Konglish Beauty

Review: Laneige powder puffs RANT AND RAVE

Posted in Korean brands, Laneige, powder, tools by konglishbeauty on November 21, 2009

Why on earth am I reviewing powder puffs? Powder puffs???? Because these are so darn good that I have to shout about them. After all if a make-up sponge like the Beauty Blender can get raves from the hyper-critical blogging and YouTube beauty community (haven’t tried it, really want to) then a powder puff can be just as mightly.

Loose powder is a staple for me as I have oily skin. I don’t apply dewy skin make-up because after half an hour, my skin naturally looks “dewy”. And after an hour it looks plain oily, at which point I whip out the oil blotting film and wield pressed powder and fluffy brush. I like to leave the house with matte looking skin and never worry about it looking too matte because it ain’t gonna stay that way for long anyway.

I prefer a puff to apply loose powder as I need a dense even coverage. A brush applies too little so I have to go over it again and again. Also applying loose powder with a large brush can get messy as a lot of it falls off the bristle. So I press and roll the powder into my skin with a puff (and then buff off excess with a brush if need be). I had been using a couple of sad old velour powder puffs which I’d had for months which were basic and did the job. However I spied these pretty pink and purple puffs at Olive Young and thought I’d give them a shot.

Well blow me away. They are full, bouncey and a pleasure to use. The purple one in particular has a thick pile so it picks up the perfect amount of loose powder, holds in in place and once pressed onto the skin can also be used to blend it out. The pink one has a smoother fabric finish and is good to apply pressed powder. They are a large size and flexible to fold around my finger to get into the corners of my face – (not that I have many, as I have a flat round asian face!).

They wash well too: I bung them into a small laundry net and toss them into the machine with my delicates in the lingerie cycle and they come out fresh and new. (Don’t add fabric conditioner, you don’t want any residue ending up on your face).

They cost about 10000won each, which is expensive but worth it, especially if you use loose powder every day.

Love, rave, recommend.
Rating: 5 out of 5

That’s the rave. Here’s the rant.

Cosmetics in Korea all seem to have these security stickers attached to them to prevent shoplifting. Olive Young, Watsons, Etude House, Missha…. every one uses them.

Sometimes they’re only on the outer box but sometimes they’re also stuck on the product inside. The infuriating thing is that they don’t always peel off cleanly. It enrages me when you peel off a sticker and it leaves behind this gummy residue which just won’t rub off. It spoils the appearance of the whole product. There is the option to remove the residue with acetone (or nail polish remover) but sometimes that destroys the finish of the packaging. Hate hate hate.


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