I think there’s some higher power up there in the world that messes with you whenever your money runs out – every other essential item that you have to use will also run out at the same time. I’ve had a time when my shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, makeup remover and toothpaste all ran out at the same time. Quite obviously, I had to run out to get them.
This time, my BB is running out and guess what? The last I checked, the counters didn’t have any stock either. -major sad face- Before it completely dries up like the Sahara Desert, I’d better do a review on my Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion.
Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion – SGD59 (comes with extra refill)
I didn’t have time to take a before photo when I was putting on makeup this morning. Honestly, who has the mood to take photos at 5am? So I’m using this photo from my Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydro-Gel Mask review
After applying the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion + Laneige loose powder + Esprique Melty Fix Cheek
Now, I love this Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion but it’s slightly on the yellow side. As you can see from the above picture, my skin is more rosy-fair and the BB looks slightly goldish/yellowish on my hand. I’ve had to “even” out the colour with my Laneige loose powder (review coming soon!)
If the BB runs out, simply flip the cushion over. Gravity makes everything go down, from our asses to BB creams. However, as you can see, I’m clearly running out of BB.
Puff care: I usually squeeze the puff between two sheets of tissue paper after using to ensure that everything is removed from the puff. This is also to ensure that it keeps dry. If you must wash it, be very gentle cos you could tear it really easily. Soak it in lukewarm or hot water with some detergent or facial cleanser and massage it. Rinse thoroughly, gently press out excess water and then leave out to dry.
Application and Effects: It works in the same concept as the IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock Ex-Cover. They’ve got similar names and concepts because they’re all under the same parent company, Amore Pacific. Laneige is at the lower end of its product line, catered more for young-20s consumers while IOPE is more for the mid- to late-20s consumers with higher purchasing power. I use shade 21, Natural Beige. It comes with a free refill (same as IOPE) and also has a flip-open cover cum sponge holder to ensure that it doesn’t dry up.
Comparison: The Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion has a tad bit more coverage than the IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock Ex-Cover , so I use the Laneige in the morning. However, as I said, it is slightly yellowish in tinge, so I have to offset it with a pinkish / lighter coloured loose powder. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood, I’ll dust the Etude House Face Designing Brightener all over my face too. I’ll then use the IOPE for touch-ups during the day.
Anyway, I’ve tried to capture the colour difference but I’m not sure if you can see it. Clearly, the “I” on the left stands for IOPE while the “L” stands for Laneige (on the right). IOPE is brighter and closer to my skin tone while Laneige is a little goldish/yellowish.
Texture: Both are about the same, and have the same staying power. The Laneige one has a distinct Laneige product smell, while IOPE has a really nice fragrance too! I can’t quite describe it, but it’s refreshing and yummy. Both also feel very cooling when applied to the face, and don’t cake at all (the new term these days is “buildable” cos it builds on the former layer”. Plus, both are SPF50+ PA+++.
I heard from an industry source that Laneige is supposedly retweaking the formulation of the Snow BB Soothing to make it less yellowish. Plus, this version has been specially formulated for the Singapore market as we prefer products with more coverage, versus the Koreans who have naturally good skin because of their climate and don’t need that much coverage.
In conclusion, I say get this. It’s definitely much better than foundations or BB creams which are thicker in consistency and thus clog your pores more. Plus, you don’t need to use your hands for application, which minimises the pimple occurences. What’s more, these BB cushions are also buildable and don’t cake, thus allowing you to touch up and go around without worrying that you look horrible.
Can’t wait for the next batch to arrive!
Update: 8 June 2015: I’m a huge fan of the Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion – check out my review here.