Today, I’d like to talk about cushion foundations. Cushion foundations are basically liquid foundation in a compact, made easy for portability and also touch ups. This all started in Korea ( as far as I know ), and they now have cushion blusher, and even cushion eye colors. Here, I have 2 Korean brands for you. I bought the IOPE Air Cushion Natural 21 a few months back but didn’t have the chance to tell you about it. Then, I was sent The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion in V203, so I thought I’d talk about both at the same time.
As you can see, there really isn’t much difference in packaging. The cushion usually contains about 15g of product, and when you’re done with it, just slip in a refill and you’re good to go. Refills usually come with their own puff so you don’t have to worry about buying that separately. The puffs are usually very thin, and it does not soak up too much product. It takes just enough foundation and the coverage depends on how you apply it. You can thin it out by applying it in swiping motions, and for more coverage, just dab it on. Both these cushions are heavily scented (but I love the scent!) so I suggest taking a sniff to see if you like it. The scent stays on for quite a while on the skin too.
The IOPE Air Cushion in N21 is about NC15 in MAC colors, while TFS V203 is about N25. Both these cushions offer different finishes, but they both last just as well in this hot and humid weather. IOPE offers a more dewy finish, looking a bit glowy without being greasy while TFS gives a more matte finish. The best thing about the TFS Oil Control Water Cushion is that while it is matte and controls sebum production (keeping oilies at bay), it does not dry out my skin. It stays strong through the humidity and sweat while still looking natural. I am very impressed! Both of them offer medium coverage but TFS Oil Control Water Cushion can be built up to full coverage.
For illustration, here are some before after photos so you can see the coverage and finish. The photos are taken in harsh lighting, so all my skin imperfections and redness are more pronounced. You can also see the cushions in action, because both of them cover my redness and pigmentation really well, while letting my skin look real.
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion is available online as well, so if you’re too lazy to go to the mall, it’s only a click away (click here – non affiliated). At the moment, there is 10% off their normal price for the cushion + free refill pack, for only RM75.51. I think it’s a good deal, especially when it’s only about half the price of the IOPE Air Cushion! I really liked the IOPE one so I didn’t bother to look at others, but after trying out this TFS Water Cushion, I think I changed my mind. If you like higher coverage and if you have oily skin, then you gotta try The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion. I also like the dewy glowy finish on my skin, and I like how IOPE makes my skin look porcelain, so I don’t mind paying extra. If you’re interested, you can get it at 11street (non affiliated).
Which one do I prefer? I can’t choose! If I’m going to be out and about in the sun, then I’d go for The Face Shop. If I want to look particularly glowy, then I’d go for IOPE. I will be getting the refill for The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion though – but in a lighter shade. You can’t tell from the before after picture above, but you should see from the arm swatch that it’s darker than my skin. I think V201 will be a better match.
I don’t usually touch up, I’m THAT lazy, but I don’t mind it with these cushions. I can touch up throughout the day without having my face look cakey or oily. I might like these more than the traditional liquid foundations! *Gasp the blasphemy!* I think the downside however, is that the shades carried by Korean brands are usually on the lighter side. Lancome has come up with cushion foundations, and I read that they carry some darker shades as well. I can’t be too sure though, since Lancome and I don’t keep in touch. Do let me know in the comments if you know.
So, have you caught the cushion bug? What do you think of them? Did you try any?