Trendy Makeup: BB Cushion
Lately, a ton of Korean beauty bloggers/vloggers have been using something called “BB cushion”. I first heard about this type of product from sunnydahye. It’s basically a compact with a sponge soaked with liquid BB cream. It might sound strange at first but I think it’s a great concept because you can take it on the go and it’s very travel-friendly. I don’t think it would count as a “liquid” on flights…. but don’t take my word for it. Inside the compact, there’s a special sponge for application. Instead of applying the product using a wiping motion, you are supposed to pat it on so that it provides the best coverage. All of them contain SPF. The biggest downside is that there are usually not that many shades available for Asian cosmetic products.
Currently, most of these products are only available in Asia and you’d need to find them online if you live in the U.S. like me. But as some of you might have already heard, the popular Korean cosmetic brand, Laneige, is now available exclusively at Target! I’m very excited because I heard lots of great things about this brand and I’ll definitely try out some of their products very soon. Right now, the products are only available online at target.com and the selection is quite small. But they will be available at selected stores around April. Some of the prices are better at Target than Asian cosmetics online retailers.
Side story: For those of you who have seen the Korean drama, You From the Stars, actress Jun Ji Hyun was often seen wearing vibrant lip colors. I heard that some of the lipsticks she used is the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick.
Anyways, back to BB cushions. The following brands have been releasing this type of product for a while now and here’s what I’ve gathered from watching/reading reviews:
Laneige BB Cushion ($34): medium coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Mamonde Real Skin Founder ($27.99): medium-full coverage; foundation + powder hybrid; SPF33 PA+++
Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation ($28.99): buildable light to medium coverage; SPF32 PA++
Espoir Face Slip Nude Cushion ($44.99): light coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99): medium-full coverage; SPF50 PA+++
This morning, I saw a promotional email from Clinique and they made a CC cream compact! There are 6 shades available. Based on the picture online, it doesn’t seem like it’s CC cream soaked in a sponge. It looks more like a cream foundation. I have yet to see it in person so it’s hard to judge. I personally really like the Clinique CC Cream because it provides good coverage and does a great job of color correcting my skin tone.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner [Intense Black]
I finally got a chance to try out this popular Stila eyeliner. The design and formulation are supposed to be similar to Japanese liquid liners, so I was really looking forward to using this product.
First, the packaging is similar to that of Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner because there’s a spring inside the cap. This ensures a tight seal but if you are not careful when capping this product, the cap could fly across the room. The tip, however, is different from any other liquid liners I’ve used before. It has a felt tip instead of a brush tip. I feel like a lot of American eyeliners tend to have felt tips and Asian eyeliners tend to have brush tips. Both are very easy to use but I personally prefer the brush tip because it’s more thin and precise. Since I have small eyelid space, I want the line to be as thin as possible. When I use this Stila eyeliner, too much product comes out of the felt tip when I press it against my eyelids. Therefore, the line comes out thicker than I had wanted. It’s possible to make the line thinner by changing the way I’m drawing the line, but it takes more time and work.
As for the formula, it’s definitely my top favorite. The black shade is super pigmented and it does not fade throughout the day. It’s also waterproof and smudgeproof. The liner goes on a bit wet but it surprisingly dries very quickly to a matte finish. It’s very easy to remove this eyeliner with a makeup remover or a good makeup removing cleanser, such as Philosophy Purity. Basically, it goes on easily, stays in place, and goes off easily at the end of the day. Very good product and I’ll definitely be re-purchasing.
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