Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control) SPF50 PA+++ [No.21 Natural Beige] Review

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So I finally decided to buy the Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control) SPF50 PA+++ in No.21 Natural Beige after looking at swatches. I have been using my IOPE and Innisfree cushions for the past few months and I got addicted to the convenience of it. Forget about germs and the budget, these cushions are life-saving. 😀

Since summer is nearing in Europe, I had to switch up my makeup to help control shine (I have normal to oily skin). I was loving the IOPE cover cushion (a tad better for oil control than it’s natural version) so I thought this one might be similar if not better as they are both from the same parent company, Amore Pacific.

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I saw this on sale on Amore Pacific’s ebay for approx $32 (free shipping). Well, I thought that’s great since I need not worry about authenticity and these companies usually add a ton of samples. How wrong was I. There was zero samples and the way the parcel was labelled got it caught at the customs for 2 weeks with a $21 tax slapped on top of that. I was utterly disappointed. Thanks, whoever you are, G. G. Lee. 😦 😥

Nevermind the extra charges, there was no way I could turn the order back and get a refund since I really wanted to try this. I had to bit the bullet and pretend that the charges were for shipping. My advice is to buy them from companies that do give samples and mark the parcels properly– RRS, TTK,…

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This box contains a cushion in its case, a refill and an instruction sheet. I love how pretty and lux the case feels. I do regret a tad, not going for the limited editions but I guess I will buy those later if I do enjoy using this one. 🙂

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It is almost palm-size and about 50g (?) so your handbag won’t feel like it is filled with bricks.

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At least this one was manufactured in April 2015, correct me if I am wrong..

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The standard stuff you see on their site. It is said to be semi-matte, long wearing and offers pore control with UV protection. I quite dig the cooling sensation on a warm, sunny day. I remember reading that by lowering the skin temperature by 1 degree, we actually cut down sebum by 10%. 🙂

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Sealed for freshness

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Up close 🙂

It seems all moist and properly soaked.

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Look at how much I could pick up with one press!! ❤ Compared the Innisfree’s ampoule intense cushion, this one feels like it has much more product and picks up easily.

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I’m okay with how the air sponge feels. Nothing to shout about.

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Look at how much was picked up! I didn’t have to apply much pressure. Lovin ❤

Okay, I just had to compare my top 3 cushions currently;
Laneige Pore Control cushion in No.21
Iope Air cushion Cover C23
Innisfree Ampoule Intense cushion No.21

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Although they are from the same parent company, it is amazing to see how different their formulation/ shades are! Innisfree is the lightest of the bunch (comparing both No.21 of Innisfree and Laneige), and I think their No.13 is perfect for the pale European ladies~ Laneige seems to be on the pinkier side at swatch compared to Iope which suits warmer skin better.

Formulation wise, Iope is the creamiest of the lot and blends beautifully. Innisfree seems a little runnier but is great for those who wants natural looking makeup without much coverage (I think their long-wearing one would be closer to Laneige). The Laneige pore control is very much like a foundation and reminds me of the Western makeup bases. It can be cakey if you have dry skin —read on.

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All three blend out well on my skin, although I prefer Iope a little more than Laneige at this stage of the game. It looks really natural.

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You can see how the Laneige one is pretty powdery and covers well (on a non-moisturized/ non-primed hand). I like the Laneige one when I wake up with plump skin and when it is a hot day out. I would say that it covers the best among the lot, but you will definitely look like you have some makeup on. My favourite MOTD is to moisturize with my SNT Goddess cream and then prime with some Miguhara BP cream.

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Pros
Nice packaging
Cooling, pore control
Great coverage
Matte finish
Scent of lux (something like a super mild Estee Lauder perfume?)

Cons
Tad powdery, not as natural as Iope
Expensive for 15g of product (perhaps for my budget)
Not every country has Laneige counters so you might have to shop online

I have to try this in mid-summer to tell you how well it works. At the moment my skin still seem dormant in the oil-production department, which I am grateful for. First impressions are good, although I still cannot detach from my first love– the Iope air cushion. The Laneige cushion is indeed perfect for problematic skin and covers imperfection like magic. I would love to give the other versions a try! Definitely picking up the Anti-aging version for mum for her birthday. ❤

 

Edit: I just came back from a 2-hour Sunday jog with my dog. It was quite sunny out but I came back and there was almost zero shine on my face! I am so amazed, I guess the oil control is really the best~

 

IOPE Air Cushion XP C23 quick review

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So I just got this IOPE Air Cushion XP refill in C23. I have tried a couple of C21 shades from other brands and they seem to be lighter than I imagined. I just wanted to get a 23 shade to see how dark they run. Apparently these IOPE cushions come in natural (N), shimmery (S), and cover (C).

