Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige Foundation Review & Swatch

I hope you are having a great weekend. Mine was too short, as always ;-)

Korean skin care and cosmetics are well renoved and lately trends are slowly being embraced by some of the Western brands as well. I was chatting with Linda from Silverkis and she was telling me about her excitement of BB Cushions. Having not tried any of them, I was very curious. She generously gifted me a Laneige BB Cushion Foundation after that. I have been testing it since early December and each time I mentioned it on Instagram, I could feel the excitement of everyone else there. Today I would like to share my thoughts with you.  


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige  Compact



Laneige is a South Korean cosmetics brand which is owned by Amore Pacific, which you may heard of. Lineage has now stores outside Korea as well, such as in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, New Zealand,Canada and United States. Unfortunately they are not presented in Europe yet. 

Now let's go back to start, what is a cushion foundation anyway? In this context "cushion" is a large buffer, which can soak lots of liquid make-up product so you can dab a sponge and apply it on your face. This technique is not only used for foundation but also for blushes, eye liners and everything else you might think of which could come in a liquid form. It is said that the main idea behind all these is to have a watery glowing skin. 


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige 

After you open the lid of Laneige BB Cushion, you see a protective film. You can easily remove that and start using your foundation. After you remove it however, the clock starts ticking, very similar to opening a mascara. I have found that since the film is sticky, you can stick it back and slow down the drying process of the product. I have opened mine in early December and it has still not dried down.


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige 

After you remove the protective layer, you will see a bouncy cushion. It is induced with a lot of liquid. You can use the sponge/puff provided in the compact which is the recommended way to use it. Personally I find fingers a bit messy to apply it. My favorite way to work with it is by using a beauty blender. I dab the beauty blender on the cushion and tap it on my face.



Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige 

The first time I used it, I was wowed by the natural glow Laneige BB Cushion gave while providing a decent amount of coverage. I can get along with this one with very little concealer afterwards. The best thing about it is the build ability. You can build it up to medium coverage without getting heavy on the base. I have No.21 Natural Beige and it is a great match for my NC20 skin. 



Cushion close-up: Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige 

Once the cushion dries down, it is possible to get a refill and replace it. I have already ordered my refill from eBay, it is around $21 and shipping is for free. There are three different formulas, there is the plain BB (reviewed here) and the one I have ordered, which is called the whitening version. There is also a pore minimizing one, which I believe should be more for combination skin. This one has SPF of 50, which I know I will love, especially in summer!

A few more things to mention, the first package comes with a filled compact and a refill and costs around $50. The foundation has a bit of perfume but to my nose it is very unnoticeable during application but if some may be sensitive to that.


My favorite way to apply Laneige BB Cushion Foundation

I have previously posted a few FOTDs using Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige such as this one (check out the second FOTD). I have normal to dry skin and this formula is so good for me, it gives a healthy glow and it doesn't dry my skin. Below you can see left: bare skin, right: only Lineage BB Cushion (no concealer no makeup). Do you notice how the foundation keeps the natural glow while evening out the skin tone? For a BB type of foundation, the wear time for me is also impressive. It doesn't last as long as say Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation but it does stay in place for an impressive 8-9 hours. 


Before/After: Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige

Check out this video by Lisa Eldridge to see Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ No.21 Natural Beige in action. I also find their advertisements quiet amusing, you can check them out here.

Final thoughts: If you are in the market for a trendy watery glow, without getting too heavy on the base and a foundation with good amount of SPF, be sure to check out Laneige BB Cushion. I believe the formula is especially beneficial if you have normal to dry skin. It is definitely one of the best base products I have came across during last year and enjoying to use at the moment. 

You can get Laneige BB Cushion from Target in the states (here, not affiliated). In Europe you can order it from W2Beauty (here, not affiliated). Lancome also released a cushion foundation, which I am testing at the moment. Review to that one is coming up soon.

Have you tried a cushion foundation yet? Do you like the concept?












Disclaimer: The product in this post was gifted to me by a friend. 
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

28 comments

  1. Hi Sara! I like these cushion things because they feel so light on the skin! I have the AmorePacific one which you linked to. The Laneige Brand is a great affordable option and they actually have it available in Target. The AP one is available here at Sephora as well as the department stores that carry AmorePacific.

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    1. Arghh, I have messed up with links lol, thanks for pointing out!
      I have yet to try Amore Pacific's Cushion :-) Thanks for letting us know where to get them.

