asian cosmetics beauty review

Review: Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion No.21

15. July 2014


This is a review of a cushion sample of Laneige’s Snow BB Soothing Cushion. I was wondering previously what would be the best way to present a sample for a cushion bb and I guess that this is the answer :D This sample comes with a tiny version of a cushion and a small puff and it is the most original sample I tried until now. It even comes in a little cardboard box and looks like a shrinked full-size product. Very elegant :)


Laneige is a Korean brand, part of the Amore Pacific Group. The brand name comes from the french word for snow which is “la neige”. The brand name reflects the beauty of young women between 24 and 32 years by focusing on water as source of life. Therefore the products design is more mature and clean, reflecting the image of moisture obtained through water. Laneige was also the first brand releasing a cushion type product, which is the here described Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion. It is designed to be a 5 in 1 product and claims therefore to have whitening properties, sun protection, soothing effect, sweat-proof and long lasting. The BB cream has SPF 50 +/PA+++ and this blocks UV rays and sunlight and protects your skin from damage.

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This cushion comes in 5 different shades: true beige (No.13), natural beige (No.21), sand beige (No.23) and brown beige (No. 31). The key ingredients are bead tree, Korean thistle and natto. Bead tree helps brightening dull skin. The extracts of Korean thistle, Sylimarins, block the melanin generation. Natto contains gamma PGA which serves as whitening booster through moisturization. The other ingredients are listed in COSDNA. Most of the are greenflagged, but there are some acne triggers, so if you have sensitive skin, keep in mind to test it first.


As I said, this is a sample of the cushion and it comes in a tiny plastic jar. Inside the jar is a cushion with the BB cream and a puff for application. It is quite cute and moreover very perfect if you carry a small purse :D I mean, the compact full-sized product is already travel friendly, since it comes with a mirror, too. On the bottom of the plastic jar you’ll find the production date (keep in mind that this is not an expiration date) and the symbol for how long it is good after opening (it says 12 months here). The sample contains 4 g of product and I could use it for more than a week.

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The swatch on my wrist looks a bit to dark for my skin, but on my face it blends in nicely and is a good match for my natural skin tone. The finish is very natural and semi-matte. The scent of the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion appeared herbal to me. It wasn’t unpleasant, though. While application with the sponge a light cooling, refreshing feeling is noticeable, too. On the bottom you’ll find a picture of my face with and without the BB cream. You can see how it covers up nicely any rednesses and evens out the skin tone.


I have the slight feeling that this cushion BB can be too dry for already dry skin. In the evening the BB cream had flaked around my nose and chin. But this can be improved by wearing a primer. I usually wear The Face Shop Primer before. Nevertheless, the finish is very natural and beautiful. I think this is the biggest advantage of all the cushion products, because you use a puff for application and in this way the excess BB cream is taken up by the puff again. For those worried about the hygiene: the puff is washable, but you have to be carefull not to squeeze it. :)

Laneige’s Cushion BB creams cost between 30 and 40 US$. You can find the Snow BB Soothing Cushion on ebay and the newer versions called Whitening and Pore Control at W2Beauty. If you use my affiliate link or enter the code 088505 in the registration form you’ll receive a 5 US$ voucher, which can be used immediately for purchases over 30 US$. I’d love to try the other cushions from Laneige, too :) Anybody tried these, too? what are your impressions?


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  • Rebecca+B.+Bird 15. July 2014 at 16:57

    I wonder if/how this differs at all from the Laneige cushions now being sold in America. The color you got looks the same as the “light” ones sold here.

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:17

      Im wondering the same, since I read your reviews on the cushions :D Maybe they’ll start selling Laneige products in Germany, soon, then I could compare them XD. Thanks for reading ♥

  • Joann 15. July 2014 at 22:16

    Oh I want to try this! I’ve really been loving Laneige products. Only issue is the shading.
    Dry would be alright for me, since I have really oily skin. I’m currently using IOPE, which is pretty good. Thanks for the review! Makes me want the Laneige bb cushion even more lol. But price wise, it is pretty high.

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:23

      At least they offer some different shades for the Laneige Cushions. I’d love to try the IOPE Cushion but it is also pricy, and I have so many tubes of BB/CC creams which I have to use up…Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Chee 15. July 2014 at 23:12

    Such a cute packing for a sample! The coverage looks very good, evens out the skin tone too, but looks a bit dark. I want to try more Laneige products, but they are so expensive!

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:24

      I love the sample package, too :D And I like it that they have different shades available. It is funny that No.21 looks so dark, especially in comparison to Missha’s No. 21. I’d love to try more Laneige products, too, but I agree about the price :/ Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Kine 16. July 2014 at 10:40

    OMG it’s so tiny and cute! The coverage looks really good too- perfect match for your skin. I have really dry skin so this is probably a no go for me.

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:26

      I have dry skin, too… It is okay with a moisturizing primer, but I think they have other cushions which are better suited for dry skin…I mean, the name “soothing” sounds like suited foroily/combination skin for me… Thanks for reading ♥

  • Bethany 17. July 2014 at 14:52

    Every company seems to be obsessed with BB cushions right now. I’m still not seeing the hype, completely. Good review~

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:33

      I bought the DIY cushion caseby Missha previously and it is fun, because you can mix your own BB/CC cream inside and use up the tubes you have at home. This is probably my largest concern with the cushion trends, because I have still so many BB/CC creams in tubes at home and buying new cushions doesn’t make me using the tubes. So I wait until I finished of my products XD At leat this is the plan :D Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Rini 22. July 2014 at 13:37

    Wow i never thought that the sample will come in a box like full size product :O
    I would love to try this one, but i already bought the original bb cushion >.<

    • Frl. Schnee 22. July 2014 at 14:45

      Me neither XD I was very impressed with this deluxe samle :) Do you like the original BB cushion? Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Anusha 1. August 2015 at 17:14


    I really liked your review. I am looking into buying laneige bb cushion. I just don’t know what shade to get. Previously, I used Missha no. 23 natural beige and in laneige no. 21 is natural beige. I have been reading it’s lighter though. I was wondering if you could suggest a shade for me. I have more of olive skin tone.

  • Xuening 5. July 2016 at 8:26


    im really intrigued after seeing your review, but i dont know what shade to buy! do you think that 21 is suitable for pale skin? i am quite pale, but i think that i did try a similar compact from a friend in shade 13 and its too white on me. no 21 looks quite dark in your photos, do you think it would be suitable for pale skin?

    • Frl. Schnee 5. July 2016 at 8:42

      I think shade 21 will be too dark since it is called natural beige, which is usually shade 23 for most other Korean brands. There should be a shade between 21 and 13 though. Hope this is helpful.