I got mine from Testerkorea (see my full haul unboxing here).

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I just had enough cushions lying around and I thought this refill might fit into one of those cushion cases, and in case this isn’t my thing, I did not spend too much on the full product.

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Ruler to scale

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Okay, what the huh…both IOPE and Innisfree are from Amorepacific so I didn’t see why they wouldn’t make them all fit into each other’s case. Maybe it is a chaebol thing ya’know.. family rivalry (clearly I watched too much k-dramas).

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On the other hand, the IOPE refill did fit a little better into my Easybeauty firm’s “It’s my cushion” case. It does not lock into the case snuggly but I’m okay with that lol (cheapo 😛 ). The refill rotates within the case but I can hold it in place and save a couple of bucks, thank you very much.

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Back and front

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So this cushion looks like any cushion I have seen. Sponge, puff and all. It was protected by a film.

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Finger swatch~ Pretty warm shade, with almost the same density as the Innisfree’s Intense Ampoule Cushion without being heavy at all on my skin. Sorcery! :O

How to use:
After basic skin care,use it as a makeup base. Re-apply it anytime you need a sunblock.(You can use it both before and after makeup)

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The IOPE cushion picks up better than the Innisfree’s cushion at the beginning. The sponge also does not slip easily (personal finger size thing though)

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I wore it out for a few days now and am very impressed with this. While the Innisfree one is perfect for touching up and soothing stressed/oily skin after a long winter day, this one is perfect for a quick makeup on my bareface and it covers slight imperfections on the go. I didn’t even need my HG primer as the base.

The formula is perfect! ❤ It probably doesn’t cover eye bags (I tried covering eye liner on my forearm with it) but it does cover up the slight redness I have on the sides of my nose.

Pros
– One of the higher SPF cushions (SPF50 PA+++)
– Proven effectiveness and raved by many
– Covers well (buildable)
– Not too drying unlike most cover products
– Blends beautifully
– Ever so slight scent which is beautiful

Cons 
– Full sized product might be expensive

– Can’t think of anything else so far!

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Verdict?

Where have you been in my life?! 😀 I am definitely buying one more in a lighter shade to use in winter and this one for summer. There is just something magical about the formulation. It isn’t so different from the Innisfree Intense Ampoule one but gosh, the finish on my skin is just so…photoshopped! 😛

Maybe it is the IOPE-placebo working but I assure you placebos do not exceed a week long lol. I think every lady out there should fork out abit more than 10 bucks and try this for themselves once (the refill I mean).

Testerkorea Haul #3

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Read my other testerkorea hauls unboxings here and here.

Okay, I have to admit that Testerkorea’s prices are unbeatable for lightweight items (because shipping is taken into account). They might be reselling their free samples for moneys but at least they ain’t taking too much profit from normal priced items. We do receive pack samples (5 foils) for presumably every $30-40 purchase. 🙂

Order date: 24/12/2015
Shipped: 30/12/2015 (but it only left Korea on 14/1 wth Korea post?!)
Received: 20/1/2015

That’s almost a month, but they were probably waiting on one item that had to be ordered from the manufacturer. (read on)

My order this time is a bit larger than the previous two. It is packed to the brim in a squarish box!

 

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The shipping costs were 9,670 won via normal air mail so the total came up to 76,380 won (or approx $75).

I shared part of this haul with my cousin since I was over at her place and decided to pull her to the ‘dark side’ aka Korean beauty obsession.

