Hi all! It’s been a while since a did a post. The popular South Korean variety show Running Man came filming in Australia and I went chasing after them ahahaha…. It was a tiring week and I even bought “stakeout” food in preparation!
Anyway onto the review!
While I was in Seoul over a month ago I picked up lots of cosmetics. I didn’t really do my research before going there and just decided to see what I like when I get there. I was wandering around the streets of MyeongDong and saw a Banila Co store. I have read about this brand in some magazines before but never tried any products from it. Banila Co is pricier than Innisfree and Etude House so I assume that the quality is better (?)
I wasn’t really planning on getting anything in particular, but upon entering the store their large display for their cc cream and cc cushion caught my eyes. Banila Co was selling the “it Radiant CC Cream” and the “it Radiant CC Cushion” together as a pack so that’s what I bought =D
What is it? The CC Cream is a “whitening moisterizing color control base”. The sales rep said that you use this first like a primer and then use the CC Cushion on top.
Price: Normally retails for ₩25,000.00. I got it together with the CC Cushion as a pack for ₩48,000.00.
Colour: There is only one colour for this product.
Awards: From what I can work out from the signs in the store and website, I think the CC Cream was featured on the South Korean beauty show Get It Beauty. It won the Allure (Korea) Beauty & Style Expert 2013 Editor’s Pick, the Cosmo Beauty Awards 2013 and the Sure Beauty Awards 2013.
Link to website: http://www.banilaco.com/product/productDetail.do?seq=100958.
“it Radiant CC Cushion”
What is it? I was told by the sales rep to use this on top of the CC Cream so I am guessing this is like a lightweight water-based foundation.
Price: Normally retails for ₩35,000.00. I got it together with the CC Cream as a pack for ₩48,000.00.
Colours: There are 3 colours available – BE10 Light Beige, BP15 Pink Beige and BE20 Honey Beige in order from lightest to darkest. I got the middle colour BP15.
Size: 15g x 2. (It comes with one cushion already inside the pact and an extra sealed refill pack)
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Application: The CC Cream is creamy in texture. The tube comes with a pump for dispensing the product. One pump will give you enough product for the whole face. The texture is easily spreadable and easy to blend.
Colour and coverage: This product only comes in one colour, presumably because it is more of a primer and is very sheer. It is not meant to give you much coverage. Not sure how it will look on darker skin but for me I had no issue with it. Actually it is so sheer that I don’t really notice the colour.
Finish: The product wasn’t overly shiny but it wasn’t completely matte either. It gave me a kind of glow but as it was sheer I feel like it didn’t do much to my appearance. I feel more like I just put on sunscreen. Anyway immediately after I put on the CC Cream I put on the CC Cushion over it.
The “it Radiant CC Cushion”
Application: The pact comes with its own sponge for application. Just place it over the CC Cushion and press and the product will be dispensed on the sponge. The harder you press the more product will come out depending on your liking. Then just apply the product onto your face with the sponge as you normally would with compact foundations. It is pretty convenient if you need touching up during the day as well. However I do find that it is harder to apply compare to the CC Cream. When I spread it on my skin with the sponge it sometimes made my skin looked dry and accentuated the cracks in the skin. Maybe my skin type is just not suited to this type of foundation. I have always had this same problem with compact foundations and even though this CC Cushion is liquid it is applied the same way as a compact foundation. Maybe I am applying it with the wrong technique? helpppppp =(
Colour and coverage: Of the 3 colours available I picked the middle one BP15. I am not sure what to think of the colour actually because when I put it on I feel like it is a bit too white and I look like I am wearing a “mask”. But then I took photos and it looks perfectly fine in them and my face and neck matched perfectly and I didn’t look “maskly” either. The overall look was very natural (in photo). The CC Cushion provided more coverage than the CC Cream and it was quite good at hiding my imperfections.
Finish: The CC Cushion gave me an overall shine that I didn’t like. I already have an oily (but dry at the same time) face and so I really do prefer something with a matte finish. I also feel that it does accentuate my dryness and it easily cakes. But as I said, it does look fabulous in photos though so I dunno…
Touching up: When I touched up with the CC Cushion throughout the day, it gets more and more cakey on my face and I didn’t like the feeling at all. But once again, fine in photos! =/
Overall with CC Cream as primer and CC Cushion on top as foundation
Frankly speaking, overall I don’t like it. I am a little disappointed in fact as I had high expectation for it since it won so many awards and it was on the pricier side too. I guess the product that actually won the awards was the CC Cream rather than the CC Cushion and I can’t really comment much on the CC Cream alone since I never used it on its own. The products after a while feels quite heavy on my face yet it does not give me the level of coverage actual foundations give me. If you want a light coverage natural look (in person), the Etude House Mineral BB Cream does a better job and at only ₩14,000.00 too!
Now comes the twist though lol. How it looks in photos is a different question! This CC Cream and CC Cushion looks fabulous and natural in photos (and better than the Etude House Mineral BB Cream). I don’t know why. All I can say is that it is a very photogenic product??
Have you used this product and what are your thoughts? Do share!