My Facebook timelines had been flooded with reviews on Etude House’s version of Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion recently and I thought why not I do the other way round? I have taken pictures of this Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion since a few months ago but didn’t come around to post up a review. I have no idea why :D. Since I’m on BB Cream and CC Cream chronology lately, I thought it’s a good timing for me to share with you my thought on this product.
How I buy this BB Cushion (that’s how I’m going to call it) is quite spontaneous. It was when Laneige relaunch the product back in May 2013 and there is a Facebook offer for this for RM120 that comes with a refill pack. Coincidently I needed to utilize my Bonuslink points as they are expiring so I redeemed RM100 worth of Parkson cash voucher, drove to Setia Alam mall and bought one!
In the box there is a white casing, a refill that is pre-attached to the casing and a sealed refill pack. The retail price for all this is RM145. Each BB Cushion contain 15g of product. You get an extra refill so which means for RM145 you get a 30g of product. That equivalent to a normal BB Cream tube 😀
When it was first launched a year or two ago? Can’t remember when but I’m not interested at all. So expensive! However if you think of the fact that it comes with a free refill pack then it might sound more worthy but then it still is expensive for a BB Cream that is soaked in a sponge. Sorry. That’s just me :D. If it’s not because of the promo price of RM120 and the fact that I have RM100 cash voucher…I would have not bought it. Sorry again.
The case itself is a bulky one because of the thick light blue plastic separator for the puff. In a way the separator is there for a good reason. It actually close down quite tightly to prevent the BB Cream on the cushion from drying out faster than normal. It is also to preserve the active ingredients and their functionality.
The puff is different from the usual sponge that you get from other powder palette. I read that the puff is a dual structure puff that are processed with a special technology that helps to hold nine times more than water. It is made from ruby cell and poly-urethane. I asked the BA how to wash the puff since it’s with special texture and she replied back saying “actually you don’t need to wash the puff since you are not sharing it with anyone”. Hello? What?? How can you not wash it with all the germs? Eeewwww!
Lift the blue separator up and you will find a seal. You need to use the BB Cushion after removing the seal. If you don’t intend to use that soon, do not take it off if possible. Not even a peek. I never throw this seal away till now. Everytime after I use it I will put back the seal. Double layer of protection is better than nothing right?
This is how the BB Cushion looked like. It is actually the usual BB Cream soaked in a sponge/cushion heh! Intriguing? Yes because it’s something new and different. Laneige is the first brand that came out with this new-concept cushion-type BB that comes with five active ingredients for Whitening + Sunscreen + Sweat-proof + Soothing + Makeup, contained in the cushion to maximize the refreshing and soothing sensation. Every time you touch it, the air pump in the cushion contains air bubbles for thin and skin-friendly makeup.
I bought mine from Setia Alam mall. I went up the Laneige counter asking for shade matching help from the BA. She matched me with No. 23 Sand Beige which is a medium shade despite telling her that I’ve tried No. 21 Natural Beige and it oxidize on me. I wonder if she listen to me or not. She told me that I’m quite fair. Here’s the thing. If I’m quite fair to the BA, why would she match me with a darker shade? Furthermore I told her base makeup oxidize on me since I have oily skin. I requested for a shade match on my face directly. I told her to put it on my neck near my jawline and then I stand at a brighter place and check on the mirror. She then agree No. 21 Natural Beige is my shade *facepalm*. Sometimes I wonder if she’s the BA or I’m the BA lol!
To be frank I don’t use this quite often. For the first week after I bought it I did use it everyday to test the hype out. Then it sort of stay in my drawer un-notice. If I do remember this palette I will use it otherwise it remain un-notice.\
Let’s be honest here. On the first usage, I was wow-ed. My base makeup was done in just a few second. And I don’t need a lot to cover up everything. What I like is the cooling sensation that was left on my face. It is heavily scented. Yes HEAVILY. It doesn’t bother me much as it smell quite pleasant but not liking that the scent doesn’t disappear in the first hour and more. I can still smell myself smelling like the BB Cushion. On certain days like the days when I had migraine or the days where my menstrual cycle is near, I can’t take the scent. It made me dizzy and nauseas. This is the reason why I seldom use it. Too fragrant even for myself that are into fragrant makeup.
Second usage was a blah. It’s different from the first and I wonder why. Must be the puff. New puff is always the best. Once it is already soaked with product, it doesn’t perform as good as the first time. I notice the BB Cream on the cushion started to dries up a bit. Means the product is actually not a lot.
The below picture is taken after third usage. Can you see 3/4 of it had dries up? Yeap. No more BB Cream on top. Subsequent usage is a nightmare. I need to press down hard to get BB Cream on my puff. I tried stuffing my fingers down to turn the sponger over but it’s worse. Bottom is heavily soaked with BB Cream. If I turn it over means my puff will be in contact with too much of BB Cream. So in the end I decided not to turn it over. I am trying to press down hard to get the BB Cream on my puff at the moment until I no longer can do so, then only I will turn the cushion over.
Hmmm thinking back about Laneige BA telling that there is no need to wash the puff.
Here is the Before and After picture. The coverage was alright but doesn’t cover all acne marks completely. It definitely brighten the face, that’s for sure. This BB Cushion would need some time for it to set and dries down a bit before setting with finishing powder otherwise it will be a bit tacky.
There is something that I couldn’t figure out about Korean BB Cream. Whenever I had Korean BB Cream on, my face is itchy especially when in contact with car air-cond. The itchiness will disappear after an hour. This situation doesn’t happen to me if I’m using other UK version of BB Cream. Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion gave me the most itch of all BB cream.
Does this melts and move on me? Yes it does. By mid day the base makeup on my cheek and jawline sort of melted and become patchy. I would need to use my fingers to smooth everything out. Same goes to my upper lip area. I have white mustache!
Now, the refill pack. How do you change the refill? Simple. Turn the casing over with the back facing you. See the “Push” word? Just push and the center part will dismantle. Put in the new refill and you are ready to go.
Laneige claim that this BB Cushion is sweat proof but it doesn’t work for me. I like the cooling effect it gave me as I was applying this on but I still think the scent is too heavy especially if it doesn’t goes off immediately. It certainly can make someone nauseas.
This is not a good oil control type of BB Cream. In fact my face oil up on a faster rate than usual. Bummer.
I am not even done with the first pan so I doubt I’ll repurchase anytime soon. Actually I don’t think so I’ll repurchase this. It is just not as good as raved for me.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.