Now it’s been a while since I’d applied this Hera UV Mist Cushion – I first discovered it back in 2012 (and clearly it’s finished since then). I’ve moved on to trying other BB cushions since then as well, but when I saw this Olympia Le-Tan limited edition for 2015, I knew I just had to have it. Just look at the casing – it’s gorgeous and gold. It was a lost battle from the first second I laid eyes on the in-mag advertisement as I dyed my hair. Hah. I am such a sucker. Thankfully, this is also supposed to have a new formula from the previous version, so at least I’ve got an eensy weensy justification in buying this.
Now the Olympia Le-Tan collection comes in two versions -the Black Collection and the Pink Collection. And since you guys know I’m such an incorrigible addict, I of course bought both versions of the UV Mist Cushion. In fact, I would have bought all the items in the collection had they not been sold out. Gah.
The Packaging: Well, the photos speak for themselves – this is a gorgeous gold rimmed casing (and gold interior as well) with a mattt-gloss illutrated exterior. The black portions are matte to the touch while the illustrations of the pencils are sort of uv laminated (aka shiny, glossy finish). I have to give props to the illustration – it actually looks textured but it’s not! Other than that, it’s the usual compact casing with a flip-out tray that acts as both a sponge puff holder as well as a moisture seal for the bb cushion. The refill for this can fit into Laneige’s casing but not vice versa.
The Scent: It’s been a while since I smelled this scent, but I love that it hasn’t changed much – it’s still a lovely fragrance that has a hint of fruity notes. It doesn’t overwhelm the senses and fades after you’re done applying it on your face.
- When freshly applied: An undeniably radiant and beautiful finish that covers up most of the blemishes and dark eye circles. It’s more matte than dewy (about 70% matte; 30% dewy), so those who are adverse to shine will like this product. It applies smoothly and easily too.
- After a few hours: Those who have dry / dry-combi / oily skin (essentially anyone who doesn’t have balanced normal skin), take note: This will not perform well on your skin. I have oily-combi skin type, and I noticed after just a few hours (3-4 hours), the portions that are drier/extremely oily immediately started to show patchiness. The corners of the nose, the chin, as well as areas where I had post-pimple scabs were significantly enhanced by the patchiness/oxidisation. Even the nasolabial area showed patchiness. That said, the apples of the cheek/cheekbone /cheek area was surprisingly immune to this. I attribute this to the clay content – it can absorb excess sebum (I didn’t have to blot till like 6-7 hours after initial application), BUT the by-product of clay + bb cushion + facial oil is not a pretty sight. You can click on my photo above to enlarge and observe the chin/corners of the nose.
- Touching up: Since it gets patchy really quickly on dry skin areas, my first reaction is to touch up at those areas. Unfortunately, it gets even more patchier. I find that the best way to touch up is to wet a sheet of tissue, wipe it gently over the area and re-apply.
The Verdict: I’m on the fence for this one. It probably doesn’t suit my skin type, but may perform better on those with sufficiently moisturised / not-so-oily (read: good normal skin like the Korean girls). The coverage and scent are great, oil control is strong, and the overall finish is a radiant and natural one without looking overall dewy or shiny. It works fine on the normal (non-dry and non-oily) zones but doesn’t perform well on other areas. It’s a pity that my oil glands and dry flaky skin had to come and break up this otherwise perfect union. For a more matte finish, try their UV Mist Cushion Long Stay.