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  2. I find this very interesting indeed, thank you for reviewing this and the Lancôme one. I see some good and bad aspects which you have pointed out: the drying out is a problem for us girls with several foundations but I love that it's SPF50 and that the coverage is natural and buildable. I'd be interested in the pore refining one as I have oily skin, I'm quite curious now!
    Great post and you look very glowing with this!
    xx
    Ingrid Hughes
    www.ingridhughes.com

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    1. Hi Ingrid,
      try one cushion thing, they are interesting really, in a good way. I like them :-)

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  3. hmmm...this is interesting. I wanna try this out. So curious about it.

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    1. It is certainly something to try out and learn if you like it or not :-)

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  4. Hi Sara, i'm so glad you're enjoying this! It looks great on you! I've heard the pore control version is slightly drying, so good thing you didn't order that! I'm afraid of falling into the cushion rabbit hole... but there's another one that I'm trying now that I love even more than Laneige!! Isn't it great when the industry builds upon each other and improve season after season? xx

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    1. Hi Linda, thanks so much for making me aware of the trends! The shade match was spot on, although you thought it would be too dark but it isn't. I don't have any pores so I can ignore that one safely ;-)

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    2. yay looks like we wear the same shade of foundations (or pretty darn close anyway) how amazing is that?! lucky you... no pores.... dont let other people hear that!

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  5. Hey Sara, I've heard so much about this so thank you for the detailed and thoughtful review! I haven't tried anything cushion yet, but I think it'll be a trend since Lancome is launching their version of a cushion foundation. I have it here but I haven't got around to trying it yet! So many foundations, so little time :)

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    1. Hi Sunny,
      lol yes many foundation launches this year. I tried Lancome and I like it. Only the shade is a little dark for me (#2). I am usually the second lightest but with Lancome it seems I had to go with the lightest one. I will pick up that one once I go for a refill.

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  6. I'm glad these are becoming more mainstream, I love the idea. It looks very natural on you.

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    1. Yes, great idea indeed. Thanks, I am loving the natural glow it gives.

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  7. I've been hearing a lot about cushion foundations lately and this one sounds pretty great! It really evens out your skin tone so nicely :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Thanks Jen, yes I think the coverage is perfect for me.

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  8. Look at the difference! It smooths out your skin nicely! :) I have this one in sample size. I haven't used it much, though. I have been meaning to get the Sulwhasoo one but the cost of shipping kind of puts me off. I'm glad the Western world is starting to pick up the trend! The more options, the better! :)

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    1. I know what you mean about the cost of shipping. This trend will slowly come to our shores too. I already liked the first try from Lancome, curious about Sulwhasoo too. You can try Amore Pacific too, which is readily available in the states.

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  9. Dear Sara, sorry for an offtop, but if I would have a skin as good as yours, I would really not bother applying any BB or foundation at all! :) Though, I really like the way it looks on you and if its formula would be silicone-free, I would order it right now. Btw, I think I saw something similar at Lancome counter today.

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    1. LOL, I think you should maximize the photo to see all my pigmentation and spots, they are so dark :-( Not a good skin by any means, only I don't have many lines, which I am happy about. Unfortunately there are silicons in the formula... Yes Lancome just released one, I will review it in a few days.

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  10. Glad to see Asian trends being picked up in the West. I am using the cushion by IOPE and I really like it. Very much like what you reviewed here. I might want to pick one up by Laneige to see what the differences are. I think they are both under the Amore Pacific tree though :-)

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    1. Hi Lily,
      I think they are close, one should find a formula which works. Laneige works great for me but you know we are all make-up enthusiasts so we keep on searching nevertheless ;-)

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  11. I'm bac k in Asia for a bit and need to stock up on some products including cushions:-)

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    1. You are so lucky!
      I need to visit this year too.

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    2. Email me if you need anything. I'm staying in Bangkok for three more days and off to Malaysia. Malaysian prices are pretty sweet, especially at Sephora. When I used to live in Thailand I always stocked up on high end make up in KL:-)

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  12. Thanks for the review! I've heard great things about these BB cushion products, so glad they are now being carried by Target and Sephora. And that Youtube commercial is funny ! (Katherine T.)

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    1. LOL, I know, there are a series of fun commercials in which the girl is doing her makeup in 2.5 seconds or something. I found it very creative.

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  13. I was so close to purchasing this because of their ADS! Those women with watery/dewy skin are just so tempting! But then I never let myself get swayed by advertisement unless I see it in action - like how you've illustrated here! UGH. Next time I pass by the Laneige store, I will be grabbing this! Can't wait to see how the Lancome one compares to this - I've seen a few reviews and it looks good but more on the satin/demi-matte finish. Love your glowy, watery dewy skin Sara! And the fact that you've repurchased a refill says a lot!!! :)

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  14. This cushion looks very natural and pretty on you. I really do consider buying it in the same shade as you! ♡ thanks for your swatches!!

    Mymychen.blogspot.com

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