Sunday, April 19, 2015

BeBe Cushy

I think I found my favourite everyday base in a BB cushion. It has SPF50+, light-medium coverage and a really cute method of application that takes about 10 seconds. I must admit, I'm a convert. After the BB cream craze passed, BB cushions seemed to be all the rage and after some reading it seems like everybody's touting how awesome it is to be able to touch up your liquid makeup on the go. I first heard of the Laneige Snow BB Cushion (which shares the parent company IOPE with Etude House!), which was one of very few at the time and now every major Korean cosmetics brand (and Lancome) is dabbling in the cushion craze. I ordered the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in Natural Beige from an eBay seller whom I'd ordered from before and trusted (link here!) and I was excited to see how my experience would go. Postage took longer that I'd like, so bear that in mind.

This claims to have 6 benefits- keeping skin radiant and moist, SPF50+ PA+++, brightening, wrinkle-reducing, sebum control and flawless coverage. The compact contains 15 grams of product, which is half that of a normal foundation, and the concept behind the 'cushion' aspect is that you can carry your liquid base to apply anywhere, anytime. You can pop the cushion's plastic case out of the bulkier mirror compact to replace it with a refill when it's run out, and you can also buy the refills to use without the mirror compact but that might take a bit more care when used out and about.

Edit: NARS Custard suits me at the moment, so for reference I've swatched the cushion and a foundation that is a touch too light for me.

The main issue I have with this is the shade selection. From a total of 3 available shades I chose W13 Natural Beige as between Natural Beige and the darker shade W24 Honey Beige, I was unsure about which one I would be closest to. When I apply W13 Natural Beige, it does suit my skin tone but if I get any tan whatsoever I won't be able to pull this off because this shade is quite typical of Asian beauty standards. The Asian way is to apply sunscreen religiously, stay under umbrellas on sunny days and use whitening products to attain porcelain skin but by the sunshine state's standards, that sort of complexion is unrealistic for me. I might purchase the refill in Honey Beige if I catch a tan but in the meantime I'm quite happy with Natural Beige seeing as winter is coming. The BB product looks super natural on the skin and feels weightless- it doesn't provide more than medium coverage so the darker and bumpier imperfections will show through but I love how natural and comfortable it is. (Exactly my kind of product for everyday wear.) I really like the way it applies and looks on the skin, and the sebum control isn't bad at all- it lasted on me for a good 8 hours before starting to wear off around my glasses. GLASSES, guys, not my t-zone. That's a first. The t-zone came next.

It comes with a rubber puff to apply the product and surprisingly it does a seamless job at blending the product into the skin. I initially anticipated hating the puff and favouring brushes but the puff applies pretty amazingly. I've tried applying it with my Real Techniques brushes and I've noticed that the puff takes more product to function and gives heavier coverage, which will be great for touching up but I prefer the look and feel of a brush when applying my makeup at home. I like the compact too- I'm not 100% certain I'll be carrying it around in my bag but I love how sturdy it is. At the moment this has got to be my favourite everyday face base and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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