Product Review: Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF22 PA+

Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation
Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF22 PA+

At first, this sounds like a great idea – the unique design contains both a foundation and concealer (on top), it’s handy and neat. But after using it for awhile, I find that basically it’s the same product as the Snow Veil foundation, but with an added concealer and slightly heavier coverage and texture.

Although it does not feel heavy when you first dispense the product, I find that it does feel slightly heavy on my face. As I have dry skin, I actually find this (I use shade #21) to be adequate in terms of hydration, but again, the staying power is so-so. It can smear with humidity (I live in Toronto which is mostly dry) or the slightest bit of heat and sweat. I used this in the winter time and I find that sometimes it tends to smear half way through the day even though I do not have oily skin.

If you use this with Satin Finish Twin Pact, you will find your face to be severely mask-like. Both this foundation and the Satin Finish Twin Pact (reviewed separately) provide very heavy coverage – something I do not need or like. If you are into that no-makeup nude skin look, this is not for you.

For better translucency, try the Japanese brands, they usually provide more natural coverage and are less pink. For example, Maquillage’s foundations come out quite creamy and yet they feel super light and airy on your skin. Also, another reason why I prefer Japanese base makeup is that the shade selection is much better. With Korean brands, you basically get only 3 to 4 shades, the lighter shades are too pink in my opinion, especially when you have light skin like mine (My M.A.C. shade is NC20) with yellow undertones. The Japanese brands usually offer neutrals, yellows (ochre) and pinks, something for everyone.

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6 comments on Product Review: Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF22 PA+

  1. Susan
    March 9, 2009 at 11:27 pm (8 years ago)

    Can you get Laneige in Canada? where?

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  2. Joseibi
    March 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm (8 years ago)

    You can get Laneige in Toronto: check out http://www.amorecanada.com and they have a store locator as well as online store. But the stores carry much more current items you won’t see in their online store though 😉

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  3. Jessie
    March 20, 2009 at 1:54 am (8 years ago)

    Hi there,

    have you got comments on pola sakura veil products?
    I am very tempted to buy the range but not sure if it suits my skin.
    similar to your’s. mine is also dry and slight sensitive.

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  4. Joseibi
    March 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Jessie,

    Thank you for coming!
    Pola products are pretty good. I have used Day+Day Vitax, Estina Alvita, Whitissimo and the discontinued Plenna before and I liked the Day+Day Vitax and Alvita the best.

    I haven’t tried the new Sakura Veil line before yet, but because most of the Pola products don’t use fragrances or colorants, I have not reacted to them before so I think it’s quite safe on sensitive skin.

    From my experience, Pola’s ‘regular’ skin care line is better as prevention/maintenance than treatment, so unless you have major skin problems, you will be happy with the products.

    By the way my mother uses the Whitissimo cream and it completely faded her dark brown patches on her cheeks, which had been there for more than 20 years! It was quite amazing.

    Hope this helps!

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  5. kim
    April 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm (7 years ago)

    hi there wat shade can u recommend for me? im an asian…with the chinese skin color…kinda yellowish

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  6. Joseibi
    April 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi kim,

    Laneige or most Korean makeup offers very limited shades. Under Laneige there are 3 or 4 depending on the line, if you are the average Chinese skin tone which is moderately fair and yellow undertoned, #21 will be ok. #23 is darker and more yellow. Sometimes they offer #31 or #33 and that’s a dark yellow shade, suitable for darker skin Asians (I would say the average Filippino will be able to use it).

    Hope this helps! 😉

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