Three words…I love Laneige. I like practically everything about how this Korean brand is represented, advertised, and I like the subtle prestige of the quality I’ve tested in the boutique at Shangrila. I’ve just never been brave enough to buy anything ‘coz I didn’t need anything at the time and believe it or not this brand is totally overpriced in Singapore. I even appreciate the way the makeup on the girls in the ads is on but toned down in a classy way (check their awesome site here, choose English) . I came home yesterday with this press gift, one of Laneige’s more unique base items, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact and my experience within a span of 3-4 hours with it was kind of like a Pride and Prejudice romance. I wasn’t too keen about that dewy finish at first…yes, at first, then time DID tell. I’ll get to the details in a sec.
New-concept: Whitening + Sunscreen + Sweat-proof + Soothing + Makeup Effects SPF 50+ PA+++ (Shade 21 Natural Beige)
- Skin Types : ALL SKIN
- Size : 15G
I know what you’re thinking, looking at that you’re probably like letting out a “WTH” thought bubble. Trust me, it’s not as strange as you think and it’s not that dark on the skin, that’s just how it looks in the compact. That in there is a sponge soaked with a BB cream formula.
“Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect
Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight. High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.“
I was supposed to show my finger afterwards but I couldn’t get a decent photo after this shot with one hand, sorry LOL. Basically I had liquid base product on my fingertip as if I had dipped it into a bottle. Read more to see how the product looks applied on my face.
I don’t know ’bout you, but I was instantly drawn to this. All the goodness of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in a more compact, concentrated form? Buffing brush, bring it over!
It does remind me of the Vitalumiere Aqua compact Chanel released this year. I spotted this in the introductory advertisements of the robust Vogue U.S. September issue.
Just when I thought I had seen enough new base products this had to draw me in didn’t it? There are 12 familiar named shades to suit and it won’t come without a high price. This makeup compact retails for $45 according to the website, but I am not sure if they’ve brought it in already to Philippine shores. Gotta go to bed…have to leave for a shoot in 6 hours.
I spent 15 years of my life with my paternal grandmother at home and up to this day I miss her terribly. She had designer bags and shoes and she even slept on Yves Saint Laurent bedsheets (that we still use today, talk about durable) and her 9 white dogs drank a teaspoon of Enervon-C Syrup daily and wore Johnson’s Baby Powder and cologne. I’m not saying that’s the only way life should be lived, I am sharing that once upon a time she indeed lived it that way because she was well provided for. She had some time in Europe when my grandfather was Philippine ambassador to the Vatican in Rome. When it came to beauty she was simple. She did her eyebrows, and carried pressed powder and lipstick. More often than not, nothing more. Several months back my mom fished these “gems” out of one of our safe-boxes and told me that at some point in my life, Lola wanted me to have both, the other one especially because of its custom initials. These are pressed powders if I’m not mistaken.
This Estee Lauder one looks more like a blush but I’m not sure if the color shifted because of age. It opens stopwatch style and has a black tassel which adds a bit of vintage flair. She most likely acquired this while living in Europe.
My first name, Julia, was a spin-off from my paternal grandmother’s name Julieta. We shared the same initials, J.A., which delighted her and my being her youngest grandchild at the time led to some welcome spoiling in the best sense of the word. If I’m not mistaken, everything about the initials on this custom gilded Moon Drops compact are genuine. Moon Drops is I think was once a niche brand under Revlon…I’m not sure if it still exists today.
My grandmother, Julieta, was a very strong woman and to tell you the truth sometimes she could be scary (she’d rattle off in Spanish when she’d lose her temper), but she was also lovely, sweet, and affirming throughout most of my childhood. She also helped me to enjoy eating vegetables because she was an excellent cook and natural foodie. Uh, that’s me on the left, I think I was two, I never knew how to look at a camera with flash when I was that age. I was thinking maybe these heirloom compacts are my key to possibly meeting someone like Lisa Eldridge one day who collects vintage items like these. Aren’t these veritable beauty blasts from the past?