 

I was most excited to get this: the Iope Air cushion XP refill. Yeah, I’m cheapo like that. I have two other casings and decided that I should just take one in case I don’t like the formulation or something. When I bought this, it costs approx $13- much cheaper than most ebay sellers. 😛

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I’m excited to test this one out since it is highly raved and so-called the “mother of all cushions”. Stay tuned for a separate review post~

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Next up is a blusher that keeps going OOS. Yeah, like that Peripera cushy blusher..I gave up. 😦 The A’pieu finger blusher is cute and all, but I didn’t appreciate how cute the size was.

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Ruler for dimensions

The blusher is a pretty light pink, but too light to be seen under natural lighting. Idk…I’m not loving this much :/

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Maybe I’ll stick to using my lip tints/ cheek & lip products for a better blush payoff.

I’m also convinced that their 3CE products are genuine. Since the internet is plagued with fake cosmetics from this brand, I was apprehensive to order more.

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I guess they were waiting on this item for so long before my order could be shipped. It is still in it’s original wrapping with barcode and all. 🙂

YES to purple lippie. ❤ ❤

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I’d say this is quite worth the wait? The lipstick does make my order 😀 I’m pretty pleased with the color although it might look dark pink-ish under low lights.

I adore how pigmented the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse was (got another shade before this) and had to pick a lighter pink (#1) for gradient-making. 😛

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Be warned though, these highly pigmented lip stuff are often pretty dry on the lips. Chapped lips will show and it won’t be pretty…

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It is a nice color and quite wearable daily.

Yup, I needed a better lash curler after that disastrous (cheap) one from Y.E.T. That brand is just bleh. Now this is what you call proper. It is the Natural Republic one and comes with an extra silicon replacement. It does not have a spring but you can control the amount of strength nicely.

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For this price, I totally recommend this curler. 😉

Another two little items from Natural Republic were my hand sanitizers. I’m slightly germophobic so this would always come in handy.

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The duo was packed into a separate plastic with my blusher, spot patches and etc.

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They are both super tiny (30ml each) and costs $2 something each. Oh well, at least the divine peach and grape smell makes up for it. I do think drugstore ones would be cheaper but they don’t smell this good.

I’m also having a hand-cream mania moment and had a difficult time eliminating all the 9293713 other hand creams loaded in the cart. The e-choice hand cream is a bit more than $1.50 (only!) and smells exactly of honeydew. Urm..yum?!

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And did I mention PENGUIN? Oh. ❤

Some beauty tools: Missha makeup sponge (so worth the price!), 2 cushion sponge replacements, Innisfree spray bottle (for more Blithe misting water experiments~) and my staple Missha oil blotter.

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Okay I didn’t snap individual pics of the Skin Food point makeup remover, Innisfree hydrogel masks, Skin food nose strips etc etc but man, I’m just so glad I got my order already.

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Here is a list of what I ordered;

Name Price(won) Qty Total(won)
TOTAL 66,710
E CHOICE Melon Hand Cream 60g 1,000 1 1,000
STYLENANDA 3 Concept Eyes #602 V Striking Neon Purple 3.5g 17,900 1 17,900
INNISFREE Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 7,000 1 7,000
INNISFREE Eco Beauty Tool Spray Type Dispenser 30ml 1,050 1 1,050
NATURE REPUBLIC Nature`s Deco Eyelash Burler Make up Tool 2,450 1 2,450
THE FACE SHOP Daily Perfumed Hand Cream 30ml 2,310 1 2,310
HOLIKAHOLIKA Penguin’s Dream (Limited Collection) 2,730 1 2,730
INNISFREE Green Tea Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Oil control Film 50ea 1,540 1 1,540
IOPE Air Cushion XP Refill 15g 12,600 1 12,600
SKINFOOD Black Bean Nose Pack 7pcs 2,380 1 2,380
[S] Skinfood Seaweed Waterproof Point Make-up Remover Tissue 2pcs*10ea. 2,100 1 2,100
MISSHA Magic Cushion Case Replacement Sponge 2 pcs 1,050 1 1,050
A’PIEU NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patch 12pcs 350 1 350
MISSHA Speedy Solution Anti Trouble Patch-1ea 350 1 350
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
INNISFREE Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Fresh Colorful Make-up Sponge (25pcs) 2,800 1 2,800
A’PIEU Finger Blusher 10ml 3,500 1 3,500

 

I’ll be waiting on my next. Obviously TTK is a great (and dangerous) place to shop but you have to be as patient as a saint.