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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.
I have a confession: I can’t resist Ulta’s sales whenever it includes prestigious brands >_< I’ve been eyeing on the LORAC PRO palette for quite a while now and I’ve been resisting pretty well. But since I’ll be traveling in a few weeks, I looked into more travel-friendly options. Looking at my Naked 2 palette, I only use 7 shades: Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, YDK, Busted, and Blackout. The LORAC Pro To Go palette is really great because it only contains eyeshadow shades that I normally use as well as 3 cheek products. It’s a small double folded palette that I can take with me on the go. It also includes 2 small brushes, which both work really well. But it’s so hard to put them back into the elastic slots so I don’t like to use them unless I have no other brushes.
LORAC eye shadows have really strong pigmentation and they don’t crease at all. Sometimes I have to be really careful because it’s easy to pick up too much product. There are 6 shades in this palette: Pearl (shimmery), Chai (shimmery), Mink (shimmery, slightly frosty), Shell (matte), Cafe (satin), and Black (matte). The shade with the best color payoff is Mink and the shade with the least color payoff is Shell. Pearl can be used as a highlight for your eye area as well as for your face.
Blushes & Bronzer:
The cheek products include: Coral (shimmery blush), Pink (matte blush), and Bronze (matte bronzer). I like the blush shade Pink since it looks pretty similar to NYX Peach on my skin. I was afraid that Coral would be useless since it’s so shimmery. But it actually looks pretty good when it’s thinly layered on top of Pink. Bronze is a nice color contour color. I’m glad it’s dark enough to actually shows up on my skin without looking too muddy. The only other bronzer I’ve tried is the Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, which does not show up at all on my skin.
Overall, this is a great palette because it’s compact and it includes so many products. My least favorite thing about the palette is the packaging because it gets dirty really easily. Maybe go for a glossy finish next time, LORAC? The actual design of the packaging is quite good though :) This palette retails for $38 at Ulta.
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (Medium)
This is my first CC cream. It is also my first non-Asian BB/CC cream. Clinique is one of my favorite brands so I had faith in this product. I use the shade Medium, which is a perfect match for my skin tone. Let’s take a look at this product using its claims.
First of all, this product is a part of the Moisture Surge line. I personally love the Moisture Surge moisturizer but I don’t think this CC cream should be under the same line. I wasn’t expecting to skip moisturizer altogether, but this CC cream isn’t any more hydrating the BB creams I’ve used. I’d say Skin79 Super+ Gold BB cream cream is actually more hydrating. This Clinique CC cream has a matte finish but it doesn’t emphasize dry patches like matte foundations tend to do.
The texture of this CC cream is quite thick, which reminds me of the first generation Asian BB creams. This texture is very similar to Skin79 BB creams but thankfully it doesn’t have that gray cast and there are multiple shades available for light to medium skin tone. This CC cream has a buildable medium coverage. It actually does a very good job of color correcting uneven skin tone, even better than some concealers! This is my favorite feature of this product. (Note: this CC cream may be too pink for those who have a warm undertone.)
Broad Spectrum SPF 30:
I love it when BB&CC creams/foundations contain sunscreen within the product. This is definitely a plus! Additionally, it does not give me a white cast in flash photography.
I’ve read reviews saying that this product goes on nicely but then the coverage disappears after a couple of hours. For the oily T-zone, I find this CC cream to be more long-lasting when used with a primer. The coverage is pretty good for 5-6 hours if I use Benefit POREfessional or Avon Magix Face Perfector. I would not recommend using this CC cream as a primer because 1) it will not prolong the wear of your foundation and 2) the texture is already quite thick and it will not mix/layer well with a matte foundation. I don’t have much experience with CC creams, but I honestly feel like this product is nearly the same as a BB cream since it goes on quite opaque.
Lastly, I’ve listed my foundation/BB/CC cream shades on our About Us page. Hope you’ll find it helpful!