right. That is how you learn. I believe this is one reason RL is having these contests, to get people to actually dive in and learn how to do it.