Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA++

You’ve heard about me talk about bb cushions for a while now and you may have even read my reviews for a few of them. Since then I’ve really grown to love them for easy on the go application and convenient touch ups, all without getting a single finger dirty. Today we’re delving into one of my favourite Korean brands, Laneige and their award winning BB Cushion.

THE BASICS
Brand: Laneige
Product: 6-in-1 BB Cushion* SPF50/PA++
Colour: #13 True Beige (shown), 5 shades in total
Size: 15g x 2 (per package)
Price: $46-50 CAD via YesStyle
Availability: Yes Style (online), Laneige stores worldwide
Would I (re)purchase: Yes
Websitewww.laneige.com.kr
As you’re reading this right now, Laniege currently has a few different bb cushion types on the market. This exact one you’re seeing here is the latest updated version of the original bb cushion (other variants include the Pore Control and Anti-aging) which has taken Asia by whirlwind especially with their beautiful spokes model Song Hye Kyo.

The full package of the Laneige bb cushion comes with a mirrored compact case, instruction pamphlet as well as two refill cushions (one of which is already installed in the compact) each at 15grams for a total of 30grams of product. The official Laneige website lists 5 shades which coverages light to medium-dark skin tones (around NC/NW45-50) although most stores tend to carry the 3 lightest shades.
Of course, multi-functionality is the bb cushion’s claim to fame and Laneige markets this to be brightening, provide UV protection, increase moisture, provide natural coverage, provide skin soothing properties as well as be water resistant. The product itself is sealed inside a lidded compact which can be closed after use to prevent evaporation.
A closer look at the cushion itself (below) shows a soft sponge which holds the foundation. Now having use a few cushions from various price points, I can say that the Laneige version feels sturdy yet soft to the touch while others feel rough in comparison. A simple pat with the enclosed sponge into the cushion picks up a small amount of product that you then blend over the skin in a patting motion. The foundation has the classic (heavy) Laneige fragrance that will linger around for a couple of hours after application and while I don’t mind it, I would have preferred they make it a little milder.
Here I’m wearing the lightest shade No.13 Light Beige which is described by the brand as a beige shade with yellow tones that creates a bright and clear complexion. Do we agree? I certainly think so!

Having had a little hiccup with the IOPE No.21 which had a pale cast, I was rather worried the Laneige version would be too light as well but it actually blended in very nicely with my (NC15-20) skin and helped to even the colour with my neck. In these photos I am wearing one layer of the foundation but it is certainly buildable. I’d rate the coverage at light to medium which will easily take care of some redness, light discolouration and minor blemishes. Dark circles and prominent spots will require additional concealer but I’ve rarely worn any when using the Laneige cushion as I find the coverage perfect for my daily use.

What really impressed me, above all else, was how natural this looked while still giving me an illuminated lift to my complexion. My skin just looks smoother and clearer without a drastic coverup. The finish is a satiny glow that leaves skin looking soft and supple but not greasy. Minimal cling to dry patches and smoothes over pores decently though it I would still recommend a primer for pores to make things more impeccable.

Doing a little finger swatching with the foundation reveals a creamy consistency which gives is great blendablity yet it feels thin, light and comfortable on my skin. I do notice that it never really sets completely (as most cream/compact products would) and remains somewhat pliable which does mean that if you wear glasses, those pesky bridge marks are inevitable.

As far as all of its skincare functions go, the Laneige bb cushion did an excellent job of keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day and even helped to calm some facial redness. By the end of the day, after removing the makeup I still found my skin to be in pretty good condition instead of looking worn and tired. There were no notable improvements in skin tone or dark spots, so although I adore the Laneige White Renew Serum, this bb cushion alone isn’t going to take care of your skincare altogether. No other breakouts, negative reactions or skin issues to report which is great!

My main (and only) disappointment with this bb cushion its lack of long lasting power. It doesn’t break down or melt off per say but that fact that it never trul
y sets means that it rubs off everywhere with everything I touch. Plus this also means that it does crease a little into smile lines. In the fall to winter season, it lasts a good 5 hours on my combination skin an it is easily retouched if needed. I do tend to like it better when worn with the Laneige Water Base CC Cream which helps with smoother pore coverage and also seems to extend the wear slightly.

