[REVIEW] LANEIGE BB Cushion (Pore Control)

This is my first ever LANEIGE cushion – I got really addicted to using my IOPE one, so I didn’t really get around to using this often. I started trying this when my first IOPE refill was running out, so here I am with my LANEIGE cushion review!


Product Description

Skin becomes untidy within one hour of wearing makeup due to excessive sebum secretion and sweat!
Make your skin look clean and smooth all day long by keeping skin moisturized inside and matte outside with refreshing BB cushion that controls excessive sebum while maintaining moisture.

1. Keeps skin moisturized inside and matte outside for long hours by selectively controlling only oil: The two-step oil control system makes skin look matte without any taut feel inside skin by strongly controlling oil and by providing moisture.

2. Makes skin look bright and smooth by blurring pores and uneven skin texture!: The blurring layer, which reflects the penetrated light, makes skin look smooth and bright by covering pores and uneven skin texture.

3. The ultra-light texture keeps skin fresh all day long!: The cotton candy powder in ultra-light texture with good permeability gives a refreshing feel that lasts long hours.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 59


Ingredient List

WATER / AQUA / EAU, ZINC OXIDE (NANO), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (NANO), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, NIACINAMIDE, NYLON-12, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, FRAGRANCE / PARFUM, STEARIC ACID, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DIMETHICONE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) EXTRACT, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CORN STARCH, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE

Some key ingredients:

  • Sodium chloride: Softening for skin when used in moderation, potential irritant
  • Butylene glycol: potential irritant
  • Fragrance: potential irritant
  • Peppermint extract: Revitalize skin
  • Pinus sylvestris leaf extract: Antioxidant
  • Zinc oxide: sun protection

I think the first thing that hit me when I first used this product was the strong metal smell – anyone experienced the same thing too?

Packaging: It resembles IOPE’s (no duh, same parent company), but this feels bulkier and not quite as… compact? I do agree the iridescent lid is pretty, but when I compare it to others of a similar price, I feel like it just doesn’t fare as well in this aspect.

Colour: 21 is my normal go-to shade, but I feel like this one is a tad too fair for me. Also, what is up with the marketing material that labels this shade ‘normal Asian’s skin’? Not very nice to label other darker/fairer skin shades as abnormal leh. Also, why is 23 considered ‘tanned’??

Staying power: This product is supposed to keep your skin feeling fresh all long day, but I honestly didn’t feel like this worked as I expected it to. I saw the BB cream start to oxidize after a few hours, and this process accelerated when I was out in the hot sun.

Coverage: As with most cushions, you shouldn’t expect this to cover all your bumps and acne scarring. I have to say though, my blemishes looked even worse when I was in a dry air-conditioned room, like my pores were all enlarged, dry, and my skin SO OILY!


Final Verdict

I know this cushion won quite a number of awards but no, this really didn’t work out that well for me.

Of course, this BB cushion is not without its merits. I do appreciate the brightening effect that most BB creams provide, but other than that, I can’t say I’m a fan of this. I think I’ll stick to my IOPE cushion instead.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮

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[REVIEW] IOPE Air Cushion

I had heard multiple wonderful reviews of IOPE’s Air Cushion, therefore I finally decided to buy one even though I’m not a heavy user of cushion compacts.


Product description

Cushion foundation that provides powerful protection against UV rays and delivers complete coverage for natural, luminous complexion.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 37.34 (Lazada)

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 After my bad experience trying to match my shade for the Etude House Any Cushion All Day Perfect, I gave up and asked the salesgirl to help recommend a suitable cushion for me. She explained that there were 3 types (Natural, Shimmer, Cover) as you can see in the product description above. Natural gives you the dewy, moisturized skin that Koreans love, Shimmer a brighter skin that glows (much like the banila co. It Radiant Glow BB Cream) and Cover promises a higher coverage for skin as terrible as mine. I was recommended 21C (or C21) for a shade that was slightly lighter than my original colour, so I trusted the salesgirl and hoped that she was right.

Thankfully, she was.

