It’s not a rare occurrence for me to fall completely in love with a beauty product. But it is fairly unusual for me to remain in a loyal, long-term relationship with one (newer, flashier products land on my desk all the time—it’s nothing personal). But ever since I first tested the AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact during last year’s Best of Beauty Awards, I’ve remained faithful. That is, I did until New York City dermatologist Doris Day recommended the Laneige BB Cushion, a supposedly comparable product with one glaring difference: a much lower price tag. That’s when things got interesting.
First things first: What is a BB/CC cushion? For those of you who are still confused about what a BB cream is, I refer you to this story and this one.
Now imagine your favorite BB or CC cream thinned out to a watery consistency—with the level of coverage and sun protection still intact—poured into a compact, and topped with a sponge. Every time you press down on the springy sponge (the “cushion”) with the included makeup sponge, the liquid formula is released. That’s what both of these products are. For me, they entirely replaced the tinted moisturizer I was using, and I’ll likely never revert back to a plain old foundation formula—and not just because these spongy guys are so fun to use. They both deliver moisture and SPF with a completely weightless (and I mean weightless) texture, so you never feel caked in makeup. Here’s how the two versions compare:
• Coverage: Light to medium, depending on how much you layer on
• Finish: Slightly dewy, but not in a way that’s noticeably shiny
• SPF: 50
• Staying power: Under normal circumstances, it will last for a full work day and even through after-work drinks without the need for a touch-up. On a hot, humid day with multiple N.Y.C. subway trips, you might need to reapply it after a few hours.
• Notable ingredients: Phyllostachis bambusoides juice (firming and anti-aging ingredient); green tea seed oil and extract (antioxidants); and bamboo sap (moisturizer)
• Shade range: Four options
• Price: $60 at Sephora…which is why it won a Best of Beauty Award in the “Top Splurges” category
• Coverage: Medium, but it can be layered to nearly full coverage
• Finish: Mostly matte, but not in a pasty way
• SPF: 50
• Staying power: The coverage tends to fade a bit over the course of the day, so you’ll probably need to use a little more after work.
• Notable ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone (moisturizers)
• Shade range: Three options
• Price: $34 at Target
Overall, the Laneige version offers the same level of sun protection, a little more coverage, and a similar application experience. I’ll probably continue to stockpile the AmorePacific one because I’m partial to the slightly lighter coverage and sweetly addictive scent, but once I run out, the Laneige product is a perfectly acceptable replacement (not to mention a way to save $26).
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