The makeup world’s gone crazy about cushions. So when I was in Seoul, I picked up some for myself to try to see whether I get on with them.
What I love about the cushion foundations is that they make for the perfect on-the-go face touch up product. They’re compact and you don’t need to faff around with a brush and a liquid foundation to get a decent coverage finish that doesn’t look powdery or caked on (which is the trouble with powder foundations). I actually really like the sponge they come with as it makes it super easy to pat on the product. But not all cushions are created equal. The Banila & Co White Wedding CC Cushion was actually a total FAIL for me. The product has negligible coverage and the texture was funny – it just did not spread on the skin. If i tried to layer it on, it looked like i had a mask on.
The other 3 that I tried were all quite decent. The Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion was actually my favourite of them all. It was a dream to blend with even with the dinky little puff thing it came with. I got some serious coverage in just one layer and shade 23 was a perfect match for my skin tone (NC20 ish). Also this was also the one that lasted the longest on my skin and faded in a very non-patchy manner on my combination skin. So thumbs up for that!
The IOPE Air Cushion Intense Cover XP (i got shade I 21 which was a great match) looked absolutely stunning when I first put it on. Brilliant coverage and a semi-matte finish. However, as the day went on, i found that it kind of stuck to some dry patches and got a little powdery looking on my cheeks. Nothing that was too obviously noticeable but still, not ideal. I do suspect that a radiance primer could solve for this or bit more skincare TLC i.e. layering skincare vs my usual lazy/i-am-in-a-hurry-so-no-time-for-layering routine.
The Laneige BB Cushion Whitening (Shade No. 21) was actually a handbag staple for on-the-go touch-ups for alms 2 months. It has natural light-medium coverage and a slightly dewy finish. It’s the perfect kind of product for in-the-cab makeup as you really can’t go wrong. The product didn’t cake up or stick to dry patches. However, if I didn’t powder on top, it would slide off my face albeit in a natural manner in a matter of 3 hours.
All in all, I would still use a liquid or mineral powder foundation to start the day and a cushion would not replace that mainly because of longevity issues. But it does make for a great handbag makeup product for touch ups. But then again, won’t a good old tube of liquid concealer kinda do the job anyway?