Walking dreamily through the aisles of Korean beauty shops with sparkles in my eyes, I stumbled upon the Laneige BB Cushion. It was everywhere when I was there last May and I had no idea what it was. Sadly, it didn’t make its way into my shopping basket and home I went without one of the now infamous BB cushions. Safe to say I very much regret not picking one up whilst I was there.
Fastforward one year and Lancome decides to bring out a ‘cushion’ of their own; the new Lancome Miracle Cushion. Was I excited to see it? Oh yes I was!
Whilst the Laneige offering houses a sponge soaked in BB cream, the Lancome one is soaked in a liquid foundation. I have it in the shade 01 but also swatched the shade 02 which would work equally well, especially in the summer. I use the puff to dab into the foundation filled sponge and apply to my face in a patting motion starting where I need the most coverage. For me that would be my chin (acne scarring), around my nose (redness) and under my eyes. I just use what’s remaining on the puff on the rest of my face as i don’t really need to wear foundation all over. I find patting is better than dragging because of its light coverage, and it doesn’t look cakey at all. If you want more coverage, just dig into the cushion deeper. My sister always taps too lightly and never gets enough foundation. I find it blends and layers very well and never looks heavy or cakey even with multiple layers. However, bear in mind that this is never going to reach a full or even medium coverage. It’s similiar to a BB cream or tinted moisturiser in the coverage department. Use concealer where you need more coverage.
The finish on me looks very natural and despite it not being the most moisturising on my very dry skin, it does a decent job of not clinging to my dry patches. I still see a little dryness on my nose, but so far the only base that has managed to not show any dryness there is Laura Mercier Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser. I also miss the glow. Most bases that claim to be moisturising and glowy I still find too dry and mattifying for my liking (yes, I’m looking at you, Nars Sheer Glow and Chanel Vitalumier!), so bear in mind I like my bases on the dewy – almost shiny – side of things. Saying that my skin probably drinks up too much of it for any of the glow to show up, on normal skin it would probably be luminous.
The packaging is a double compartment airtight compact with a handy mirror for on the go application. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the fact that you can buy refills for it instead of having to purchase the whole compact when you run out! It means if you’re like me and are between colours, you can buy a refill in a different shade and pop the refill in and out according to what shade fits you best at the moment. Don’t worry about the foundation drying out, the refill has its own lid that seals completely shut. Handy shnandsy!
Application takes a little bit longer than a normal foundation or BB cream/tinted moisturiser. Let’s face it, using a buffing brush or your fingers to apply is always going to be way faster than patting it on your face and layering. However, I’m a tinted moisturiser/BB cream kind of gal and naturally love the light, natural and non-drying finish of this foundation. Despite the extra time spent applying, I do really like this and have been using it daily lately. Touch-ups blends seamlessly in as well!
I’m going back to Korea this summer with my friends and hope to pick up a BB cushion with more glow and a little more coverage to cut down on application time. Then it would be perfect!