Friday, April 8, 2016

[Review] Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact Emerges Stunningly From A Cool Rosy Affair

We experienced our very first Cushion Compact here previously and it was truly a great introduction to this innovative makeup product, which the Koreans are famous for. Naturally, we were extremely intrigued when we were invited to celebrate the unveiling of this luxury French brand latest innovation and release - the new Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF50 PA+++ recently at the Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel Ice Skating Rink. 

Lancôme released their very first cushion some time last year but we did not have the opportunity to try that one out yet. This time around, this NEW cushion is the meeting between Lancôme's complexion expertise, its mastery of the best filters to protect the complexion, and travel-friendly technology that prioritises freshness and lightness. Cooling, high coverage, high protection, lightweight and travel-friendly? Sounds too good to be true, right? You heard it right, stay tuned for more rosy goodness coming right up, lovelies *_^

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF50 PA+++
A new complexion long-wear cushion with patent pending PolarTM technology, Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage enjoys a new-generation technology developed and designed to adapt to a thicker, richer and higher coverage texture. Want to know its secret? It lies in its reinvented sponge cushion covered in a unique mesh.

Comes in a sleek white and silver reflective cover packaging, one will notice a hole in the middle. That would be the compartment to place your cushion in later. It is quite lightweight, not that heavy at all. It also houses a mirror inside and once you peel away the refill packaging, which comes together with the compact, it will be tugged just nicely into the casing, with a quick snap.

Now back to the uniqueness of this new cushion compact. The sponge cushion is made up of interwoven fibres that offer more space for the formula thanks to larger cavities. The stiffness of these fibres also allows retention of the formula at the heart of the sponge. As for the mesh, it is meant for covering the sponge and activated upon first use. It filters the right amount of formula to ensure fine, even application, while helping to maintain its freshness (Of course, it helps if you close it tightly after each use). Enriched with a cocktail of ultra-targeted skincare active ingredients to achieve the lively rose white skin ideal, this new baby is a dreamer - a corn extract known for its protective properties, rose, mint and gentian extracts (here to understand more) for their soothing properties, a combination of Vitamin CG and resorcinol derivative for fairer, more luminous skin, and a moisturising agent.

Another interesting aspect of this new cushion from Lancôme is its Jel-Liquid technology with thixotropic properties, in layman terms, it is a gelling agent whose viscosity decreases under stress. At rest, the formula is dense and thick, which gives it superior hold in the sponge cushion. Pressing once on the mesh covering, the sponge is enough to lower the viscosity of the Jel-Liquid technology and liquefy the formula to make it easier to dispense and then spread over the skin.

Our Experience
This new cushion foundation comes in 9 shades, which is quite a selection. Within the shades, it is categorised into 3 types according to alphabet to indicate the base tone of the shades - BO (Beige tone), P (Pink tone) and O (Yellow tone). The shade we received was P-02, which has a pinkish tone to it. It was not our correct shade as it looks a little too fair on us, but we made do by using it on the high points of our face instead, after a few attempts of applying it all over our face. As always, using a cushion compact is all about the gentle patting motion onto the face, using the sponge puff applicator and work it all over the face. It evens out our skin tone well, leaving our face looking pretty luminous. We love that subtle glow finishing.

The one opened is the previous version, Blanc Expert Cushion Compact, notice the difference in terms of netting (without the new mesh). This girlish illustration compact cover is the Limited Edition version (Sakura casing), and seen along side is the new Cushion Blush Subtil.

Another great point that we have to point out about the compact is its cooling effect upon application. You would feel it immediately. Due to the evaporation of some of the components, the cushion lowers the skin surface's temperature by 1.7 Celsius. Now, that is a great addition to our hot and humid weather, all year long here. It has a little faint floral scent which we absolutely adore and we love that it also feels fresh on the skin and adhere to the skin really well, with a dewy finish (did we mention that already, that we love a little glow look before, rather than matte). It looks like a thin veil comfortably enveloping our face for the day, though would need some touch up after 4 hours on our combination skin. Even though this is high coverage, but it does not feel heavy on the skin, it is buildable but not entirely enough to cover two of our stubborn pigmentation spots though. We still need a little help with a tad of concealer *_^

Conclusion? We definitely love this latest darling from Lancôme and we are glad that a Western brand has come to embrace cushion from a very early stage, as this one is a keeper. Do try them out yourself to see if you would like it as much as we do, as it is already available since March 2016. The event was a pleasant one, though we had to wait for quite a while for the event to begin, but the finale of a surprise "snow fall" at the skating rink and by looking at how the beautiful pink roses were dotted with "snow" was a pleasant feeling. Overload with roses? Now that was a memorable good feeling, fresh flowers do have that sort of effect on us!

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF50 PA+++ is retailed at MYR188 (comes with one shade cushion of your selection and one sponge puff applicator). Refill is sold separately at MYR150. Discover more of this latest makeup item here and more about the brand here. Thanks Lancôme Malaysia for the love and the rosy affair, it was most definitely a gorgeous one.

Till our next beauty adventure, have a luminous and happy weekend ahead, lovelies, no matter where you are *_^

With love, 
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  1. Hello dearest! I love this brand, we have many nice memories together.... I don't even know why I stop using it, but I really love their skin care and makeup line.
    I would love to try this cushion compact, 50spf?? I am in, I love a good sun protection.
    Beautiful design as well, love is in the details.
    Have al lovely weekend bella.
    Glamoury Armory Blog

    1. Yes love is in the details indeed, Arely! Lancome is a great brand and I am glad that I got reconnected with them again.

      I guess the love for makeup is like love, even though at times you may drift apart on and off, but once you have fallen in love, the love will always remain *_^

      Hope you find that connection again with lancome!

  2. Great job with the beautiful pictures Jeann! A great review too on this cushion compact. I've been really enjoying it especially during my trip. It's quick and so easy to use. Oh, not forgetting how versatile it is. I can just throw it in my handbag and carry it around anytime and everywhere.
    Hope you're enjoying this beautiful product too. You definitely made it looked so beautiful =)

    1. Aaaawwww thanks so much, Yen! So sweet of you. Am glad you like my review. Hope more people will check out the cushion and see if they would like it themselves as makeup is always very personal *_^

      Thanks for dropping by, nice to see you again, it's been a while! Haha

  3. I thought it would be pricier than MYR188 since it's from Lancome but actually the price not bad wor! And brilliant photography here, Jeanne!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity


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