It’s getting to be that time of year again. Unbearable humidity in NYC is killing me. I am not a big fan of liquid foundations at all but I have been testing the waters of cushion compacts lately. With this uncomfortable weather and my skin type (combination oily) in mind I decided to try the Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control.
When this cushion dropped last year there were only three shades for sale and they were definitely too light. With the addition of 'No. 23 Sand Beige', I decided to pick one up. As of right now, I believe there are four to five shades including 'No. 13 True Beige', 'No. 14 Pink Beige', 'No. 21 Natural Beige', 'No. 23 Sand Beige' and 'No. 31 Brown Beige' (I am unsure if No. 31 is being sold everywhere).
The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control is a 6-in-1 cushion that “contains Laneige Pore Tightening Essense’s ‘Pore Purifying Complex’ that takes care of pores, creating a fresh-looking and supple finish without any greasiness on your skin.” The Pore Control Cushion promises pore coverage, pore control, a semi-matte finish, UV protection, a cooling sensation and long lasting.
The box is comes with the cushion, a refill and an information pamphlet in Korean and English. The compact is the same as their whitening cushion except the top is tinted blue. There is 0.5 oz of products in the cushion and the puff is pretty much the same Rubycell puff that comes with the Etude House Any Cushion.
With the tan I have right now, 'No. 23 Sand Beige' is a little light on me. This cushion is marketed towards those who are more on the oily side so it does cling to dry spots if you have them. The coverage is light to medium, it’s more toward medium if you use more than one layer. It does cover smaller pores, but if you have larger pores, you may want to start with a pore minimizing primer in trouble areas. It is cooling on first application, which feels really nice in the mornings. I was really impressed with the way it covers redness (I have a slight sunburn on my cheeks) but with any darker spots or hyper pigmentation, you will definitely need a concealer. I use blotting sheets a lot throughout the day and this lengthens the time in between blotting sessions by an hour or two.
Easiest way I found to apply it: Prime first with Benefit’s Porefessional then go in with concealer. Pat the product on to your desired coverage, I used my BeautyBlender, and set the T-zone with Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder.
Things I loved! Lasting power, 6 hours before touching up is a feat for any cushion. Buildable coverage, I liked wearing it blended out for light coverage on top of concealer but you could definitely wear it alone and layer it on. The scent is my favorite of all cushions I’ve tried, a clean perfume-y type of scent. The “anti-darkening powder” helps with oxidation, I didn’t really see any noticeable darkening like I have with whitening cushions.
Things that needed work! White-cast is strong as with most products that have higher SPF. I wish it had better pore coverage, I don’t like how the product settles into larger pores after a while. If you are really oily and don’t set with powder, the product seems to move around rather than fade away naturally.
Overall, if you have more oily skin or just want a cushion that sets semi-matte, you should definitely give this a try. I was surprised by how much I liked this cushion, this formula is one of the best I've tried. I purchased this cushion for around $35 on Amazon! I may pick up the Hera UV Mist Cushion since I know it's HG for those living in humid summer weather! Let me know what you think!