THE FINAL VERDICT

You win some, you loose some but the Laneige BB Cushion is mostly a winner in my books! The texture and blendabilty really impresses me and the fact that it provides a natural satin glow yet keeps my skin moisturized all while feeling lightweight is exactly what I need this time of the year. If you are looking for quick everyday coverage (the type you can do while standing on the bus) that looks great in all lighting situations then you certainly need to give this a try. Best suited for dry to combination skin rather than oily skin. For the fact that this has great colour match and does not cling to my dry patches, the Laneige bb cushion edges out the IOPE slightly for me and I will most definitely be picking this up again either in this variation or trying out another from the range.

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Review: LANEIGE | White Plus Renew Skincare

Rediscovering a beauty line is often like reuniting with an old friend, a mixed emotional cocktail of familiarity, excitement yet anticipation. This is exactly the way I felt about Laneige, a very popular and well established Korean skincare and beauty range promoted by megastars the likes of Lee Na-Young, Jun Ji-Hyun and Song Hye Kyo throughout the years. While Laneige is mainly targeted for women and men in their 20s to early 30s, I have fond memories of picking up some of my first Asian skincare products in pretty Laneige bottles in my teenage years and cradling them home like little treasures.

THE BASICS
Brand: Laneige
Range: White Plus Renew

Full range: Cleanser, Refiner, Essence, Emulsion, Day Cream, Night Cream, SPF

Availability: eBay, W2Beauty, Amore Pacific Shops, SaSa
My rediscovery into Laneige occurred only a few months ago, when after a long and somewhat lonely separation, I decided to purchase a skincare set from their new White Plus Renew skincare range. This collection follows the previously popular Star White range and is new in both formulation and packaging. Housed in classic Laneige glass bottles (with the exception of the Essence which is plastic), the initial impression was fresh, bright and luxurious in an understated manner.
Laneige’s White Plus Renew range is mean to renew the skin and reveal a more brightened and crystal-clear complexion. Caring for common stresses such as UV rays, pollution, acne scars, spots, freckles and sunspots. The entire range is scented with a aquatic, spa like fragrance that I find pleasant but doesn’t linger on the skin long.
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Product: White Plus Renew Skin Refiner
Size: 120ml
Price: $25-30CAD (when purchased overseas from online retailers)  
Directions: “After cleansing, take proper amount onto a cotton pad. Lightly wipe along the skin texture in the order of cheeks, forehead, nose, lip area and neck from the inside to outside. Avoid eye area.”

If the term Skin Refiner sound foreign, it can somewhat be considered the equivalent of a toner in Western skincare. It’s main purpose here is to smooth, clarify, lightly hydrate and to prep the skin’s surface to receive further treatments and products.

I found this to be a nice product to use that felt refreshing and was not at all irritating although I would not consider this a crucial product to own in the range. It has a clear watery jelly like consistency which can be used with hands or on a cotton wool (as directed) although do note that because of it’s texture, it can take quite a bit of product to saturate the cotton. While there was no stinging or sensitivity from this product, I do suspect there is some amount of alcohol in it but it doesn’t seem to bother my skin.

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Product: White Plus Renew Emulsion
Size: 100ml
Price: $27-35CAD (when purchased overseas from online retailers) 
Directions: “After using skin refiner, take an appropriate amount (1.8cm in diameter) and lightly apply in the order of the cheeks, forehead, nose, lip area and neck from inside to outside. Avoid eye area.”

By order of application I would apply the Original Essence after using the Refiner, however as I purchased the Refiner and Emulsion together in a sett, I had initially solely used these two before adding the Essence to my routine later on, hence why they are being grouped together.

Having purchased this in the summer time, I found the emulsion alone to be sufficient as my daily moisturizer, it has a light and refined texture that seems to form a comfortable moisture barrier on my skin but not a film. It’s not so light that it evaporates into thin air but neither is it greasy or leave any residue after application, for my combination skin in the summer months I felt it was quite perfect. Those with dry to very dry skin will likely need a cream moisturizer to layer on top or add a hydrating serum. One pump to a pump and a half will spread nicely over my face and neck, it’s very soothing to apply and is a very comfortable moisturizer under foundation. I have heard there is/was a SPF version of this emulsion, though I’d think this particular one without would be more skin friendly to most people.

