ALL HAIL BB CUSHIONS! BB Cushions are all the rage in Asia and is also quickly catching on in other parts of the world because of their amazing ability to give a natural yet airbrushed look and their ease of application! BB Cushions are, to put it simply, BB creams suspended in a Cushion. One of the more internationally famous brands of BB Cushion is the Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control). This is going to be a pretty long post because there are just so many things to say!
This Pore Control BB Cushion is great for all skin types but especially good if you have combination to oily skin, and also if you have problems with pores (like the name would suggest haha). They also have a Whitening BB Cushion if you’re into that. Today’s review focuses on the Pore Control BB Cream, which has so many benefits all in one little compact. There are two versions (same formula) of the Pore Control BB Cushion – one from Korea, and one from the US. There are 6 shades available for the Korean version, and only 3 for the US version. I am reviewing the Korean version, shade #23 Sand Beige (which works well for my NC30 skin).
Packaging and Applicator
Lets talk about the packaging – it’s a pretty standard BB Cushion case, with an air puff and a divider that clicks to seal in the product. It also has a mirror the size of the compact which is great for touch ups. The case itself isn’t too light or too heavy, it feels sturdy and just the right weight to throw into your purse. The product will not leak from the cushion. In case it does, the divider is there to make sure nothing leaks out into your purse or makeup bag.
Air Puffs (unlike generic makeup sponges) in general are supposed to give that airbrush finish, and also give a cooling sensation to the skin. I find that the Air Puff in this Laneige BB Cushion is much better quality than the others I’ve tried. It feels more airy and cooling when you’re applying the product to the skin. The Laneige Air Puff also has more than hundreds of thousands of pores (in that tiny little puff!) so it distributes the product evenly onto your skin and provides that beautiful flawless finish. I find that this particular air puff and the cushion works together to dispense the perfect amount of product when you press down on the cushion.
Formula and Finish
For BB Cushions, using the dabbing and patting motion will give better results than swiping on the product because the puff will press the BB cream down onto your skin instead of moving it around the face. The product applies very evenly to the skin with the help of the Air Puff to coat your skin in a thin layer. The finish of this product is a semi-matte, so it’s matte but still gives a little radiance to the skin once it sets. This also feels very lightweight on the skin, and doesn’t feel sticky to the touch. You can definitely feel that there’s something on your face (compared to a bare face) if you touch it, but it will not transfer.
As for the coverage, I’d say it’s pretty darn good! It’s not a full, heavy coverage or anything, but nothing a little concealer can’t fix. This completely covers all redness on the face and also little blemishes. It, however, doesn’t completely cover acne/acne scars as you can see! The “After” pictures above are actually about 3-4 hours after wear! It does give an airbrush finish to the skin. Even though it doesn’t cover all my acne (my acne is mostly on my jawline and tiny bumps on my cheeks), it gives the entire face a really nice flawless look overall. I don’t know how to explain it, gahhh! Hopefully you get what I’m saying by looking at the full face picture above (my hair is covering my acne patch on the left of my face, but of course if you zoom really close on my cheeks [DON’T DO IT! haha], you’ll see all the imperfections still.).
Lastly, the staying power of this is amazing! I can wear this and touch up only once on my t-zone, oily areas throughout the entire day! This product is water-resistant so it’s great for the hot, humid weather here in Malaysia. It’s a great summer product that you won’t sweat off! It also has SPF50+ PA+++ so it’s great to protect your skin against the sun. However, it’s not too good for flash photography because it will give you a white cast on your face.
All the Korean Version (not sure about the US version) of the Laneige BB Cushion come with an additional refill, so you really get two of the product in one!
The Korean version of the Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control) retails for:
$39.06 on iBuyBeauti (international):
and RM159 in Laneige Malaysia counters and on 11Street.my (Malaysian):
The US version retails for $34 on Target.com (USA):
This is a great product if you want the perfect natural, airbrushed finish! If you’re looking for a great foundation that is lightweight, medium coverage, super portable, and long lasting, the Laneige BB Cushion is your best bet!
Thanks for reading, xoxo