The inevitable has happened – I finally see the light at the end of the (BB cushion hoarding/buying) tunnel! I think I’m really running out of BB cushions to buy/review for now, simply cos I’m restricted from going to Korea (damn you MERS). Here’s one of the few remaining BB cushions I’ve got lined up to review 😀 (Psst: Please don’t forget to vote for meeee – I may have a lead for now, but my life motto is never to be complacent and never slack off. Plus, the more you vote, the higher your chances of winning a DVD player from sponsor Panasonic!)
Using Shade 17 – seems to be a trend these days with a new in-between shade to fill the gap for those who are in between 13 and 21 (Sulwhasoo’s Evenfair Perfecting Cushion Brightening also has 17)
Face: Mamonde Cover Powder Cushion. Blush: Aritaum Sugarball Cushion Blusher. Lips: YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil
The Packaging: The usual – compact case + inbuilt mirror + flip-out tray that functions as a moisture lock as well as a puff sponge holder. It’s about the same size as the usual BB cushions.
Refill Interchangeability: YES with Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion – perfect fit with both fitting into each other’s casings. Will check on the other brands and update later.
The Scent: It has a very mild powdery scent with a slight hint of fruitiness, but only discernible if you’ve got your nose 1cm away from the cushion itself.
The Application: Now this differs from the usual BB cushions again – it’s not as “watery” and “liquid” as the others. It doesn’t glide across the face that smoothly (which I’m guessing is because of its high powder content), so I found that I had to pick up product more times from the cushion than usual. Note that it’s not sticky though – it’s just not as “fluid” as the usual BB cushions.
The Finish: A beautiful lightweight bright and matte finish – that’s right, one of the rare Korean BB cushions to deviate away from the usual dewy-shiny finish and go for a full powdered matte finish instead. I love it!
The Oil Control: Medium – I didn’t have to blot till about 5 hours later, and even then, I used one of those thinner paper sheets (instead of the blue oil films).
The Verdict: Alas – despite the beautiful finish, it oxidised after about 5 hours and clearly showed where my oil production glands are (the corners of the nose, the chin). However, the good thing is that a few dabs with a sheet of tissue is enough to get rid of the ugly splotches, and what remains looks like a natural finish (the makeup doesn’t disappear completely). (Beauty tip: Instead of touching up and applying more product, I’d highly recommend dabbing with the tissue sheet instead.) That aside, the cheek areas showed absolutely no signs of oxidisation, and since this is where the drier parts of my face are, it’s safe to assume that this cushion is great for those with drier skin types but want a matte finish. Those with oily or combi-oily skin can try applying a mattifying or oil control primer before applying this cushion. Overall, it’s a pretty decent cushion and perfect for those looking for a non-dewy finish! 😀