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Between using the refiner and emulsion, I noticed a difference in the brightness and translucency of my skin within 2-3 weeks of consistent usage. It did improve my skin texture and brought a healthy moist glow to my face with some notable reduction in skin unevenness but no drastic changes to any spots and scarring…until I tried a sample of the Original Essence.
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Product: White Plus Renew Original Essence
Size: 40ml
Price: $50-55CAD (when purchased overseas from online retailers)
Claims: Gentle skin formula, no parabens, no animal products, no artificial colourants, no mineral oil
Directions: “For the morning and evening skin care, at the essence stage, pump two times (1cm in diameter) and lightly apply in the order of cheeks, forehead, nose, lip area and neck. Lightly press the palms down onto the face for better absorption.”

I was completely sold on this Original Essence after using a few samples that came with my refiner/e
mulsion set. Having already started using the other two products for a few weeks, I decided to add in the essence and immediately noticed a difference in my skin tone but also the residual marks and small pigmentation scars from spots and blemishes. My samples lasted me almost a week and I ordered a full sized bottle without a second thought.

The essence smells somewhat a tinge sweeter than the other products in the range but still non-irritating by my standards, in fact I do find that scent adds to the overall sensorial experience of my skincare ritual. While I was hoping for the same beautiful glass packaging, 40ml dropper bottle seems to be a chrome finish plastic, easy for travel but a little disappointing given the price. I use this mainly on a nightly basis before the emulsion or if I am also using a heavier cream moisturizer in addition to that, then it would go after the emulsion and before the cream.

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A little pump of 3 drop on my finger tips will pat and smooth nicely over my face but not enough for my neck. I really adore how mild and lightweight this essence is, not adding any extra burden to my skin even when layering multiple skincare products. Immediately after application, my skin feels calm, smooth and refreshed. I find that this Original Essence gives a visible boost to effects of the refiner and emulsion duo is truly a star product worth splurging on even if you are just adding it to whichever products you are currently using.

As a trio, the Laneige White Plus Renew range has thoroughly impressed me with it’s refreshing textures, lighter fragrance (than it’s predecessors) and beautiful results. While these products doesn’t appear to significantly prevent my blemishes from surfacing, I find my spots leave less scaring and tend to heal faster which is always appreciated. As some of you have asked me how this compares to the Hadalabo Shirojyun range, I would say Laneige has a more refined texture and gives a more luxurious user experience and is also more suitable for combination to dry skin while the Hadalabo is much simpler (in ingredients), unscented and provides deeper and more intensive hydration. Both are great performing products in my opinion.

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My current Laneige skincare collection | see my review for the Sleeping Pack*

Last note: While I didn’t personally experience any breakouts or adverse reactions with the Laneige range, I do know some people break out terribly with the line overall. Laneige products are not always oil free either so be sure to look up the specifics of each item if that is a concern. On a brighter note, try the Laneige sensitive skin line if the other products in the range are giving your problems, I have heard good words on that one.

Review: LANEIGE | Water Sleeping Pack EX

Iconic. I think that is the first word which comes to mind whenever I see the little blue jar that is the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. Of course it wasn’t always blue and sometimes it’s even decorated with limited edition artwork but the fame of what is inside has never faltered. As one of the brand’s best selling products, it’s popularity has reached all around the world…and of course, right into my palm.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Laneige (part of Amore Pacific)
Product: Water Sleeping Pack EX*
Size: 80ml
Price: $30-35CAD (28000Won in Korea)
Product provided by: W2Beauty (free shipping)
Website: www.laneige.co.kr
Would I (re)purchase: Yes.

If you’re just getting acquainted to Korean skincare, the term sleeping pack may seem rather perplexing but in function it is exactly as it sounds, a “pack” or face mask which you wear as you sleep. The inventions of these products stem from the idea that our bodies (skin included) are most receptive during sleeping hours which makes it a great time to treat your skin.

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I have memories of sampling the Water Sleeping Pack years ago when I first got interested in Korean skincare. While the packing has changed little since then, the newer EX version no longer contain alcohol and is marketed to be more effective overall. Once opened I was pleased to find a small spatula along with a mulch-lingual instruction sheet.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The pack itself is tinted a pale translucent blue and has a gel-cream consistency, similar to the appearance of the Clinique Moisture Surge cream. What surprised me straight away (and this goes for all the new Laneige products I’ve been using recently) is how much more pleasant the scent is. In my first encounters with Laneige, they were notorious for overloading their products with fragrance but it seems like they have improved for the better. To my nose this smelled quite mild, perhaps a bit soapy with a spa-like feel to it.