21 is a nice colour, but the coverage provided is not as good as I expected. It’s probably because my skin is really bad and I have no hopes of covering 3D acne with just foundation. It takes me at least 2 layers on a particular spot in order to get a decent coverage – I shudder to think what would have happened if I underestimated my skin condition and bought, say, Natural. It feels quite hydrating, and not a single bit oily – good for my dry & oily skin! It feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin, which is why I guess it’s called Air Cushion.

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I try not to be a sucker for packaging because it doesn’t say much about product quality, but I’m honestly in love with the IOPE cushion’s. It’s of a much better finishing than the Etude House cushion, and vaguely resembles a pearl with its holographic cover. It feels really luxurious, and it’s little wonder that you see a lot of Korean girls whipping this out in public because it’s so pretty.

I’ve used this quite a few times before I wrote this, and every time I’m still very amazed by its long wear time. I tested this again just last week, putting my banila co. primer first and then finishing off with the Innisfree No-Sebum powder. I had it on for about 6 hours, walking around in hot weather and then staying in an air-conditioned room for 3 hours. At the end of the day, it still looked as fresh as when I first applied it, which was amazing! I also could not see much signs of oxidation. My skin was neither too dry nor too oily, and I figured the foundation could probably even last me for 5 more hours if I didn’t take it off.


Final Verdict

This product has been highly raved about so often and by so many people that it made me really cynical at the beginning, but trying it for myself got me completely sold.

Initially, you might think that this is rather expensive (I bought it for more than 40 000 won in Seoul), but you’ll realize that it comes with a refill, meaning that this product can probably last you for 6 months to 1 year, depending on how often you use it. I think the price is absolutely worth it.

I was originally not a fan of cushion compacts because I associated it with poor coverage, high oxidation and short wear time. However, IOPE’s Air Cushion has totally changed my perspective on cushions. The rave reviews are absolutely valid and substantiated, and I now finally understand why every single girl in Korea seems to be using this to touch up their makeup in public. This product truly deserves all the hype and awards it receives, and I will definitely repurchase this.

I’m just hoping my skin clears up soon so that I can try the Natural and Shimmer ranges, which might offer even more fantastic results than the Coverage one.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Etude House Any Cushion All Day Perfect

I sometimes sweat so much in the unbearable Singapore heat that even the strongest BB cream cannot hold up perfectly. At other times, I’m simply too lazy to apply BB cream, especially when I travel, which was why I bought a cushion compact to do my makeup on the go.


Product description

Perfect cover, smooth adherence, absolutely long-lasting!

Any Cushion All Day Perfect provides long-lasting perfect, elastic makeup.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 32


Due to a series of unfortunate events, I matched to my hand colour and got the wrong shade (Sand). I would be better off with Beige or Petal, while Sand is a tad too dark for me. Lesson learned – match your foundation/BB cream shade to your jawline, not your hands!!

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As you can see, the design also looks a bit…plasticky? It’s quite different from, say, IOPE and LANEIGE’s cushions.

I used this quite a fair bit in the past when my skin was not in its best condition, and I was not very impressed by the coverage given. It also doesn’t make your skin look particularly radiant, which is a bit disappointing because all it really does, then, is just to even out your skin colour. However, it feels much better on my skin than its BB cream counterpart though, which is a plus point.

I wore this on full working days (~ 8 to 7), and the oxidation process was painfully visible throughout. At around noon, I could already see that most of it was gone, and had to reapply again. If I decided to be lazy and not reapply, the results look even worse by the end of the day. I think it’s even worse because I stay in air-conditioned rooms the whole day, which leaves the makeup on my skin feeling really dry and cakey. I even had comments from friends asking if I hadn’t done my makeup that day…


Final Verdict

If this product was good, I would have totally considered buying a refill of the correct shade. However, my experience with this cushion compact has been nowhere near amazing, even disappointing.

I’m not repurchasing this, and I won’t recommend this either if you’re looking for something long-lasting and with high coverage.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮
Value for money: ✮