Finally, I'm back after a long hiatus! To those who are wondering why the long absence, it's because last month, I received the biggest blessing in my life. I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! :) So I decided to lay low for awhile and let myself adjust to motherhood before I put myself out into the world again. I'm still adjusting now and I'm only able to blog again because my cute little bundle of joy is sound asleep as of the moment. :D
So what took me out of hiatus? I realized it has always been one brand. Laneige surprised me a week ago with this insanely gorgeous set of limited edition make-up.
As most of us know, my fave Korean brand recently collaborated with a chic and fun character brand, Lucky Chouette, which we've seen recently being sported by Jung Yu-mi, Train To Busan's feisty preggy. This collaboration is part of an annual "Laneige Meets Fashion" release, fusing the best of beauty and fashion in a limited edition collection.
Just imagine my feels when I finally opened my own K-Beauty Box!
What's exciting about this collaboration is that Laneige incorporated the quirky and humorous artworks of Lucky Chouette on their makeup products, definitely an eye-catcher! Aside from that, Laneige also included two variants of its BB cushion: pore control and whitening, which cater to our different skin concerns.
First up is the BB Cushion Whitening.
I'm usually shade #23 (medium to dark) but I was able to get shade #21 which is the lightest shade.
Upon swatching, it's two times lighter than my actual skin tone.
But when applied lightly on the skin, it actually blends well on my skin.
Here's how it looks when worn on the face.
I didn't use any primer or sunblock underneath the cushion so that I can see more accurate results. It's quite different when applied on the face. If at my hand, the BB Cushion adapted to my skin tone, in my face it looks brighter that I had to apply several coats on my neck. I guess it's because my face is a lot lighter than the rest of my body (due to skincare routine). Other than that, I have no idea why it is that way. haha
It looks natural compared to the previous whitening variant of Laneige BB Cushion (Playnomore) I used and although it can't quite cover my pores (I find myself reaching for a pore cover primer), I love its natural and not over the top dewy finish. It almost has a thin, velvety finish.
The second variant is the Pore Control. Now this is the one I'm interested in since my primary concern is the appearance of pores. I have quite large ones especially on the nose that's why I stock up on primers that pay attention to covering visible pores. So I was very excited to try this one.
I also got shade #21, similar to the whitening variant.
But unlike the whitening variant, this one promises to blur the appearance of pores and help control excessive sebum secretion (yay for us oily skin types!).
But similar to the whitening variant, it blends pretty good on the skin,
As for the face, this is how it looks like when worn:
Some of my pores are still visible especially those on my nose but compared to the whitening variant, it covers pores more effectively.
- both have light texture, lighter than the previous BB Cushion of Laneige which works great for me. I've always loved the BB Cushion of Laneige but wished that it would have a lighter feeling on the skin. I prefer the formulation of these new variants.
- both have the same fragrance which is a mild, almost minty scent which I also smell from Laneige's previous BB Cushion (Playnomore variant). The scent is faint which is fine by me.
- I find the pore control to have medium coverage. It effectively covers most of my visible pores without me looking like I'm wearing too much make-up or leaving my face a cakey mess. As for the whitening version, it's has light, almost sheer coverage which is perfect for those who want natural, MSBB (my skin but better) look.
- The whitening version has a slight dewy finish compared to the pore control. The dewy finish is tolerable, not the type that's make you look too polished. I think it gives a healthy glow to my skin, :) The pore control, on the other hand, has a more matte finish but doesn't give an impression that my skin is rough. You know when you use powder foundation? They often leave your skin looking dry. This one doesn't eve if it has a matte coverage. It still gives off a subtle sheen on the skin which I like.
- Both lasted for a good 6 hours before showing signs of disintegration. I want to note though that the pore control survived with better results. It didn't show any sign of caking, greasing or sliding off, just fading naturally. The whitening variant, however, showed spots of oiliness especially on my nose and forehead area after the 6th hour.
The whitening variant (pink packaging) works for those who prefer a more natural, dewy glow on the skin. It has a thin coverage so I suggest layering twice on the skin. This will fit those who have dry or combination skin. The pore control cushion (black packaging), on the other hand, suits those who have oily skin like myself because it actually controls the appearance of oil as well plus blurs out a good amount of visible pores.
Would I repurchase? DEFINITELY!