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USAGE & FEEL
Recommended to be layered as the moisturizer to your night routine 1-2x per week and washed off in the morning, it’s main function is to provide intensive hydration though it also claims brightening and repairing functions for “crystal clear” skin. Here’s a look at the ingredients courtesy of ParisB from My Woman Stuff (mine only listed ingredients in Korean) and as you can see it does contain a hefty blend of plant and fruit extracts along with the infamous Laneige keystone additive, Himalayan Snow Water.

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Application wise this was neither sticky nor oily, given that you take care to apply a small amount just slightly more than your night cream. I’ve used this both on it’s own after cleansing and also tried it layered over my toner/emulsion, in both cases I had no problem of it sitting on top of my skin (the main reason I tend to avoid gels). In fact, I find the texture tends to “melt” into a lighter consistency once I start to spread this over my face which made it quite comfortable even in the summer weather.
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EFFECTIVENESS & COMPATIBILITY

As with any sleeping pack, the morning test is the most important and Laneige seemed to pass with great results. My skin looked plump, smooth and calm without any greasy residue. If my eyes aren’t fooling me, I may even say that my pores looked reduced likely due to being puffed up with hydration. After a few more continued trials, I’m also glad to report no sensitivity, breakouts or other adverse reactions. To me this was especially important as layering products can sometimes overwhelm my skin instead of doing it good. On the brightening aspect of things, I didn’t see any significant results so I would still categorize hydration as it’s main strong point.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
The Laneige Sleeping Pack EX surprised me in so many ways and you can say that through this experience I’m starting to really like the direction that Laneige taken since we last met. Everything from the lighter scent to the more refined texture shows a more modern improvement from the Laneige I used to know 5-6 years ago.
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I think this product has great potential as an add-on to your skincare routine whether you have dry skin or your skin just gets dehydrated easily like mine all year around. The mild scent and gel-like texture makes this a unisex product that I feel would work just as well in a men’s skincare regime. For anyone using more intensive acne treatments what has the tendency to cause dryness and flaking, this may also be a useful product to have at hand. And while I would not rely on this as a one jar cure all product, it does provide that little extra boost when I need it without excessive burden my skin and for that I’m happy to give it a place on my skincare counter.
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Are you a Laneige fan?
What do you think of the idea of a sleeping pack/mask?

Laneige Sleeping Pack Manual

Haul | Summer (Asian) Skincare Routine + video

Asian Skincare-June 02
  • DR. MORITA | Whitening Essence Facial Mask
  • MIZON | Snail Repair Ampoule
  • MIZON | Oh! Shy : Lady Aqua Layer Foundation
  • SHISEIDO | Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam
Where to find them:
Dr. Morita // Sasa, YesStyle, select T&T Supermarkets.
Shiseido // Sasa, Adam Beauty, eBay, select T&T Supermarkets.
Mizon //  Korea Depart, eBay

Asian Skincare-June 01
  • LANEIGE | White Plus Renew Skin Refiner
  • LANEIGE | White Plus Renew Emulsion
  • LANEIGE | Basic Skincare Mini (basic refiner, emulsion, water bank essence, waterbank cream)
  • MAMMONDE | Age Control Mini (softener, emulsion, essence, cream, eye cream)

Where to find them:
Laneige // Amore Pacific Official eBay store, Amore Pacific online / shops
Mammonde //  Amore Pacific Official eBay store, Amore Pacific online / shops

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So there we are, a full set of skincare goodies ready for the warmer weather to hit town. I’m actually extremely excited to rekindle my relationship with Laneige products as they were one of the very first Korean beauty brands I’ve ever used and I can’t deny the rose tinged nostalgia. Of course the Mizon Snail Repair Ampoule is also a much anticipated item, I had been on fence about it for months but decided it’s finally time to jump in as I look forward to pairing this up with my favourite Snail Repair BB Cream (reviewed).
How do you switch up your skincare for summer?
Which item are you most excited to see more about?

Daily Goods: Laneige Snow BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cream
A little something new to add to my ever growing BB Cream collection.
The reviews I’ve seen weren’t so pleasant but I’m always willing to give things a try, plus Laneige items always smell so nice. You will certainly hear more about this BB Cream later!