The few and trusty makeup items that I own are slowly dwindling, and I’m starting to feel a bit stranded. See… when it comes to makeup, I’m really super low maintenance and stick to using whatever I have in the same ole’ manner I know how. I rarely get experimental in trying out new brands or new colors, so while most girls have drawers and drawers full of makeup, I have one small stacked tray on my bathroom counter and that’s it. Most of the beauty product samples that I have been offered or given to review, I generally decline politely also.
I have no problem whatsoever going out to buy what I really need and what I’m interested in, rather than holding out for freebies or receiving tons of review items which I never get around to due to lack of interest. Ever since I’ve used up my Hourglass primer and foundation (I picked it up during this NY trip – about two years ago!), I started slapping on Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 before dashing out the door. It’s a good product and I like the silky finish, however maybe it’s also time to start trying something different as well.
Now that I’m finally in the market for a new foundation again, initially I had my eye on Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation and Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Liquid Foundation. The former is not yet available in Singapore (bleah), while with the latter I got ultra annoyed that day at Tangs’ makeup counter coz the salesgirl had mangled English, was kinda distracted, maybe it was her first day on the job or something – so I got majorly turned off and decided to eff it.
I made my way to Sephora (SG) anyway to see what they currently have and the staff there recommended me the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion. I thought ok, it has SPF50 PA++ and having BB cream in a compact sounds like it will be a huge convenience for me – I intend to stick to my slap and dash routine, so I bought one.
So what do I think about this product?
For S$59.00, I got a compact with applicator sponge, a refill and some DIY kit to bling up the compact. The shade that was suggested to me is No. 23 Sand Beige.
These will have to wait until I can find time to decorate and bling up my Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact case. But kinda cute that there’s a free DIY kit included. Hmm, what design should I do?
I didn’t understand why the product name is Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion so I looked it up online after I bought it and found out that the applicator sponge has a cooling effect when applied to the skin. OH I SEE! No wonder it’s so comfortable to use, the first time I used it I noticed that the sponge is indeed very soft. Velvety soft, in fact. I was initially skeptical how long it’d last because it is so thin and fragile-looking. So I read the instruction manual (!!! Does anyone do this anymore?) that comes with the product and it says that the sponge can be washed and it is reuseable.
I had never used anything from Laneige before, and I ended up quite liking this Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion because the product is hydrating and the BB cream doesn’t look cakey on my skin. The sponge holds what appears to be a small amount of BB cream with just one gentle pat into the compact, and then that can be spread out easily all over the face. Coverage-wise, it’s sheer to medium, but is buildable though multiple applications. My freckles are still visible but interestingly my puffy undereyes look less so during first round. So for the second round, instead of spreading out the BB cream, I use patting motion. Thankfully I don’t look ghastly pale even after multiple layers of this BB cream – spreading and patting combined.
What I think is cool is that this BB cream is sweat and water proof, so that is a plus in this humid weather. The cooling sensation thanks to the sponge definitely feels good too. However, because it is sweat and water proof, it requires a bit more effort and diligence to wash it off at the end of the day. My usual makeup remover wipes don’t seem to clean every trace of the BB cream so I had to clean my face again the second time using my foam cleanser.
Foundation is such a personal thing, isn’t it? Some people can get by with a sheer dewy finish, while some requires heavier coverage. Some products are too heavy, while others are too matte, some don’t last as long, and so on and so forth. The worst is using the wrong shade and wrong texture. So far, this Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion is working out quite well for me and the resulting finish is natural and dewy. I kinda have an issue with the dewy-ness, something that I’m not used to coz it makes my face appear shinier than usual. The Sephora staff referred to it as “glowing”, but I was like -_- errrr… “Are you sure that’s not an oily look?”. I decided I’d dust on some finishing powder over it to tone down the “glow” (on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin – err, isn’t that like the entire face!?).
Just for clarification’s sake, the ideal finished look that I like is – choosing my descriptive words carefully here – radiant, naturally bright but has a soft airbrushed glow. Not reflective shininess nor a matte flat look.
Look above achieved by using Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion and Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil (my fave finishing powder for a soft airbrushed look, been using it for years). Eye makeup is a hodge podge of eyeshadows from Too Faced palette and Sephora house brand liquid liner, lip color is from the GlamPact compact.