I've had this on my desk for almost a year, and I'm now kicking myself because I haven't used it until now. It's so damn good! Let's take a look, shall we?
The compact itself is very sleek and minimalist. It's also meant to be portable, so it's very light and convenient for on-the-go touch-ups (which are actually unnecessary, as you will see).
[Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control)]
When you pop it open, the applicator is separated from the cushion itself with a plastic flap which fits it perfectly.
[Shade No. 31 (Brown Beige)]
The simplicity of the compact means you could actually go all out and decorate it to your preference as we did at The Butterfly Project's birthday bash!
[My Pimped Out Cushion]
Laneige has two types of BB cushion on the market, their original, and the Pore Control variety which they launched at last year's Beauty Road in Mid Valley, and I was there with The Butterfly Project. Since I'm an oil slick, the latter appeals to me, and it's what I'll be reviewing her. I haven't tried the original and I'm not tempted to since this works so well!
The coverage on this cushion is light-medium and it won't cover up glaring spots and bothers, but it will even out your skin tone enough to give you a nice base to work with. I personally love the fact that the coverage isn't overdone. It is buildable, but you won't get more than semi-medium coverage from it.
[BB Cushion Applied]
On previous occasions of use, I set the BB with powder, but I omitted that here just to test its prowess with oily skin.
As with any base, it's not meant to be applied under the eyes, so I tested out Laneige's Cushion Concealer as well.
[Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer (Shade No. 3)]
This remind's me of the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer (review is on it's way), but instead of twisting the bottom, it's a click-y pen. So you click it until the desired amount of product comes through and then sweep it under your eyes. I personally wouldn't blend the concealer with the sponge purely to avoid cross-contamination. I try to minimise the amount of contact between my skin and applicator wherever possible.
With a name like "Watery" concealer, I wasn't expecting much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't particularly watery, though, but neither is it too thick. It's just the right consistency and pigmentation to cover your dark circles and blemishes. I set it with the only undereye setting powder I ever use, Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder.
Even without setting the BB, whatever I layered on it didn't catch. It went on smoothly and flawlessly, making me very happy.
Now, to put it to a thorough test.
By 3 p.m., I was expecting my makeup to have broken up all over since I didn't set it. I was pleasantly surprised that I was only a tad shiny on the t-zone area. Not enough to worry about touching up though. The makeup still looked fresh and natural. The concealer has started to crease by this point, but no more than any other concealer creases on me.
It was, indeed a long day and while I wasn't out in the sun much, there was a lot of stuff going on. A full 14+ hours later, and my makeup was still intact despite not touching it up at all the entire day.
There was no breakdown of the BB at all, though the concealer did feather a little. I must say that this is by far the best BB product I've ever used.
I love the fact that it comes in a range of shades, and it provides coverage with a natural finish. It's also very quick to apply, and obviously has longevity. It's definitely one that's attained holy grail status and will likely stay with me through my life! When you buy the BB Cushion, it comes with an extra refill, so it's all conveniently packaged for daily use.
As for the concealer, I really enjoyed using it, though it's not my favourite concealer ever. It's a terrific product and if you're looking for a new concealer to try out, this would definitely be worth a shot.
It's also a nice departure from the norm that both of these actually come in my shade so that I don't look like I'm colour blind and picked the wrong shade of base.