Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lalavesi Akma Cushion F.W. version in Y2

I didn't want to review this cushion. I have successfully avoided writing about it for nearly a year. I had no plans to write about this cushion.


Because people complain that there are too many negative reviews on my blog already.
I can understand that sentiment, but as I am not paid to write positive reviews, it is my right to be brutally honest.

Until  a product comes along that is loved by seemingly everybody and their dog. A product that I'm. Just. Not. Getting. At. All.

So yes, there wasn't going to be a review of Lalavesi Akma Cushion, version fall/winter in shade Y2.

And yet there is.

Because y'all wanted it!

Emails have been coming with increasing urgency from people who remembered my instagram photos from many months ago.
They knew I bought this cushion.
And I guess now, with another Lalavesi limited edition cushion case season upon us (at least I'm assuming there is another limited edition), the same people wanted to know what I thought of the product itself.

So, don't complain later on, because YOU asked for it!

As you can see, I bought the 2014 Ice Cute edition. That bitch just spoke to me.

Everybody was buying them Lalavesi cushions, and the good little lemming that I am, I wanted one too.
So I got me one.

I bought it from TwoFacedMall, and sadly, I can't recommend that seller to anyone.
It was my first and last order with them.
It took forever. For-freakin'-ever.

I don't remember how much it was. It wasn't exactly cheap, but also not earth-shatteringly expensive.

If this is the first time you are reading about cushion foundations, may I suggest you click on the "Cushion Foundation" tab in the top menu and work your way from there.

So, what's a cushion foundation anyway?

It's basically a chuck of sponge that is saturated with foundation and placed in a special compact.
Some brands will include an extra refill in the box. Lalavesi wasn't one of those brands.

The only things that were in the box were the compact and a leaflet (in Korean).

New Zealand honey, it said. Moisture and stuff, it said. I couldn't wait to try it.

But before I could try it, I had to first clean up the compact.
You see, the inner container, the one that holds the saturated-in-foundation sponge was so shoddily made that the contents leaked.
Yep, leaked. From a brand new, still sealed cushion.

And it just went downhill from there.

It leaked around the hinge part. I did try my best to wipe it off for the photos.

Them innernets were raving about this cushion, so my expectations were pretty high.

I tried it for the first time, and thought to myself "meh, this is IT?"
But them innernets were still raving, so I kept trying hoping for a miracle.

Until the bitch broke me out.

But let's begin at the beginning:

  • - moisturizing? Nope. Not for my dry skin. It was a horrid, nearly cakey, dry mess. 
  • - coverage? Minimal. 
  • - wear? Awful!!! This shit got into every wrinkle and fine line, even in those I didn't know I had. It accentuated every dry patch.
  • - dewy glow? Surely, you must be joking! It tended to turn into something resembling powdery finish, reminded me of Kate Powderless Liquid For Cover.
  • - lasting power? A couple of hours, and I am being very generous here.
  • - oxidizing? Mercifully, no.
  • - scent? Yes, a generic cosmetic smell.

I honestly thought this was the worst cushion in my quite extensive cushion collection.

I was so frustrated with it that I put it away for a few months.
Usually when I do that, the break from a product helps me see it in a different light later on.

Not in this case...
Around May the darling of the Korean beauty blogging world, Tracy from fanserviced-b.com, reviewed this cushion and sang its praises.

I thought that perhaps I was doing something wrong the first time around.
And so full of fresh anticipation I dug out my Lalavesi Akma Cushion F.W and started to play with it again.

And the history repeated itself - every pore made bigger, every wrinkle made more visible and every dry patch - even drier.

Oh for craps' sakes!
I honestly lost all patience with this useless piece of kaka.
This is probably the worst cushion ever. Ever!

Dunno, maybe it works on people with normal to oily skin. It didn't work on mine.
Life is too short to fight with crappy cushion foundations.

Lalavesi Akma Cushion F.W in shade Y2. - ingredients (courtesy of Agathblog):

Honey Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Cyclohexasiloxane, Arbutin, Dimethicone, Benzophenone-3, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Sodium Chloride, Octyldodecanol, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Adenosine, Fragrance

Lalavesi Akma Cushion F.W in color Y2 - swatches:

And that's it.

Final thoughts:

  • - It seems to be a cushion (an entire brand, actually) targeting a young and pretty demographic. Young women with oilier skin, who want sheer coverage and are willing to pay for "trendy" stuff. I'm neither.
  • - Will I repurchase? LOL. You gotta be kidding me! Of course not.


  1. LOL. Could you compare it to a cushion that you think it's most like in terms of how it goes on? Just trying to get a clearer picture of it, because Tracy put this on my wish list.

    1. I don't have another cushion like that.
      The only thing it reminds me of is that unfortunate Kate (Kanebo) Powderless Liquid for Cover.

      It's completely unsuitable for dry skin. I tried it with and without a primer. I tried it with loose powder on top and without.
      It just didn't want to work with my skin at all.

      I'm an old lady with an old lady's wrinkly skin. This cushion made me look at least 10 years older.

      No, thank you!

    2. Haha thankfully you don't have another like it in your collection. You feel so strongly about its poor performance that I'm taking it off the list. No thank you for me too lol. Too bad the coverage is so sheer already otherwise you could maybe mix it with a lotion instead of throwing it out..:

    3. It seems to me that this is a cushion intended for young women with supple skin who need minimal coverage.

      I've been warned that this was the case but was I going to listen? Heck no, because pretty case.

      Tracy has oily skin, iirc, so even though it says the cushion is for all skin types, it's clearly meant for the normal and oilier types, which again makes me think of young women.

  2. Thank you so much for this review. You saved me some money because I was thinking about buying this cushion, but my skin is sensitive so I was afraid of buying something which could possibly make my skin break out.

    1. Hmmm... Try it, you may like it.
      And what doesn't work for my skin might work for you.
      I'm not sure what breaks me out in this formula, though I suspect honey.
      Some honey products my skin is perfectly fine with, and some honey products it absolutely despises.

  3. I love your "negative" reviews, they are entertaining XD I'm shi happy with my IOPE cushion so I'm (thankfully) not looking for another~

    1. I've been so diligent about trying to even out my complexion that now IOPE is too dark for me :(

  4. How do you normally apply this cushion? I was unbelievably unimpressed with the Lalavesi S.S cushion, which had zero coverage and turned me into a cakey mess, until I tossed the Lalavesi puff and used a blue air puff instead. It made ALL the difference and I now love the cushion. It might not solve some of the issues you mentioned (i.e. dryness) but I wonder if it'll improve your impression. - Desiree

    1. I tried the blue puff too (the one that came with the cushion was rubbish).
      I guess, like I mentioned elsewhere, I just have too many wrinkles for this cushion.

  5. I love your re Jews but I have to say this is my favorite cushion out of all the higher end cushions I have. I do have normal skin that can lean a little oilier but I find it really dewy and with great coverage, nothing powdery about it at all on my skin. I'm 47, so old lady status, lol. I'm sorry it didn't work out for your skin type, as always YMMV.

    1. Then clearly you have a lot fewer wrinkles than I do! Congrats!!!
      Because that cushion loves to get into my wrinkles and make me look 5 (if not 10) years older. To the point that I am seriously considering restylane fillers under my eyes now.
      So, I guess, it was goof for something after all.


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