April 9, 2018
Mention the word “cushion” to any beauty junkie and one particular brand should come to mind — LANEIGE. They’ve taken the idea of the humble cushion compact, essentially base makeup housed in a soft cushion sponge, and made it a cult product, instantly popular for its luminous finish and travel-friendly packaging. And by “cult”, we’re talking world dominance actually.
Since their first cushion compact in 2012, they’ve been pushing out new and upgraded ones regularly every year, and as it stands, have sold 18,000,000 units globally. Yeah, you’re seeing it right — that’s a lot! So, of course, they’re not about to slow down any time soon, especially with the latest cushion compact innovation: the LANEIGE Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base.
Housed in a pretty rose gold case, you’re now getting both a concealer and foundation in one cushion compact — the Concealing Base (left) is a high-coverage concealer that covers up blemishes or dark undereye circles, while the Layering Cover Cushion (right) is a foundation that achieves a healthy, even base. Not only does that make on-the-go makeup more convenient, it saves you money since you don’t have to buy those two items separately!
It’s a full-coverage foundation.
You might be more used to LANEIGE’s BB cushions, and even though we love the lightweight consistency, we still recognise that sometimes, we’re looking for more coverage than what a BB cream can offer. Enter this new cushion! You’ll get good, buildable coverage by layering the two products — simply cover up with the concealer, then apply the silky foundation over it.
Semi-matte. Are we moving away from dewy skin? According to LANEIGE’s research team, yes! This is great news for us — thanks to our humid environment, we all know the woes of ending up with an oily t-zone at the end of the day, so it makes sense that we start off with skin that’s less shiny. Still, this semi-matte trend is all about natural-looking skin — you’ll want a hydrated glow that looks like you just woke up with good skin all along.
Step 1: Start with the Concealing Base.
- With the triangular tip of the puff, pick up the concealer (left), then pat it gently over your undereye area and/or blemishes.
- Blend it out completely with light, upward strokes. As you can see on Natalie (shade no.31), you’ll achieve a more even skin tone after!
The balm-like consistency of the concealer certainly comes in handy too; it sufficiently covers up any redness, dark spots, or blemishes without leaving an obvious cakey appearance, while we’re able to blend it out nicely for a natural, undetected finish.
Tip: Since the concealer’s of a pretty high coverage, you’ll want to use it strategically! Use it only where necessary, usually for blemishes or the undereye area, so the overall look’s still as natural as possible. That’ll increase the mileage of your product too.
Step 2: Layer with foundation.
- Now, turn the puff upside down, and use the rounded cushion side to pick up the Layering Cover Cushion (right). To do this right, gently press the puff into the cushion once or twice, then twist it to evenly distribute the product.
- Tap the foundation onto your skin. You can use a light and quick tapping motion that’s good for beginners as it gives you the most control and a natural finish, just try not to swipe it as you would with a makeup brush.
- For curved areas, such as the side of your nose, you can easily reach them too since the puff is flexible.
- The result: a bright, moisturised finish and a rosy skin tone that looks naturally radiant!
Tip: Build up the foundation instead of dispensing it all at once. Those with good skin can afford just one layer, but if you prefer more coverage, repeat the steps again and go over the areas that may need more attention.
Even with a lighter consistency, we do think that the foundation has some good coverage on its own — you can see that it covers up uneven areas of the face, blending out easily thanks to both the cushion puff and the smooth texture of the liquid foundation.
By the way, we’re also getting skincare benefits here: Litchi Skin Extract has antioxdiant and moisturising properties, while a Water Capture System fills our skin with moisture, and gives a nice cooling sensation too, with each tap.
In the name of beauty reviews, here are our before/after photos so you can really see the difference.
Also, the great thing about layers is that you’re free to get any finish you want — our method’s all for a semi-matte look, but you can play around with the product in a different sequence for your desired look of the day. For example, switch it around and use the Layering Cover Cushion first before the Concealing Base, this will give your skin a more matte texture. Using the Layering Cover Cushion alone will give you a far more radiant glow, while just the Concealing Base will give you an ultra-matte, high-coverage base. Versatile huh!
LANEIGE Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base, $43, available in 7 shades, at LANEIGE stores and counters. Refills will be available in May. laneige.com/sg
Amelia Tan, using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
LANEIGE Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base in no.13 (Amelia), no. 31 (Natalie), no. 33 (Syiqin)